In 1996 ceramic designer Ewa Jarenskog encountered a problem. Ewa had been successful creating popular clay figures with emotional, childish and cheeky motifs, but they were not suitable for children to play with. So Ewa and her friend, clothing designer Teruko Wahlström, began their journey together to create Rubens Barn.
They faced two main challenges. Capturing the expressions of Ewa's clay models in soft fabric, and creating a friend that would last through a childhood of play. These challenges, along with a strong belief in the importance of developing empathy through play, and that children should not be rushed out of their childhood, have guided us at Rubens Barn to this day.
Happiness made by hand
We are very proud to have worked very closely with a family-owned producer in China for over 16 years. They exclusively create Rubens Barn and most of the highly skilled seamstresses have been with us from the beginning, honing their craft and helping to shape Rubens Barn into what it is today. We are mutually dependent on each other and over the years we have created a strong friendship in which we have thrived together.
Barn means children in Swedish and it is the children that are our focus. A child playing and interacting with a Rubens Barn doll, developing their empathy to later become more caring and sociable adults is what motivates us. We are excited to focus more on this emotional education and hope you will join us on our journey!
About our dolls
A Rubens Barn doll takes over 100 different steps by hand to create. Our dolls' faces are sculpted from soft fabric for a more emotional and realistic look. The eyes are important. They are embroidered and are what bring the dolls to life, and combined with their warm cheeky smiles, they make a Rubens Barn doll an irresistible friend! Handmade happiness!
Material and washing
The fur, skin and clothing of our organic cotton dolls are made from 100% certified organic cotton. The bottom weight is 100% calcium carbonate granules. All dolls can be machine washed at 30°C and tumble dried at low temperature. All clothing should be hand washed