William Jr., and sister Winnifred Morrow continue the tradition of Langhorne Carpet Company family leadership that began in 1930 with the company’s founders and floor-covering visionaries John T. Kommer and Joseph K. Mackay. Their mother Winnifred remains an active participant in the business, tackling the toughest custom design assignments (she directed day-to-day operations during WWII). Today Langhorne is regarded as the finest and longest continuously operated Wilton carpet mill in the United States. Every one of its carpets is made in the original one-story, red brick mill in Penndel, Bucks County, just outside Philadelphia. Its represents a uniquely American success story.
The emphasis from the start was always on the highest quality in every phase of carpet. In 1930, auto titan Henry Ford owned custom looms he intended to use in making carpets for his cars. Ford, however, could not get the six “velvet” looms to function as intended. Langhorne Carpet Company purchased the lot and transported them by rail to the mill in Penndel. They would be invaluable in helping to meet the demand for carpet spurred by the retailing catalog giants Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward, as well as Woolworth’s.
Langhorne Carpet has Henry Ford to thank for helping to launch the infrastructure of the company. However, it is the company’s dedication to superior craftsmanship and unparalleled raw materials (especially wool from Britain and New Zealand) that propelled Langhorne Carpet into national prominence. Langhorne’s carpet can be found in such iconic landmarks as the White House, American embassies, the Henry Ford Estate, historic houses of worship, and state houses.
We are proud of every Langhorne carpet…a labor of love that we hope you, too, will make the foundation of your fine interior.
Manuel Rivera (left), Cut Order Assistant, and Mark Wolf (right), Weaving Manager