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!

 

 

 

 

New Products: Wool Cut & Loop Patterns

Made with 100% New Zealand Wool, this collection of patterned “tone on tone” carpet looks terrific. Custom colors are available on orders of 600SF or more.

NOTE: The pattern “Two Packs A Day” is a recreation of a popular sisal pattern from Stark. So if you don’t like the feel of sisal, this wool product is a great alternative.

Two Packs A Day

Bird Man

Cuss Me A Smile

Do It My Way

Mr. Reliable

No Issues

String On A Stick

Click HERE to see the sisal version of Two Packs A Day

Robertex Truman Collection available at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets 230 East 17th Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949-722-7224

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is a Premier Partner with the Wools of New Zealand. Brand names offered include Karastan, Fabrica, Masland, Carousel, Woolshire, Nourison, Unqiue Carpets, Moda, Kane, Company C, Feizy Rugs, Obetee, Gangchen Carpets of Tibet, Delos Rugs, Merida Meridian, Fiberworks, Prestige Mills, Rosecore, Dixie Home, Royal Dutch, Godfrey Hirst, J. Mish, Sphinx, Capel, and more.

Sale: Robertex Wool Carpet on Sale Through November

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is proud to announce that ALL Robertex New Zealand Wool carpet is on SALE through November 30, 2010.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets
230 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-722-7224

Our showroom offers over 70 name brands of carpet, area rugs, wood floor, and specialty flooring products. Choose from popular items from Karastan, Nourison, Stanton, Masland, Fabrica, Lamontage, Richard Marshall Olde Boards, Torlys Leather, Fibreworks, Merida Meridian, Company C, InnerAsia Gangchen Carpets of Tibet, Obeetee, Feizy Rugs, Tommy Bahama, Bellbridge, Robertex, Kane, Unique Carpets, Dixie Home, Moda, Camelot, Design Materials, Couristan, J. Mish, Godfrey Hirst, Concepts International, Prestige Mills, Weave Tuft and more.

Designers Dream: Robertex Wool Carpet

Robertex screams creativity and design. Just look at the above photos their carpet and how Robertex presents their product. The story continues with the way they name both their products and colors. Here is an example: “No Cheeseburgers” is available in the following colors: With Mayo; Buns Buns Buns; Ketchup Only; Well Done; Dijon Mustard

Robertex manufactures only wool carpet. They pride themselves on making unique carpets in great colors. In addition, Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets can fabricate these great looking carpets into a variety of styles of area rugs including bordered rugs, serged, leather or cotton bound, etc.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is a Premier Partner with the Wools of New Zealand. The showroom is open both to the public and trade.