Phyllis Waldron Ripple is the founder and CEO of ecoFiber Custom Rugs, based in Boulder, Colorado. ecoFiber Custom Rugs designs and manufactures handmade rugs from Nepal for the architectural and interior design communities in the United States and abroad. No two rugs created can, or ever will be, alike. The uniqueness in Ripple’s craft is reflected in her breath of world culture and experience that is rooted in her passion for the preservation of the natural world, which has inspired and guided her choices since youth.
Ripple blended her university education in Art History and Geography to create a business model at ecoFiber Custom Rugs that would accomplish three goals. The first principle was to not contribute to the degradation of the natural world. Second, Ripple put her money behind preventing the exploitation of children. Third, she fashioned a way to create useful, high-quality rugs, for discriminating clients.
A longtime expatriate, Ripple has lived and raised children in Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Many of these stops along Ripple’s journey were within great weaving regions of the world. This truly allowed her to study first hand how carpets woven with natural fibers and dyes create a timeless beauty.
Ripple has also traveled through every continent, bringing a global awareness of the social and environmental obstacles facing the majority of families in developing economies. She takes time to learn, experience and embrace her adventures in culture societies and peoples.
Ripple continues to traverse the world seeking inspiration and natural elements for her clients. However, never in her business or travels does Ripple’s focus on sustainability ever waiver: natural fibers, dyes and the craftsmanship of the Tibetan weavers results in floor coverings which are not only an ethical choice, but one that is truly a work of community art.
Ripple is married, lives in Boulder, Colorado, and has two children in their twenties. She continues to visit Nepal annually in addition to numerous other areas of interest where social and economical reform is critical, yet viable.