rohi is a family-owned company that specialises in the design, development and production of top-quality woollen fabrics. Its weaving mill and design office are situated south of Munich, Germany. rohi was established by Marga Hielle-Vatter and her husband Rolf Hielle in 1933, with the emphasis on textiles for the furniture industry. In the 1970s their son Bernd Hielle ran the company and extended its activities to include fabrics for aircraft interiors. rohi is now managed by the third family generation, granddaughter Katrin Hielle-Dahm and her husband Philipp Dahm; her sister Tina Wendler is in charge of marketing and communication.
Fabrics from rohi combine visual appeal and beauty with practicality. When interpreting high-value natural material in a modern idiom and at the same time giving it a classic appearance, the rohi design maxim is “Less is more”. Katrin Hielle-Dahm, granddaughter of the company founder and director of the design department, draws on family tradition and, together with her design team, redefines rohi fabrics anew on each occasion. The signature is simple in its elegance, never brash but always strongly expressive in character. In addition to the established collections, the rohi design team cooperates with clients in implementing their individual design wishes in textile form.
This dedicated approach has been acknowledged by many international design prizes, the most recent being the 2010 red dot award for product design.
The rohi production facilities are equipped with modern, computer-controlled Jacquard weaving looms. In every production phase the fabrics are subject to stringent quality management and intensive testing which goes well beyond regular standards.
wool – a natural material
It is hard-wearing, easy to look after and compensates for climatic changes. In wool, nature has created a perfect material. Woollen fabrics are self-regenerating and resistant to creasing. Special treatment makes rohi upholstery fabrics pleasantly soft to the touch and ensures that they retain an as-new appearance for many years. For good reasons, rohi has processed wool exclusively for many decades, and is today more convinced than ever of the aesthetic, practical and ecological qualities of this sustainable natural raw material.