Monthly Business Spotlight: KARASTAN

Karastan’s front office in Eden, NC.

Karastan’s story as an innovator dates back to the 1920s when its “wonder rug” first amazed visitors at two World’s Fairs.  What was so impressive about the Karastan rug manufactured in Eden then, as it still is today, was that it brought the first high quality, machine-made Oriental rug to consumers at reasonable prices.

In 2018, Karastan celebrated 90 years in business in Eden.  Both the Eden City Council and the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners recognized the company for this major milestone.

The Karastan mill that sparked the brand’s history and great reputation opened in Eden in 1928.  Today, Karastan remains a vital industry to Eden and Rockingham County with around 300 full-time employees.  Now a division of Mohawk Industries, Karastan has continued as an innovator, implementing new technology to refine its manufacturing process but the result remains the same:  elegant, machine-made rugs that rival their handmade counterparts.

A Karastan employee inspects a rug during the manufacturing process.

In 2015, Mohawk announced it would expand the Karastan plant in Eden, creating more than 100 new jobs and investing $8 million in improvements in the plant.  This expansion represents a revitalization of one of Eden’s and Rockingham County’s legacy companies.

Part of the 2015 expansion was the addition of aircraft carpet manufacturing.  Karastan is now the largest manufacturer of aircraft carpet in the United States.

“It is wonderful to celebrate Karastan for being in our community and doing business here for 90 years.  This company has meant a lot to Eden and Rockingham County over the years.  There are so many local families that have had several generations work for Karastan.  We are truly glad to have Karastan here and look forward to their success for many more years,” said Kevin Berger, chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.

Darin Quesinberry, plant manager at Karastan, inspects lines of yarn that are used to create ornate patterns of the company’s famous oriental rugs.

“Karastan is Eden’s oldest company and a very adaptable one,” stated Neville Hall, mayor of Eden. “Over the years, they have produced not just their traditional carpets and rugs, but now aircraft and environmentally-friendly carpeting.  Their dedicated employees are to be commended for producing such high-quality products.”

We commend and thank Karastan and Mohawk Industries for being a great corporate citizen over the years.  We also salute the hundreds of employees that have enabled the company to thrive in Eden and Rockingham County.

Be sure to see the Karastan display located in the lobby of the Governmental Center from the end of January to the end of March.

Karastan Industry Spotlight display located in the Rockingham County Governmental Center lobby from Jan-March 2019.