The spiegeltent is built from wood, cut mirrors, canvas, leaded glass, and detailed in velvet brocade. Each spiegeltent is unique with its own name, personality, and style.
Only a handful of these special and legendary spiegeltents remain in the world and Van Rosmalen owns some of the most terrific ones. The rarity of a spiegeltent is also the main reason we are very proud of our collection and love to share each and every one of our spiegeltents. Most of our spiegeltents have spent their lifetimes at the bequest of festivals and village fairs throughout Europe, playing host to the world’s greatest cabaret performers and musicians.
Each spiegeltent creates its own enchanting and romantic ambience, echoing the days of the waltz and tango, and provides a genuinely unique setting for your guests, whatever the event. The spiegeltent is available for everyone to hire, whatever your event may be: festivals, dances, parties, theatre shows, weddings, or dinners. Interested in renting a spiegeltent for your own event? Be sure to visit our spiegeltent hire page.
The spiegeltent has been around for over a century. Throughout the many years of its existence, many different styles have developed between the different types of spiegeltents. The original spiegeltent was made by woodworkers with eye for detail, including cut mirrors, high-quality fabric and a sense of art.
Art nouveau or jugendstil is a well-known style of art, particularly known for its usage of flowing lines and the usage of glass. The art nouveau style is the most common art style used while building a spiegeltent and expresses itself in decorated facades and interiors.
A typical example of this art style is the so-called ‘mandolin’: a curved backrest, which also forms a divider between the different booths that exist within the spiegeltent. Paired with the traditional mirror wall, it forms the traditional style that characterises an original spiegeltent.
Many different and ‘new’ types of spiegeltents have been developed in the history of the spiegeltent. Because of the high cost and craftsmanship involved in building a spiegeltent, many entrepreneurs have experimented with cheaper alternatives of building a spiegeltent.
This type of spiegeltent differs from the original spiegeltent in regards to their details. The original Flemish and Dutch spiegeltent makes exclusive use of flowing lines and cut glass. Their Walloon counterparts are more sober, resulting in cheaper production. Van Rosmalen is proud of every single spiegeltent in our collection. We’ve made no concessions regarding quality. Our ideology is that the traditional spiegeltent should remain pure and the intentions of the artist should remain in the created spiegeltent.