Maren Bönsch is a designer, a trained carpenter and social activist. Recently a project of hers came on the scene in the design world that made her famous overnight: “Niem”.
The name stands for a carpet that demonstrates fair modes of production – as a social design project. In the manufacture of the Niem carpet, the central question was whether it was possible to find a production facility that exclusively produced under “fair” conditions in Germany. In addition, the manufacture of the raw materials needed had to also be subject to the same principle. What may sound obvious for countries with traditional carpet manufacturing becomes a challenge in Germany: here a wholly owned manufacturing of all parts of a carpet is practically an historical anomaly today.
But in the end, the selection fell to the Saxon carpet factory. It has been manufacturing unique and small series of Bouclé and Tournay carpets since 1909. This also includes replicas of historically important carpets and unique pieces for special representative purposes such as in castles, villas, corporate foyers, but also for complicated staircases or carriages. The design of the “Niem” carpet was strongly influenced by the special procedure of tail weaving and the possibility of versatile production processes. The method is a traditional, very old handcraft, which allows for the production of high-pile and loop-like carpets.