Karastan celebrated 90 years of innovation and history this year. The company’s Eden, N.C., facility flowed its first power loom rug on April 8, 1928, and the company’s history of producing rugs dates back to when U.S retailer Marshall Field’s commissioned a unique machine capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship, vibrant colors and sumptuous feel of a hand-woven rug. The new, machine-made rugs rivaled their handmade counterparts, and their accessible luxury became the enduring hallmark of the Karastan brand. In 1993, Mohawk Industries acquired Karastan.
“Karastan is renowned for its artistry and innovation and has set the industry standard for craftsmanship and durability,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America, who spoke at the 90th celebration at the Eden facility in August. “The products they create here are more than flooring. They are the centerpiece of homes all over the country. For decades, these rugs have been passed down as heirlooms, and families have marked countless milestones on carpets that defined gracious living.”