The Chilewich Contract Division launched
as a commercial flooring company with
the introduction of woven textiles for
Wall-to-Wall (W2W) and Tile Flooring.
Joe Sultan, Sandy Chilewich’s architect
husband, spearheaded the development
of backings suitable for commercial
use with the existing Chilewich woven
Joe Sultan officially joined
the name of the company
changeed to “Chilewich
Sultan LLC” to reflect his
role as a partner and CEO.
Chilewich’s Contract Division launched BioFelt, a
PVC-free tile backing system, in 2012. The backing is
made from recycled water bottles, renewable vegetable
compounds, as well as post-industrial materials. In 2013,
the company made a significant environmental development by replacing the petroleum-based plasticizers
in yarns with phthalate-free, renewable vegetable
compounds. The new, innovative yarns and fabrics
made from them are called TerraStrand.
Chilewich opened the doors of its first retail store in the
Flatiron District in New York City. The 820-square-foot
store was designed by De-Spec and features a modular
“kit-of-parts” system allowing a myriad of shapes, sizes,
and styles to be displayed and interchanged effortlessly.
“You just want to be able to control everything so you
can express your vision in an uncompromised way. That
was the desire, where we can show everything we create
under one roof,” Sandy said.
... creating products with the least amount of artistic compromise possible but just enough
to appeal to a wide audience. This is sometimes painful but full of satisfaction and rewards.