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High-quality carpets based on designs from well-known designers such as Verner Panton: this sums up the philosophy of DESIGNERCARPETS by Teppich Drechsle. Each rug is handmade exclusively commissioned by the company’s owner and CEO Stefan Drechsle. Working closely together with international designers and architects, DESIGNERCARPETS manufactures rugs and kilims for private individuals, luxury shipyards and fashion labels. Manufacturing facilities are located in the countries of the Orient and the Far East. As the worldwide only authorized licensee of ARMANI/CASAStefan Drechsle has exclusively produced carpets for the ARMANI/CASA Rugs Collection for more than a decade. In addition, Stefan Drechsle and the ARMANI/CASA Interior Design Studio collaboratively develop luxury rugs for prestigious projects such as “The World Towers” in Mumbai, “Manila Century Spire” and the “Maçka Residences” in Istanbul.

HISTORY
Magdalena Drechsle, the mother of the current CEO Stefan Drechsle, founded the company in 1949 in the German city of Lörrach, near the German-Swiss border. What had initially started as a family furniture business evolved during the late 1960s into a specialty store and manufacturing center for traditional hand-knotted oriental rugs.  Originally imported from third party suppliers, DESIGNERCARPETS started its own manufacturing facility in Kathmandu in 1983, enabling the company to offer special customized and bespoke luxury rugs. “Our decision to do this in Nepal was decidedly motivated by striving for the highest quality of rugs manufactured only there,” CEO Stefan Drechsle explains.

Once that DESIGNERCARPETS established its own manufacturing proficiencies, it was a logical next step in the late 1990s to start manufacturing carpets based on designs created by worldwide renowned designers. In 1999 Drechsle made a Miró-style carpet by and for the Swedish actor, director and artist Lasse Åberg. This carpet was among the items displayed at a local vernissage, where Drechsle was introduced to Marianne Panton, Verner Panton’s widow. They both agreed that Verner Panton’s rug designs deserved to be revived. Since 1999 DESIGNERCARPETS is officially licensed to produce the Verner Panton rugs. This marked the beginning of a new orientation and the birth of DESIGNERCARPETS. Stefan Drechsle has closely collaborated with internationally renowned designers ever since. Pierre Paulin, Karim Rashid, Patrick Norguet and Arik Levy are a few of the creators who have designed carpets for DESIGNERCARPETS.

 

PRODUCTIONS
DESIGNERCARPETS’ main manufacturing site is in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where the rugs are manufactured. “This particular local style of rug knotting entails a very traditional and thorough manufacturing technique. Centuries-old expertise in traditional manufacturing skills is uniquely combined here with exclusive, high-quality materials and a unique flexibility with regard to colors, patterns, shapes and dimensions,” Drechsle states. Circa 1200-1400 people in Nepal currently knot rugs for the company. Other manufactories are located in Morocco, Portugal, Iran and India.

The local family manufacturing business is strongly committed to respectful and mindful dealings with coworkers. “That’s why we pay strict attention to the working conditions at our ateliers,” Stefan Drechsle emphasizes. “We guarantee that there is absolutely no child labor in our facilities!” Drechsle personally travels to the manufacturing yards several times each year to personally monitor the quality of the rugs, the sustainability and the working conditions onsite, so he can honestly state that “the manufacturing process is fully transparent!” His commitment was honored with the distinction of the rugmark seal (now the GoodWeave certification) by the Rugmark Foundation India, a nongovernmental organization that includes the GTZ (the German Association for Sustainable Technical Development) among its initiators.

 

COLLECTIONS
Alongside numerous innovative collections by celebrated designers such as Verner Panton, Karim Rashid, Carmen Stallbaumer, D-Range, Patrick Norguet, Pierre Paulin and Arik Levy, as well as artists’ carpets by Vassily Kandinsky and Joan Hernández Pijuan, the company also offers carpets and kilims in customized sizes, shapes and designs: for example, the Recolor line, in which oriental rugs are newly dyed and reinterpreted in contemporary color combinations. The results are unique vintage items!

Exclusive and customized rugs for the retail stores of big fashion brands (Giorgio Armani), for luxurious hotels (e.g. Armani Hotels in Milan and Dubai) and yachts, as well as for private individuals such as Hollywood actors and members of the royal family in Kuwait round out DESIGNERCARPETS portfolio. Beginning 2016 the manufacture in Kathmandu has started to produce the hand knotted carpets for Fendi Casa, Bentley Casa, Baccarat and Trussardi Casa.


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