Mohawk to highlight Performance Fibers for 2014

Materials give rugs qualities consumers appreciate, company says

Retail Editor 2, December 17, 2013

Calhoun, Ga. - Mohawk Inds., parent company of area rug manufacturers Karastan and American Rug Craftsmen, will be touting its Performance Fibers to kick off 2014.
The company plans to introduce products that tell the story of Smartstrand, Everstrand, Permastrand and Wear-Dated Nylon beginning with the Jan. 7-14 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Show and International Area Rug Show.
"We're trying to set up our customer and the consumer with better performing product that only Mohawk will offer," said Brandon Culpepper, vice president of specialty sales for Mohawk Home.
Culpepper said Smartstrand, which is derived from switch grass and corn instead of petroleum, has properties similar to nylon from a performance standpoint, but it comes in at a much lower price point.
Everstrand is made of PET polyester, which comes from recycled plastic bottles.
"There's a green story behind both of these fibers," Culpepper said.
At the Atlanta market, he said, the entry-level Karastan Studio products will be constructed from Wear-Dated Nylon, and the company has big plans for its new polypropylene, called Permastrand.
Culpepper said the end consumer will notice the difference in the products.
"There's a lot of real tangible benefits to this that the consumer will feel. The fibers are a lot softer than what they compete against in the market," he said. "They tend to perform better and they're priced less. They don't wear out in the home. You can get a rug at $399 retail like Smartstrand for 10 to 15 years in a home and it will look great the whole time. That's a big deal to the consumer."
Additionally, Karastan will introduce the Charisma line, which is hand-made of machine-spun wool yarn in India. Culpepper said the collection, which also retails for $399, gives Karastan suzani and ikat styles.
"We've come up with a yarn system that will help us get a true hand-made look with incredible color," Culpepper said.
Karastan and American Rug Craftsmen show in a shared showroom in Americasmart Building 1, space 3-A-1.

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