Our Story

Unsurpassed craftsmanship makes every Nouwens carpet unique.

Since Dutch carpet master Cornelis Nouwens opened his own mill in 1962, we have had a passion for creating iconic, hardwearing carpet solutions. Developing the expertise of a highly skilled team over the years, Nouwens has become a recognised and respected name in the world of décor. Our rich heritage, spanning more than 50 years in South Africa, is focused on bringing innovative, functional and breathtakingly beautiful carpets to the home and other spaces. While specialising in international-style carpet manufacture, we are a genuinely local brand, crafting quality and true value into a perfect backdrop for your décor. Unsurpassed craftsmanship makes every Nouwens carpet unique

Where it Began

Arriving in South Africa in the 1950’s, Cornelis Nouwens brought with him the tradition and skills of fine carpet crafting from the hub of the wool textile industry, Tilburg, Holland. He had been schooled in the skills of his craft by his father, which Cornelis subsequently passed on to his children and the people of Harrismith. It was here in Harrismith where he first established his mill in November 1962, using a converted blanket loom. From humble beginnings, Nouwens Carpets has become a respected household name and worthy South African icon. Investment in a vertical mill has enabled Nouwens to advance its own unique signature specification and manufacturing standards.