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FOUNDER'S STORY


Our parent company, Dem Fırat Karven Tekstil, was established in 1991 in Istanbul by Cuma Ozturk. Cuma was the eldest child in a family with 21 kids. He grew up near the Iranian border on the rural side of Turkey. Because of the lack of resources during his childhood, he dropped out of school at the age of nine and started working at local shops.

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Cuma's parents' negligence and being the eldest among his siblings left him with an immense responsibility to work hard and provide for his family. So to make money fast, he started crossing the Iranian border as a kid to buy goods at a cheaper rate, then brought and traded them in Turkey.

Yet, after getting caught numerously and punished by the authorities, he knew he needed to find a long-term, less risky alternative. So at 13, he moved to the West of Turkey all by himself for better job opportunities. After a decade of hard, laborious work at construction sites, restaurants, and retail shops on the West side of the country, in 1991, at the age of 23, he opened his first textile shop in Laleli, Istanbul, with a business partner. However, in 1997, when his first child was born (that's me!), the partners had disagreements, leading them to separate ways.

The Founder of Karven Home sitting on chair with crossed arms
Store Front of the first store Cuma opened in Laleli

GOING SOLO

1997

Although his former partners tried to discourage and force him out of business, this only powered him to open his own textile store. His genuine attitude and fine quality of his products made his shop recognized. With the growing demand, he started bringing his siblings left on the East side of the country and employing them one after the other.

FIRST STEP TO OVERSEAS

2004

Cuma and his siblings opened their first abroad warehouse in Moscow and started supplying Turkish textiles to the Russian market, later expanding to Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Cuma Ozturk standing next to the products in the Moscow Warehouse
Karven Home Factory/Plant Exterior

MANUFACTURING

2014

Soon Cuma's manufacturing partners could not meet his growing market demand. So, he acquired 60,000 SF of empty land and built his first textile mill just an hour from Istanbul to fully supervise the production and cut unnecessary costs bearing his clients.

GRATITUDE

2020

Having started a successful company and being able take care of his siblings by employing them has made Cuma's dreams come true.

Dem Fırat Karven started as a small family-run textile shop in Istanbul in 1991. Today we grew into a manufacturing plant that produces over 20 million yards of fabric every month and supplies all around the globe with its strong supply chain network.

The growth has been an exciting and ever-changing journey. However, our core values have always stayed the same. Our growing family is what encourages us to continue providing high-quality products and exceptional customer service.

Cuma, his brother, and his son standing next to each other in a textile tradeshow in Russia