Monday, October 17, 2016

Langhorne Carpet Restoration Graces the 1786 Physick House in Philadelphia

Langhorne Carpet Company Historic Restoration Langhorne Carpet Company is proud to have a place of honor inside one of the most prominent historic homes in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. The circa 1786 Physick House belonged Dr. Phillip Syng Physick (1768-1837), the Father of American surgery, physician to James and Dolley Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall, Andrew Jackson and Benjamin Rush.

In the 18th century, the Physick House was the largest residence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today, the attraction is open to the public and serves as an elegant example of both Empire and Federal styles—and of Dr. Physick’s less-than-elegant 19th-century surgical instruments. When lauded Society Hill-based interior designer and historic restoration expert Gail Caskey Winkler, PhD, FASID, asked Langhorne Carpets to create a carpet for the parlor in the Physick House, the Morrow family gladly accepted the opportunity to be part of the restoration.

Along with partner Roger W. Moss, PhD, Winkler quite literally wrote the book on the restoration of late 18th through 19th century American buildings. In order to recreate the Physick House’s interior authentically, she chose a carpet pattern that had graced the floor of the reception room in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, a National Historical Landmark that housed the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere. For the Virginia State Capitol, Winkler recreated a grand woven carpet featuring large medallions in shades of gold and tan that repeat on a terracotta background. For the Physick House, she set those same medallions against an intense green background to match the home’s wallpaper and décor. The pattern is now part of Langhorne Carpets’ Capitol collection.

We encourage you to view both Langhorne Carpets’ contribution to—and all of—the Physick House at 321 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia. For information about visiting this and other Philadelphia landmarks, go to

Friday, September 23, 2016

Newest Line Announced by Langhorne Carpet Company: Pixels!

Woven Wool Carpet from Langhorne Carpet Company Circa 1930 Langhorne Carpets proudly announces the launch of our newest running line: Pixels. Woven in pure wool on our Wilton looms, Pixels is so named because it includes an impressive 35 different yarn colors in a vividly geometric pattern that reminds us of the tiny squares that comprise modern photographs. The story of how Pixels came to be is a very happy accident for Langhorne and the Morrow family.

Looms at Langhorne - Contemporary Carpet Design
For years, our Bucks County-based heritage Wilton Jacquard mill has been the maker of choice for top-end international design houses. Schumacher, Stark and other textile specialists have long visited to Langhorne to commission, order and observe the fascinating creation of their signature floor coverings. During one such visit, buyers glimpsed the end run of a carpet—the outcome of running yarns through a loom in order to change from one pattern to another. Although unintentional, the resulting striated design struck our guests as wholly unique and distinctly current, both traditional and contemporary, artisanal and sophisticated. Our visitors encouraged owners Bill and Winnifred Morrow and head designer Andi Perlman to turn the overrun into a full-fledged running line.

Making Pixels intentionally was quite an endeavor for our expert group of creelers, weavers and machinists. Feeding and maintaining nearly three dozen distinct colors as warp (up and down) on looms like ours is no easy task. But, as always, the mill was up to the challenge. The results, we are all proud to say, are even more spectacular than we expected. We hope you love Pixels as much as we do

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Langhorne Carpet Company - A Close-Knit Family!

Langhorne Carpet Company Here at Langhorne Carpets, we say “every carpet tells a story.” There’s the story of the wool itself, raised in the U.K. and New Zealand, dyed here in our century-old Bucks County mill. There’s the story of the design, created by in-house by our very own Andi Perlman/ Lydia Whitford (intern), or in collaboration New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis or Philadelphia talent Alex Stadler, among others. There’s the story of the family—three generations that started out with an idea and Wilton Jacquard looms that once belonged to Henry Ford.

But there’s much more to the story—and that’s what takes place behind the scenes in our vital, vibrant working mill itself, one of very few left in the United States or in the world. Langhorne’s floor, filled with machines, some that have served us for decades, some that we’ve recently invested in. They are our machines, and they are machines we often fix ourselves.

Jerry Bell and Mark Wolf are two such fixers. Through the years, the machinists have spent decades learning the ins and outs of each loom, each part, each replacement part. Workers like Jerry and Mark have more than skills. They have an encyclopedic knowledge of how Langhorne runs that makes them absolutely essential to our operation.

Jacquard woven wool carpet“You might say I’ve grown up here,” said Jerry. “I started 35 years ago, tying bobbins, creeling, weaving. Then a mechanic [Bill and Winnifred’s uncle] took me under his wing and taught me how to fix the machines. How to make a part that’s no longer available to buy. How to assemble every nut and bolt in a loom. How to solve a mystery and repair a problem.”

Added Mark, “We are big, yet small. We create these incredible pieces that go all over the world. We’ve made carpets for the Pope and for ambassadors. And still, we’re a close-knit family. People matter here, and it shows in everything we do.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor of Love - Langhorne Honors Behind-the-Scenes Makers of Carpet

Wilton Jacquard Carpet When Langhorne Carpets set out to create an unprecedented direct marketing campaign to highlight all the heritage mill has to offer, subjects were easy to choose. Naturally, the Morrow family focused on the traditional, historic and modern Wilton Jacquard carpets they’ve made for going on a century. The Morrows also showcased their pure wool, produced in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. They selected stunning design projects, from penthouse to beach house to state house for lush photographs.

But most important among the choices were Bill and Winnifred Morrow’s insistence on honoring the behind-the-scenes makers who make the Bucks County business the vital, vibrant and absolutely unique place it is. Each mailer—there are four in all—proudly features portraits and stories of Langhorne’s devoted community of contributors.

custom design hand-sewn
Andy Ruiz stands in front of a Langhorne loom, alongside his son June and brother Bennie. Together, they are two generations of weavers. “I taught [Bennie and June] to watch the looms run… to listen to them, ” said Andy, “To take pride in what they do.” To the Ruizes, the complex job of transforming skeins of wool into precise designs is both a challenge and a source of great satisfaction. “After all this time, I am still excited to come to work each day. There’s always something new here.”

In another portrait, longtime burler Danielle Archambault lays a hand on a custom design she’s inspected and hand-sewn. “There are about 80,000 loops in a single square yard of carpet,” she said, “My job is to inspect every last one.” Danielle compares her profession to another métier she knows well. “I have five kids and four grandchildren. Being a good burler is a lot like being a good mother. It’s a lot of work, and you have to keep your eye on everything at all times. But at the end of the day, you see the results—and it feels really rewarding.”

Monday, August 1, 2016

British Wool Marketing Board Representative Visits Langhorne Carpet Company

Tim Booth tours Langhore Carpet Company
For decades, Langhorne Carpets has proudly sourced pure, hearty wool from the United Kingdom. Durable British wool has been essential to the creation our Wilton Jacquard carpets. This July, our heritage Bucks County mill became doubly proud when British Wool Marketing Board representative Tim Booth dropped in from across the pond. 

Mr. Booth’s visit wasn’t his first—the Bradford-based textiles expert joked he’d gone out of his way to find the mill before. But the afternoon he spent with mill owners Winnifred and Bill Morrow served as a reminder of the history and commitment to integrity British Wool and Langhorne Carpets share.

"Fifty-five percent of all British wool goes into carpets," said Mr. Booth, explaining that his native country’s particular climate has created particularly hearty sheep, which translates into particularly hearty wool. He also offered a presentation about one of the lesser-known advantages to using pure wool in the home: Fire safety. Wool fibers burn hundreds of times more slowly than synthetic fibers. Wool also tends to self-extinguish. (And, as we saw in a video featuring H.R.H. Prince Charles, wool is also biodegradable.)

British Parliament formally established British Wool in 1950. Back then, the goal was to encourage the United Kingdom’s renowned sheep farmers and wool mills to collaborate in creating a uniform product that represented the best the country has to offer. Today, the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) represents more than 45,000 wool producers across the U.K. The nonprofit organization also works closely with H.R.H Prince Charles on the Campaign for Wool. Additionally, British Wool works globally to educate interior designers, distributors, showrooms, consumers—even school children—on the value of wool through an online curriculum, site visits and more. (Check out for a truly adorable wool tutorial.)

No matter the client, said Mr. Booth, "We show them this is what quality looks like. This is what quality feels like." Langhorne always looks forward to new shipments of British wool, and new collaborations with the British Wool Marketing Board.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Iconic Langhorne Wool Carpets Highlighted in New Marketing Campaign

This month, Bucks County’s historic Wilton Jacquard carpet mill makes history once again. Langhorne Carpet Company announces the first phase of an elegant and unprecedented direct marketing campaign to promote the custom weaver’s one-of-a-kind, artisan-crafted, U.S.A.-made carpets. The campaign’s initial launch audience: the coveted design community along the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Sophisticated and meaningful, the four-phase direct mail campaign is based on actual Langhorne customer experiences. Architectural photographs feature select historic, modern and casual homes across the country. There’s the stunning Manhattan penthouse of internationally renowned interior designer Alex Papachristidis, a longtime Langhorne creative partner. There’s the parlor of circa 1830 national landmark Old Economy Village, and a tranquil family vacation home by the sea, rendered in Atlantic blue and pure white.
"We are showing the width and breadth our abilities," Langhorne co-owner Bill Morrow said of the campaign, "Langhorne is known for historic reproductions, custom work, and classic running lines. But we’re also very versatile. All of our work exhibits intricacies in design and color, which we apply to all our projects."

The campaign also includes the story of the circa 1930 suburban Philadelphia mill and the Morrow family’s four generations there. The campaign touches on the source of Langhorne’s iconic carpets: the finest grade wools from Great Britain and New Zealand—as symbolized throughout by serene sheep and lambs.

But, perhaps most importantly, each mailer highlights proud portraits and stories of Langhorne’s exceptionally gifted team of creelers, burlers and weavers. This campaign is more than a campaign: It’s a document of the diverse and uniquely American story of Langhorne’s lasting heritage.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Langhorne Carpets Does Bring Barbra Streisand Flowers

When internationally eminent songstress, director and actor Barbra Streisand recently posted a Happy Birthday message to her beloved Coton de Tuléar Samantha, observant Instagrammers noticed a certain detail in the image. Streisand’s sweet little white companion, making her best puppy-dog eyes beside of white peonies, was  also posing atop a wonderful rosebud-dappled carpet—made in Langhorne’s very own Wilton Jacquard mill.

Longtime Langhorne customer, interior designer Marcy Monheit of Rydal, PA, brought the photo of the lucky dog, nicknamed “Sammie,” to the Morrows’ attention.

“I’ve been buying from Bill [Morrow] for years and years and years,” said Monheit. Although the East Coast designer’s tastes tend more toward Langhorne’s Leopard, Zebra, Cosmos, Herringbone and Stria Cuillere lines, she instantly recognized the classic floral pattern of Ms. Streisand’s carpet. “It’s one of the Langhorne carpets my mother’s interior designer used in the house I grew up in,” she said.

The pattern is part of the Nantucket line, currently available through custom order. The Morrows are unsure how, exactly, the work of their heritage mill came to inhabit one of Ms. Streisand’s homes. But they would like to extend a formal invitation for the diva herself to come visit their headquarters anytime—including when she’s in town for her August 20 concert at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Naturally, Sammie is invited, too.