Innovation and Inspiration Drive America’s Leading Rug Market

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving

AmericasMart Atlanta

Top image: Juliska 1. Jan Barboglio 2. Creative Co-Op, Inc. 3. IMAX Corporation 4. DEMDACO 5. K & K Interiors, Inc. 6. Midwest-CBK 7. Blue Pheasant 8. Moser Crystal 9. DCI – Designs Combined, Inc. 10. Melrose International, LLC 11. Juliska  12. Global Views 13. Bunakara 14. Loloi, Inc. 15. RAZ Imports, Inc. 16. Sea Stones 17. Bloomingville 18. Sertodo Copper 19. Creative Co-Op, Inc. 20. Michael Aram

Shop Holiday & Floral/Home Décor, plus an array of Gift products, during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market,® January 10 – 17, 2017, and select showrooms open year-round.

Designing in Black & White

AmericasMart Atlanta

Top Image: Loloi, Inc. 1. Pigeon & Poodle 2. Currey & Company 3. Aidan Gray 4. Emporium Home by Ashley Childers 5. C.R. Gibson, LLC 6. Dimond Lighting 7. The Howard Elliott Collection 8. J. Douglas, Inc. 9. Barbara Cosgrove Lamps 10. Gold Leaf Design Group, Inc. 11. Waylande Gregory Studios12. Ambella Home Collection, Inc.

Shop product in every color during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market,® January 10 – 17, 2017, and select showrooms open year-round.

Beyond the Basics: Designing in Black and White

By Betsy Riley, editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME

Learn designer secrets to using these classic colors and get an advance peek at our all black-and-white winter issue by joining me at AmericasMart on Thursday, November 10 for Design +Dine.


I’ve looked forward to our winter “Black & White” issue for nearly a year now. The seed was planted in 2015 when Sherwin-Williams announced the creation of “Portman White,” a color named for Atlanta’s starchitect, John C. Portman, Jr., who is known for using his signature color in projects around the world. To celebrate, Americasmart created its first Vignette Gallery at their 2015 July market, featuring seven acclaimed interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Michelle Workman, Stan Topol, Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulosand Kerry Howard. Not long afterwards, Benjamin Moore announced that its color of the year for 2016 would be “Simply White.” Clearly, white was having a moment.

Then we noticed that several of the homes we planned to feature in 2016 had strong black-and-white elements. We thought, why not combine them all into one issue? Then came, why not devote our winter “color” issue to black and white? As the year went on, we collected more monochromatic ideas, and it was fun to finally weave them into our first themed issue. Of course, no sooner had we sent the pages to the printer than we received House Beautiful’s November issue devoted to blue and white; but, for the record, we had already shipped.

In another happy coincidence, we also realized that winter 2016 is the fiftieth anniversary of Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball. I couldn’t resist revisiting the epic event, so it became the subject of my editor’s note. Here’s a short excerpt: “Inspired by the black-and-white costumes of My Fair Lady’s precisely choreographed Ascot race scene, Capote decreed that his guests must wear either black or white, plus masks that would be removed at midnight. The invitation list—later published in its entirety by the New York Times—comprised an unlikely mix of power brokers from the worlds of art, entertainment, politics, and business, including luminaries such as Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, C. Z. Guest, Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Henry Ford II, the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur, and photographer Gordon Parks, who joked that he (along with Ralph and Fanny Ellison) were the black in the Black and White Ball.”

So it feels like we’ve come full circle to release the first advance peek at our winter issue at Americasmart, founded by Portman himself. We’ve invited designers Sherry Hart and Nina Nash, who are featured in the issue, along with rising star Jason Mitchell, to talk about how to integrate these versatile hues into your design schemes. If our planning meeting is any indication, this promises to be a fun, lively conversation; so R.S.V.P. to join us for Design + Dine this Thursday.

Biggest and Best Gourmet and Tabletop Collection to Date at AmericasMart

AmericasMart® Atlanta advances our long-standing role as the center of global entertaining trends with our January 2017 presentation of the largest-to-date permanent Gourmet Housewares, Gourmet Foods and Tabletop and Entertaining collection at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®. The multi-floor showroom collection showcases more than 800 lines housed in nearly 150,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The collection’s growth is fueled by top lines and designs enhanced by the accessibility and connectivity of tabletop and gourmet product strategically located and aligned to ensure natural shopping synergy. Buyers from both categories can easily source complementary merchandise on contiguous floors, and can access adjacent Building 1 home furnishings offerings, which encourage interior designers and furnishings retailers to explore new categories. This expert design has made AmericasMart the Market of necessity for top tabletop and gourmet manufacturers and specifiers, and yielded a Marketplace of flagship showrooms.
New-to-Atlanta exhibitors Crow Canyon Home, Spiker, SCS Direct, Promaster, Rojemac, Prima Design USA and TMD Holdings join lines including Versace, Wolf Gourmet, Q Squared, WusthofHoliday Fried Pecans, Stonewall Kitchen, Tervis, Baccarat Crystal, Juliska and Spiegelau at the January Market.

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AmericasMart’s permanent showrooms are complemented by the temporary Gourmet Foods, Housewares, Tabletop and Entertaining, and juried Tabletop LUXE and Gourmet LUXE collections. Highlights include Architec Brands, Coast and Cotton and Talisman Designs in Housewares; Ben & Lael, Inc., Britten Couture Home, Gitter Gallery, LLC, Libbey, Inc., Nora Fleming, LLC, Mahogany Home, Le Cluney, Magenta, Sobremesa by Greenheart and French Studio Imports in Tabletop and Entertaining; and Georgia Grown, Cherry Republic, Jelly Belly Candy Company, Louis Sherry Chocolates, Owl’s Brew, Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, The Resident Chef, Savannah Bee Company, Verdant Kitchen, Beautiful Briny Sea, and DeBrand Fine Chocolates in Gourmet Foods, plus many, many more.

“From the pantry to the kitchen to the table, the must-have product is all here,” says Kristi Forbes, AmericasMart vice president of Gift Leasing. “Not only do we have the most comprehensive collection of housewares, gourmet and tabletop product, AmericasMart sets the trends and the standards for the industry.”

Exhibitors are reporting a wide range of buyers at the Markets. Chris Rosse of Rosse & Associates, Inc., who has shown at AmericasMart for more than 30 years, reports a mix of buyers including Latin American stores ordering high-end luxury items and younger buyers sourcing better casual product with a focus on organic or handmade craftsmanship.

Buyers are able to find inspiration like never before with a more interactive educational series in the Demonstration Kitchen, sponsored at the January 2017 Market by Fiesta Dinnerware, which launches its new color exclusively at AmericasMart. On tap are an appearance by Paula Deen; designer Nathan Turner shooting and live streaming his popular new Design Network “Snack Chat” series with food and lifestyle expert, Julia Reed; Annette Joseph, author of “Picture Perfect Parties” presenting “The Ultimate Party Pantry & Food Styling Workshop;” and a designer panel discussion “Home for the Holidays: Setting the Trends in Tabletop & Seasonal Décor” with Reed, Joseph, Bonnie Mackay and Steve McKenzie, with more events to come.

“AmericasMart has a fantastic demonstration kitchen, the best of all the markets,” says Jonathan Pearson, chief executive officer of Kitchen 2 Table. “It is the heartbeat of the facility.”

Other events at the January 2017 Market include a fundraising event for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Gourmet Catalog’s Start of the Year Member Conference.

For more information about The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market in January 2017 including events and exhibitors, visit

Happy Halloween!


  1. Solaria Lighting // 2. Design Legacy by Kelly O’Neal // 3. Karen Alweil Studio // 4. 225 Unlimited, Inc. // 5. Midwest-CBK // 6. Rolf Glass // 7. The American Design Club (showing January 2017 in HIGH DESIGN) // 8. Aesthetic Movement // 9. Regina Andrew Design, Inc. // 10. Coton Colors, Inc. // 11. Bethany Lowe Designs // 12. Floor | 9 // 13. Primitives By Kathy // 14. Meadowbrook Gourds (showing January 2017 in Made in America) // 15. Creative Co-Op, Inc. // 16. Entryways

Shop Halloween in Permanent showrooms throughout AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2, and in Temporaries during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®.

“Diamonds of Design” Vignette Exhibition Celebrates 60 Years of Design Inspiration

Presented in Partnership with The Coastal Living, Southern Living
and Sunset Designer Network

In celebration of the diamond anniversary, AmericasMart® Atlanta assembles the most brilliant designers from coast to coast in Atlanta for the latest designer vignette gallery, Diamonds of Design presented in partnership with The Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset Designer Network, whose members epitomize the highest standards of design talent across the three unique brands. Diamonds of Design premieres at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®, January 10 – 17, 2017.

Eight members of The Designer Network will use products sourced from AmericasMart showrooms and temporaries to create vignettes showcasing their favorite eras, decades, design icons or moments in time from the last 60 years. The designers include:

Joni Vanderslice and Shell Neely, J. Banks Design Group
Lauren Liess, Lauren Liess & Co.
Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors
Anna Braund, Anna Braund
Dana Wolter, Dana Wolter Interiors
Meredith Ellis, Meredith Ellis Design
Jenny Wolf, Jenny Wolf Interiors
Betsey Mosby, Betsey Mosby Interiors

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Kristin Alber of FOUND by domestic bliss and presenting sponsor REstyleSOURCE will again participate in the exhibition, creating vignettes in the Floor 1 lobbies of AmericasMart Buildings 1 and 2. The exhibition is sponsored by AmericasMart showroom partners: Accent Décor, Castelle, CODARUS, Currey & Company, Jaipur Living, Oly, and Up Country Home.

“For decades, the pages of Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset have featured the best in home design, and today The Designer Network represents the most brilliant designers from coast to coast, highlighting design aesthetics seen across all of our publications,” says Misty Chandler, marketing manager, Homes and Licensing, Time Inc. “We’re thrilled to present the Diamonds of Design Vignette Exhibition with AmericasMart Atlanta, the definitive source of design inspiration and innovation for the last 60 years and decades to come.”

“AmericasMart has been the catalyst for design trends for 60 years,” says Dave Savula, executive vice president, AmericasMart Home, Gift and Apparel Showroom Leasing. “The Diamonds of Design vignette exhibition showcases our leadership and innovation within the design industry by celebrating the past while looking forward to the future.”

The Diamonds of Design Vignette Gallery is located in Building 1, Floor 14, space 14-D-9, with additional vignettes in the lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2. It will be available for viewing throughout Market, and will continue to be on display until June 2017.

For more information about Diamonds of Design, visit and follow #DiamondsOfDesign on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For additional information about January Market programming, visit