Wools of New Zealand Premier Partner Sale

It’s time for the Premier Partner Showroom of Excellence Wools of New Zealand carpet sale! Save on Nourison, Hibernia, Masland, Stanton, Fabrica, Concepts International, Prestige Mills, J Mish, Karastan, Godfrey Hirst, Weave Tuft, Ascend, Missoni, and more! WNZ_Ebanner_2015

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS 448 E 17TH STREET COSTA MESA, CA 92627

www.RugsAndCarpets.com      949-722-7224

From Grass to Wine Glass

vineyard wool carpet Wool carpet in vineyards? Bellbridge Wool Carpets, Benicia, CA has launched an exciting recycling project with a leading Napa Valley wine producer, Nord Vineyards. Following the impressive results from ‘Wool… the blooming success’ project with Pleasanton Middle School in California; Bellbridge has partnered with Nord Vineyards who have ‘installed’ Bellbridge wool carpets among their Cabernet Sauvignon vine. The goal was to investigate additional sustainable practices for reuse of wool carpets. The carpet is laid in some areas face down to the soil and in other areas with backing to the soil. Wool carpet is expected to deliver 4 benefits to the growing of the vine and the grapes. Weed Blocker: Carpet laid between the vines will inhibit weed growth that would otherwise take moisture and nutrients away from the vine. Fertilizer: As wool degrades it releases significant amounts of essential elements, including high levels of Nitrogen that promote vigorous plant growth. Carpets will be cut around the vines to ‘feed’ the plant. Moisture Barrier: Wool carpet will act as a barrier to help hold the moisture in the soil reducing evaporation during the peak hot weather in California, thereby conserving water consumption. Erosion Mat: The carpet will help prevent erosion of the land as hilly exposed terrain is a common feature of the Napa Valley. This could be a major benefit.

Julie Nord, owner of the Nord Vineyards is also a qualified soil scientist; this large scale project involves thousands of feet of used and scrap wool carpet that would otherwise end up in landfill. The project will be closely monitored and is an exciting use for Bellbridge wool carpets.

Nord are also introducing sheep to the same vineyard. The sheep will feed on the grass between the vines, reducing the need for manual cutting with equipment, and thereby completing a sustainable recycling model. From fine carpets to fine wine!

Fall 2014 Carpet and Rug SALE

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Now is the best chance in 2014 to SAVE on your new carpet and area rugs at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets Orange County.  We have several promotions going on now:

  • Fabrica Nylon & Wool Carpet – October 1 thru November 27
  • Masland Nylon & Wool Carpet – October 1 thru November 27
  • Karastan Wool Carpet – September 27 thru November 27
  • Wools of New Zealand Premier Partner – October 15 – November 30 **

** The Wools of New Zealand Premier Partner SALE is only available to a select group of authorized retailers in the United States.  Save on 100’s of patterns from wool manufactures such as:

HIbernia Woolen Mills, Nourison, Woolshire, Masland*, Fabrica*, Radici, Prestige Mills, Weave-Tuft, Concepts International, Stanton, J Mish,  Ascend, Design Materials, and Creative Accents.

* The Premier Partner SALE pricing overrides the Masland and Fabrica sale pricing since the Wools of New Zealand SALE offers deeper discounts.

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

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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!

 

 

 

 

How To Evaluate Quality Carpet

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Signs of Quality
Trying to evaluate the huge amount of carpet types on the market can feel overwhelming. It is easy to be misled when comparing woven to tufted and cut-pile to loop. What you need to take into account when buying a quality carpet are the identifiable signs of quality:

Backing
While you are looking at the label, also examine the backing of the carpet. Make sure the backing has a tight weave. This ensures quality and wear.

Finishes
Stain-resistant treatments, like those from  Stainmaster, are often applied to nylon carpets to make them easier to clean. Since wool is naturally soil resistant, it does not require further treatment.

Craftsmanship
Most carpets are either woven or tufted. Weaving is the superior method as it locks each yarn into the backing, creating a highly durable carpet. Tufted carpets are less expensive because they can be made faster.

Pile Density
Density refers to the amount of pile yarn used in the carpet and the closeness of the weave. In general, the denser the pile, the better the performance. Take the sample and bend the face-pile away from you. Can you see the backing? The denser the pile, the less backing will be visible.
Face Weight
Face weight is the amount of fiber used on the surface of the carpet expressed in ounces per square yard. This should not be confused with total weight, which is the face weight plus the weight of the backing. Do not buy a carpet because it has a high face weight. Other qualities, like density, fiber, and weave are more important. Keep in mind: a lighter weight woven carpet will outperform a higher weight tufted product.

Twist
Carpet fibers are twisted together for harder wear and a defined look. The tighter the fiber twist, the longer the carpet will perform.

Undyed Natural Wool Carpet

There are those who wish to be as environmentally benign as possible. We do have an assortment of products for those folks. They are Sierra Naturals, Cascade Naturals, Softer Than Sisal Naturals, Four Seasons, and Stratford. These products use no chemical dyes; their colors are created by blending the natural colors that exist in wool. Hence, no powder blue.

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But those who want powder blue often ask why natural dyes are no longer used to create color. Well over one hundred years ago, synthetic dyes came into being due to population growth and the need to use irrigable land for other uses than to grow indigo, saffron, madder, and woad (woad? Like wocky woad?) strictly for use as dyes. Dyes used to dye wool are all well established acid dyes and if your customers have furniture, curtains, upholstered automobiles, and clothes, they regularly come into contact with this stuff. Additionally, natural dyes generally have poor lightfastness properties and require heavy metal mordants (to help natural dyes affix to the fiber) so they really aren’t necessarily an environmental improvement. By comparison, acid dyes have no toxicity concerns and are not hazardous to the environment since exhaustion of the dyes onto wool is almost 100% so there are only minimal traces of dyes in the outflow. Read this again, it may be on the final exam.

HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS IS A RECOGNIZED PREMIER PARTNER SHOWROOM BY THE WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND

Our showroom offers wool carpet and area rugs from: Unique Carpets, Masland, Woolshire, Fabrica, Hibernia, Godfrey Hirst, Hycraft, Couristan, Karastan, Bellbridge, Radici, Nourison, Luxelooms, Prestige Mills, Rodeo, Antrim, Cavan, Weave Tuft, Missoni, Concepts International, Rugs International, Obeetee, Hagaman, Design Materials, Fibreworks, Robertex, Stanton, Royal Dutch and more.

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Masland Spring Carpet Sale

Our Spring sales are a great time to purchase carpet for your home.  As new sales offerings are announced, we will post information here.  We will be offering sale pricing on Masland wool and nylon carpet from April 1 to June 2, 2014.  In addition, all of the Robertex wool carpet will be on sale during these same dates.  Even more exciting, our Wools of New Zealand sale will overlap with certain other sales during this time.  Our association with the Wools of New Zealand allows us to get even more aggressive on pricing on products from Fabrica, Radici, Masland, Robertex, Stanton, Godfrey Hirst, Hycraft, Hibernia, Nourison, Royal Dutch, Unique Carpets, Hagaman, Prestige Mills, Missoni, Concepts International, Weave Tuft, Couristan and others.  Dates for this sale will be April 15 – May 31.

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

949-722-7224

The largest dealer of New Zealand wool carpet and rugs in Orange County, CA