Capel Rugs has become synonymous with quality—in North Carolina and beyond. In 1917 17-year-old North Carolinian founder A. Leon Capel started a company manufacturing mule plow lines and ropes. He named his company Gee-Haw, because mules back then had a language all their own: “Gee” for turn right, “Haw” for turn left.
Shortly after, while in Atlanta to find distributors for his goods, Leon saw a mechanical tractor that could outperform mules in the field. Leon quickly surmised that his new company might not be part of the future.
Instead of continuing in the farm implement business, he used the raw material from his venture Gee-Haw Plow Lines. Leon fashioned braids and created the very first reversible braided rug, calling it “New Departure.” This was the beginning of the Capel family rug business.
Not long after, in 1919, the Sears Roebuck catalog included 20″x30″ Capel braided rugs. That year, Sears bought 5000 of these scatter rugs.
Among Capel rugs distinctions:
A Capel rug appeared in Netflix original series Grace and Frankie in 2015. Also one was in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic, E.T. in 1984.
Capel Rugs make rugs in American factories and source from around the world
Capel Rugs make rugs in American factories. Also they source rug weaving vendors from around the world to create a collection unrivaled in range, unsurpassed in design and uncompromising in quality.
Capel Rug patterns include trellis rugs, chevron rugs, ikat rugs, solid rugs, striped rugs, floral rugs and variegated rugs.
Rug construction includes braided rugs, hand knotted rugs, flat woven rugs, hand tufted rugs, machine woven rugs, machine tufted rugs, loop hooked rugs, natural rugs hand woven rugs and hand loomed rugs. Capel manufactures rugs from acrylic, cotton, nylon, olefin, polyester blends, polypropylene, viscose and wool.