Karastan's Wonder Rug Comes To The Las Vegas Market
July 27, 2011
- A stunning piece of history comes to the Las Vegas Market when Karastan Rugs displays its World’s Fair “Wonder Rug” at its new showroom located at C-312 in the World Market Center
“We are an American rug company that has stood the test of time, and we celebrate the quality of our products that also stand the test of time,” said Steve Roan, president of Karastan Rugs. “This rug was created for the entrance to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and is a testament to the quality and workmanship of Karastan. Five million attendees walked across the Wonder Rug. One year later Karastan cleaned one half of the rug to show the world that the rug’s amazing quality and beauty was just a wash away.”
But that’s only half the story. In 1939, Karastan put the exact same rug to the test again. During the New York World’s Fair, more than 9 million people walked over the same rug. Again one half of the rug was cleaned to reveal the original beauty.
Today Karastan makes its rugs in Eden, NC, and is the largest maker of worsted wool rugs in America. Karastan still uses the spool Axminster loom, a technology developed by Marshall Field in 1928 to duplicate the craftsmanship of a hand-woven rug, and it treats each rug to several patented processes that make Karastan an industry leader in color and style. Karastan is firmly committed to the environment with wool being the primary material used in the creation of its rugs. It ranks as one of the largest users of New Zealand wool in the world. Wool is a renewable resource that naturally resists dirt, is fire retardant and absorbs indoor air contaminants to provide healthier homes and office spaces.
Karastan is part of Mohawk Industries, a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of broadloom carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which, in addition to Karastan, include Mohawk, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile and American Olean. Mohawk’s unique merchandising and marketing assists customers in creating the consumer’s dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and over 250 local distribution locations.