Company History


We got married in Toledo the day after Christmas in 1967. Then in 1969, Otto and I welcomed two major life-changing events into our world… the New Year’s Day birth of our son, Jay Christopher, and also the beginnings of what would later become Carpets by Otto. The original company name was Sav-A-Carpet, Inc. and that name is still in use today as our corporate designation. Otto and I started out back in 1969 as a carpet cleaning and janitorial service. Business was pretty good, and baby Jay slept through many office and rug cleanings.

As it turned out, Otto was called upon to replace a carpet that “Sav-A-Carpet”… just couldn’t save!

Carpets By Otto ShowroomThe sweet fragrance of new carpet filled his van. No more carpet or office cleaning after that as the focus on new carpet sales and installations became clear. Otto discovered his love for selling, and he also found the enormous joy that comes with happy, satisfied customers who must have had a genuine desire to spread the word. By the time our lovely daughter, Kelly Ann, appeared on the scene in 1974, Carpets by Otto was slowly but surely taking root in Toledo, Ohio.

The rest is kind of history, and looking back it seems like yesterday that we moved out of our rented showroom /warehouse and built our own first store, in South Toledo. That was 1987. Still standing tall there on Angola Road at Reynolds, this two-story building is referred to as the Carpets by Otto Landmark Showroom. Next, in 1999, we built our Liquidation Outlet in Holland Ohio. And then our last adventure was in 2006 with the construction of our beautiful Design Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg Ohio.

Otto & I have enjoyed every step of the way over all these years together. We decided a long time ago that if this business was going to succeed, it would have to be deeply rooted in honesty and integrity. Those welcomed to be part of our team would have to share our values on that subject. We can proudly say that over half our employees have been with us for over ten years, many over fifteen years, and a few over twenty years, most of whom came to us as teenagers who decided to call Carpets by Otto their home! The same story applies to many of our incredibly talented carpet and flooring installers.

It’s this kind of loyalty, rooted in genuine care about customer satisfaction, that has allowed Carpets by Otto the privilege of serving so many of our neighbors and friends in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for all these years.

Carpets By OttoIf you’re in your thirties today, there’s a good chance Carpets by Otto installed carpet in your grandparents home, and even a greater chance that Carpets by Otto did work in the house you grew up in! Whatever your age, it’s time to discover (or re-discover) the great satisfaction of indulging yourself with quality flooring that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. Thanks for being a part of our story!







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