NEW YORK -- The Rug Show New York was home to a surprising number of exhibitors featuring traditional area rugs, many of the designs exemplifying mind-blowing new twists on iconic Persian motifs.
The industry's Renaissance Man of design, Jurgen Dahlmanns of Rug Star, curated a selection ranging from classic to ultra-contemporary for his Rug Show fans to ogle. But in Dahlmann's hands, even the classics are trend-setting -- with daring colors and extrapolations of pattern, as evidenced in his New Causcasian designs, shown for the first time to U.S. shoppers.
First-time exhibitor Rica Basagoiti of Spain piqued curiosity with its Alcaraz collection, which recreates the Spanish knot of carpets handwoven in 16th and 17th century Spain at Alcaraz in Murcia. "It's something like a flaweave with a pile," explained Begona De La Rica, a company principal. "No one makes these nowadays. It's important for us."
Paul McSweeney of The Persian Carpet was also pleased with sales." It's been a good show -- good buyers and a steady flow. We added new clients and we beat last year," he said, noting that the company's traditional carpets are a big draw for Rug Show classicists. "We tell them we still love traditional and we are the last ones with color." That said, McSweeney reported a surprise best-seller at the show: a traditional design from the company's first line woven in India.
Flatweave aficionados flocked to Nasiri's stand to snag the company's Mazandaran, Pelas and Damavand designs, which are woven in Iran and considered to be on par with the great Persian collectibles. Nader Nasiri told RugNews.com that he will start producing his rugs in Turkey because of the recent embargo on Iranian carpets.
Rug & Kilim's Josh Nazmiyal, who is credited with initiating the trend to soft modern interpretations of Scandinavian flatweaves, said Mid-Century looks sold out at the show. "Our new pile Scandinavian collection was also popular - it's all about texture, texture, texture," he said.
In this two part series we cover companies Momeni to Woven Legends.
And don't miss Part 1
which covers exhibitors Afghan Bazar Carpets to ModRen Rugs.
Momeni floored Rug Show NY attendees with its impressive collection of one-of-a-kind rugs for upscale dealers and designers, including the fashion forward Oushak design below, which is hand-knotted of pure wool in Pakistan.
A showstopper at Nalbandian's Rug Show NY stand, this Persian Tabriz, Circa 1940, is is refinished by the California company for modern tastes. "We changed the color from navy blue and red to contemporary colors and added distressing," explained Gabriel Nalbandian.
Nasiri, a go-to source for Mazandaran, Pelas and Damavand flatweaves authentically woven in Iran, got lots of attention for this new Mid-Century design in wool at the Rug Show NY.
Said Newman and Dan Neman of Neman International showcased traditional Persian designs, antique-inspired reproductions, its Peshawar collection and Indian programmed lines at its colorful Rug Show NY stand.
NEW ENGLAND COLLECTION
The New England Collection's Renata Stredl-Fishman and Sam Heidari pose in front of a blue and white design in the company's new hooked texture (above) and showcase their inaugural collection of Scandinavian flatweaves (below).
Busy with customers throughout the show, Pacific Collection displayed a varied range of its impeccable reproductions of traditional classics.
Siblings Pedro De La Rica, Begona De La Rica and Juan De La Rica premiere their Madrid, Spain-based Rica Basagoiti to U.S. buyers and designers at the Rug Show New York. Behind them is a lustrous Karabagh design.
A must-see for its Spanish knot Alcaraz carpets woven as they were in 16th and 17th century Spain, Rica Basagoiti's revivals utilize the extinct knot and vivid colors of the antiques ( blue wheel design above; detail below).
RUG & KILIM
THE PERSIAN CARPET
A go-to source for classic Persian designs woven and finished in Afghanistan, The Persian Carpet remains true to its passion for traditional. But a surprise hit at the show was the company's new transitional rugs from India, especially this artfully textured design.
Ismail Metin and Cebrail Metin of Turkish Carpets in Houston tell RugNews.com they sold almost every piece they brought to the Rug Show. A yellow and cream Oushak with Konya design (below) attracted lots of attention.
Neslihan Jevremovic of Woven Legends is committed to reviving the tradition of carpet making "with integrity in materials, design, craftsmanship and people relations," and it showed in the authentic designs she featured at her Rug Show NY stand.