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CRETACOLOR began in 1790 when Joseph Hardtmuth discovered that a mixture of graphite and clay produces pencil leads. This discovery has been the very foundation of the company producing pencils in Austria for over 200 years. Today, the company now known as Cretacolor produces many traditional and innovative products including pencils, leads, charcoals, unique Monolith Graphite, graphite water-soluble and an exceptional range of water media products.
CARAN D'ACHE a has long tradition of precious expertise handed down through the generations, Caran D'Ache devotes its passion and rigor to designing and producing exceptional products: writing instruments, art and drawing materials. Known the world over for "Swiss Made" quality, the subtle luxury, craftsmanship, authenticity and contemporary personality of the products never cease to surprise people and start them dreaming. Right from the start, Caran D'Ache has had a love affair with color, its roots, its soul. Products with a high pigment content and a velvety texture, produce brilliant, intense colors with excellent lightfastness. The depth of the chromatic ranges, their packaging and their elegance have inspired generations of artistic expression.