Nance Carpet & Rug started in 1972 with the dream and determination of a young mother who turned carpet scraps into quality rugs. Founded on the true entrepreneurial spirit of owner Carol Nance, the company has now grown into the largest woman-owned flooring company in the United States. Carol got her start in business at a time when it wasn’t accepted to work with a female owner, but she was determined to rise above her poor upbringing and provide a good life for her family. In the 1960s, she began selling fashionable wigs throughout the Southeast, and then sold the business to go into the rug industry, alongside her husband Bob. Bob’s family had been pioneers in the chenille industry, which evolved to selling carpet.
The rug business was a natural fit for Carol, and she saw an opportunity in the overlooked scraps from carpet mills. A reflection of her life, she was able to turn scraps into something useful and beautiful – rugs bound by a dedication to quality, sustainability and the power of good design.
Since it opened its doors in 1972, with just one employee, Nance Carpet & Rug has grown into Nance Industries and now has four manufacturing plants in Calhoun, Georgia with more than 300 employees. Today Carol, along with third-generation family members, has grown Nance Industries into one of the nation’s largest flooring suppliers.
Built on the power of women in business, Nance Carpet & Rug is one of only a few female-owned companies in the flooring industry. And, it is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Founded in 1997, WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States. It partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide a world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.Visit the WBENC website for more information.
Our Green Story
The story of Nance Carpet & Rug is a sustainable one from the start. As founder Carol Nance was looking for a way to save her family from poverty, she also found a way to save carpet from the landfill. A truly original concept that was way ahead of the rest of the flooring industry. The company has perfected an eco-friendly process of transforming mill remnants into quality rugs, by cutting and binding carpet scraps into new designs. Over the years, Nance has set the environmental standard for the carpet industry by turning renewable resources into beautiful, affordable floor coverings.