Our Story

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The Grund family and company mission is to spread the joy and excitement of their products. Not only by how beautiful they look, but also by the fact that they are vertically made by a compassionate and loving company. We believe that it is our responsibility to share the success that we have, by working hard together with our employees and community. We are thrilled to be in partnership with you!

Our Story… Mr. Grund’s research showed that it was true, there was no major supplier of bath mats in their region. He discovered an old, discarded manufacturing machine that was once used to produce carpets. He borrowed the outdated machine and produced the very first Grund bath mats right in the family’s living room. To this day, the family still remembers that winter night and the joy of seeing the first ever bath mats produced!

After selling just 13 pieces in the Prague market, the Grund family earned enough capital to reinvest in the company. The Grund name was established in the area, so they began selling their bath mats to local shops and department stores. As the business grew, so did the need for more production space. In just a few short weeks, it was moved to the “grandmother suite” with the raw materials stored in the garage.

oldhome

In 1991, business was booming for the Grund family and their production moved to a cottage in the tourist area of the Giant Mountains. While in that location, the company hired their first staff and established their presence in the community. Just one year later, Mr. and Mrs. Grund took a major risk by leveraging their family home and borrowed money to build their first full line factory. In addition that year, 1992, they increased their staff to more than 20 employees.

tradefair

By 1993, the Grund company was ready to exhibit for the first time outside of the new Czech Republic. They took their products and their passion to a Heimtexil trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Grund were met with a global economy and fierce competition. However, they returned to the Czech Republic determined to improved quality and durability of the bath mat industry. While this was certainly a challenge for the company that was trying to build the family business in Europe, the show turned out to be very successful. To this day, Grund still has many of those original customers!

Over the next several years, the company experienced steep double digit growth. By the year 2000, Grund boasted more than 200 employees, ran a major manufacturing facility and added a spinning mill as well all in an effort to produce the best rugs on the market! In 2001, the company was able to purchase its first automatic tufting machine. This new machine would allow Grund to become more competitive, especially against China, in a global economy. The company was then able to place its focus on innovation and high scale design. They partnered with world famous designers like Luigi Colani to help them build the Grund® brand. Along with some help from Italian business experts, the Grund® brand was placed in many luxury and upscale department stores throughout Europe and Asia.

In late 2013, Grund was awarded the country’s highest honor as “The Company of the Year from the Czech Republic.” This was an incredible milestone for Grund, which was selected from several thousand other companies.

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Today, the Grund® brand is sold in more than 40 countries and has branch offices in Germany and a newly established office in the United States. By using the top global designers, Grund® has created a unique and innovative collection with an unmistakable style. This competitive edge continues today as Grund remains a major manufacturer in the bathmat industry. The future goal of the company is to bring a textile factory back to the United States, while building the Grund® brand in North America.

The Grund family and company mission is to spread the joy and excitement of their products. Not only by how beautiful they look, but also by the fact that they are vertically made by a compassionate and loving company. We believe that it is our responsibility to share the success that we have, by working hard together with our employees and community. We are thrilled to be in partnership with you!

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