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Meet Suad Cano of Berbere World Imports in Culver City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suad Cano.

Suad, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Started 40 years ago with imported handmade Berbere rugs and Moroccan accessories in a 50 square foot showroom on Hollywood and Sunset Blvd. open nights and weekends only.

Years later we opened our showroom at Robertson and Third where we had one of the largest collections of hand woven kilims in the country.

About twenty five years ago we transitioned into furniture, architectural elements, and accessories from around the globe and grew into a 40,000 square foot showroom here in Culver City.

We are a main stay in the interior design, set decoration, landscaping, and event industry. Open to design enthusiasts we pride ourselves on our knowledge and customer service.

Whether it’s a 150 year old 9 foot tall terracotta wine Jar, a Moroccan lantern, or a hand carved Balinese Buddha you are looking for. Chances are we have it in our showroom.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of the largest challenges has been the nuances of importing containers through San Pedro from places like Morocco, Turkey, and beyond.

We once had a container of 4 pots that had taken 6 months to get here from Spain in a 40 foot container. The vendors had gifted us a crate of roof tiles and because one of the many slats wasn’t stamped as certified shipping wood customs decided to ship the whole container back to Spain so that the single slat out of many could be replaced with a full stamp of certification instead of the partial that was there.

Total cost – additional $15,000 and the client to wait 6 more months.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Berbere World Imports – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Specialize in quality handmade ethnic items from around the globe. We are known for our customer service and the notion that any company can peddle their wares, but in order to succeed you must be able to go beyond. So if someone buys an antique Indian door, but the size isn’t conducive to their space then we will work with them on all aspects of modification until the job is done and the client is completely satisfied.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Loved coming down to Culver City at a time when everyone thought this was design purgatory and watched and helped the area blossom.

Now we look forward to doing that in our new endeavor in Inglewood.

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Image Credit:
Manolo Langis on the two Buddha images with Indian door backdrop

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