THE 22+ HOTTEST AREA RUGS AT LAS VEGAS MARKET, PART 1
LAS VEGAS -- Despite sweltering temperatures hitting at the height of the dog days of summer, Las Vegas Market pulled in some top names in the retail and interior design business who were hoping to pick up the latest fashion looks in area rugs.
Among the big spenders at the show were VIPs from Nebraska Furniture Mart, HOM Furniture, the Macys-Mink crew, Overstock, Grandin Road/Frontgate and many more. Also walking the corridors were boutique and specialty rug retailers from coast to coast: From John Murse of Rugs as Art in Sarasota, Florida, to Steve Blumkin of Outrageous Rugs in San Diego, California. Then there were the hundreds of designers browsing the latest collections for cutting-edge weave and yarn innovations.
"Buyers at summer Las Vegas Market were here to buy and exhibitors reported steady order writing," explained Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. Maricich's assessment bears out for many of the area rug executives surveyed -- many reported a slow Sunday start to the show, but busy schedules on Monday and Tuesday of market.
And the trends buyers were shopping would surprise no one in the industry. However, rug vendors continued to raise the bar with ever more impressive technical acumen.
Colorations persisted in the shift toward warmer designs with a palette of cream colors and browns plus earthy rusts and reds trending on one side of the spectrum. On the other side, cooler mint greens and ice blues, sometimes paired with blush, were apparent. Blue was naturally omnipresent, as was the ubiquitous gray -- both continuing to be among the top-selling colorways during summer market.
In term of style, abstracts remain favorites but updated traditional designs continue their upward trajectory. This time around those types of classic motifs where often cast in a tonal palette, sometimes from a single color with carved design effect, other times they feature completely fresh color combinations, where neutrals are injected with a pop of color lending the potentially staid a contemporary energy. And if those Persian looks happen to go with the more traditional colorations of reds or rusts paired with blues, blacks or browns, they'll be machine-made so they don't break the bank.
In this exhaustive, two-part series, RugNews.com tours the top area rug showrooms to bring you the 20 hottest area rugs on view at summer market. Don't miss Part 2, where the review continues from companies from L to U.
Bokara introduces its new 2,100 square foot space on A4 highlighting its contemporary designs and a selection of its hand-knot traditional designs.
Bokara's new shibori-inspired designs feature watery shades and soft textures crafted of silk.
Buyers were loving the detail in Couristan's new high-definition digitally printed area rug collections including Caledonia, pictured, printed on a machine-woven base with non-skid backing and saddle-stitch sides.
Couristan introduces its textural, tonal Aqua collection, a hit for its understated geometric design and color palette, and soft hand.
Creative Touch cuts the ribbon on its first Las Vegas Market showroom and showcases licensed rugs with architect Robin Gray (rear wall red rug) followed by artist Carol Benson-Cobb to the right and designer Erinn Valencich.
Above, from Creative Touche's latest collaboration with architect Robin Gray, is a detail of her Boro Side Stitch design.
Dalyn's debuting Baku collection of reworked classic designs proved their market hit this summer for Vegas show shoppers.
Dalyn's new Baku collection's pewter colorway was the collection's top seller.
Market-goers looking for darker colorations or black and white inspired looks gravitated toward Dynamic Rugs' new Millions collection.
Dynamic Rugs new Castilla rug collection features the neutral palette and high texture that summer buyers were on the hunt for.
Feizy pulls together a range of cool blues and minty greens in a vignette illustrating its consumer-researched Wellness Trend.
Feizy's intricate hand-knotted Dalia Luxe collection, displayed in its main window, stopped buyers in their tracks.
F.J. Kashanian showcased a range of colorful contemporary designs, including an updated Oushak in gray with pops of color.
F.J. Kashanian returns to Vegas for the second time and this transitional design proved the hit of the summer.
HAROUNIAN RUGS INTERNATIONAL (HRI)
Harounian Rugs International introduces the made-to-order brush-stroke inspired Nelo collection at summer Vegas market.
Abstract designs continue to attract rug buyers and the new Fantasy collection by HRI proves a winner.
Kalaty's hand-knotted heirloom quality Oberoi OB-093 remains a perennial top seller among the rug maker's collections.
Kalaty introduces the high-quality machine-woven Kingsley collection for summer market shoppers.
Kaleen showcased its new Lustrous collection of metallic infused designs in a rock-inspired vignette.
Kaleen, which renovated its showroom for summer shoppers showcasing designs in lifestyle driven vignettes, grows its popular Helena collection to meet buyer demand.
Karastan, which debuted several new constructions for summer market, introduced its new Perception construction of erased designs.
Karastan debuts its most popular design (Torrent in rose gold) in a new construction called Soiree, made of SmartStrand and Viscose.