Spotlight On: elson & company

Washington, District of Columbia

Elson & company was created with the vision of fusing the finest hand-knotted Tibetan rugs with the endless possibilities of sophisticated design. The company began with three core priorities: working with top design talent, producing a premier product and being a philanthropic member of the community. Company founder Diane Elson Bankoff joined the GoodWeave® certification program as one of its early U.S. supporters.

Founded in 1997, the company consists of two women in the UnitedStates, numerous showrooms and over 100 people in India and Nepal. Elson & company has exhibited work at Tibet House Gallery in New York City, LIMN gallery in San Francisco and Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in Chicago. In 2000, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art purchased three rugs from “Tibetan Modern: The Architects Collection,” for its permanent collection. The year 2001 brought a joint project with graphic designer and art director Fabien Baron and Cappellini.

In October 2003, elson & company completed the “Fashion Underfoot” collection, created by top fashion designers including Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Reed Krakoff of Coach, Richard Lambertson/John Truex and Robert Lee Morris. From each designer’s initial sketch, elson & company worked as both advisor and liaison between the team of Tibetan weavers and the fashion designers, assisting in all aspects of the production, from wool color selection to sample production to finished product.

Elson & company released a new line, in fall 2004, of Tibetan carpets and dhurries designed by Oscar de la Renta. For elson & company, working with the team at Oscar de la Renta to translate his ideas into a new medium was both an inspiration and a pleasure.

Projects with other high-profile design professionals have followed. All elson & company carpets are made of high-altitude Himalayan wool and hand-knotted in Nepal. The company's dhurries are handmade in India.

For more information visit www.elsoncompany.com.


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