CARPET COWBOYS is the story of some of the carpet designers living and working in Dalton Georgia. Dalton is the carpet capital of the world, 85% of America’s and over 50% of the carpets used in the world come from there. It’s a film nominally about carpets that over time reveals itself to be about considerably more.
I’ve been dancing around CARPET COWBOYS for a couple of weeks now. From what I was initially reading I wasn’t certain I wanted to cover it and then my friends started to tell me I should see it, there was something hypnotic about it…
I’m going to say right off the bat some people are not going to like this film. They are going to get lost in the fact that the film deals with a lot of minutia concerning carpets. I completely understand that, but in bailing to early they will miss the bigger picture, a portrait of life as viewed from one part of society.
What makes CARPET COWBOYS intereting is that in looking at the people in the carpet industry we get a look aat other sectors of society. The conversations we have and the things we see reflect how other groups of people navigate through life. Through the lives of the people we meet in this small town we can see how other industries in other small towns operate. Somewhere toward the middle of the film the film suddenly opened up and I was seeing a large reflection of life.
Over the course of the film I grew to really like the film.
Definitely worth a look especially if you like films about life as lived.