Irvine, California, April 5, 2013--Mike Derderian, founder
of Royalty Carpet Mills, died April 4 at the age of 87.
Derderian started his sales career at age 12, selling
Saturday Evening Post magazines. He sold more magazines than anyone in the state
His introduction to the carpet industry came in 1959 when
he took a sales position with Wm. H. Green Company, a small distributor from
In 1963, he was offered a position with Purvis Wade Carpet
Mills of Dalton, Georgia as their west coast sales agent. With this
opportunity, Derderian formed MD Sales Agency and hired three salespeople and
four office employees. The sales agency grew so quickly that the Georgia
manufacturer could no longer meet the needs of his California clientele.
In 1969, Derderian purchased a tufting machine to enter
the manufacturing business. His venture into carpet manufacturing began under
the corporate name of Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc.
Royalty acquired PacifiCrest Mills in 1992 and Camelot
Carpet Mills in 1999. The comapny also started importing ceramic and porcelain tile.
Derderian also served in the U.S. Navy.