Al Sadu Society History
Sadu House, a traditional Kuwaiti house, was built in 1936 by the head of an affluent family, Youssef Al Marzouk. The house overlooked the seafront and incorporated four open courtyards with many Indian decorative influences, exemplified in the decorations on the wooden doors brought from Karachi, and the iron units on the windows.
The construction was supervised by a famous Kuwaiti builder Rashid Al Benai. The house was built with stone using concrete to reinforce its structure – the first such house in Kuwait. It has sparked much interest among Kuwaitis.
In 1938 the house came under the ownership of Youssef Shereen Behbehani who added a new floor and European style fireplaces in the diwaniya rooms. In the 1970s the house was purchased by the State under the Ministry of Information and later was acquired by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters. In the 1980 it embraced the tradition of weaving and became the home of weavings and textiles – Sadu House.
In 2006, the building was restored to continue its cultural role of introducing and preserving the weaving heritage from the vast spots of the rural desert to the urbanized city. Its role continues, as the conservator and guardian of the illuminating aspects of Kuwaiti heritage and social history, while still withholding to its initiative to preserve cultural identity and encourage contemporary creative artistic expression.