Mountain Rug Mills was started by John Boss, who manufactured braided rugs in Amboy, Illinois. The name of his company was Midwest Rug Mills. He moved part of his equipment down to Fletcher, North Carolina in the late 1940's and named the company Mountain Rug Mills. At that time, he retained Joseph, (Joe) and Doris Miller, pioneers in the art and detail of making Hand Hooked rugs as an enterprise. Joe had worked with the Farmers Federation in the "Great Depression" of the 1930's in organizing people of Western North Carolina to hand hook rugs. These were collected and trucked north to markets in places like Chicago and New York. This enterprise was undertaken to help people in this part of the Appalachians to have a source of income, since this area was so rural at the time.
Joe was an inventor, so he continued to invent and perfect better ways to make hooked rugs. He worked with the company full time until he semi-retired and then worked part-time until he died in January, 2002. Doris also went to be with him in December, 2002.
Gill Morgan joined Mountain Rug Mills in 1973. He attributes his knowledge of making rugs, primarily to Joe Miller. GIll and his wife, Judy, purchased Mountain Rug Mills in 1994. Their son, Anton, also joined the company as Plant Manager in 1994. Due to the widening of Highway 25, next to the building, the operation was moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1999.
We make all types of rugs from very primitive Early American to very sophisticated etched or carved multilevel plush rugs or extremely complex needlepoint rugs in a low tight loop construction. In 1987 we began to manufacture the floor carpets for private and corporate aircraft and in 1989 began to manufacture the logo designed bulkheads and kick panels for commercial airlines. We worked with Dupont to pioneer the dyeing and manufacturing process for the Nomex fiber used for these materials. We are now using "Ultem", a fiber developed by Sabic Innovative Plastics. We now wish to be recognized for the work we do in the aircraft industry and will be using our label for these products.
We have a Factory Store and Showroom located in the same building with our factory. Our Factory Store was opened in 1973. Some of the rugs pictured on the following pages are "in stock" rugs. Since we are a custom rug manufacturer, some of the photos are of rugs we have produced for various projects. As we are able, we will continue to post different photos from our archives and future projects. Should you be unable to find a stock rug or a standard pattern that meets the requirements of yourself or your client, we hope these photos will help assist us in designing a rug for you. Our design staff will work with you or your designer to achieve the perfect rug. We also have hundreds of patterns we have accumulated over the years of making rugs. We hope we can make your special rug.
If you have any questions, inquiries or comments, please contact us.