Dala Horse
Dala Horse

Price Inc VAT £14.50
Price Exc VAT £12.08
Designer: Grannas
Materials: Pine or Alder
Made in: Sweden
Made By: Grannas
Dimensions: 13cm

Dala Horse Colours:

The Dala horse is a traditional carved and painted wooden statuette of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna and Sweden in general. Several different types of Dala horses are made, with distinguishing features common to the locality of the site where they are produced.

It was in the small log cabins deep in the forests during the long winter nights in front of a log fire that the forerunner of the Dala horse was born. Using simple tools, generally only a knife, woodcarvers made toys for their children. It was only natural that many of these toys were horses, because the horse was invaluable in those days—a trusty friend and worker who could pull great loads of timber from the forests during the winter months, and in the summer could be of just as much use on the farm.

The art of carving and painting the small horses quickly flourished in the 19th century, as economic hardship in the region inspired greater production of the small horses, and they became an important item of barter. Horse-making may have started as something to while away the hours during the long winter months, but soon the Dala horses were traded in exchange for household goods and their carving and painting blossomed into a full-fledged cottage industry. The rural families depended on horse production to help keep food on the table, as the skills of horse carving and painting were passed on from generation to generation

Our Dala horses are hand carved in Sweden. Run by the 3rd and 4th generation of family, they have been hand carving Dala horses since 1922, making them one of the original producers of Dala horses.

These horses are in stock and available for next day dispatch. They are a great gift with a long traditional history.