The Covington Tradition
Covington's commitment to providing decorative upholstery, bedding and drapery products have enabled the company to maintain its position as a global leader for nearly 80 years. Our lines of fabric each specialize in style, quality and exceptional design. With our internationally known design studio located in New York City, Covington offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and design for today's residential and hospitality markets.
1940 – Covington Founded
Ben Gilmore founded Covington Fabrics in 1940.
1986 – New President Named
Abby Gilmore succeeded her father to become president of Covington Fabrics after previously serving as vice president and general counsel.
1990 – Golden Anniversary
Covington celebrated its 50 year anniversary by focusing on global marketing.
1994 – Spectrum Fabrics Purchase & A Move To Fifth Ave.
Covington purchased NY-based converter, Spectrum Fabrics and opened their new headquarters on lower Fifth Avenue.
1996 – Covington Industries
Covington Fabrics becomes Covington Industries with Abby Gilmore as President and CEO.
1997 – Fame Fabrics Acquisition
Covington acquires Fame Fabrics to operate as an independent division under Covington Industries along with Covington Fabrics, Spectrum, and Tasco.
1999 – Rapier-Cambridge Acquisition
Covington acquires Rapier-Cambridge, a High Point, NC woven fabric mill allowing Covington Industries an entrée into the woven market with its new division, Rapier-Cambridge.
1999 – New Contract Division, Now 4 Distinct Divisions
Covington formed Covington Contract division to address the needs of the hospitality and healthcare industries. Under Covington Industries, the company has four distinct divisions operating independently: Covington Fabrics, Rapier-Cambridge/Fame, Spectrum Fabrics and Covington Contract.
2006 – Gilmore Family Sells
The Gilmore family sells the company to a group of investors led by Roger Gilmartin. Gilmartin becomes president and CEO.
2008 – Kahan & Rifkin Families Purchase Covington Industries
The Kahan and Rifkin families purchase the business and establish Covington Fabric & Design. Covington Fabric & Design purchases Heirloom Decorative Fabrics.
2009 – New President & CEO
Mark Kahan succeeds Roger Gilmartin as President and CEO. Gilmartin continues to consult with Covington after 40 years in the industry.
2010 – Division Reintroduction
Covington reintroduces Covington Contract division.
2011 – Greg Tarver becomes President & CEO
Greg Tarver joins Covington as President and CEO and Mark Kahan becomes Chairman. Tarver was previously President and COO of the Robert Allen Group and had a 27-year career primarily at WestPoint Stevens previously.