"Almost 30 years ago my adventure began and today I live my dream"
(Matthias Saul, Founder)
In 1992, I discovered the benefits of a hammock. After travelling to many different countries and continents including Ecuador, Peru, Europe, and Africa; I wanted to do more exploration around South America but sleeping on the ground in the rainforest is not an option. Thus, I was introduced to hammocks, a new experience that would hugely influence my life.
On these adventures, I would need a rain cover and a mosquito net amongst other things. But a complete set with all these features was too heavy and not easy to transport. Ultimately, I resulted to sourcing the materials in South America and building my own, with the help of the Huaorani tribe. The result was a hammock with mosquito protection and a tent as rain protection, weighing more than 7kg. This hammock left me with back pain and even mosquito bites.
Fortunately, we had our guides with us. They had been sleeping in hammocks since childhood and were amused by the back pain induced by my self-built hammock. They showed me how to hang up a hammock properly, and how to lie in it. This was the beginning of sleeping without back pain, and every evening I’d work to improve my hammock.
When I returned to Germany, I did not leave hammocks behind. I imported hammocks and sold them to friends and acquaintances and after a few months you could even buy AMAZONAS hammocks in some stores. And so, an idea became a successful company, my ambition to develop my own products and to bring them to the market became bigger and bigger. That was the starting point for setting up my own hammock weaving mill in Brazil, the origin country of hammocks. Many months in Brazil with my new friends and real traditional hammock makers taught me the basics, which I still use today. Many of these experiences and qualities I found there, you can still find today in our products.
After almost 30 years of development, failures, and countless test journeys around the world, I have now reached my goal. Every night in one of our hammocks brings me back to those nights in Ecuador.
Today I am proud of my life's work and consider myself a specialist, with our products being sold worldwide. Fortunately I am no longer alone and I have a large team that helps me to further develop and continually improve.
In conclusion, I can only tell you one thing, the best hammock is the one that you simply always have with you. That is my ulterior motive with our products.