World’s Fair Original Karastan at Macy’s Chicago

By admin | November 10, 2010

The rug has been stored at the mill in North Carolina until now. Visitors to the display will see the rug that has come to be a part of Karastan history and an enduring testament to the lasting beauty and quality construction of Karastan rugs.” – Karastan

Macy’s Chicago recently featured the most famous Karastan carpet to ever exist this October 2010:  The ’33-’34 Chicago World’s Fair Ivory Karastan 791 Kirman tree-of-life design.

World's Fair Karastan

1933 Chicago World's Fair Karastan Kirman 791 n Ivory, 12'x15'

As a revolutionary testament to longevity and outstanding craftsmanship and durability, the rug was subjected to the footpath of over 5 million World’s Fair visitor more than 75 years ago.  Soon after the heavily trafficked Original had over 10,000,000 feet tread atop its wool pile, half of it was washed, exposing the ever bright and lustrous colors. Karastan states: “One side remained almost unrecognizable, while the washed portion returned the rug to its original beauty of 33 skein-dyed colors.

Durability, fine dyes and quality New Zealand wool pile to this day serve as historic proof that the inception of Karastan’s Machine Made power-loomed carpets were, and are, here to stay.

Photo Credit Chicago Home Mag

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