KUSINER means cousins in Danish. We are cousins, neighbours and business partners. We do not descend from a long line of Danish carpets manufacturers. But these carpets struck a chord with us – when we first encountered the colourful stacks of carpets and wonderful women in the Negev Desert in Israel in 2016.
KUSINER combines everything we are passionate about; a meaningful and sustainable business - in a country that has a big place in our hearts – and with a group of women we admire. We are proud to contribute in keeping the ancient tradition of Bedouin weaving alive – and to participate in the empowerment of Bedouin women in the region.
As young volunteers in Israel, we used to hitchhike through the desert on our way to Eilat or the Sinai Peninsula, where we used to sleep in Bedouin camps. And now some 30+ years later, we find ourselves stopping in one of the Bedouin townships along the road. The town of Lakiya. The place where our carpets are made.
Our Approach and Design
KUSINER Carpets is a fusion of ancient Bedouin weaving skills and a strong Nordic design tradition: Just as weaving is deeply rooted in Bedouin nomadic culture – so is the tradition of functional and effortless Danish design. Our carpet range is designed in cooperation with textile designer Barbara Bendix Becker.
In our cooperation with the Bedouin women of Lakiya, we want to maintain the simplicity and restraint of the traditional weaving technique, but to emphasize the natural colours of the surrounding landscape; the dusty desert with its light, brown and beige colours. With splashes of pink, yellow or green - just as the small flowers that bloom for a short while in the early spring in the desert.
Every carpet is unique and has a serial number - and the name if the woman who made it.