About CRI

About CRI

The science-based source for the facts on carpet and rugs

Based in Dalton, Georgia, the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufacturers of more than 95 percent of all carpet made in the United States, as well as their suppliers and service providers. We coordinate with other segments of the industry, such as distributors, retailers and installers, to help increase consumers’ satisfaction with carpet and to show them how carpet creates a better environment.

Policy is determined by a board of directors composed of chief executive officers from member companies and is implemented by a full-time professional staff.  Additional member company personnel provide time and expertise to various panels and task groups.  The wide range of assembled information provides a focal point for issue discussion and a voice for the industry.  The overall fields of interest are technical services, member services, governmental and consumer affairs, and public relations.  CRI membership and staff are intensely involved in facilitating cooperative solutions to all industry challenges.

Easy access to research data

CRI is a source of extensive carpet information for consumers, writers, interior designers, specifiers, facility managers, architects, builders, building owners and managers, installation contractors and retailers.  Since there is so much information about carpet available, CRI wants you to have the right information. That’s why CRI continually conducts primary research and gathers data from other sources to help you make the right decisions based on the facts.

Materials, some items free of charge and some for a small charge, on all of the following topics are available:

  • Aesthetic, functional and financial benefits of carpet
  • The carpet or rug selection process
  • Installation guidelines
  • Characteristics of fibers
  • Carpet construction
  • Carpet’s role in indoor air quality and the environment
  • Daily maintenance and long-term care
  • In-depth technical guidance

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