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In 1968, their daughter, Hanne Munkholm, opened Belle Kunst by the village Stouby, north of Vejle Fjord. She further developed the experience she had gained, in the family business and during her apprenticeship at the famous textile company Harald Rix in the city of Horsens.
In 1976, Henning Munkholm
left his job as a typographer in Horsens and entered the family
business. In 1976, Hanne and Henning Munkholm traveled to Iran for the first
time and the business in Oriental carpets began to take off.
In 1988 Helle Munkholm, their daughter, entered the family
business after completing her trade training as a hardware sales
assistant in Vejle. In 1989 the family bought Horsens Kunstgalleri from
In 1990 they reopened Horsens Kunstgalleri as a
gallery of modern art and Oriental carpet showroom, after a major
refurbishment and renovation of the shop.
In 1991 their son Martin Munkholm entered the family business, after completing his trade training as a carpet dealer in the free port of Hamburg. Since then, the siblings have run Horsens Kunstgalleri together and they assumed ownership of the shop in 2001. They work closely with their parents at Belle Kunst, only 20 km from the town of Horsens. In 2010 the Munkholm family coordinated the succession to the next generation.
At the same time the premises became too small for their full range of art and Oriental carpets at both stores. The family decided, in early 2011, to build a new gallery next to the existing gallery Belle Kunst in the unique surroundings of Stouby. When completed, the new building will house a new art gallery: Belle Art. The existing building will in house a specialist shop of Oriental carpets and Oriental rugs: Belle Rugs. Thus, the Munkholm family continue to improve their business.
When construction is completed, they will continue to deal in the same two categories of Fine Art and high-end Oriental carpets and rugs in which they have great experience. The business will continue to operate from two dedicated buildings as the newly re-branded Belle Art and Belle Rugs.