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.
Odegard rugs are made from high-grade wools, colored with vegetable dyes and hand-woven by Nepalese artisans. Traditional craftsmanship means nothing without good design, however, and these floor coverings have it in spades—they boast eye-catching prints and contemporary colors.