2014 Wools of New Zealand Mill Tour

It is important to get out of the showroom and do something educational.  In this case, go to north Georgia and visit some of our suppliers and the faces behind the voice on the phone (or an email).   Our travels included a visit to J Mish in Calhoun, GA.  This is a boutique mill that offers some unique products, custom offerings and great customer service.

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Just up the road from them is Southern Yarn Dyers.  This is the largest wool carpet dying facility in the United States.  Just like J Mish, it is all about customer service and quality. Two terms that our group would hear from just about every place we visited.  This plant is buzzing!  Shifts run nearly 24/7!  John Whittenburg, the owner is helpful in leading me to a place where our showroom can purchase wool serging yarn in any color that we need.

Next stop is Nourison and seeing an old friend, Don Karlin (formerly with many places including J Mish).  Don is now National Sales Manager at Nourison and is complimented by French Irishman, Gerard O’Keefe.  One thing about Nourison is that they have inventory!  Rugs, runners, broadloom and coordinating borders.  Even seasonal Christmas rugs.

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Nourison’s warehouse is HUGE.  The first one filled up so that added a second ( above right) that is just coming online.  The photos do not begin to tell the story.  Area rug fabrication (Infinity – 50 rug sizes from broadloom carpet) is done at this facility as well with matching wool serging and runner end capping.

Dinner hosted by Nourison in a Japanese Hibachi restaurant that ran out of cold saki five minutes into our arrival brought a lot of laughs.  So did the stories related to the fear of squirrels by Wools of New Zealand UK Director, David Hammond (not related to Top Gear’s Richard Hammond).

Day 2:  A visit to the coating and backing plant in Dalton, GA.  A multi generational business run by Tom Peebles.  Global Textile services can apply 70 different types of backing to carpet, pad, etc.  The place has so many bathes of chemicals, tanks, etc. that Netflix’s  Breaking Bad comes to mind. Terry Hicks (bottom left) shows the techiniques of how the backing is “married” with the carpet.  And yes, there are different grades of latex.

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Our next stop was Woolshire Carpet Mills in Calhoun, GA.  Now run by second generation, Terry Green (bottom right).  These guys make high quality wool carpet that can be used in commercial and residential applications.  In the outgoing freight of the day, there was roll for Gucci headed to Malaysia and Tiffany & Company in Japan.

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Thank you to Terry and his wife, Carmen, for a great lunch at Dub’s High on the Hog barbeque restaurant in Calhoun.  Terry recommends the ribs.  And after having them with the brunswick stew and fried okra, I agree.   There are some great things in the South that you just cannot get in Southern California including the genuine hospitality.

Our afternoon visit to Godfrey Hirst in Adairsville, GA with John Sheffield and Laurie Bray offered a surprise.  An offer to manufacture a printed wool product exclusively for the Wools of New Zealand Showroom Partners of Excellence.  This product could be used in commercial settings.  Now we just need to have our Advisory Council come up with the final designs and colors.  We hope to have the samples available in Spring 2015.

Godfrey Hirst graciously hosted the group to a terrific dinner at the Woodlands Grill at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA.   The resort itself is an amazing place with a lot of history.

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Our final day was spent at Masland / Robertex / Carousel.  The Dixie Group recently purchased Robertex and Carousel which is based in Calhoun, GA.  This mill does much more in house compared to the boutique carpet mills.  They have their own dye house in the same facility.  In addition, there is a hand loom area in the plant devoted to making custom rugs under the Carousel brand.  It takes a weaver 6 to 9 months of training before they are 100% comfortable with the hand looming process.  We are so lucky that this type of work can still be done in the USA.  As luck would have it, one of the rugs being loomed was for one of our designer clients.  See photos below:

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Our tour of this mill included a presentation by Vicki Gilstrap, Dixie’s color professional, regarding the upcoming color trends.  Vice President, Paul Cominsky, gave the group a sneak peak at brand new product that has not even be sampled.  I have photos but cannot share them here at this time.  Nothing beats having a lunch in the carpet inspection area!

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Conclusion:  all week long we heard our vendor partners speak about quality and customer service.  Funny.  That’s is what we tell our clients about our business and the suppliers that we work with!

 

 

 

 

Masland Contract Carpet – Organics Collection

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is an Authorized Masland dealer.  Our showroom offers  the residential broadloom collection including Masland Wool.   Plus, we offer Office to Home, Brink & Campman collection, and Masland area rugs – classics, custom and more…..

Shown in this video are elements and designs from the Masland Contract Organics collection.   These are offered in both broadloom carpet and carpet tiles.  Need something custom, check out the carpet at A’s Restaurant in Newport Beach, CA.  We created a updated pattern to recreate the carpet that was installed during the days of John Wayne when the restaurant was the Arches.  (see photo below)

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS 230 EAST 17TH STREET COSTA MESA, CA  92627  949-722-7224  www.RugsAndCarpets.com

Masland Carpet Sale Thru October 31st

The Hot List: Need a Deal on Commerical or Home Office Carpet


Click HERE for this month’s deals on Masland contract carpet. These overstocked goods are first quality. Most often, they are products that were custom made. Masland either made too much or the color wasn’t quite correct for the end user. Prices start at just $ 1.66 SF.

Quantities and prices will vary. All goods are subject to prior sale. No reserves or holds. All sales final.

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS
230 EAST 17TH STREET
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
www.RugsAndCarpets.com

DEAL: Masland Contract Specials

Click HERE to see our Specials for FIRST QUALITY Masland contract products. Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets will update this list on a regular basis. Just let us know how much you need, we will get you pricing. But be prepared to ORDER since these items go fast.

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS
230 EAST 17TH STREET
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
949-722-7224
www.RugsAndCarpets.com

Offering over 70 names brands of carpet, area rugs, wood floor and specialty floorcoverings at discounted prices.

Courtesy to the trade.

Extreme Makeover Without Going to Extremes

Instantly transform a room from the ground up. Shown here, Nourison’s Nourmak area rug creates a traditional feel and the same room with a more contemporary rug from the company’s Elements collection.

Think an “extreme makeover” project has to include a sledgehammer and general contractor? Well, interior design does not always have to include knocking down walls or expensive construction.

One of the easiest ways to change an interior is to start with new area rugs, which go far beyond merely providing covering for a floor. They can serve as the impetus for a new color palette and decorating scheme, changing the entire look and feel of a room without breaking the bank. From traditional Persians to transitional styles, to contemporary works of art, there are more styles to choose from at every price point than ever before.

“Today’s designs have a level of sophistication that just wasn’t available in the past,” says Joyce Lowe, a veteran industry design expert, and VP Area Rug Sales for Nourison, the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade area rugs. “Just about any design type is now available in nearly every construction, with textures, carvings, and fiber mixtures that create striking highlights and pattern details.”

Are you a traditionalist? Choose an heirloom quality hand-made rug from the Nourmak collection, hand made of rich New Zealand wool, or Nourison 2000, highlighted with pure silk-accented designs. Want a living room that’s sleek and modern? A designer rug from Calvin Klein home, rich in texture, color and style, can provide the starting point.

Color is of course, a huge component of a room’s décor and should be chosen with care. “A basic rule of thumb in interior design is to select one neutral tone and two brighter accent colors that combine in a pleasing way,” adds Lowe. Transitional and contemporary rugs from Nourison make choosing accent colors easy because world-class design teams have already selected colors that work well together. Simply pull and match colors from the field of design details.

“Your choice of accessories should complement the décor,” says Lowe. Wall colors, window treatments and accessories are important to a good redesign, none of which need be expensive to change. Toss out old curtains, candles and other accessories from your old room and bring in high fashion pillows, and other accents in complementary colors and styles. You’ll be surprised at how dramatic the change will be.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets
has a wide variety of traditional, contemporary and transitional area rugs. Futhermore, the showroom offers a wide range of price ranges with the ultimate in flexibility in terms of size, construction and design. With over 70 manufacturers represented, Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets surely can assist you with finding the perfect area rugs for your home. Brands include Karastan, Nourison, Masland, Company C, Obeetee, Feizy Rugs, InnerAsia’s Gangchen’s Carpet of Tibet, Merida Merida, Fibreworks, Fabrica, Stanton, Couristan, Delos, Rugs International, Lamontage and more.

Masland Sale: Wool & Nylon Carpet, Area Rugs, Custom Area Rugs