NEW YORK, May 18, 2018 – Obeetee, a global leader in hand-woven carpets, announced the appointment of Patricia Ben-Zvi to President of Obeetee, Inc., which handles the company’s product marketing and distribution for all of North America and is headquartered in New York City. The appointment is effective immediately.
Ben-Zvi comes to Obeetee from West Elm, the trend-setting, Brooklyn-born home furnishings retailer and a branch of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. There she held the position of Omni Buyer managing the bedding, flooring, window, pillows, throws and bath textiles for retail, e-commerce and catalog throughout her tenure. Prior to that, she worked for the Italian fashion brand Max Mara, where she held positions in both Buying and Visual Merchandising to round out her extensive retail experience.
“Patricia Ben-Zvi brings a wealth of experience in retail, e-commerce and merchandising to our company,” said Rudra Chatterjee, Chairman, Obeetee. “We are proud to have her head the team as we continue to expand our presence in the North American market.”
“I am inspired by Obeetee’s design excellence, quality craftsmanship, innovative processes and ethical standards and look forward to the carpet leader’s continued success and growth,” advised Ben-Zvi.
Ben-Zvi is Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising Management / International Trade and Marketing.
OBEETEE is one of the largest handmade rug makers in India and one of the oldest hand-woven rug companies in the world. OBEETEE’s outstanding quality and reputation have earned the interest of many famous and notable people. Founded as Oakley Bowden & Taylor in 1920, OBEETEE has grown to 650 permanent employees and works with more than 25,000 independent artisans who are engaged in weaving and processing our rugs in India. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is home to two majestic OBEETEE rugs, the largest measuring more than 4,865 square feet and containing billions of intricate knots.
OBEETEE has the greatest in-house capabilities of any rug-maker in India, thanks to its modern dyeing plant and inspired design department. The OBEETEE color bank holds over 4,000 color-fast shades of wool. The designers at OBEETEE continuously study new textures and fresh combinations, to ensure the production of the finest quality rugs available in India.. OBEETEE is the first industry company to receive the coveted SA 8000:2001 certification for Social Accountability and adheres to strict standards in every area of conduct-from working hours and collective bargaining to workers’ safety and health. OBEETEE strongly supports children’s education, access to sanitation and the economic empowerment of women in the villages where it operates. The carpet leader’s environmental programs reflect its progressive manufacturing framework and conserve water and other natural resources.