Ibenstein Weavers produces high-quality, decorative carpets, runners and wall-hangings using Karakul wool. Karakul sheep were introduced to Namibia more than a hundred years ago and the species flourished in the dry Namibian climate. The pelt of the sheep is particularly prized for the production of high-value Persian carpets in the Middle East.
In 1952, Marianne Krafft started weaving carpets using Namibian Karakul wool on the farm Klein Ibenstein, 90kms east of Windhoek, in the Dordabis farming community area. Today, Ibenstein Weavers employs 12 employees, is a fully operational weaving enterprise and produces Karakul products of the highest quality in southern Africa. It is also incidentally the largest employment provider in the rural area of Dordabis.
In addition to Karakul carpets, blankets, runners and wall-hangings, Ibenstein Weavers also produces a beautiful selection of fabrics woven from natural yarns such as Kalahari wild silk, linen, wild Namibian cotton and bamboo.
A selection of products is on display and for sale at the Namibia Craft Centre but customers are also more than welcome to visit the plant at Ibenstein Weavers by appointment and for a tour of the facility to view the operations and range of products.