KUSINER designs, imports and sells high-end, handmade and limited-edition-rugs. Kusiner combines everything I am passionate about; a meaningful and sustainable business - in a country that has a big place in my heart – with a group of women I admire. I am proud to be able to contribute to keeping the ancient tradition of Bedouin weaving alive – and to participate in the empowerment of Bedouin women.
KUSINER means cousins in Danish. Originally, the business was started by two cousins. Today it’s a one-cousin-bussiness - run by Nanna Friis. I do not descend from a long line of Danish rug manufacturers. But when I first discovered the carpets in 2016, they struck a chord with me. And I fell in love with the colourful stacks of carpets and wonderful women in the Negev Desert in Israel.
Back to my Bedouin Past
As a young volunteer in a kibbutz in Israel, I used to hitchhike through the desert on my way to Eilat or the Sinai Peninsula, where I used to sleep in Bedouin camps. And now some 30+ years later, I find myself with the Bedouins again. This time, to collaborate on this wonderful project.
Introducing handpicked Berber rugs from Morocco
In 2018, we added a carefully curated Berber Line to our Kusiner Carpets. We collaborate with a trusted supplier who work with a group of skilled Berber weavers in the High Atlas Mountains. See more of Berber Collection.