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The Ancient Greek statesman and orator Pericles once wrote, “Wait for the wisest of all counselors, time.”

From the company’s inception in 1938 through decades of trials and triumphs, STARK’s vast and varied collections represent the culmination of three generations of devotion to craft. The brand has evolved in cadence with the times, bringing along expertise and business principles handed down through the generations, establishing the company as the premier design industry partner for luxury residential and hospitality carpeting projects. Join CEO Chad Stark as he takes us on a special tour of the New York Showroom.


Dating back to his tenure on Wall Street, Arthur Stark was always a man concerned with bringing the very best product to his growing clientele. This same philosophy acted as the foundation for the Stark carpet enterprise, which he would start with his wife Nadia in 1938.

As the first importers of patterned, luxury, handmade carpet into America, the Starks strived to find the right connections with manufacturers who could create impeccable carpet and rugs. Developing their foothold in Europe, the company helped integrate wide-scale changes in the industry that are still considered revolutionary today.

From outfitting the White House in the ’60s to creating the first custom-made floor coverings in the ’70s, the STARK empire continued to prosper within the hands of Arthur and Nadia’s sons, Steven and John Stark. Thanks to innovative new techniques, the Starks pushed their brand even further, growing from two showrooms to an internationally recognized luxury brand with multiple product lines.

With third generation owners Chad and Ashley Stark working with their fathers, the Stark legacy continues into the new century by staying true to their founding principles. Creating carpeting and rugs, especially those that are handmade, is an incredible art form that requires a great deal of specialized knowledge. For over 75 years, STARK has taken the care to deliver quality products and see that they are built with care from start to finish.

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