Designer, humanitarian, businesswoman: Stephanie Odegard is each of these things and more. Since founding her eponymous carpet company in the late '80s, she's become world-renowned for luxurious, hand-knotted rugs that she creates herself and in partnership with a roster of international talent. Her contemporary designs are inspired by her love of craft and eye for color, and they draw upon her extensive travels as a Peace Corps volunteer and, later, with the United Nations and the World Bank. Adamant that Odegard Rugs be socially and environmentally responsible, she also serves as director of the Rugmark Foundation, which aims to end illegal child labor in South Asia.
Art for your floor, these rugs, designed by Stephanie Odegard, are made from hand-spun Tibetan wool, which is then colored with vegetable dye and knotted a strand at a time by Nepalese artisans. And the designs are breathtaking, from traditional damask flourishes to colorful modern geometrics.