After eight decades, family-owned Spinning Wheel Rugs/Mountain Rug Mills has closed. (#The company was profiled in the January 2013 issue of Capital at Play.#) The business occupied three red-brick buildings on North King Street in Hendersonville and handled all phases of hooking or weaving custom wool rugs. In the two months after its final shipment, the company offered inventory at deep discounts while shipping equipment to other textile mills still operating. All former employees, many of whom spent their entire working career with the company, were invited to visit one last time. Spinning Wheel Rugs/MSM had been one of the last custom, handmade wool rug manufacturers remaining in the country. The company’s final order was for the White House. It included two rugs for the Grand Staircase and a long, red one with leaf-and-star trim for Cross Hall. “Virtually every room on the main floor of the White House has been made here – and made new several times,” explained Jason Sumner, grandson of founder Frank Michaelian. Other customers included commercial airlines, owners of private jets, and furnishers of areas with unusual specifications, like winding staircases with unconventional landings. Rugs were seamless and custom-dyed. Experienced weavers were described as being able to draw with the needle. Gill Morgan, who co-owned the company with his wife Judy since 1994, said he was grateful to be able to say the company completed and delivered every single order it ever acceptedics.