Interview with Istek | In our interview serie we ask designer and manufacturer to answer the same 6 questions about their company, their idea about design and sustainability and what is important for them.

Following the answers from Nina Kasten from Istek.


While spending a lot of time in Anatolia, ISTEK was founded. “Istek” means to “desire” in Turkish and it grows through curiosity and most of all out of the aspiration to handle with art and culture. All work is being done with local people. With lots of love and an great eye for detail, as well as authenticity, a collection of kelims and nomadic carpets in all age- and color ranges emerges. Each one is a truly unique piece.

What is sustainable about your products?

The carpets from ISTEK allow cultures to reemerge. Old handcrafts get a new image in contemporary design. At the same time, one will never find a re-made, but only original resources.

Which are the most suitable 3 adjectives for this and why?

  1. Original

ISTEK exclusively uses original and semi-antique textiles, such as hand knotted oriental carpets or hand woven works from various regions.

  1. Handmade

All products are handmade

  1. Up cycled

Elaborated techniques and natural processes (e.g. fading through sunlight) or colors are set into the carpets to create aesthetic attractions

What is the secret to your success?

For years already I am travelling to the different regions of Anatolia and dedicate myself to the local handcraft, the local people and their stories. I create new insights into the native line of works: With ISTEK I put the handcraft into new light and make it center of attention of contemporary conception of space. Originality has a soul. And my clients sense this.

What is it you like about InteriorPark.?

The high degree of creativity and aesthetical criteria are components which I very much appreciate about InteriorPark. The focus on new and sustainable materials makes the product catalogue to an exciting excursion. I like, that the concept asks for an careful examination of resources and responsibility.

What is good design?

Design has always had the same task: Design communicates. Design explains things, allows us an emotional sense/state and it creates clarity. The more obvious and successful these aspects are, the more I consider a design as a success.

What is the greatest challenge for design in future?

Innovations always start at the core of a subject. Not the design itself has to be invented new, but the content, which is bounded by a design, is under constant rejuvenation. Design has the task to convey theses ideas, no matter if they are of technical, intellectual or idealistic matter.

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