USA: Carpets: Carpeting Manufacturers
The most expensive type of carpeting is woven. This is produced on a loom similar that used for woven cloth, and has a cut pile. the process can produce intricate patterns from prepared designs. The more common and cheaper type of carpeting is the tufted, which is produced on a tufting machine. Colored yarn may be used, or the carpet may be made using non-colored yarn which is dyed subsequently. Tufted designs can be cut pile, loop pile, or a combination of cut and loop pile. The third main type is Needlefelt. This is produced by the electrostatic attraction of individual synthetic fibres. The process produces a very durable carpet, often used in areas of heavy wear such as hotels. Carpeting can be made from Wool, Nylon, Polypropylene, or Polyester, or combinations thereof.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of, including online catalogs, colours and materials, and care and maintenance.
Shaw. Shaw Industries, of Dalton, Georgia, is the world's largest carpeting manufacturer. It is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. It started in 1946 as a small business dyeing scatter rugs. Today it has annual sales of more than $5bn, and over 30,000 employees. Shaw's range is presented in the following styles: Loop, Pattern, Texture, and Twist. Application categories include: Child Friendly, Commercial, Heavy Traffic, Indoor/Outdoor, Pet Friendly, and Residential. Colors are grouped into: Beiges, Blues, Browns, Golds, Grays, Greens, Oranges, Reds, and Violets.
Mohawk. Mohawk Industries Inc. produces carpeting under five brands: Karastan Contract, Durkan Commerical, Lees, Mohawk Commercial, Bigelow Commerical, and Durkan Hospitality. These serve the following markets: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Public Venue, and Retail. Mohawk prides itself on its commitment to re-cycling, taking in and processing waste streams from other industries. Annually Mohawk takes in three billion plastic bottles (25% of all such bottles collected in North America) and turns them into carpet fiber.
Templeton. Templeton Carpet Mills, of Dalton, Georgia, has been a specialist manufacturer of carpeting for the hospitality industry for 30 years. It uses premium solution dyed yarn and dyed nylon systems. Its manufacturing facility has 22 computer-driven tufting machines. Their computer yarn placement capability enables intricate patterns to be produced. The result is patterned carpeting with better appearance and durability than printed patterns. Corresponding sample machines enable the production of fast custom samples.
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