When The New School’s Parsons School of Design launched a two-year MFA program dedicated to textiles last fall, the faculty was keen to have a partnership with a brand that would allow its students to fully explore both the present and future of the medium. The school struck up a deal with Obeetee, a luxury hand-woven rug company, that would give students the opportunity to experience every facet of the rug making process—from meeting the weavers in India to interacting with customers in the brand’s New York showroom.
“Through our partnership with Obeetee, students in the MFA Textiles program were able to work with one of the world's leading rug brands, where they gained invaluable experience,” Burak Cukmak, dean of fashion at Parsons, tells Business of Home. “They were challenged to help Obeetee innovate their products, move into new markets, define the role of a rug in daily life, and think about how to push the boundaries of tradition through new methods centered around sustainability and more.”
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