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We first started producing broadloom
carpets in the 1930’s. Not only did we play a big part in
introducing American households to the very concept of walking
in comfort, we provided the impetus for mass appeal by
introducing yet another innovation in 1948: our Kara-Loc®
method of weaving.
Initially limited to the production of
plain velvet and twist styles, Kara-loc eventually produced an
explosion of fashion innovations, including multi-colored
designs, along with cut-and-loop effects at least 15 years
ahead of the rest of the industry. The innovative method made
possible the production of high-styled, quality carpets at
prices affordable to average consumers.
Our Story Began in 1928.
In a North Carolina mill during the 1920’s,
Marshall Field & Co. created an exciting and innovative
product – machine-made oriental design rugs of high quality at
realistic prices. These elegant new rugs, almost impossible to
distinguish from imported originals, were introduced by
Wanamaker’s New York department store in 1928, and the
Karastan brand was born.