Our legacy

This is the story of how a dusty old town on the Grand Trunk Road became the heart of rug‑making in India.

Founded as Oakley, Bowden & Taylor, our story begins in 1920 in Mirzapur

Shortly after WWI, three British gentlemen - F.H. Oakley, F.H. Bowden and J.A.L Taylor gathered the finest local craftsmen under the banner of Obeetee (O-B-T).

In 1955 O Ganj Factory foundation being laid

In 1969 Obeetee became the world’s first licensee of Woolmark for hand-knotted rugs

In 1984 Obeetee set up the first water effluent treatment plant in the industry.

In 1955 O Ganj Factory foundation being laid

Our patrons and well wishers include those who shaped history.

1955 Queen Elizabeth II with Benda Howard Mansell showing Obeetee Carpets

1974 Amitabh Bachchan at the international textile exhibition

1956 Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India with Hakimudin Khan

1956 Ramaswamy Venkataraman, Former President of India with Late Mr. Edward Oakley

We might be the largest and oldest handwoven rug companies in the world — but what ties us together is a single thread.

A uniquely robust artisanal production capability

Innovation and

Industry-leading commitment to social responsibility.