HOME

 ABOUT PLAUEN LACE

 ABOUT SCHWIBBÖGEN

 WHAT'S NEW

 PLAUEN LINENS & LACE
    Christmas
    Easter & Spring   
    Plauen Lace
    Plauen Lace (Cotton)
    Long Lace Runners
    Floral
    All Year
    Wildlife
    Table Ribbons
    Liturgical Lace
    Judaica

 WEDDING HANKIES
 PLAUEN LACE SCARVES

 SCHWIBBÖGEN

    Double Arches
    Tree Arches
    Mini Arches
    LED Arches

 ERZGEBIRGE FOLK ART
    Hand-Carved Pyramids
    Handcrafted Santa Figures
    Handcrafted Nativities
    Handcrafted Angel Figures
    Handcrafted Snowman Figures
    Handcrafted Animal Figures
    Christmas Pyramids
    Handcrafted Trees
    Smokers
    Nutcrackers
    Wood Ornaments
    Easter Figures
    Cool Man Figures
    Halloween Figures
    Hand-Carved Figures
    Handcrafted Miniatures
   
 MANTEL SCARVES
    Christmas
    Plauen Lace

 WINDOW LACE
    Window Picture Lace
    Plauen Lace Cafe Curtains
 

 FIND A RETAILER

 CONTACT US


 

 © 2017 Sachsen Imports

More about Schwibbögen 

During the Christmas season, windows throughout the Saxony area of Germany are lit with the soft lights of Schwibbögen, or Christmas arches. These traditional displays reach back over 270 years to the silver mines of the Erzgebirge in Germany, and the first Schwibbögen, made out of wrought iron, are thought to have originated in the town of Johanngeorgenstadt.

The oldest existing wrought iron Schwibbogen is in Johanngeorgenstadt (1778)

 

After miners finished a long, hard day in the
mines, they would hang their lanterns at
the mine entrance. The twinkling lights
formed a glittering arch, and these lantern
arches are thought to have been the
inspiration for Schwibbögen.

The largest Schwibbogen in the world in the church in Johanngeorgenstadt 

 


Schwibbögen were especially popular during the Christmas season. Christmas was the only time in the year when the hard and dangerous work in the mines came to a rest. Wives put the Schwibbögen in their cottage windows and lit the candles to welcome their husbands home after a hard day in the mines. The twinkling lights in the windows guided the miners as they trudged through darkness and snow, and welcomed them to the warmth and security of their homes and families.

During the Christmas season, large Schwib-
bögen are also set up in the public squares
and churches in the Erzgebirge.

Home craftsmen soon began to work with
wood because of its natural beauty and
warmth. The making of Schwibbögen
quickly became an important source
of income throughout the Erzgebirge.
Schwibbögen were carved in homes and decorated with candles. Today, the candles are often replaced with tiny electric lights.

Schwebebogen and a modern wood Doppelschwibbogen

 


The name Schwibbogen also seems to
have an architectural meaning. During the
Gothic age a freestanding arch between
two supporting walls was called a
Schwebebogen.

Schwibbögen Bring Christmas
Tradition into your Home

Schwibbögen are part of the woodcarving
tradition of the Erzgebirge region, and
nowadays the Schwibbögen, just as the
nutcracker and the Christmas pyramid,
have become known worldwide as symbols of Christmas folk art.

Doppelschwibbögen (Double Arches)

Over the years Schwibbögen have taken on numerous shapes and sizes. They appear
with exquisitely carved figures and designs, whose beauty is enhanced with electric
lights or candles. A recent development is the creation of Doppelschwibbögen, or
double arches. With indirect electric lighting, the design silhouette is brought into the
foreground with a fascinating play of light. The Doppelschwibbögen you see here are
made by hand in a small, family-owned factory in the Saxony region of Germany.
This small factory rejects mass production, and every piece is handcut. The electric
lights are also added by hand.

No laser, water stream, or computer-controlled technology is used. Each Schwibbogen is
accompanied by a label guaranteeing that it is handcrafted.

A craftsman cuts
the arches by hand

Adding the electric lights

Christmas Designs

Doppelschwibbögen come in a variety of Christmas designs. One favorite is the chapel
in Oberndorf in Austria, where the beautiful carol Silent Night was first played. This arch
is available with a music box that plays Silent Night. Also popular is the church in
the small village of Seiffen. Another favorite is the Nativity Scene.

Chapel in Oberndorf
(music box)

Church in Seiffen

Nativity Scene

Many Schwibbögen are available in either natural or handpainted finishes.

Doppelschwibbögen are also available as Christmas trees and lanterns with inter-
changeable center designs.

A Schwibbogen will light your home with all the warmth and joy
of the Christmas season.