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Employment Agreement - Mohawk Industries Inc., Dal-Tile International Inc. and W. Christopher Wellborn

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                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

         EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT dated as of March 20, 2002, by and between Mohawk
Industries, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Mohawk"), Dal-Tile International
Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and W. Christopher Wellborn (the
"Executive"), to be effective on the effective date (the "Effective Date") of
the merger (the "Merger") of Maverick Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation
("Merger Sub") and the Company, pursuant to the terms of a merger agreement
dated November 19, 2001 among Mohawk, the Company and Merger Sub (the "Merger

         The Company is engaged in the business of the manufacture, distribution
and marketing of glazed and unglazed tile. The Company desires to employ the
Executive and the Executive desires to accept such employment on the terms and
conditions of this Agreement.

             This Agreement shall supersede all other Agreements between
Executive and Company, and any employment agreements between Executive and
Company, but shall not supersede any stock option or indemnity agreements
between Executive and Company.

         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual premises and agreements
herein contained, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and
adequacy of which is acknowledged, the parties hereby agree as follows:

         1. Term of Employment. The term of the Executive's employment under
this Agreement (the "Term") shall commence on the Effective Date and continue
through and expire on March 20, 2004 unless earlier terminated as herein

         2. Change of Control Agreement Payment. Mohawk, Company, and Executive
agree that Company shall pay to Executive on the Effective Date, pursuant to the
terms of a Change of Control Agreement effective as of October 1, 2000, between
Executive and Company (the


"Change of Control Agreement"), the amount of $2,019,384 in cash, subject to all
applicable withholding taxes, with such sum calculated in the manner set forth
on Exhibit A hereto. In the event the payment made pursuant to this Section 2
shall be determined to be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of
the Internal Revenue Code, Mohawk and Company agree that additional payments
shall be made to Executive pursuant to the terms and conditions of Section 16 of
the Change of Control Agreement. In order to ensure the accurate reporting of
all payments by the Company pursuant to this Section 2, Company agrees to
provide the Executive with the services of a public accounting firm for the
purpose of preparing Executive's tax returns for the 2002 taxable year.

         3. Duties of Employment. The Executive hereby agrees for the Term to
render his exclusive services to the Company as its President and, in connection
therewith, to perform such duties commensurate with his office as he shall
reasonably be directed by the Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk (the "CEO") or
by an individual designated by the CEO to perform. The Executive shall devote
during the Term all of his business time, energy and skill to his executive
duties hereunder and perform such duties faithfully and efficiently, except for
reasonable vacations and except for periods of illness or incapacity. When and
if requested to do so by the CEO or an individual designated by the CEO, the
Executive shall, for no additional compensation, serve as a director of the
Company or of Mohawk, and a director or officer of any subsidiary or affiliate
of the Company or Mohawk, provided that the Executive shall be indemnified in
the same manner as other Mohawk employees in a similar position for liabilities
incurred by him in his capacity as a director or an officer as provided in the
Company's (or Mohawk's) Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws as in effect
from time to time. Executive



shall not be required or expected to serve as a director of the Company, Mohawk,
or any affiliate or subsidiary of either upon the termination of his employment
with the Company.

         4. Compensation and Other Benefits.

                   4.1 Salary. As compensation for all services to be rendered
by the Executive during the Term, the Company shall pay to the Executive a
salary at the rate of $400,000 per year (which may be increased from time to
time by the Board (the "Annual Salary"), payable in accordance with the
Company's usual payroll practices for executives. The Executive shall be
eligible to receive annual salary reviews and salary increases as authorized by
the Board.

                  4.2 Bonus. In addition to his Annual Salary, the Executive
shall be eligible to be paid a bonus consistent with other senior executives of
Mohawk each fiscal year of the Company (the "Annual Bonus") in accordance with
the Company's bonus plan (the "Plan"), which Annual Bonus shall be determined by
the Compensation Committee of the Board.

                  4.3 Stock Options. Concurrent with the Effective Date of this
Agreement, Mohawk will grant stock options (the "Options") to Executive to
purchase 25,000 shares of Mohawk common stock in accordance with the terms and
provisions of the Mohawk Stock Option Plan. The terms and conditions of the
Options shall be set forth in a written agreement (the "Stock Option Agreement")
shall be consistent with the terms and conditions of stock option agreements
applicable to comparable executives of Mohawk. Mohawk agrees that Executive
shall participate in future grants of stock options in a manner comparable to
similar Mohawk executives who are on a similar bonus program.

                  4.4 Participation in Employee Benefit Plans. Commencing on the
respective eligibility dates of the employee benefit plans, during the Term, the
Executive shall be permitted to participate in any group life, hospitalization
or disability insurance plan, health program,



pension plan, similar benefit plan or other so-called "fringe benefit programs"
of the Company as now existing or as may hereafter be revised or amended.

                  4.5 Vacation. The Executive shall be entitled to three (3)
weeks vacation per annum.

         5. Covenants By Executive. In order to induce the Company to enter
this Agreement and the Stock Option Agreement, the Executive hereby agrees as

                  5.1 Acknowledgments of Executive. The Executive acknowledges
that (i) his work for the Company will give him access to trade secrets of and
confidential information concerning Mohawk, the Company, and affiliates thereof
(the "Companies") including, without limitation, information concerning their
organization, business, affairs, operations, "know-how", customer lists, details
of client or consultant contracts, pricing policies, financial information,
operational methods, marketing plans or strategies, business acquisition plans,
new personnel acquisition plans, technical processes, projects of the Companies,
financing projections, budget information and procedures, marketing plans or
strategies, and research products (collectively, the "Trade Secrets"); and
(ii) the agreements and covenants contained in this Section 5 are essential to
protect the Trade Secrets of the Companies.

                  5.2. Confidential Information; Personal Relationships. During
the term of Executive's employment by the Company and for a two-year period
after the termination of such employment (the "Restricted Period") the Executive
shall keep secret and retain in strictest confidence, and shall not use for the
benefit of himself or others, all confidential matters and Trade Secrets of the

                  5.3 Property of the Companies. All memoranda, notes, lists,
records and other documents or papers, (and all copies thereof), including such
items stored in computer memories,



on microfiche or by any means, made or controlled by or on behalf of the
Executive, or made available to the Executive relating to the Companies are and
shall be the Companies' property and shall be delivered to the Companies upon
the termination of Executive's employment hereunder unless requested earlier by
the Companies.

                  5.4 Business Opportunities. The Executive acknowledges that
the Companies have been considering, and during the term of his employment may
consider, the acquisition of various entities engaged in the business carried on
by the Companies and that it would be harmful and damaging to the Companies if
he were to become interested in any such entity without the Company's prior
consent. During the term of his employment, the Executive will not, without the
Company's prior consent, become interested in any such entity in any capacity,
including, without limitation, as an individual, partner, shareholder, officer,
director, principal, agent, trustee or consultant, if the Executive is aware
that the Companies are considering the acquisition of such entity.

                  5.5 Agreement Not to Compete. The Executive agrees that,
commencing on the date hereof, and continuing through the period ending two
years after the Effective Date, Executive will not, within the United States
either directly or indirectly, engage in or provide managerial, supervisory,
sales, financial, administrative, or consulting services or assistance to, or
own a beneficial interest in, any Competing Business. For purposes of this
Agreement, "Competing Business" shall be defined as any business entity (whether
formed as a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or otherwise)
that is engaged primarily in the business of the manufacture, distribution, and
marketing of glazed and unglazed tiles.

                  5.6. Agreement Not to Solicit Customers. The Executive agrees
that, commencing on the date hereof and continuing through the period ending two
years after the



Effective Date, he will not, within the United States, either directly or
indirectly, solicit, divert or appropriate, to any Competing Business any
customer or client who was serviced by or under the supervision of the Company.

                  5.7 Agreement Not to Solicit Employees. The Executive agrees
that, commencing on the date hereof and continuing through the period ending two
years after the Effective Date, he will not, either directly or indirectly,
solicit or divert any person employed by the Company ("Former Company

         6. Termination.

                  6.1 Termination Upon Death. If the Executive dies during the
Term, this Employment Agreement shall terminate immediately, except that the
Executive's legal representatives shall be entitled to receive (i) any Annual
Salary to the extent such Annual Salary has accrued and remains payable up to
the date of the Executive's death (to be paid in accordance with the Company's
usual payroll practices for executives), plus (ii) a pro-rata share of the
Annual Bonus for the fiscal year in which Executive's death occurs, reflecting
the portion of the year that had elapsed prior to Executive's death multiplied
by the greater of (A) Executive's target bonus for that year or (B) the average
bonus received by Executive for the two prior fiscal years, plus (iii) any
benefits to which the Executive, his heirs or legal representatives may be
entitled under and in accordance with the terms of any employee benefits plan or
program maintained by the Company.

                   6.2 Termination Upon Disability. If the Executive becomes
disabled during his employment hereunder so that he is unable substantially to
perform his services hereunder for 180 consecutive days, then the terms of this
Agreement may be terminated by resolution of the Board sixty days after the
expiration of such 180 days, such termination to be effective upon



delivery of written notice to the Executive of the adoption of such resolution;
provided, that the Executive shall be entitled to receive (i) any accrued and
unpaid Annual Salary through such effective date of termination (to be paid in
accordance with the Company's usual payroll practices for executives), plus
(ii) a pro-rata share of the Annual Bonus for the fiscal year in which
Executive's disability occurs, reflecting the portion of the year that had
elapsed prior to Executive's disability multiplied by the greater of (A)
Executive's target bonus for that year or (B) the average bonus received by
Executive for the two prior fiscal years, plus (iii) any benefit to which the
Executive may be entitled under and in accordance with the terms of any employee
benefits plan or program maintained by the Company.

                  6.3 Termination for Cause. The Company has the right, at any
time during the Term, subject to all of the provisions hereof, exercisable by
serving notice, effective in accordance with its terms, to terminate the
Executive's employment under this Agreement and discharge the Executive for
"Cause" (as defined below). If such right is exercised, the Executive shall be
entitled to receive unpaid and accrued Annual Salary prorated through the date
of such termination, any benefits vested as of the date of such termination, and
any other compensation or benefits otherwise required to be paid under
applicable law. Except for such payments, the Company shall be under no further
obligation to the Executive. The term "Cause" shall mean and include (i) the
conviction of or plea of guilty by the Executive of any felony or other serious
crime involving the Company, or (ii) gross or willful misconduct by the
Executive in the performance of his duties hereunder; provided however, that no
act shall be considered gross or willful misconduct if the Executive was acting
in good faith or in a manner not opposed to the interests of the Company or
(iii) if the Executive breaches one of his covenants under Section 5 of this
Agreement. The Company shall be entitled to terminate the Executive for Cause



upon approval of a resolution adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than
two-thirds of the membership of either the Mohawk Board or the Company Board (in
either case excluding Executive). The Company agrees to provide to the Executive
prior written notice (the "Notice") of its intention to terminate Executive's
employment for Cause, such Notice to state in detail the particular acts or
failure to act which constitute grounds for the termination. The Executive shall
be entitled to a hearing before the applicable Board to contest the Board's
findings, and to be accompanied by counsel. Such hearing shall be held within 45
days of the request thereof to the Company by the Executive, provided that such
request must be made within 15 days of delivery of the Notice. If, following any
such hearing, the Board maintains its determination to terminate the Executive's
employment for Cause, the effective date of such termination shall be as
specified in the Notice.

                  6.4 Termination Without Cause. The Company shall have the
right at any time during the term to terminate the Executive's employment
hereunder without Cause. Upon such termination, or the termination by the
Executive for Good Reason, the Executive shall receive his Annual Salary for the
remainder of the term paid in accordance with the company's usual payroll
practices. In addition, the Executive will be entitled to annual bonuses for any
fiscal year that begins on or prior to the end of the term of this Agreement,
with such bonuses based on the greater of (A) Executive's target bonus or
(B) the average bonus received for the two (2) prior fiscal years paid in
accordance with the company's usual payroll practices. The Company will also be
required to provide to the Executive for the remainder of the term of this
Agreement all medical and dental benefits as specified in Section 4.4 hereof
and, if one or more such benefits cannot be provided to the Executive pursuant
to the terms of the Company's benefit plans, to



reimburse the Executive in cash for such amount as required in the event the
Executive purchases such benefit.

                  For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" shall mean
(i) a reduction in the Annual Salary or Bonus Opportunity as specified in
Section 4.1 or 4.2, (ii) a relocation of the Executive more than 100 miles
outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area, or (iii) a change in
Executive's job title to a position other than President.

                  6.5 Other. Except as otherwise provided herein, upon the
expiration or other termination of this Agreement, including the resignation of
Executive, all obligations of the Company shall forthwith terminate, except as
to any stock option rights as provided in the Stock Option Agreement and except
as otherwise required by applicable law.

             7. Expenses.

                  7.1 General. During the Term, the Executive will be reimbursed
for his reasonable expenses incurred for the benefits of the Company in
accordance with the general policy of the Company or directives and guidelines
established by management of the Company and upon submission of documentation
satisfactory to the Company. With respect to any expenses that are to be
reimbursed by the Company to the Executive, the Executive shall be reimbursed
upon his presenting to the Company an itemized expense voucher.

          8. Provisions.

                  8.1 Notices. Any notice or other communication required or
permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be delivered personally,
telegraphed, telexed, sent by facsimile transmission, or sent by certified,
registered or express mail, postage prepaid. Any such notice shall be deemed
given when so delivered personally, telegraphed, telexed, or sent by facsimile



transmission or, if mailed, five days after the date of deposit in the United
States mail, as follows:

                  (i)      if to the Company, to:

                           Dal-Tile International Inc.
                           7834 Hawn Freeway
                           Dallas, Texas 75217
                           Attention: General Counsel

                           with a copy to:
                           Mohawk Industries, Inc.
                           160 South Industrial Blvd
                           Calhoun, Georgia 30701
                           Attention:  John Swift, Chief Financial Officer

                  (ii)     if to the Executive, to:
                           W. Christopher Wellborn
                           908 Suffolk Court
                           Southlake, Texas 76092

Any party may change its address for notice hereunder by notice to the other
parties hereto.

                  8.2 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Stock Option
Agreement contain the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the
subject matter hereof and supersede all prior agreements, written or oral, with
respect thereto.

                  8.3 Waivers and Agreements. This Agreement may be amended,
modified, superseded, canceled, renewed or extended, and the terms and
conditions hereof may be waived, only by a written instrument signed by the
parties or, in the case of a waiver, by the party waiving compliance. No delay
on the part of any party in exercising any right, power or privilege hereunder
shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any waiver on the part of any
right, power or privilege hereunder, nor any single or partial exercise of any
right, power or privilege hereunder preclude any other or further exercise
thereof or the exercise of any other right, power, or privilege hereunder.



                  8.4 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia applicable to
agreements made and to be performed entirely within such State.

                  8.5 Successors, Binding Agreement, Assignment. The Company
will require any successor (whether, direct or indirect, by purchase, merger,
consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business and/or
assets of the Company, by agreement in form and substance satisfactory to the
Executive, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same
manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it
if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such
agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of
this Agreement and shall entitle the Executive to compensation from the Company
in the same amount and on the same terms as would apply if the Executive
terminated his employment pursuant to Section 6.4 hereto (except that for
purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date on which any such succession
becomes effective shall be deemed the date of termination). As used in this
Agreement, "Company" shall mean the Company as hereinbefore defined and any
successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid that executes and delivers
the agreement provided for in this section or which otherwise becomes bound by
all the terms and provisions of this Agreement by operation of law. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's
personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators, successors, heirs,
distributees, devisees and legatees. If the Executive should die while any
amount would still be payable hereunder had the Executive continued to live, all
such amounts, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be paid in accordance with
the terms of this Agreement to his devisee, legatee, or other designee or, if
there be no such designee, to his estate. Executive may not delegate the
performance of any of his



duties hereunder. Neither party hereto may assign any rights hereunder without
the written consent of the other party hereto.

                  8.6 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but both of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

                  8.7 Headings. The headings in this Agreement are for reference
purposes only and shall not in any way affect the meaning or interpretation of
this Agreement.

         9. Arbitration. Any and all disputes arising out of or relating to this
Agreement or the breach, termination or validity thereof shall be settled by
arbitration before a sole arbitrator in accordance with the then current CPR
Rules for Non-Administered Arbitration. The arbitration shall be governed by the
Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. ss. 116, and judgment upon the award rendered
by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof. The
arbitration shall be held in Atlanta, Georgia, and unless the parties agree
otherwise, the arbitrator shall be selected from CPR's panel of neutrals.

         Either party may demand arbitration by sending to the other party by
certified mail a written notice of demand for arbitration, setting forth the
matters to be arbitrated. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award only
compensatory damages, and neither party shall be entitled to written or
deposition discovery from the other. The Company will pay the fees and expenses
of the arbitrator, as well as any attorneys' fees, expert witness fees, and
other expenses. The arbitrator shall have no authority to alter, amend or modify
any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

         Before arbitrating the dispute, the parties, if they so agree, may
endeavor to settle the dispute by mediation under the then current CPR Mediation
Procedure. Unless otherwise agreed,



the parties will select a mediator from the CPR panel of neutrals. If the
mediation is not successfully concluded within thirty (30) days, the dispute
will proceed to arbitration as set forth above.

         Notwithstanding the pendency of any dispute or controversy concerning
termination or the effects thereof, the Company will continue to pay the
Executive his full compensation in effect immediately before any notice of
termination giving rise to the dispute was given and continue him as a
participant in all Compensation, benefit and insurance plans in which he was
then participating, until an award has been entered by the arbitrator. Any
amounts paid hereunder shall be set off against or reduced by any other amounts
due under this Agreement.

         10. Legal Fees and Expenses.

         It is the intent of the Company and Mohawk that the Executive not be
required to incur the legal expenses associated with (i) the obtaining of any
right or benefit under this Agreement or (ii) the enforcement of his rights
under this Agreement by litigation or other legal action, because the cost and
expense thereof would substantially detract from the benefits intended to be
extended to the Executive hereunder. Accordingly, the Company and Mohawk
irrevocably authorize the Executive from time to time to retain counsel of his
choice, at the expense of the Company and/or Mohawk to the extent hereafter
provided, to represent the Executive in connection with the interpretation or
enforcement of this Agreement, including the initiation or defense of any
litigation or other legal action, whether by or against Mohawk, the Company, or
any Director, officer, stockholder or other person affiliated with Mohawk or the
Company, in any jurisdiction. Notwithstanding any existing or prior
attorney-client relationship between (i) Mohawk or the Company and (ii) such
counsel, Mohawk and the Company irrevocably consent to the Executive's entering
into an attorney-client relationship with such counsel, and in that connection
Mohawk, the Company, and the Executive



agree that a confidential relationship shall exist between the Executive and
such counsel. Mohawk and/or the Company shall pay or cause to be paid and shall
be solely responsible for any and all attorneys' and related fees and expenses
incurred by the Executive under this Section 10, provided that Mohawk and/or the
Company shall be responsible (in the aggregate) only for a maximum of $7,500 in
legal fees hereunder, provided further that if such legal fees relate to the
initiation or defense of a legal action in which the Executive is the prevailing
party on one or more substantive issues, the $7,500 limitation on Mohawk and/or
the Company's responsibility for legal fees shall not apply.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the
date first above written.

                                DAL-TILE INTERNATIONAL INC.


                                MOHAWK INDUSTRIES, INC.


                                W. Christopher Wellborn



                                    Exhibit A
                      Change of Control Payment Computation

(A) Current Salary       $360,000 x 3       =       $1,080,000

2000                 $322,956
2001                 $303,300

Total                $626,256

Average Bonus        $313,128

(B) Average Bonus X 3                       =       $  939,384

Change of Control Amount (A+B)              =       $2,019,384