They have been innovators since 1928.
The year American retailer and textile manufacturer Marshall Field built a loom capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship of a hand-woven rug. From the moment the first Karastan came off the loom (2:02 p.m., April 8, 1928), their name became synonymous with elegant machine-made rugs that rivaled their handmade counterparts.
So far advanced was the new manufacturing process that the trade press referred to their rugs as “Mystery Rugs.” To share the “mystery” of these rugs with the public, Karastan created a large version of its Kirman pattern for the 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago. But instead of putting it on display so visitors could simply admire its beauty, Karastan did the unthinkable. They invited the world to walk on it. And so the world did.
More than 5 million people left their footprints, spills and ground-in food stains all over the rug. Then it was time for cleanup. They cleaned half the rug so people could see how well the rugs recover. The rug still exists in the same state today—one side almost unrecognizably filthy, the other returned to its original beauty and luster.
To prove that the demonstration was no fluke, they did it again. This time more than 9 million visitors walked on their rugs at the New York World’s Trade Fair of 1939-40. It’s no wonder their rugs became known as “The Wonder Rugs of America.”
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Description: Machine made in the USA with 100% nylon Cross woven for added durability Chic, transitional design Note: Please be aware that actual colors may vary from those shown on your screen Rugs 8' x 10' and larger may ship Truck ...
Description: Technique: Van De Wiele Woven Material: 100% New Zealand wool Latex backing Origin: USA Design: Savoy Pattern: Patchwork Rotate your rug periodically Vacuuming is the best way to remove every day dirt and dust Professional cleaning recommended Collection: Elan
Elan Henna Shelley Brown Area Rug is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 35520 16103 063099, 35520 16103 096120, 35520 16103 102138, 35520 16103 114158, 711516122062, 711516122079, 711516122093