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.


For more than 220 years KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH has been producing graphite pencils. Josef Hardtmuth, the founder of the company, was the first who invented an artificial pencil lead, which laid the foundation of industrial manufacturing of pencils. Today KOH-I-NOOR graphite pencils are known and purchased in more than 80 countries. KOH-I-NOOR graphite pencils are made in 20 lead hardness gradations. A legendary 1500 yellow pencil is the standard of highest quality among graphite pencils and has a guaranteed precision of lead hardness gradation.


The first KOH-I-NOOR erasers appeared back in 1896. An Elephant symbol, which was printed on the first manufactured erasers, was one of the first registered trademarks. With time this mark has gained popularity and became a symbol of impeccable quality of erasers. Natural rubber is used to produce KOH-I-NOOR erasers. That is why it eliminates trails of graphite pencils of any lead hardness gradation. KOH-I-NOOR erasers fully comply with European EN71 standard and are absolutely safe for children.


KOH-I-NOOR modeling clay is manufactured in Czech Republic in compliance with strict European norms and requirements. KOH-I-NOOR modeling clay is made of clay powder mixed with different supplements. KOH-I-NOOR modeling clay is easily pushed down flat, doesn’t color your hands, doesn’t stick to the fingers and is absolutely safe for children. So it’s ideal for use in kinder gardens and junior schools. Its softness and clear bright colors make it possible to create beautiful sculptures or drawings. Modeling with KOH-I-NOOR modeling clay is always a pleasure.


KOH-I-NOOR chalk: is №1 for school black boards as it has several essential advantages:

  • it doesn’t crumble and produces almost no chalk powder;
  • it leaves a rich white trail, which is well visible on the blackboard;
  • it is free from inclusions (sand, stones) that could scratch school boards;
  • it complies with European EN71 standard: non-toxic, free of harmful chemical additives, non-allergic.


KOH-I-NOOR fiber-tip pens are rightly considered one of the best.
KOH-I-NOOR experts have been continually working on perfecting the assortment and making the products as high-quality and durable as possible.

KOH-I-NOOR fiber-tip pens advantages::

  • have bright saturated colors;
  • write softly, don’t scratch the paper;
  • are easily washed from hands and clothes;
  • durable;
  • absolutely safe for children.


KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH is one of the most renowned manufacturers of colored pencils. Children admire KOH-I-NOOR colored pencils for their bright colors and smooth drawing, while parents value their safety and guaranteed quality. Professional artists appreciate their colors and shades diversity, good mixing and lightfast properties (the drawings don’t fade away for up to 100 years). KOH-I-NOOR colored pencils are made of high quality wood, don’t split when fall down and are covered with safe water-based lacquer.


KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH has been manufacturing art products for more than 100 years. The company was the first to introduce Negro chalks, artificial charcoal, graphite leads for artistic drawing: sepia chalks and red ochre chalks into its assortment. Dry pastel continues to hold a leading position in the assortment. The demands for pastel are rather high. It must comply with the criteria of light stability, color purity, high level of softness, smoothness, transparency. Pastel must be soft, not crumble, and leave a distinct trail. KOH-I-NOOR pastel perfectly complies with the above-mentioned demands. Thanks to this it is known and loved all over the world. All pastel types have been put through different tests. All the necessary qualities the artists need are guaranteed. KOH-I-NOOR HARDTMUTH makes good use of traditions, vast experience and in-house inventions in manufacturing pastel and other artist products.


KOH-I-NOOR drawing instruments possess referent accuracy. Quality material makes it possible to mark the measuring scale with maximum precision. Acryl, the material of which the drawing instruments are made, ensures their durability and long service life. Laser marking of measuring scale guarantees it won’t wear off with time. All rulers and triangles have a special brink for drawing with ink, so whatever you use: a pencil or ink, it won’t spoil the draft.

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