Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Carpets of Caring

Langhorne Carpets is a company that believes in giving back and is proud to do so through its unique “Carpets of Caring" program. The program first gained national attention following the events of September 11, 2011, when Langhorne collaborated with the Memorial Fund of the Fire Department of New York to weave its first commemorative fundraising tapestry, “We the People.” The project was very successful and paved the way for a wide range of other non-profit organizations to work with Langhorne to support their charitable causes. Since then, Langhorne has created custom tapestries for fundraising premiums, outstanding employee recognition, alumni and faculty recognition, distinguished civic or charitable organization volunteer recognition and historic preservation excellence recognition.

"Hand in Hand" Commemorative Tapestry
In 2011, Langhorne teamed up with Lanny Sommese, a graphic designer and instructor from Penn State University, to create the “Hand in Hand” tapestry. The net proceeds from the 36” x 27” all-wool Wilton tapestry go to support the Penn State Micro Loan Fund. This fund is operated by the Penn State University Office of Financial Aid and provides small loans to students in needs. This initiative is ongoing, and if you would like to own a Langhorne-Lanny Somese Original, and support the Penn State Student Micro Loan Fund, you can purchase a “Hand in Hand” commemorative tapestry here.

In the summer of 2013, an electrical fire started near the shipping dock by Langhorne’s mill. While most was left untouched, Langhorne was required to restock its wool inventory even though no wool had been damaged in the fire. With its “Carpets of Caring” campaign in mind, Langhorne took this opportunity to gift two tons of the finest wool from New Zealand and Britain to charities. Examples of its charitable wool distribution include the shipment to the Textile Center of Minneapolis, Minnesota for creation of a “green” work of public art for the new light rail Green Line and the shipment to the Textile Design classes at Philadelphia University.

Pictured (from left to right):

Hand in Hand – designed by Lanny Sommese for Penn State Emergency Student Micro Loan Fund

Tree of Life – designed by Alex Papachristidis for Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County

We the People – Memorial Fund of the Fire Department of New York

If you are interested in learning more about this one of a kind opportunity, contact Bill Morrow at 215-757-5155 or


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