The undeniable beauty of rugs was celebrated at the 2012 America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards, recognizing the newest area rug introductions. A rug pulls together a room and makes a strong statement, much like how we pull together the best of the best in the industry for this grand annual evening event. With entertainment by Dancing with the Stars and set in the world’s largest aquarium, AmericasMart pulled out all the stops to celebrate the rug industry in a BIG way!
A coveted award that has only been given out three times over the years was presented to David Harounian, a principal of Harounian Rugs International. The surprise of the evening was that Jeff Portman welcomed to the stage Lucille Laufer (Executive Director at Oriental Rug Importers Association) and Gene Newman (a retired importer/wholesaler of Oriental Rugs [owner of Noonoo Rug Co.] and Managing Director, EDEN Consulting Group, Ltd.) to present the ORIA Award to Chas Sydney, former senior vice president of AmericasMart leading the rug franchise.
Emcees Lynne Russell (former anchor on CNN Headline News ) and Chas Sydney announced the winners one by one in classic product categories such as Handmade, Hand-Knotted and Power-Loomed and in two new categories: Indoor/Outdoor and Licensee. The area rug winners—selected from the Museum of Introductions (MOI) gallery by an independent panel of renowned tastemakers—were announced and presented by AmericasMart. Click here to see all of the winners.