Hästens will open a flagship store in Dubai on February 22, at Sunset Mall in Jumeirah Beach Road.
Hästens, founded in 1852, is Sweden’s oldest manufacturer of beds and started out by primarily making saddles and carriage furniture.
The main filling material used for saddles was horsehair and in the 19th century, it was common knowledge that horsehair provided the best possible filling material for mattresses.
“To begin with, the saddle makers at Hästens only manufactured beds on demand. This demand increased at such rate that making beds with time became the main business for the company. The Hästens brand name (‘Häst’ is Swedish for horse) and logo are references to its origin as a saddle making company,” a spokesman said.
Craftsmanship and quality are two keywords at Hästens where beds are still made by hand using only natural filling material.
All their beds are awarded the Swedish Svan environmental certification, as well as attaining the standards set by Öko-Tex and Möbelfakta for home and public environment.
Since 1952 Hästens has had the honour of being the supplier of beds to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
The company is currently established in 35 markets and continues to expand. Its exports have risen from 4% in 1994 to 71% in 2005.
In April, 2006, Hästens was awarded the ‘Grand Export Prize’ by His Majesty the King of Sweden in recognition of its successes.