About brand KOH-I-NOOR


For more than 200 years KOH-I-NOOR has been a diamond among artist products.

The history of this world-famous company started in 1790 when a well-known constructor Josef Hardtmuth founded a factory producing ceramics. In the 19th century KOH-I-NOOR became a supplier to Austro-Hungarian Emperor’s court, which was considered a great honor.

KOH-I-NOOR is one of the oldest and most recognized world manufacturers of artist supplies. There is a good reason why the name of the company is assonant with one of the main treasures of the British crown – the KOH-I-NOOR (Mount of light) diamond. When Queen Victoria was presented with the product of HARDTMUTH pencil factory, she called it KOH-I-NOOR among pencils. This is how the company received its name, and yellow color, the color of the diamond, became a symbol of the highest quality of KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH products.

Acknowledgement of to the highest quality of artist products is a positive conclusion of SAA world artist association, uniting 17 000 artists in 62 countries. SAA includes KOH-I-NOOR products in its workshops and references.

100% of products are manufactured in Europe so you can be sure they are safe both for children and adults.

KOH-I-NOOR is world-famous for its artist and school products.

The legendary 1500 yellow pencil has been the standard of highest quality among graphite pencils for more than one century. The guaranteed precision of lead hardness gradation makes yellow pencils impossible to replace in rather different spheres from graphics to architecture.

Professional artists rank highly KOH-I-NOOR colored pencils for their colors and shades diversity, good mixing and lightfast properties. The drawings don’t fade away for up to 100 years.

Children like these European pencils for bright colors and smooth drawing.

Dry artist supplies are what KOH-I-NOOR is especially proud of, as requirements for pastel colors are extremely high. They comply with the criteria of light stability, color purity, high level of softness, spread perfectly when applied to the surface and easily shade.

KOH-I-NOOR artist assortment lets you master and perfect classical and original drawing techniques, makes you feel a real artist.

No matter what kind of craft you choose, the most important is the pleasure it brings.KOH-I-NOOR will help you turn your inspiration into mastery.