” Highland Traveleers
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) are newcomers to Iceland. They were introduced in the 18th century as na attempt to expand Icelandic farming. However, Icelanders never mastered reindeer herding and kept to their traditional sheep farming.
Reindeer have a circumpolar distribution and have been domesticated for over 2.000 years. This hardy animal has evolved unique adaptations to survive in the cold Arctic, including a thick coat and large hooves.
The Icelandic reindeer population consists of around 4.000 animals that are confined to the East and Southeast of Iceland. The females calve in late May and during summer they form large herds roaming the highlands. In early autumn the males join the herds for the breeding season. In winter, the herds break u pinto smaller groups, which are often seen in the lowlands, seeking regure from the hardship of winter frosts.
Throughout the years the people of East Iceland have hunted reindeer for meat and skin, and used its horns for tool making and handicraft. Today the reindeer plays and importante role in the identify of East Iceland and the locals proudly welcome guests to meet these highland travellers. ”
Made in Iceland from 100% cotton with amazing nature images on the front and a monochromatic fabric on the back. The printed pictures on the pads are not homogeneous which can create some slight color variations between the cushions of the same type.
Stuffing is not included.
Size: 40 x 60 cm
Laufabrauð – Leafbread
From National Heritage to Design
The “Laufabraud” is Iceland's Festivity BreadLaufabraud (Leafbread) are very thin wheat cakes, beautifully decorated. The decoration was supposed to make up for the simplicity of the cake itself. Flour was a luxury in those days and not used except at Christmas and on special occasions. The carving of the leaf-bread gave the common people the opportunity to express and show their artistic abilities and everyone always looked forward to it.
Table Runner: 35 x 120 cm
Table Runner: 48 x 150 cm
Tea Towel: 50 x 70 cm
THOR’S HAMMER – In Norse mythology, Mjölnir is the hammer of Thor, the god of thunder. Mjölnir was a fearsome weapon, capable of leveling mountains. In the 13th century Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson relates that after being thrown at something the hammer always came flying back to Thor.
ICELAND – Two continents meet in Iceland, lying as it does on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is known as the lan of ice and fire, as both active volcanos and enormous glaciers can be found there. Icelandic nature contains many such contrasting features – lush valleys and expansive deserts, narrow fjords and vast plains, high waterfalls and big lakes.