Karastan Kirman carpet the choice for ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown historic house -- again

Denver – After 28 years and countless footsteps, the Karastan 717 Multicolor Panel Kirman carpet in the historic Molly Brown house here is being switched out.

But don’t expect a new look.

The house, the former home of the late “unsinkable” Titanic survivor and now a museum, has been re-carpeted with the same Karastan rug.

The wealthy philanthropist, reformer and stage actress lived for many years in the mansion, built in 1889 and designed by architect William Lang. After Brown’s death in 1932, the home went through incarnations as rental property, a gentleman’s boarding house and a home for wayward girls.

Finally in 1970, local citizens organized Historic Denver to preserve the Molly Brown House and open it as a museum. The group installed Karastan carpet on the front stairs from the first to the third floor and on the second floor hallway, which includes the sunroom.

Almost three decades later, when it came to replacing the carpet last month the museum decided to go again with Karastan’s Kirman – for two reasons, said curator Kelly Rasmussen.

“With more than one million visitors since the early seventies, this carpet has held up remarkably well,” she explained. “We feel it’s a high quality carpet and that, with all the colors in the carpet, it brings a special appearance to the house. People have come to associate that carpet with the house.”

Karastan’s 717 Multicolor Panel Kirman has more than 50 colors used in an ancient Persian shawl style. It carries the Wools of New Zealand brand.

Howard Lorton Galleries of Denver installed the new Kirman in May.

Connie Berry, director of marketing at Karastan, said the company’s 717 Multicolor Panel Kirman “has been popular since its introduction in 1938. We are honored to be a part of the Molly Brown House and happy that Karastan can continue to be a part of the remarkable Molly Brown story.”

Karastan’s 717 Multicolor Panel Kirman was first installed in the Molly Brown House in 1971—and again in 2009.


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