The celebrated Area Rug collection at AmericasMart showcases all that is new and next at The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) January 11 – 15, 2017 with The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® (showrooms: January 10 – 17, temporaries: January 12 – 16). January 2017 marks the National Oriental Rug Show’s new location alongside high-profile home furnishings temporaries collections.
The relocation of the Area Rug temporaries to Building 1, Floor 7 advances our continued integration of Home and Rug product throughout the home décor and home accents collections. Rug retailers are encouraged to shop the home décor collection and home buyers to source trend-setting rug merchandise in the reimagined temporary presentation, January 12 – 16. In addition to the dedicated rug space on Floor 7, rugs also appear in the DÉCOR | Light & Lifestyles, ANTIQUES and HIGH DESIGN temporary collections.
“AmericasMart sets home décor trends from floor to ceiling,” explains Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for the permanent and temporary rug collections. “Our new temporary location lets our valued rug manufacturers showcase their trendsetting product like never before.”
In the permanent collection, leading rug purveyors are using the Market to showcase new trends in design and manufacturing. Highlights include new-to-Market collections from leaders including Surya, Jaipur Living, Amer Rugs, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Karastan, Momeni, Kas, Stylecraft, Kalaty, Safavieh, Harounian Rugs, Devgiri Exports, Couristan, Rizzy Home and Loloi, which launches its ED BY Ellen DeGeneres collection in January. Additional collection updates include a new showroom for Orientalist Home and an expansion for MET Colors.
Building 1, Floor 5 is the Rug Market’s trend hub as “Lighting & Decor,” an evolution of Scranton Gillette Communications’ award-winning publication brands “Residential Lighting” and “Home Fashion Forecast,” takes residence in the product destination with its “Lighting & Decor” Lounge. AmericasMart and “Lighting & Decor” will co-host the magazine’s official launch party on Wednesday, January 11, as well as daily events, hospitality and entertainment in the space. Market programming includes a Daily Dialogue seminar series led by Editor-In-Chief Nicole Bowling featuring design tastemakers Editorial Director of “The Trend Curve” Michelle Lamb, business consultant to the home furnishings industry, Shelia Butler, Ruthie Minick and Nicole Bowling of Sherwin-Williams, and Dwayne Clark, lead designer and partner of IDMG Interior Management Group and Clark Gaynor Interiors. Daily happy hours will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a daily social media-driven “Fab Five at Five” trend presentation by Lauren & Linley of LP2 boutique agency.
Leading rug trade association ORRA will present educational events for its members and guests. Additional rug-inspired programming includes Dash & Albert founder Annie Selke in conversation with Bunny Williams of Bunny Williams Home and “The Beachside Bohemian: Creating a Boutique Experience” with designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz who have created a new rug collection for Momeni.
“When we’re designing a room, one of the first things we choose is the rug. Rugs really anchor a room and tie in the room’s entire design, and nothing makes a room feel cozier than a great quality rug,” say Cortney and Robert Novogratz. “When choosing your perfect rug, go bold or go home. The more unique the pattern the more inspired the room will feel. If you’re ordering online, read the reviews. If you’re buying for a kid’s room, buy something that’s transitional – young enough to be fun but edgy enough to carry into the teen and maybe even adult years. We also believe in buying quality when it comes to rugs – with 7 kids, five of whom are boys, we’ve learned that if you buy from a trusted rug company, you’re making an investment.”
Innovation in rug design and production is celebrated at the 2017 America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards set for Friday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, adjacent to the AmericasMart campus. Sponsored by ORIA, this must-attend event for the rug industry features awards in the in the hand-hooked/hand-tufted, hand-knotted, flat weave, machine-made, outdoor rugs, licensee and antique categories as decided by a panel of industry experts. Rugs can be submitted for consideration through December 28, 2016 at https://americasmart.com/pages/amca.html.
All rugs in consideration for the Awards will hang in the Museum of Introductions in Building 1, Floor 4 from Wednesday, January 11 through Saturday, January 14. On Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. buyers are invited to personally view the winning rugs and meet the designers at the Breakfast of Champions.
For more information about The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (showrooms: January 11 – 15, temporaries: January 12 – 16) and The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (showrooms: January 10 – 17, temporaries: January 12 – 16), including a full list of events and exhibitors, please visit www.AmericasMart.com/January.