Kahrs has been in business since 1857 and has an established reputation for quality flooring products. The company has production facilities in Sweden and Norway and is Europe's biggest wood flooring manufacturer with annual sales of over 240 million Euros. Kahrs is owned by Nybron Flooring International and has over 1,200 people that work for the company.
Johan Kahr founded Kahra as small turning shop 151 years ago in Sweden's Smaland forests. Originally, the shop produced items made out of wood for local farmers. In 191, the company began to produce wooden doors and several years later began to produce wood floors. Kahrs then came up with several important flooring innovations. These include the development of multi-layer parquet, the first factory-lacquered floor, the first sports floor, and solvent-free lacquer. These developments contributed to the grow of the company and the adoptions of its products.
Kahrs offers several flooring products. The company makes three-ply flooring that can be sold in one, two, and three strip options. One of the strengths of Kahrs floors is that they are "floating" and are not attached to the layer under the floor. The company's unique locking system makes it easier to install floors and to change them if needed. The company also makes several different layers for flooring as well as moldings for floors.
Kahrs offers many colors and styles of flooring. These colors and styles can provide an excellent look for almost any house or space. The company also offers many different types of wood for its floor options. These options are listed below:
- Brazilian Cherry
- European Maple
- Hard maple
- Red Oak
- White Oak
In Europe, the company's dealer network is quite extensive and covers almost all of the major areas. In the US, the dealer network for the company's products is relatively good. In any major city, there will be several dealers. In less populated areas, it may be a lot harder to find a dealer or retail location. For a manufacturer, this coverage is pretty good and there should be enough dealer / installer to provide warranty support for the company's products.
Kahrs International: Web site has some product information, company information, and dealer information. Contact: Kährs International, Inc., 940 Centre Circle Suite 1000, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 Tel: 1-800-800-5247