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About Escoda

In a small town outside of Barcelona, Spain, in the fall of 1933, Josep Escoda Roig envisioned and created a brush factory to produce artist brushes for decorative and fine art. It would be the first of its kind in Spain. Despite a civil war and difficulty in obtaining raw materials, the company grew.

Today, Escoda has produced nearly 75 million brushes, with close to a million brushes being produced each year. Josep Escoda’s vision and passion for producing the best brushes in the world continues to this day with his sons Josep Jr. and Ricard, a third-generation family-owned company with sons and daughters of both brothers following in their grandfather’s footsteps.

From the beginning, the Escoda family recognized that superior materials create a superior artist’s brush. Today they insist on using only the finest hair from animals that include Kolinsky Sable from Tajmyr, and Russian Squirrel and Hog Bristle from China. They have also incorporated eight kinds of artificial fibers with a wide variety of colors and diameters.

The process of designing and creating Escoda brushes begins and ends with brush artisans who meticulously craft each brush by hand. Every Escoda brush has a triple-crimped ferrule, a trademarked design that ensures a lifetime of use. Handles are formed and shaped to provide an ergonomic fit for the artist. The brush hair is simultaneously ironed and dried, a special process that consolidates and locks each hair into place, creating a permanent brush shape and increasing the natural spring of the brush hair and its ability to retain the original form.

Known for its exacting standards and a conscious sense of what artists want, the Escoda brush factory was awarded the coveted ISO 9001/100 certificate in 2001.