Contact: Elise Demboski
Impressions Marketing
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DALTON, GA, January 23, 2009 Karastan is a 12-time winner of America’s Magnificent Carpet Awards, an annual contest held during the Atlanta Rug Market in January. This year, Karastan was a double winner, taking home Best Overall in the power-loomed $1,000+ (retail) category with Eastport from the Original Karastan Collection and Best Overall in the power-loomed $400-$1,000 (retail) category with French Quarter in Bluestone from the Sierra Mar Collection. The awards were presented to Karastan at a ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

The annual event is sponsored by Architectural Digest magazine and hosted by both Architectural Digest and AmericasMart Atlanta. Judges representing designers, retailers and museum curators chose the winning rugs in various categories based on quality of construction, value, design and salability.

“Our design, development and manufacturing team has once again produced outstanding results,” says Anne Carley, Director of Marketing for Karastan rugs. “Most significant is the artistic use of color in both rugs. The meticulously placement of multiple hues gives textural depth to the intense, Prussian blue field of Eastport. A mélange of colors also creates the striated underlay of French Quarter, which is topped with an ornamental design inspired by the hand-forged ironworks of New Orleans.”

Retailers visiting Karastan’s showroom during the Atlanta Rug market were extremely impressed with the handmade appearance and versatile beauty of Karastan’s designs. Both winning rugs are woven of pure New Zealand worsted wool and offered in a vast array of sizes.

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Left to right: Bill Roach, RVP National Accounts for Karastan; Anne Carley, Director of Marketing for Karastan Rug; Lathan Mills, Manager of Woven Product Development for Karastan; and Vickie Gilstrap, VP of Karastan Product Development.
Eastport from the Original Karastan Collection
French Quarter in Bluestone from Karastan’s Sierra Mar Collection



Karastan is part of Mohawk Industries, a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of broadloom carpet, ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which, in addition to Karastan, include Mohawk, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile and American Olean. Mohawk’s unique merchandising and marketing assists customers in creating the consumer’s dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and over 250 local distribution locations.

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Press Contact: Elise Demboski
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