The 'Papeteries Vérilhac fréres' was founded in Lyon in 1932 by Henri and Robert Vérilhac, brothers from a family of paper merchants. They worked with a market extending from France to all the countries of Northern Africa. They first marketed notebooks and stationery.
From 1934, they began manufacturing and selling pads with the Rhodia signature - the logo of two close fir trees symbolises their brotherhood, the trees being native to the Rhone-Alpes region, home of the company. The river Rhone gives its name to the 'department' where Lyon is located and is also the basis for the Rhodia name.