|HIGH POINT MARKET FALL 2019 PEOPLE AND PARTIES - PART 2
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- In this two-part report, RugNews.com continues its coverage of High Point Market hotspots, including the parties and educational events that made area rugs a must-see for designers and retailers shopping the Fall 2019 edition.
For our people and parties exclusive, RugNews.com covers rug companies Kaleen through Unique Loom below. Don't miss Part 1
for showrooms Amer Rugs through Kalaty.
Fifty members of the North Carolina State Legislature descend on the Kaleen Showplace showroom to get a preview of the inaugural collection of rugs by Hilary Farr Designs on opening day of High Point Market (read more).
Buyers from Leaders Casual Furniture, based in Largo, Florida, stop by to check out the new Hilary Farr rugs by Kaleen. Shown, from left, Ashley Newton, Leaders; Monty Rathi, Kaleen; and Tim Newton and Stephanie Luders both of Leaders standing in front of Farr's Flora Fantasies, rear left.
Hilary Farr, center, and her new rug collection in collaboration with Kaleen took center stage during High Point market. From left at the launch event are Darryl Ernst of Kaleen, Miles Elliott of Plow & Hearth in Madison, Wisconsin, Farr, and Monty Rathi and Jennifer Ernst of Kaleen.
Mike Riley, left, is introduced to market shoppers by Mohawk Home President Rocky Casteel as Mohawk Home's new senior vice president, general manager Karastan Rugs (read story
Hari Tummala of Kas, celeb designer and Kas licensing partner Libby Langdon and Rakesh Agarwal of Rug & Home in Asheville, North Carolina, are in front of the Upton collection's new Asian Trellis design.
The Kas team, Brianne Coradini, Santhi Yarlagadda and Wendy Reiss visit Libby Langdon (second right) at the Fairfield Furniture showroom to celebrate the designer's wall decor for Paragon, rugs for Kas, furniture for Fairfield, and lighting from Crystorama.
Amir Loloi shows off Loloi's expanded vintage one of a kind offering to Greg Baudoin of Greg Baudoin Interior Design, in Memphis, Tennessee, at High Point Market.
Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. and Cyrus Loloi at Loloi's High Point Market launch of the latest additions to the Rifle Paper rug program. Shown, the Amelie in-out collection power-loomed of polypropylene and polyester.
Victoria Grimes of Serenity Design Group in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, browses the newest styles from the machine woven Imagine collection with Mike Thompson of LR Resources.
Carrie and Will Robinson of Georgia's Robinson Home shop the debut Lemieux et Cie by Momeni line with Ali Momeni. Behind them is a hand-knotted wool Dukkala collection design (DUK-01 red).
Aria Momeni and Robert Novogratz in a High Point Market camping display replete with teepee and novelty rugs from the Novogratz collection by Momeni. At a book signing event, guests could make their own smores at a buffet station brimming with all the fixings.
Katy Repetto, Momeni, Jessica Ohashi of Lemieux et Cie, Hannah Levine of Momeni, and Christiane Lemieux celebrate the launch of the new Lemieux et Cie by Momeni collection of area rugs (read full story).
Alex Peykar of Nourison and licensing partner Kathy Ireland pose for the RugNews.com paparazzi just prior to Ireland's meet and greet event for designers and retailers on opening day of High Point Market at the rug maker's IHFC showroom.
At a VIP customer and press event for Calvin Klein rugs, Julie Rosenblum of Nourison shows Christi Tasker of blog P.S. This Rocks in Miami, the luxurious 100-percent mohair Pretoria collection with lustrous mosaic design shown in slate blue and ivory colorways.
Amanda Van Wie and Anja Hoppner of DesignWell Interiors, Waunakee, Wisconsin, get to preview the newest rugs with Larry Hedrick of Rizzy Home, in front of a new Bristol collection rug (BRS110).
Maria Vasquez of S&H Rugs works on color selection with designer Debora Morcott of DDM Designs in Savannah, Georgia, at the rug maker's Suites at Market Square stand (read more).
Designer Emily Gonzalez of Bolick and Prince in Fort Mill, South Carolina, shops for hand-knotted rugs in fashion colors with Maria Vasquez and the team from S&H Rugs.
STARK STUDIO RUGS
At their new Market Square location, the former Due Process showroom, Stark's Taylor Van der Mandele and Steve Codella reported a big boost in traffic. Behind them, the new Alita design, a Turkish knot Oushak, and the wool hand-knot on the floor will both be available this spring.
Market shoppers flooded the Surya showroom for author and interior design podcaster LuAnn Nigara's panel entitled "Flat Fees and Packaging your Design," From left are Nigara with designer panelists, Sara Brennan of Sara Lynn Brennan Interiors, Don Ricardo Massenburg Jr. of Inkredible LLC, and Wendy Woloschuk of Details Full Service Interiors.
Jay Butler of Surya shows Laura Koshel of LK Design in Durham, North Carolina, a modern new medallion design in in the machine-woven Florence collection, a hit for its lustrous sheen from a blend of 50-50 polyester and polypropylene.
Surya and City of Hope hosted a 'Pinking Out High Point' event on Oct. 20 during market to support breast cancer research and awareness. For the cause, Surya also gave a free pink Surya throw to the first 250 visitors wearing pink to the company's Showplace showroom.
Julie Sutton of Carpet Galleria in Traverse City, Michigan, center is flanked by Ned Baker and Chris Saliga of Tamarian, who reported strong sales for transitional designs, but a trend to bold colors among designers.
TRANS-OCEAN BY LIORA MANNE
Stephen Hoberman and designer Liora Manne show off next-generation looks in Trans-Ocean's top-selling Carmel indoor-outdoor collection, with this graphic Wilton chevron design -- a winner at High Point for both color and innovative texture.
Jennifer Raiford of Kelly Brannon Miller Designs in Raleigh, North Carolina, is introduced to the vintage rug selection as well as new fashion collections by Justin Lopez of Unique Loom.