It’s a story we’ll never tire of hearing. Over 70 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden an idea sparked into life. Textile waste became rag rugs and Bolon was born. In many ways, our founder Nils-Erik Eklund was ahead of his time and today, his ability to see opportunity where others couldn’t still inspires us.

The man who lit the Bolon spark was our founder, Nils-Erik Eklund. Today, his grand daughters Annica and Marie keep the spirit alive. Since they took over the company from their parents Lars and Monica in 2003, they have been on a mission – to make Bolon a design-led innovator and fuse the conservative, traditional flooring branch with the boundless creativity of the world of fashion. That we have succeeded so spectacularly is satisfying. That in doing so, we’ve collaborated with world-renowned designers and architects as well as working with international brands makes us even more proud. However, pride is one thing and complacency is another – and standing still has never been an option here at Bolon.

This is our continuing story – and we sincerely hope that through our innovative, challenging and world leading flooring it becomes your inspiration. 


Marie Eklund

The company was founded in Stockholm, our first product being rag rugs produced from textile waste.


Monica and Lars Eklund takes over the business.


Product development continues including producing awning mats for caravans.


We start manufacturing wall-to-wall woven vinyl flooring.


Annica and Marie, the third generation of the Eklund family, take over the business.


On discovering that Armani is using Bolon products, the journey from traditional flooring company to top design house begins.


Product development reaches another important milestone with the introduction of elliptic yarn.


Our warehouse is moved from Belgium to Sweden, meaning production and all other functions are now based in Ulricehamn, our home town.


Our Designer Friends series of collaborations gathers more momentum as we work on groundbreaking projects with Missoni and Jean Nouvel.


To celebrate 10 years under Annica and Marie’s leadership, our unique history is presented in the book ‘The Story Of Bolon’.


No phthalates have been used in the production of Bolon flooring since 2014.


Launching Flow - a breakthrough collection. The bottom layer of the flooring’s backing is made of recycled material from Bolon’s recently commissioned onsite recycling plant.


Our production facility expands with for new jacquard looms to satisfy the market's demands for flexibility, quick service and particapatory design solutions for optimising the architects work.


Our collaboration together with renowned architect Jean Nouvel reaches new heights with the launch of the collection Bolon by Jean Nouvel


We set the goal to halve our climate impact and have at least 50% recycled material in all our products by 2028.


We launch a collection in collaboration with world-renowned industrial designer and architect Patricia Urquiola.


During spring, solar panels were installed on the factory roof in Ulricehamn. The estimated energy production is 1100 MWh of electricity per year, which covers around 25% of our annual production needs.

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