History of Thibaut

Still bearing the founder’s name, Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) was founded in New York in 1886 by Richard E. Thibaut, an American of Parisian descent. Once heralded as the “world’s largest wallpaper company” Thibaut began as a successful retailer and with multiple distribution points in Boston, New York and Newark. Three generations of the Thibaut family owned and managed the company before it was sold to its employees. RPM, a manufacturer of specialty coatings purchased the company in 1976. The current management team presently co-owns the company with the Riverside Company.



Thibaut is proud to be the oldest continuously operating wallpaper company in the United States. Over the years Thibaut has transitioned from a wallpaper editor and distributor to an upscale design house, but still operates as a close-knit, family oriented company. Printed fabrics were introduced in 1960 and more recently the line has expanded to include a wide variety of embroidered, multi-purpose and woven upholstery fabrics.



While remaining true to its history and legacy, Thibaut has continued to expand and further serve its network of designers and showrooms worldwide. Anna French, a luxury brand of wallcoverings, fabrics, embroideries and Scottish lace was acquired in 2007. Thibaut Fine Furniture was introduced in 2012 as the latest chapter in Thibaut’s long history of great design.

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