On 11 October 1929, the airship LZ 127, also known as Graf Zeppelin, departed from Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance to Lakehurst in America with 20 passengers and 40 crew members. Aviation enthusiasts will certainly be aware of that fact. But the story of the rug that became legendary after this flight is something they probably won’t know about. Not only were there the chosen few on board this exclusively equipped airship, but there was also the Zoeppritz LZ127 woollen blanket, which was especially designed for this airship.
In a dramatic incident, the fabric covering of the stabilisation surfaces was destroyed in a violent storm and the rug was used in the possibly the most adventurous way it had ever been used. In this catastrophic situation, what the crew did was to sew the Zoeppritz wool rugs together under extreme conditions and affix them in such a way that the journey eventually had a happy ending and all passengers landed safe and sound in Lakehurst after crossing the Atlantic.
What a story! This and other stories are being retold by the company this year: in 2018, Zoeppritz celebrates its 190th anniversary – and with a grand gesture. Based on its existing cooperation with Disney, the southern German weaving mill has incorporated the successful story “The three little pigs” from the Silly Symphonies which premièred on 27 May 1933 and won the Oscar for the best animated short film. The three piglets Fiddler, Piper and The Practical Pig sneak their way into the Zoeppritz Spring Collection 2018 in the form of signature pieces. As original cartoon posters in black-and-white with grassy green nuances, they provide customers with beautiful memories. The piglets and the big bad wolf can also be seen as figurative embroidery on the typical Zoeppritz meandering pattern of the Silly Leg plaid.
There’s no need to be afraid of the big bad wolf here: Zoeppritz since 1828 – hall 11.0, stand B80.