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Founded by Frits Janssen in the Netherlands 49 years ago, his two sons are currently at the helm of ICE International’s pursuit of supplying custom handmade loose rugs and wall-to-wall carpets for high-end residential and 5-star hospitality projects.
A highly skilled in-house design team is at the forefront of this quest, working directly with the client to create bespoke designs or customize the styles featured in the company’s extensive and exclusive, trend-led designbook.
These designs are realized with the highest level of craftsmanship, whether hand tufted by ICE International’s exclusive manufacturers or hand knotted by the family in Nepal that it has collaborated with for 38 years.
Quality and a personalized service form the pillars upon which the company has built a reputation of on point delivery. ICE has informed collaborations with some of the world’s most significant designers, including Phillipe Starck, Yabu Pushelberg and Hirsch Bedner Associates.
ICE International is a preferred vendor with Four Seasons, collaborating on numerous projects worldwide. Other recent signature hotel projects include the Park Hyatt NY, Baccarat NY, Four Seasons Downtown NY and the UK capital’s largest hotel suite, in The Langham London.
Care & Fair
Care & Fair offers free education and primary medical care to children in Nepal, India and Pakistan.
“Wherever the social situation has improved and children have had a school they could attend, child labour has disappeared.” – Terre des Hommes
The main objectives of Care & Fair include:
• Abolition of child labour in Nepal, India and Pakistan
• The creation of better living conditions for carpet knotting families
• Socially acceptable production – Care & Fair members only accept goods produced at socially acceptable conditions
• Setting an example, doing its bit in trying to make the world a better place on a localised level
ICE International’s founder, Frits Janssen, was a strong believer in the empowerment of education. This led him to co-initiate Care & Fair in 1994. He remained active as a dedicated board member and major sponsor for 22 years, and was joined by his son Marc Janssen, who proudly carries on the Care & Fair torch.
Care & Fair today:
• 4500 children receive free education in one of 13 Care & Fair schools
• 300 women participate in complimentary women's empowerment programmes across eight education centres
• 70,000 patients are provided with free primary care at five different day care clinics
Let’s introduce Marc
Marc Janssen, Owner and CEO, guides ICE International’s global mission to supply high end clients with the best quality in bespoke rugs. Marc is known for his uncompromising focus on unique design, sustainable production and exclusive craftsmanship. Driven to elevate ICE International to leader status, he travels the world to explore new business opportunities.
“At ICE we share the same values as our respected clients. It’s our passion to deliver rugs as unique as a piece of art. My goal is to find the synergy that the sum of unique design, craftsmanship, service and teamwork can create.”
Let’s introduce Rogier
Rogier Janssen, business development director, travels extensively to meet with clients and potential new clients in person. “No device beats sitting together with a good coffee.” Rogier and his father shared a passion for offshore sailing. For this reason Rogier has a huge drive to work on exclusive superyachts.
“I love working on high-end hospitality and residential projects, but to me the yachting world is just very special.”
Let’s introduce Monique
Monique Carevic-van Rhee, Design Manager, is ICE International’s design powerhouse with her finger firmly on the trends of colour and patterns. She enjoys the direct contact between designer and client, and continuously strives to develop the skills of the ICE design team.
“It is a privilege to work with some of the world’s best design firms and to create unique designs for unique places.”
Let’s introduce Dineke
Dineke Weers-van Geel, General Manager Middle East, manages ICE International’s Dubai-based team and looks after our clients in the Middle East and Asia, paying them regular visits across both continents. Her experience as a seasoned designer is of great value in her work leading high end projects.
“Dubai is a vibrant place, where you can always expect the unexpected. I feel proud to further develop our position in the Middle Eastern market”.
Let’s introduce Maria
Maria Santiago, Manager Operations Americas, has over 10 years of experience in developing hand tufted rugs and carpets.
Maria manages all American projects and leads ICE International’s New York office, where her hands-on mentality doesn’t go unnoticed.
“In this business it’s all about service, design and quality.”
Let’s introduce Inés
Inés Lucas, Business Development France, has been working in the fashion and decoration industry for over 15 years, for companies like Ralph Lauren and Neiman Marcus. Her first exposure to the hospitality industry came later when she started working with Hotel Doisy. Not only did she create beautiful, handmade rattan headboards, Inés also initiated the hotel with their storytelling.
"It's a privilege to work on such unique and bespoke projects in the most exclusive areas in the world. I'm very proud to be part of an ambitious and talented company like ICE International."
Let’s introduce Kristian
Kristian Michels, Production Manager, joined ICE International 29 years ago. With his wealth of knowledge, he sees to the successful completion of many projects.
“The company’s founder Frits Janssen taught me the beauty of craftsmanship – I still work by his principles on quality.”
Let’s introduce Femke
Femke van den Muyzenberg-Goossens, Design Consultant, has worked on numerous global ICE International projects as a senior member of the design team. She employs this array of experience and knowledge when consulting with European clients on designs, making sure no detail gets missed.
“The best part of my job is meeting the talented teams at design firms – we discuss topics we are both excited about.”
Let’s introduce Nicole
Nicole Kanters, Senior Designer and Leader of our very talented United Arab Emirates (UAE) design team. She works at ICE for 7 years now , she is following her passion to the fullest and has been given the opportunity to develop her skills. With her subtle and refined way of working she loves to translate the wish of our customers into beautiful designs that go even beyond. And with her dedication, she guides her team to achieve the same day by day.
Let’s introduce Nathalie
Nathalie Keijzer-Ovchinnikova, Head of Accounting of ICE for 13 years, has over 27 years of experience in Finance. She is leading the accounting team for the Netherlands, Dubai and US business and is responsible for the entire financial administration of the company.
“I feel proud to work on the maintaining of the financial health of ICE."”
Let’s introduce Karin
There is nothing as admirable as a team that continually seeks to develop itself on every level. The ICE team is helped in this by experienced HR Manager Karin Smulders.
“I am very proud to be a part of this exceptional and ambitious team.”
Let’s introduce Ali
Ali Hosseini, Master Repairman, boasts over 20 years of experience in restoration and bespoke alterations of handmade rugs and carpets. Ali’s workshop is located inside ICE International’s Dutch headquarters, but his technical support reaches far beyond and, if necessary, can be provided worldwide.
“ICE offers me the opportunity to work on the most beautiful rugs and carpets in the most exclusive areas around the world. I’m very proud to be part of this team.”
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