Marüshka was founded in 1971 by Richard Sweet, who left teaching High School art to follow his dreams of designing and hand printing framed fabric wall art. Richard's classic designs depicted the landscape, plants, and wildlife found along waterways and shorelines. In 1974 Randy Smith, who was a former student of Richard's, joined him as a screen printer. Randy became the company's first salesman, driving to Florida, living and selling out of his station wagon. The hand silk screened designs quickly drew a national and international following. Marüshka also hand printed custom fabric for the contract furniture industry. The company currently maintains an archive of over 3000 original designs. The original Marüshka prints with their simple, clean designs are currently experiencing a rebirth of popularity as collectibles. In 1985 Richard and Randy, using the same techniques, began producing apparel and accessories under the name Michigan Rag Company. Sold in retail outlets throughout North America, Michigan Rag products appeal to a broad range of ages. "Clothing with a sense of humor" is how Randy describes the designs. The 40+ year old company still continues Marüshka's commitment to designing and hand printing all the clothing and accessories it produces.