Elizabeth Eakins

January 19, 2011

I had the great pleasure of choosing and ordering a buautiful wool hand hooked rug for a client recently from the Elizabeth Eakins Company.  While expensive, this rug is incredible in person and the level of detail and craftsmenship, unparalelled!  My photos of the rug as it was being installed don’t even to this rug justice, but I had to share this with you.

The Elizabeth Eakins company began in 1978, with one woman who had a talent for textile design and believed in the discipline of doing things by hand. In 1981, she was joined by a young man named Scott Lethbridge, who also had a talent for design and had reacted instantly and intuitively to her use of color. Their objective was to bring to market all natural fiber products that are the best available in how they are designed and how they are made. Together they have grown Elizabeth Eakins Inc. into an international enterprise.  Today, the company’s home is a light-filled 22,000 square foot studio in Norwalk Connecticut that contains a design studio, a yarn-dyeing room, a hand-weaving studio and a vast oak assembly floor where rugs are finished.

For the team at Elizabeth Eakins, respect of the natural environment, a disciplined work ethic and the integrity of hand work all go together. It’s why they use environmentally friendly dyes and believe in lasting relationships with people who work for them.   It’s also why they believe in respect for the collective community in which weavers are regarded as collaborators. And finally, it’s why they believe in producing a rug that can last a lifetime. Staying true to their core values and beliefs for the more than 30 years clearly makes Elizabeth Eakins a success story.

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