was formed back in 1917 by Leon Capel (senior) -- But what
was Henry Ford's part in all this ?
Capel Rugs was
formed back in 1917 by Leon Capel (senior) when the invention
of the motorized tractor by Henry Ford forced him to quit the
plowlines business. He decided that he could reuse the rope
material used in the plowlines by forming it into a braid and
producing oval braided rugs. Capel Rugs first product was a
range of small throw rugs, however, soon larger rugs were produced
and the New Departure range was born. This name was chosen as
it was the first time anyone had manufactured braided rugs commercially.
Capel Rugs grew quickly through the early part of the last
century. One of their most famous ranges was Old Homestead.
This range of chenille rugs was first produced in 1926. In
1978 (more than 50 years after it was first produced) this
line of braided rugs was selected for the floor covering hall
of fame in Chicago.
Today, Capel Rugs covers all aspects of the manufacturing
process. They are responsible for spinning, dyeing, weaving,
braiding, sewing and selling their own products. They employ
450 staff and produce over 20 rug styles. They use more than
200 different braids and have over 600 finished product types.
This makes them America's largest manufacturer and importer
of area rugs. Just think, it all started with a simple braided
October 6th 2004
By: Paul Goodwin
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