Our History

Over the years Carlyle has provided the finest custom sofas and sofa beds for four of the last six U.S Presidents, countless politicians, diplomats and celebrities as well as captains of industry, entertainment and the arts.

Anyone who appreciates a good night sleep, the value of handmade furniture and the investment in their home is a Carlyle client for life – and that's how long we stand behind the quality of our products and service to our clients!

1962 and prior - Carlyle Upholstery was quietly serving Manhattan white-glove society with the finest old world craftsmanship.

1963 - Recognizing a strong demand for custom tailored, finely made sleep sofas in a sea of cheap mass produced furniture, Mr. deMatteo combined the finest elements of custom upholstered furniture with convertible bedding. He placed a few daybeds, trundles and a couple sleep sofa models in a modest Upper East Side storefront and a Manhattan icon was born.

1972- That same Carlyle showroom now has 4 full time salesman, 20 custom sofa bed styles in 40 fabrics and 5 leathers.

1973 - Carlyle opens a factory in Flushing, New York.

1976 - Carlyle moves to larger factory in Long Island City, New York.

1977 - Carlyle opens stores in Paramus and Englewood, New Jersey.

1978 - Carlyle opens stores in Scarsdale and Garden City, New York.

1979 - Factory moves to larger facility in Lodi, New Jersey.

1980 - Custom styles grow to 35, 200 fabrics, 20 leathers. Factory is producing Carlyle products as well as custom private label items for other retailers and design concerns.

1985 - Carlyle scales back retail showrooms to focus exclusively on Manhattan.

1991 - In and around the upholstery industry since the young age of 13, and equipped with a Finance/Marketing background from Boston University Mr. deMatteo's youngest son Darren deMatteo enters the business as a salesman and interim manager of the 63rd street showroom after after a short stint in film, television and print.

1995 - Opens experimental value priced showroom on 79th street and Third Avenue.

1998 - Opens Clearance Center / Custom showroom in Chelsea, N.Y.

2000 - Custom styles grow to over 100, 2000 fabrics, 40 leathers. Factory is producing Carlyle products as well as custom private label items for other retailers and design concerns on an expanded level.

2005 - Closes 79th experimental showroom.

2007 - Moves factory to much larger facility in Moonachie, New Jersey, complete with design showroom.

2008 - Relaunch of Chelsea showroom as a "custom design showcase"  for the lower west side.

2009 - Renovation of Flagship 63rd street showroom.

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