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Carpet, Carpet, Carpet!

Dalton, Georgia, a small city in the North Georgia mountains, is known as The Carpet Capital of the World. It all began with a cottage tufting industry of chenille-spread making, and grew into a billion-dollar industry that manufactures the bulk of the world's tufted carpet. Connector 3 in Dalton is where carpet outlets are located. Walnut Avenue has the motels and restaurants. The Connector Three page should help the first-time visitor to Dalton plan for motels, meals and shopping. About Dalton Carpet (site) has more about the Dalton's carpet history. For more about carpet, check out the links below.

Where can I buy carpet?
Connector 3 is where most Dalton mill outlets are located. If you just wanted to make a day trip and start browsing, Connector 3 would be the best place to start. A few outlets are located on Walnut Avenue, Highway 41, Dug Gap Road, and elsewhere.
ABOUT CONNECTOR 3: HOW TO GET THERE, WHERE TO START, NEARBY CONVENIENCES
BROWSE ON LINE: LINKS TO HOME PAGES OF OUTLETS IN DALTON.
NOTE: Page edited 7-24-12, but locales and links not checked. Check other directories before planning any travel!

What are the outlets like? Will a day trip cover it?
There are many, many outlets, some of them huge. Here's my experience...
ONE BRIEF DAY TRIP & MORE...

What Should I Look For in Carpet? What Do I Need to Know?
Southern Muse has no expertise on the subject of carpet, but has searched out a few guides and directories:
Carpet.net

Who are the biggest manufacturers in Dalton?
The big three are Shaw, Mohawk, and Beaulieu:

Shaw Industries, Inc. (Shaw Floors)
Mohawk Industries, Inc. ~ Home Page
Beaulieu of America ~ Home Page

This page is not intended as a comprehensive guide to carpet, but as an indication of the massive carpet industry centered in Dalton, Georgia. Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu, as three of the world's largest carpet manufacturers, are important in the history of tufted textiles. Shaw Industries, Inc. began on a shoestring budget and is now the world's largest carpet manufacturer. Shaw has been purchased by Berkshire Hathaway. Mohawk is Shaw's largest competitor. Shaw and Mohawk are both publicly owned companies. Beaulieu is the largest privately owned carpet company in the world. All three companies are based in Dalton.

Current textile news involves new technologies for hard flooring and laminates. Dalton-based mills have branched out into hard-surface and laminate flooring. Many of the outlets sell it and some of them specialize in it. There is much speculation on the future impact of foreign imports of flooring. (China, for example, has developed some high-end bamboo flooring). The industry continues to evolve.





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