The year was 1928. The first loom was produced by Marshall Field, the American textile manufacturer and retailer that was capable of producing a woven rug. Karastan first introduced its machine-made carpets known as “Mystery Rugs”, the counterpart to the hand-made rugs. The machine technology was so advanced that Karastan put one rug up to a considerable challenge.
During the 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago, Karastan created a large version of its Kirman pattern. Instead of just displaying the rug, they asked visitors to walk on the rug to test its ability to be cleaned. Over 5 million people walked over the rug and even spilled food on it and rubbed it in. No one thought that it could be cleaned; it was filthy. Karastan cleaned one side of the rug, leaving the other side soiled in order to show the difference. The results were amazing. The side cleaned was pristine.
These days there are many different styles of rugs as well as carpet made by Karastan. You also have many textures to decide from when purchasing a rug. You can go either with loop or cut piles, or both combined, berber, and even shag. You also have the luxury to choose the size which best fits your needs depending on the room size. There are several different choices these days depending on which brands you are looking for. Metropolitan, Carriage House, Sierra Mar, Antique Legends, Samovar, Ashara, English Manor, and Cabo del Sol are the top collection brands you’ll see around.
With more technology Karastan is making the rugs better, and have now created three new Karastans. In 1992 came the SisalWool even though the look was lovely it was not easy to touch and would stain easily. So they added in some stain resister and made it soft still. Also used was pure wool from New Zealand to make a back of the Sisal Wool which helped it to last longer.
The second innovation was a finishing process introduced in 1997 called TeaWash. The technique turned wool from glossy to an antique patina. Rich shades of reds, greens, golds and indigo are finely use to create the “abrash” effect of old vegetable dyes. It is an aged appearance that is desirable in home dcor. Karastan TeaWash includes the following patterns: Persian Vase, Kirman Panel and Tabriz Medallion.
The last to be shown was the Shapura in 2006. It was a tradition yet colorful palette which would blend in with any interior design these days. Still using vegetable-dyed yarn, he introduced new colors such as ivory, peach, and light olive green. The Shapura collection included Athena, Tiana, and Tiana Ivory. These rugs were more detailed than the others before and also had the worn effect to show some texture changes.
Karastan productions are machine-made, but offer the beauty and varieties of hand-made rugs. Karastan continues to offer quality rugs while being a leader in innovation. They have revolutionized design by introducing SisalWool, TeaWash and Shapura. They are an exceptional addition to one’s home dcor.