Founded by brothers Christian and Ernst Carstens after they lost most of their factories to the DDR. The Carstens Uffrecht factory in East Germany became the manufacturer VEB Haldensleben.
The Carstens Tonnieshof factory was located in Freden an der Leine, West Germany. During the 1960s Carstens expanded and products were produced in Austria, Chile, Argentina and Australia.
Designers included Trude Carstens (wife of Ernst Carstens), Heinz Siery, Gerda Heuckeroth and Dieter Peter.