Hometown Tales Podcast

Monday, December 29, 2008

Dalton, GA - Carpet Capital of the World

Shag, Scatter Rugs, StainMaster®, Runners, Berber, Area Rugs and Wall to Wall: some town has to do it better than all the rest. That would be Dalton.After the Civil War, Catherine Evans Whitener revived the art of “tufting”) a way of making bedspreads, quilts, doilies) She sold tufted bedspreads for $2.50. Other women go in on the action and by the early 1920s bedspreads turned into scatter rugs. By the 50s, this small cottage business was turned into a multi-billion dollar carpet industry.Today, employing more than 30,000 people throughout the area, Dalton’s carpet industry has created over 150 manufacturing plants.