Sixth generation of Belgian woodworkers, specialized in exquisite front doors

/Sixth generation of Belgian woodworkers, specialized in exquisite front doors

Sixth generation of Belgian woodworkers, specialized in exquisite front doors

  Specialist in designing and creating new exclusive front doors ‘with the charm of the past and the comfort of today’.

That is what Atelier Schrauwen stands for.

Jef Schrauwen, is the youngest member of a Belgian family line of woodworkers (since 1890), who runs, together wih his father Eddy, the family owned business for the sixth generation !!!

When Jef entered the company, the future and further development of the firm kept him busy. He worked out a new strategy and decided to specialize in  creating new exquisite front doors ‘with the charm of the past and the comfort of today’.


I do feel a resemblance with Jef here. Entering our company years ago, I made the decision to specialize in paneling after 3 generations of furniture and cabinetmakers.


And I might think that Jef did not regret his decision because last year Atelier Schrauwen was honored with the award “Ambacht in de Kijker” (Craft in the picture), an award that was given by the Belgian Minister of small and medium-sized enterprises in order to promote the Belgian craft sector.

Foto 1Jef with his grandfather Jozef Schrauwen.


Over the passed centuries, professional pride and quality of the delivered work were central values. Jef was determined to keep this family tradition in mind.

That is why he decided to specialize in front doors and to strengthen his passion for craftsmanship.

So every front door is custom made and made to measure, according the historical style characteristics.These frontdoors are installed in citizen houses and in mansions as well as in castles, in abbey farms and in historical buildings.

Atelier Schrauwen’s clients do appreciate quality and authenticity and every customer gets a personal approach by the owners themselves.


Atelier Schrauwen has to replace damaged doors by new ones at the renovation of old houses or they have to make front doors for new build houses in any particular style as doors in the neo-classical style, eclectic style, art nouveau or art deco style, country style,…

Deur neo-klassiek 2-3 Neo-classical front door.

AS1 Eye for detailing.


Foto 3 Not a big machinery park but finding craftsmen is the biggest part of their need and concern.


Poort 1-4 Eclectic door.

AS2 Notice again the beautiful details!


Foto 2 Craftsman at work.


Deur Art Nouveau 1-1 Art Nouveau styled door. Craftsmanship all over!

AS3 Typical sweeping ornaments of the art nouveau style.


Deur landelijk 1-1 Country styled door.


Terrasdeur 1-1 Gorgeous terrace door.


For more inspirational pictures, please visit the website of Atelier Schrauwen here.

Foto 4 


‘A combination of centuries-old craftsmanship and 6 generations of knowledge with modern techniques, to guarantee the customer a front door for life.’ Jef Schrauwen.




Sint-Lenaartseweg 45-49

2990 Loenhout


Tel.:+32 3 669 65 23


A lot of you do know that I love to write about our Belgian craftsmen . I hope to be a good ambassador (in the blogosphere) of our Belgian companies, and especially of all the Belgian craftsmanship that these companies and artisans represent. I do hope that my blog will be a source for finding out more about our Belgian cultural heritage and I will do the best I can to introduce you to more of our Belgian craftsmen in future.

To discover more Belgian craftsmen, please go at the sidebar of my blog where you will find this list of Belgian companies and click on the names of these companies to enter their website.

Belgian craftsmen

So today I am very proud to have introduced you to Atelier Schrauwen, a company that definitely belongs to my collection of ‘Belgian Pearls’ .



All images with permission of Atelier Schrauwen

By |2018-07-11T10:56:30+00:00January 10th, 2012|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , |27 Comments


  1. Lost in Provence Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Reply

    I loved this post, Greet–actually I always love the stories of craftsmen that you publish. And especially that this is a family project. We need more companies like these!

  2. Fay Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    good morning Greet always a DELIGHT to see and appreciate the work of dedicated craftsmen The doors are really beautiful
    enjoy the day
    Fay x

  3. The enchanted home Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM - Reply

    Greet, what gorgeous doors!! I love the story behind them and having just finished a house for almost 4 years fully appreciate more than ever these old world craftsmen who are passionate about their crafts and delivering gorgeous hand made items from doors to paneling to floors….the love and passion behind the product shows in the result. And then to see this craft carried on from one generation to the next is especially neat! Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource with us!

  4. Jientje Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM - Reply

    Prachtig werk, en puur vakmanschap!

  5. Julienne Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    Greet, how beautiful are those doors!!! I wish we could just transplant your beautiful Belgian craftsmen to Australia!!!
    It is wonderful to see someone put so much love and dedication into their work. xx

  6. Castles Crowns and Cottages Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    I SO ENJOYED THE VIDEO!!!!! That charming young man speaking; was that DUTCH? FLEMISH???? Oh dearest, your style is just becoming my FAVORITE STYLE EVER! Anita

  7. Acquired Objects Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    The doors are wonderful! How I wish you all were closer since our 200+ home has a front door with a bit of dry rot and we need a new one made. Unfortunately a pre-fab door doesn't work on our home so I guess we'll have to keep looking for a craftsman in the US. What a wonderful tradition to pass down.


  8. Marie Soderberg Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    gorgeous doors, loved to read the story 🙂

  9. designchic Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM - Reply

    What a wonderful story, and adore when generations follow in the footsteps of those before. Spectacular craftsmanship in these doors and certainly a major focal point of any home…gorgeous, Greet. Loved the video!!

  10. HRH The Duchess of State Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM - Reply

    How FAB dahhling that some beautiful old world crafts live on & that a new generation will pickup the reigns of this amazing art & continue on… absolutely beautiful!

  11. Kelly @ JAX does design Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM - Reply

    I have a bit of an obsession with front doors – I took pictures of lots of doors when we were in Bruges and Luxembourg City in 2006 🙂

    It's wonderful to see such talented craftspeople creating doors that are essentially beautiful pieces of art. I love all of the doors that you featured in your post, and the hardware on the Art Nouveau doors is absolutely stunning.

    Happy 2012, Greet!

  12. quintessence Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM - Reply

    How beautiful!! My favorite kind of story – history, heritage and craftsmanship!! You are lucky to have so many fabulous suppliers to choose from and work with!

  13. Thoughts on Design Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! It is so good that there are people in the world who are committed to the art and craft of making finely finished products by hand.


  14. Teresa at Splendid Sass Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM - Reply

    Such beautiful work, Greet.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Charlotta Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    Wonderful feature. I love a good family business and it is very moving to see the photo of Jef and his grandfather.
    How rewarding for Jozef to know that his hard work and appreciation for beautiful craftsmanship has been passed on!

    The doors are exquisite and I love the idea of a hand made entry to my home. Just wonderful!

    x Charlotta

  16. Inessa Stewart Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    What fabulous craftsmanship! I will have to check them out next time I am in Antwerp. Thank you for letting us know about their gorgeous doors.

  17. Angela Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    Wonderful craftsmanship, I was only looking at this website yesterday and admiring their workmanship. I actually pass the house where the double curved oak doors are every morning driving my daughter to school, I thought I recognised them!

  18. Cindy Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    They do fabulous work, don't they. What a pleasure to see such craftsmanship.
    You are a very good ambassador for your country, my friend.
    Hugs, Cindy

  19. stacynanceinteriors Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:00 AM - Reply

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Velvet and Linen Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:52 AM - Reply

    You are always so generous with sharing your favorite resources, Greet.
    I know I enjoyed meeting several of the artisans on your list during our Belgian vacation.
    I hope that we can visit Atelier Schrauwen next time. Their work is stunning!


  21. chibiwow Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM - Reply

    Brilliantly charming! Those details are really meticulously made with style and passion for art. Lovin' that neo-classical door right now.
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  22. Béa Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:43 AM - Reply

    Et c'est du Belge!!!!
    Bravo à ces artisans formidables!!!
    Bisous, jolie Greet…

  23. Acanthus and Acorn Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM - Reply

    These are amazing artisans, each door is so very exquisite!

    I love the Regency library you designed below and the new header looks wonderful.
    Happy New Year!

  24. miss b Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM - Reply

    Wonderful old-fashioned craftsmanship – lovely post!

  25. Anci Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM - Reply

    They do fantastic doors ! I love really good craftsmansship.


  26. Castles Crowns and Cottages Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM - Reply

    YES GREET! I thought it was Flemish! It is soooooo pretty! I love Dutch, but I did not think this was Dutch for I find that Dutch is a little different. Such a delight!

    Thank you for visiting me. YOU MATTER TO ME! Anita

  27. Splendid Willow Friday, January 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    Greet, what a nice feature! Very skilful wood artists indeed and what a wonderful picture of Jef and his grandfather Jozef Schrauwen.
    I wish my own grandparents were still aroud. They were great story tellers!

    Love and Happy Weekend to You.


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