It appears that this year is KOUTCHI’s year. Earlier this month we attended a celebration ceremony for the prestigious Australian Small Business Champion Awards where we were selected as finalist. It was a night of celebration, recognition of the hard-work of myself, my brother and the talented artisans back in Morocco. We also took this …
We recently visited Tizi Oussem, a Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains located 40km from Marrakech. This village is popular among tourists who love hiking and it is a stop on the way to Toubkal mountains, the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and North Africa with an elevation of 4167m. In this Amazigh …
We chat with Justine, manager of the Olive Tree Market about how KOUTCHI was born, the motivations behind my career switch from a Neuroscientist to KOUTCHI co-founder and other key aspects of our business Click here to read the full interview
In this interview, I discussed with Dan and Jen from the ABC Newcastle the strategies we followed to face the challenges imposed by the pandemic as well as the grant we were eligible for. Click here to hear the full interview fast-forward to 2:17
In this interview, I explain to Dan from the ABC Newcastle the motivations behind my career change from a Neuroscientist to an Entrepreneur bringing Morocco to the Hunter Click here to hear the full interview
If you are passionate about History, Archaeology, and the Roman Empire, then Volubilis is a must stop for your next visit to Morocco. Below is a brief historical overview and a selection of photos to appreciate. For more in-depth reports on this beautiful Moroccan historical heritage, click here Located on a fertile agricultural soil 30 …
Ennakhla Tannery in Marrakech The tannery Ennakhla lies in Bab Debbagh in the old Medina of Marrakech. It is an interesting experience witnessing the process of tanning the leather using pre-industrial techniques. This process has barely changed since the medieval age. But prepare your brain for some strong smells. Tourists are usually given …
I was born in Marrakech and this city has a particular place in my heart. Below is a succinct overview of my beloved red city. A brief Historical Overview Founded by the Almoravid Berber leader, Youssef Ibn Tashafin in 1062 A.D., Ibn Tashafin made Marrakech the capital of the Almoravid Empire. In 1147 A.D., a …
Food plays a major part in shaping our identity. It is also a great tool to connect with other people from different ethnicities. A happy face and great food are all what you need to connect with other community members even if you don’t speak their language. For me, food has always allowed me to …
There’s just something special knowing that what you’re buying, comes directly from the artisans. I purchased the most beautiful cactus silk cushions. Ihssane was so wonderful sourcing the Colours and providing prompt communication and exceptional service. This is what the customer experience should always feel like- koutchi set the standard that’s for sure!
Lauren D. June 2022
The best belts I’ve ever owned! I’ve bought 3 so far and the leather is such high quality, beautiful and not to mention the incredible friendly service 😊
I definitely recommend 👍
Agnes Z. August 2022
KOUTCHI has provided me with the most amazing art piece in the form of a vintage rug. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, the feel of the rug pile is so soft and inviting
I’ve definitely purchased an heirloom to pass through the generations . An Excellent service and price for an amazing product
Joanne P. September 2022
"I purchased a handwoven wool rug by Zayna from Koutchi. I am beyond happy with the quality and the artistic design of the rug. It brings warmth and character into my home and I know it will last a lifetime. Ihssane was wonderful to deal with, responded quickly, and kept me updated with shipping, which was very fast - even in regional NSW! I cannot wait for my next purchase. Highly recommend."
"Really impressed with the product and service from start to finish. ‘Design thinking’ has definitely been used every step of the customer journey. I love my unique, custom shoes. I recommend to anyone wanting authentic, artisanal Moroccan goods."
"My partner and I purchased a Moroccan handmade leather ottoman and are extremely happy with our choice and the beautiful workmanship. My sister admired mine and I bought her one for her birthday. There’s a lovely range of colours and stitching designs to choose from.
Ihssane has a vibrant energy to share his knowledge and a story behind the unique products he sells. Great customer service and always with a warm friendly smile. It’s well worth a visit to Koutchi for the experience."
Barbara Le Breton
"I love all things exotic and in particular the rich colours and ornamentation of Moroccan design. Ihssane's products are beautifully crafted and unique. They are also good value. Plus, he is a very attentive and accommodating customer servant."
“ We loved viewing all the colourful products that Koutchi had on offer, and knowing the story behind their production. The sandals, handbags and belts that we bought have elicited lots of positive comments from our friends, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of our purchases. It is wonderful to see Ihssane’s passion for his culture. Koutchi is a distinctive business and we wish it lots of success in its goal of supporting the artisans and craftsmen and women back in Morroco”
" I recently bought this top quality leather puff from KOUTCHI at Speers Point market, where Ihssane has a store. He imports all of his products from Marrakech, where he has a lot of contacts with local artisans. I love Morocco and its world famous leather goods, so I was delighted to find genuine high quality crafts here in Australia. Everything that Ihssane sells is of high quality and is very reasonably priced. I will definitely buy more goods from KOUTCHI"