The people of Karastan make Karastan rugs exceptional. In 1928, the brand began with the dream of producing machine-made oriental rugs that recreate the detailed craftsmanship of imported hand-woven rugs. The development of the Axminster loom, which is still in use today, allowed the creation of machine-made rugs that were nearly impossible to distinguish from handmade. Over the last five years, Karastan has redefined the meaning of luxury by creating collections of rugs that embody the rich history of craftsmanship and design while embracing new fiber technology. The demand for these rugs continues to be tremendous, and this explosive volume has allowed for more improvements to continue this path of innovation. The Karastan name is synonymous with quality, beauty and durability. Karastan controls every step of the manufacturing process from fiber to fashion and is still made in the USA.
At Rugs Direct, we carry more than 100 designs from this popular brand, including the traditional styles that made them famous and the contemporary designs that keep them current. Traditional and Oriental styles are the backbone of the Karastan company. The English Manor collection exemplifies the beauty and grace of the company's traditional rugs. Designed with the English countryside in mind, these rugs are simultaneously relaxed and refined. Durable English Manor designs are machine-made from wool and guaranteed by the manufacturer for 20 years. Other traditional styles from Karastan include the Bravado, Intermezzo, and Original Karastan lines. The Original Karastan collection epitomizes the company's strong suit: creating striking recreations of antique pieces. This line offers medallion, panel, empress, and Persian designs. The Intermezzo collection includes traditional styles, but it also offers transitional and contemporary rugs, often in colors reminiscent of Oriental designs. Ghana Floral, Paisley Stencil, and Summer Shake bloom with various florals-some painterly, some abstract, all bold. Other Intermezzo styles resemble hazy impressionist artworks, while still others are clean and geometric. Although they are machine-made from nylon, Intermezzo rugs have the richness and visual appeal of hand-made pieces.
Bravado rugs combine Karastan's signature traditional prints with dark, saturated jewel tones, ranging from forest green to deep red to midnight blue. Bravado rugs are machine-made from a blend of wool and Nylon. The Euphoria line certainly evokes euphoric feelings, like its name suggests. In grays, tans, blues, and browns, cool transitional designs look beautiful in any room. Made from SmartStrand synthetics, these rugs look beautiful and stay beautiful by resisting stains. Euphoria rugs are available in geometrics, animal prints, and traditional motifs. Finally, the Prima Shag collection combines shag textures with attractive geometric prints in neutral colors. The Prima Shag Casablanca seems to imitate the natural coloration of marble. Each Prima Shag rug is handmade from a blend of materials, both natural and synthetic, in Belgium.
Fun Facts about Karastan
2018 is Karastan's 90th Anniversary
The original power loom was developed in the early 1900s, by a New England inventor named Eugene Clark in Leaksville (now Eden), North Carolina. This loom is still used today and was the first of its kind.
To recreate the beauty and richness of an Oriental rug, Clark and his staff not only created a soft hand knotted visual, they also created dyes that would not fade and that could withstand a special chlorinated wash.
Karastan Axminster Woven Rugs are Hand Crafted Machine Made Rugs. Operators hand thread reeds so that the ends will be in the correct position to wind the spools. It takes 1440 spools to make a set of 9x12 rugs; it takes about 7 days to complete.
To prove the lasting quality of Karastan rugs, Karastan wear tested the multi-color Panel Kirman at the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. An electronic eye clocked more than 5 million visitors walking across the rug during the fair. Afterwards, the rug was taken to the Karastan mill in Eden, North Carolina, where only half the rug was washed. One side remained almost unrecognizable, while the washed portion returned the rug to its original beauty of 50 skein-dyed colors.
The Kirman collection was introduced in 1937, and it remains one of the most intricately designed and multicolored rugs in the Karastan rug line. To create a reproduction of the original oriental rug, Karastan's colorists use 50 individual colors to recreate the antique look and feel of the design. Years later, the 717 Multi Panel Kirman is still our most popular pattern to date.