My colleague Don Woodworth was doing some decorating in his office the other day and one of the new bits of decor he added was a new area rug. I asked Don where his new rug was made and he proudly told me it was made by members of our extended American family at Mohawk Industries. I was intrigued, so I spent a bit of time looking into Mohawk and am I glad I did!
Mohawk Industries is located in Georgia and has a long illustrious history. According to Wikipedia, William Shuttleworth and his four sons began making carpet in New York State in 1875 and adopted the Mohawk Carpet Mills name in 1920. Today the firm makes carpet and rugs, ceramic tile, natural stone and hardwood flooring, and laminate flooring. Mohawk has several lines to choose from.
Mohawk’s American Rug Craftsman line of rugs are made in two communities in North Georgia: Sugar Valley and Calhoun. As an aside, North Georgia looks like a beautiful part of our country to visit.
There are hundreds of rugs to choose from in Mohawk’s American Rug Craftsman line, but my three favorites are the Checkered Past in Walnut,
and the Western Prairie.
Mohawk Home offers rugs for any room in and outside your house. Rugs for your front porch,
rugs for your entryway,
rugs for your living room,
rugs for your bathroom,
and even rugs for your deck.
Karastan rugs and carpets are made by Mohawk in Eden, North Carolina. If you have never seen Karastan before, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Karastan is as good as it gets and Karastan products are all made by members of our extended American family. A few of my favorite Karastan rugs are the Southwood Croissant rectangle,
the Oxford Navy,
and the Anastasia Robin’s Egg.
I strongly encourage you to read the American Rug Craftsman story, learn more about the history of Karastan and watch some very nice videos about Mohawk and Karastan. Another reason I really recommend Mohawk products is their amazing commitment to reducing their footprint on the American environment by producing ecologically savvy products through their GreenWorks initiative. Mohawks’s exclusive Everstrand fiber is the only 100 percent post-consumer recycled material rug fiber in the industry and Mohawk’s exclusive Smartstrand fiber is made with DuPont Sorona, a renewable sourced polymer made with actual corn. Mohawk also offer doormats created from recycled post-consumer tires and rug pads made of recycled content.
Mohawk is playing a huge role in using “waste products” that absent Mohawk’s efforts would end up in your local land fill. Did you know one out of every five PET plastic bottles recycled in the United States is recycled by Mohawk? That’s over 3 billion bottles annually that are used to create Mohawk’s recycled fibers, like Everstrand. Annually Mohawk Home recycles over 30 million pounds of rubber tires, one of the largest and most hazardous types of post-consumer waste, and gives them new life as doormats.
Mohawk’s durable doormats have an innovative scraping surface that cleans shoes while hiding dirt in recessed channels. The slip-resistant surface repels water, which is great for traction in all-weather conditions. Given the deluges of rain we routinely suffer here in Seattle, I plan on purchasing a new Mohawk doormat pronto!
Mohawk is an amazing American manufacturing firm providing employment for hundreds of members of our extended American family working in Georgia. Buying Mohawk rugs is a win-win-win proposition. First, you are going to get the most well made stylish rug on the market. Second, your purchase of Mohawk rugs will provide employment to members of our extended American family working in Georgia. And finally, by buying Mohawk rugs you will help ensure that our Country’s environment is kept ship-shape. What a deal!
Now get shopping for some Mohawk rugs!