Karastan part of revamped Frank Lloyd Wright home

Retail Editor 2, September 12, 2011

Dalton, Ga. - The famed American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright was said to have once considered designing rugs and carpets for Karastan.

And it was those early discussions of his with the upscale area rug house that encouraged the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to include Karastan in the newly restored Taliesin West - Wright's home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"The reason we selected Karastan for the living room of Taliesin West was because of the color selection available, the quality of Karastan's carpets and Wright's relationship with Karastan," explained Doug Volker, the foundation's director of licensing and product development. "Wright talked to Karastan in 1955 about collaborating on a line of carpets with the Wright design."

Matching the carpet in historic photos, Karastan said it donated 1,495 square feet of new carpet. The carpet selected for the restoration project, Karastan's Cambridge Shores in the Glazed Wood colorway, was custom made and bound into five rectangular rugs to fit the space.

Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937. Each year more than 150,000 visitors tour the historic property in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.

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