An Overview of The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc.

The carpet industry in the United States began in 1791 when William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia. Others opened during the early 1800s in New England. 

In 1839, Erastus Bigelow permanently changed the industry with the invention of the power loom for weaving carpets. Bigelow’s loom, which doubled carpet production the first year after its creation and tripled it by 1850, is now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

How to Join The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc.

To learn more about CRI membership, download the CRI Membership Benefits Brochure on the website linked below, or call Membership Services at (706) 428-2114.

Resources for The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc.

Location: 100 S Hamilton St, Dalton, GA 30720, United States