Your ANTIQUES Buying List

The AmericasMart ANTIQUES collection showcases an extraordinary range of authentic fine furnishings and classic, one-of-a-kind home accents. With tens of thousands of square feet of fascinating product, it’s important to approach this collection with a plan to source the unique items that will complete your projects and stores.

To help you in your planning, we’ve compiled a list of 10 must-have antique and vintage items.

Furniture  

PRO TIP: Make yesterday’s chair totally today with a fun textile.  

Mirror

PRO TIP: If the glass isn’t as shiny as it used to be, consider changing it out or using the mirror as a decorative piece instead of a functional mirror. 

Art

PRO TIP: Take time to learn about the artist so you can educate your customers about their new piece. 

Rugs 

PRO TIP: Some antique rugs are still functional, while others need to be treated as a decorative item. Get the dealer recommendation before you commit. 

Found Object 

PRO TIP: The more “out there” the better. Found objects are an opportunity to add something truly unique to a project.  

 Decorative Object

PRO TIP: Ask the dealer how to prove authenticity. Collectors will want to know that they have the real deal. 

Tabletop, Glassware and Serveware    

PRO TIP: Can’t find a matching set? Mix and match for a fun, eclectic vibe. 

Architectural Elements 

PRO TIP: Add charm to a newer home with antique elements like fireplaces. 

Books or Magazines  

PRO TIP: Look for titles that are relevant to your area. 

Lighting 

PRO TIP: Ask about the wiring. If it hasn’t been updated, you’ll need to rewire it before it can be installed in a project. 

Find the best of the best by shopping the ANTIQUES collection early and often. ANTIQUES opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. For more information visit www.AmericasMart.com/attend/antiques.

Photos include pieces represented by Sandy Luther Antiques and ArchitecturalsMaria’s AntiquesLucky Fish Gallery,  Vintage Persian RugsVermilion DesignsM Fowler AntiquesHuff Harrington HomeThe Lamp Shoppe  and The Side Door.

Home Starts Here

Diversity of product leads to buyer success in Building 1, Floors 3 through 6
By Laura Raines

Four years ago, AmericasMart made a bold decision to integrate home furnishing exhibitors into its traditional rug floors (3-6) in Building 1. The showcase of diverse collections gives buyers access to more products, ideas and expertise.

“Retailers and designers appreciate the one-stop approach of having so much complementary merchandise within easy reach,” says Kevin Malkiewicz, vice-president and leasing manager.

One-stop buying works for the designer needing the perfect rug to complete a client’s den; the furniture store owner expanding into rugs; the carpet retailer adding more home accessories; or the lifestyle shopkeeper looking for display vignettes inspired by the latest trends.

“A creative lifestyle rug and home furnishings environment fits with the changing marketplace which has fewer specialty stores and more merchants selling online and across multiple product classifications,” says Malkiewicz.

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Dimond Home

Elk International Group readily adopted the idea. “We took a leap of faith by moving to a larger location on the 6th floor, historically a rug floor, several years ago,” says CEO Bradford Smith. ELK is a manufacturer and distributor of lighting, wall décor, gifts and home accessories. Other home furnishing exhibitors have joined them.

“The floor has broad appeal to customers wanting to shop multiple categories in one location, while allowing greater opportunity to view merchandise in lifestyle settings,” says Smith.

Complimentary Collections
ELK’s designer has incorporated more than 400 new products into vignettes that
focus on modern farmhouse, urban and contemporary styles for the January show.
“Concrete tables and lamps, designer outdoor portable lighting, hand painted wall art, mirrors, and home furnishing accessories are shown in ‘wa-la’ settings that draw new customers,” says Kerry Radar, ELK showroom manager. “Catalogues and online ordering are a convenience, but people like to see things put together, to see the scale and how colors blend. It gives them ideas,” she adds.

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Justina Blakeney Collection/Loloi Rugs

Other exhibitors agree. “Buyers today are looking at the décor and furnishings in all-encompassing approach; most are buying at least one other category, making it important for them to see how rugs coordinate with other aspects in their vignettes and store settings,” says Cyrus Loloi, principal of Loloi Rugs, located on the 4th floor.

Atlanta’s market symbolizes newness and freshness in the rug market, says Loloi. “This will be one of our largest product unveilings to date, with everything from new machine-made rugs, to hand-knotted carpets, as well pillows and new throws.” Loloi customers include large and small furniture stores, luxury designer showrooms and flooring specialty stores. “While inexpensive rugs are getting more beautiful all the time with the advancement of technology; we also see a strong market supporting the skill and artistry that goes into a fine rug.”

Full Coordination
Michael Marks, of Capel Rugs, an AmericasMart exhibitor since the early 1970s agrees that “Atlanta is a great rug market.” The company recently moved to the third floor, wanting to be closer to its competitors. “There is a synergy and community showing near other rug suppliers. Whether designers or retailers are looking for classic, transitional or contemporary styles, or the fast-growing niche of outdoor rugs, they’ll find it here,” says Marks. “An area rug can change the direction of a room, making it a popular home accessory in today’s economy.” And a good complement to other home furnishings.

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Capel Rugs

Showing amidst rug and home furnishing showrooms makes rugs less intimidating
and more accessible, says Andrew Peykar, vice-president of operations for Nourison, a leader in the rug market, with a large showroom on Floor 3. Displays such as his
compact Rug Boutique helps place rugs in non-traditional rug stores. Diversification is
a benefit to everyone, he says. Key is for buyers to be able to source complete collections conveniently, which is simple at AmericasMart in Building 1, Floors 3-6.

Shop Floors 3-6 during The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring The National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by ORIA, Wednesday, January 11 – Sunday, January 15 and select showrooms open for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, Tuesday, January 10 – Tuesday, January 17. Come visit the new Lighting & Decor Lounge in Building 1, Floor 5, 5-B-1 during Market and join us Wednesday, January 11 from 4 – 6 p.m. as we celebrate the debut of Lighting & Decor, a new magazine from Scranton Gillette Communications.The Lighting & Decor Lounge will feature a dynamic lineup of events with industry leaders, celebrity appearances, happy hours, trend presentations, and much, much more, Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, January 15:

Lunch and Lounge: Noon
Daily Dialogues: 1 p.m.
Happy Hour: 4 – 6 p.m.
Linley+Lauren’s Fab Five at Five Trend Presentations: 5 p.m.

Visit AmericasMart.com/January to learn more.


For more information:
Capel Rugs – 404.577.4320, capelrugs.com; ELK – 800.613.3261×312; Loloi Rugs – 404.220.2616, loloirugs.com; Nourison – 201.368.6900, nourison.com

Images courtesy of Capel Rugs, Dimond Home and Loloi Rugs

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.

Surya

Surya

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.

loloi

Loloi

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.

Kas

Kas

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.

Why Rugs? A Q&A with Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines_LOLOIWith the recent launch of the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines rug, pillow and throw collection with Loloi, we wanted to take a deeper look into rugs, and the design opportunities they afford.

We had a chance to catch up with Joanna and get her thoughts on designing with rugs, and why they are so crucial to a room.

-Why are rugs so important to the overall room design and aesthetics?
Rugs can change the feel of an entire space. They can tone down a colorful room, or bring a monochromatic room to life. Rugs are such a great design element because they bring in warmth and texture and have the ability to really anchor the furniture.

 What are some of the most important styling points to remember with rugs?
Rugs should cover a larger area than the space your furniture covers. So essentially, a living room rug should be large enough to fit underneath the couch and chairs, rather than in between them. A bedroom rug should be large enough to fit under the bed, and extend out on both sides with plenty of space.

 Do you feel rugs should blend in with a room, or define the space?
It depends on your style! If your furniture is neutral, it can be fun for your rug to be a show stopper. If your furniture is bold and tells a story of its own, a neutral rug that blends with the space will still add texture and an extra design element.

– What is your personal favorite kind of rug?
I don’t think I could ever choose just one. At the farm I gravitate toward neutrals, but a lot of our Fixer Upper clients appreciate a more bold choice. And honestly, I can appreciate both styles.

– Why did you feel this collection with Loloi was important?
It’s always been a challenge finding the perfect rug for a space, so this line has been a dream of mine for years. I wanted to curate a collection that makes the process easier for everyone. These Magnolia Home rugs are high quality and hand-woven. Each one is truly a work of art and I had so much fun putting the collection together!

Choosing the Perfect Rug with Kenneth Brown

Kenneth-BrownDesigner Kenneth Brown, of HGTV’s “reDesign,” shares his tips for adding a rug to your décor:

  • When using an area rug to anchor a furniture arrangement, be sure that you select the right size – a quick rule of thumb – at least the front legs of furniture should sit on the rug.
  • Use rugs to pull colors together. No matter what colors, materials or finishes you have, an area rug can pull all the colors together to help unify the space.
  • A sophisticated rug adds an elevated level of style to a design and completes the look. The intricate patterns of area rugs add visual interest.
  • Layering rugs creates a casual atmosphere with visual interest, and the best part is that it works in any space. Get layering!
  • Grounding the space with a neutral colored rug is a safe choice and helps define the area. If you are brave and bold, choose a bright and colorful rug. If you keep the furnishings neutral, the rug will stand out even more.
  • Area rugs are guaranteed to warm up any space. To make a living room more comfortable, bring in a large area rug so friends can feel comfy lying on the floor.

Come see Kenneth present “Decorating from Top to Bottom” on Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. in Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-D-8.Learn how rugs can kick start the design in putting the finishing touches on your designs and see how he’s incorporated those rugs in designing A-List celebrity homes.

Celebrating the Best of the Best

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.

Handmade Rugs—the Orphans of the Decorative Rug Trade?

Photos Alix 5-30-2010 034Ever since I became immersed in the rug world in the 1980s working for HALI and later The Oriental Rug Magazine, I was frustrated that the decorative application of handmade rugs was basically ignored. Although rugs are designed for the floor—either as the focus or as the backdrop of the room’s décor—they were rarely featured in their decorative context. Instead, they were typically displayed as isolated objects hanging on a wall or on the floor. Yes, there are plentiful and admirable books on rugs’ history, construction, and designs but these are geared to the rug aficionado, not to the decorative buyer or user focused on finding out what rugs would work best in their home or their client’s. Moreover, shelter magazines feature beautiful handmade rugs, both antique and contemporary, but how often are they mentioned in the article or even in the caption?

And so, you may ask, why should anyone care? Actually, the decorative application of handmade rugs does matter. For one thing, they represent one third of the usable space and are the first element that catches your eye upon entering the room. Secondly, aside from furniture, they outlive any other furnishing in the home—including window treatments, wall paint and coverings, and upholstery. Their resilience to wear-and-tear and virtually all forms of human abuse is second to none in essence guaranteeing that they can not only move with you from house to house but also be passed down from one generation to the next. Hence they are the most-effective investment furnishing investment in the home. Last but not least, they are the greenest of floor coverings being produced with renewable organic materials such as cotton and wool, and free of from adhesives and petroleum-based products, present in most machinemade carpeting products that produce off-gassing. Still, despite these attributes, handmade rugs have been treated as the orphans of the decorative trade.

When editor of The Oriental Rug Magazine and later consulting editor on AREA Magazine, I sought to redress the image of handmade rugs as important elements in the décor with an ongoing article series featuring  the country’s most prestigious designers’ use of rugs in their work. I knew I was onto something when they all responded with unquestionable enthusiasm. “Finally! It’s about time to publish articles on how rugs are actually used in interior design!” they exclaimed. When helping my clients buy rugs, I always was a bit at a loss when trying to recommend books helping them identify rugs they would like to buy.  Most found rug books too intimidating. Some sent me photocopies of illustrations of rare collector’s items that they wanted in oversizes. Not surprisingly, they were frustrated when I told them these did not exist in the market only in the hands of a few collectors and museums. Other clients, desperate for a visual guide, created their own “look book” with ads and images of rugs in rooms torn out of magazines.

And so, buoyed by the encouragement of my clients and featured interior designers, I took on the project of The Decorative Carpet—Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors, a monumental but very rewarding task. I was lucky to find Monacelli Press/Random House who believed in the project. My 32 featured celebrity designers—including Samuel Botero, Clodagh, Jamie Drake, David Easton, and   Bunny Williams—were overwhelmingly as enthusiastic as I about giving decorative handmade rugs at long last their deserved place in the interior design world. Today, handmade decorative rugs are orphans no more.

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Learn more from Alix at her presentation on Friday, January 14 during Market at 2 p.m. Here she’ll discuss “The Decorative Carpet in Interior Design.” Plus, stay around and purchase a book for her to sign. Find her in Building 1, Floor 4, 4-G-7