1980: A new collection heralds the beginning of a new era – 120 years of ZR part 4/7

In the fourth part of our online series on Zimmer + Rohde’s 120-year company history, we’ll immerse ourselves in the enchanted, oriental fabrics of the KASHMIR collection – one of the highlights of the 1980s.

The KASHMIR collection – a true innovation from Zimmer + Rohde – was developed in 1980 and designed by the freelancer Helge Stüssel. For the first time ever, a textile company had put together a collection book that was dedicated to one theme and one theme only: the Indian Kashmir motif.

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The ancient pashmina from India was the source of inspiration for the collection. This was also the first time that a collection had been created that could be used to decorate an entire room. Drapery and upholstery fabrics in each colour concept were presented in an all-encompassing collection motif: A room totally covered in red paisley fabric,
which was a real head-turner in its day. Another special feature of this range was the high-qualit bound collection book, one of the first of its kind. The cover fabric was BANDO, a highlight of the collection.

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The incredibly soft touch of the fabrics was a characteristic feature of the collection, and was a result of a special finish on the fabric’s surface. The fabrics were made primarily from cotton and silk. The upholstery fabric ORIANA, one of the company’s most successful fabrics to this day, came from this collection.

The eighties also heralded a new era in terms of the company’s history, as Andreas Zimmer joined Zimmer + Rohde in 1983. He was primarily committed to developing international business relationships, and built up the exports department with multilingual employees. The company’s workforce numbered 85 people at this point in time. Andreas Zimmer was to take over the management board just a few years later.

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Having collaborated with freelance designers throughout its early history, the first Creative department was founded in the early eighties with its first permanent textile designer, Renate Weisz.

In the next part of our online series, we’ll take you through this new era to the development of the most successful collection in the company’s history and a thrilling exploration of geometric shapes and patterns.

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