Contemplating the new century started me thinking about the old; where we came from, where we are, and where we’re going, from an installer’s point of view, of course. It’s been said that there is nothing new under the sun, and that history is destined to repeat itself.
When I came into the trade in 1970, it was the end of one era and the start of another. The carpet market was exploding. Sales were beginning to be dominated by small carpet specialty stores. The previous leaders in carpet sales were the large department stores. The change in marketing carpet from the department stores to the specialty stores also changed the way carpet was installed.