PURE NATURE.

ORIGINAL ALLGÄUER HANDWOVEN RUGS FROM
THALKIRCHDORF SINCE 1927.

SAVING THE CRATSMANSHIP OF HANDWEAVING IN THE ALLGÄU FROM EXTINCTION

Starting from scratch, the Allgäuer Handwebereien Thalkirchdorf, widely known by the trade mark „AHT“, have evolved into an efficient company, one of the principal producers of handwoven rugs and upholstery fabrics in Germany with business relations worldwide, and has not least become a relevant economic factor in medium-sized business in the Oberallgäu.

From day one until today the business has been owned by the long-established Allgäu family named Hense.

In times of maximum need Albert Hense made a plan take shape:

In 1927, more than 80 years ago, he founded a handweaving manufactory in Thalkirchdorf. His predominant and noble objective: „I want to provide my fellow Thalkirchdorf citizens with employment and bread“. A social act which marked the beginning of the history of the Allgäuer Handwebereien Thalkirchdorf. For the small and far-scattered village located in the Konstazer valley whose Inhabitants were suffering from the consequences of World War I, inflation, economic crisis, unemployment and a beggarly life, living from hand to mouth, this was an extraordinary occurence. Two experiences were crucial for Albert Hense's decision to found a manufactory in the area of interior decoration. First of all, the knowledge about the age-old tradition of handweaving in the Allgäu, which, in the course of centuries had been developed into a veritable art by peasant women, spending long winter evenings in secluded alpine farms – the famous „Allgäuer Flecklesteppich“ rag rug being the perfect embodiment of this craftsmanship. This was the only possible way of saving the Allgäu handweaving tradition from extinction.

In 1927, Albert Hense started manufacturing „original Allgäuer Teppiche“ with three hand looms. Today, the „Flecklesteppich – Allgäuer Blache“ is one element of a comprehensive range of production.

Quality from Thalkirchdorf – popular worldwide

Today, the Allgäuer Handwebereien Thalkirchdorf is a market-oriented and high-performance modern business company.

Handwoven products from Thalkirchdorf are very popular - at home as well as aboad.

Yet, if you don't go forwards you go backwards. Only consistent advancement, regarding also the competitive market situation, will guarantee continuous sales and preserve employment.

The years since 1927 have provided the establishment with a sufficing amount of confidence in order to be well prepared to face new challenges.