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Area Rugs: Machine Made Rugs

The machine-made rug industry in the United States began in 1791 when William Sprague started the first woven rug mill in Philadelphia. Others opened during the early 1800s in New England. Included in that area was Beattie Manufacturing Company in Little Falls, New Jersey, a company that operated until 1979.

In 1839, Erastus Bigelow permanently reshaped the industry with the invention of the power loom for weaving rugs. Bigelow's loom, which doubled rug production the first year after its creation and tripled it by 1850, is now part of the Smithsonian Institution's collections. He continued to devote his life to innovation -- 35 separate patents were issued to him between 1839 and 1876. Bigelow introduced the first broadloom carpet in 1877.

Industrialist  / retailer Marshall Field had a traditional Axminster weaving loom modified to create what no one else had ever created -- a machine-made rug woven through the back, just like a handmade Oriental, featuring intricate designs and virtually unlimited color variety. Karastan’s rug mill was established in 1926, and introduced the first Karastan rugs to the public in 1928.

There are many manufacturers today producing both simulations of antique designs and updated "oriental" type rugs by both weaving and tufting processes.



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Kathy Ireland™ Rugs | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Kathy Ireland™ Rugs 


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Kathy Ireland's rugs are beautiful, durable, machine-crafted of plush 100% polypropylene in a Wilton woven construction inspired by her travels all over the world. 

Momeni Rugs | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Momeni Rugs 


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Momeni. A family name, a mark of quality and an expert source of ideas for making your home come alive with true timeless beauty. Over half a century ago, Ali A. (Haji) Momeni started a family business bringing exquisite Persian. Though styles have come and gone, beneath them all is the fundamental principal that Momeni rugs are created to touch our senses. From concept through production, a member of the family is there making sure that the highest standards are being met.  

Capel Rugs | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Capel Rugs 


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Select from the most beautiful rug designs in the world.  

Mohawk Home | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Mohawk Home 


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Mohawk's dedicated rug designers are constantly striving to bring you the latest in rug fashions. When choosing Mohawk Select, you not only have the brand name that you have grown to trust, you have the latest in style, color and great value as well. 

Dynamic Rugs  | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Dynamic is striving to be ahead of fashion and color and make a fashion statement in the market .  

Stanton Rugs | Mt Lebanon, PA
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Stanton Rugs 


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Acquisition builds on Stanton’s market position as a leader in the premium carpet . 

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