French Designer Inga Sempé’s Love Affair with Norwegian Wool


French designer Inga Sempé has created several ranges of luxurious woolen blankets for the renowned Norwegian textile brand Røros Tweed.

Her latest design is called Giboulée, which is the French word for the strong March rain in France.


Inga’s latest design for Roros Tweed is a bicolor pattern with a diagonal rhythm. It shows thick drops falling, pushed by a strong wind, from one side of the blanket to the other.

Inga Sempé graduated in 1993 from de I’ENSCI les Ateliers in Paris, France. While studying she received a scholarship at George Sowden’s studio in Milan and after graduating went to work as a designer at Marc Newson’s studio in Paris.


Inga claims she wanted to work with wool. She wanted to create blankets more suited for southern countries, and therefore they are slightly thinner than the original Roros collection.

“I remember the blankets on the trains in France in the old days. They were green and red. I don’t know where these colors came from, since it was not the colors of the trains. Some of the other blankets I have created are in a way a recreation of the old train blankets.”

Røros Tweed has been weaving high quality wool products since 1940, building on a local tradition that goes back centuries. Selected wool from Norwegian sheep and 100% Norwegian production, combined with collaboration with Scandinavia’s top designers and textile artists, has made Røros Tweed one of the most renowned wholly Norwegian quality brands.


All hail Roros Tweed and their Norwegian sheep.  They’ve done it again with their newest range of woven wool blankets and throw pillows, Giboulet, by prolific French designer Inga Sempé.

French Designer Inga Sempé’s Love Affair with Norwegian Wool, written by Tor Kjolberg