Oleana, The Factory by the Fiørd

Momenti di ispirazione/ Moments of inspiration

Factory by the Fjord


A spectacular nature and fjords penetrating for kilometers inside the land, creating breathtaking scenery; along the west coast of Norway near Bergen, a couple of creative people has realized the dream of their lifetime: to revive the old tradition in a modern textile and its decorative elements….

The result is Oleana, a knitted garments factory surrounded by water, and built in total respect for the  environment and for the people who work there. Its clothing of bright colors, and warm blankets with original mix, have been exported successfully for years around the world. Signe Aarhus and Kolbjørn Valestrand receive continuing inspiration from the nature that surrounds their home town, and their holiday home on the Hardanger Fjiord.



The Bergen harbor, in the background the ancient buildings of the Hanseatic League


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The home town in Bergen


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The Oleana Factory on the Fiord


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Blanket from Oleana collections


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The holidays home in the Hardanger Fjiord


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View from the living room


traditional Norway blanket





Pesca nel Fiordo

Fishing in the Fjord


Tramonto Sunset in the Fiord

The sunset


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After fishing: a toast to the Midnight Sun



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