Issue Date: 2018 FEBRUARY, Posted On: 2/6/2018

02062018 Las Vegas Market a Winner for Rug Suppliers -- People & Products Part 2
By Carol Tisch


LAS VEGAS -- It was far from business as usual at the winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, with rug vendors reporting brisk business, full appointment calendars and an unprecedented number of walk-ins.

Indeed, companies across a weave and price point structure reported success stories. "It was a great show for us with more appointments that we have ever had at a Las Vegas market," Jonathan Witt, president of Oriental Weavers U.S., told RugNews.com. At Momeni, Reza Momeni reported a fantastic response to the company's introductions, particularly transitional casual textures, such as the best-selling Andes collection handmade in coastal and neutral colors of viscose and wool.

"It was all about having the right textures," explained Tanuj Gupta, president of Amer Rugs, pointing to his Vegas top-seller, the Laurel collection, which is hand tufted in India of blended natural New Zealand wool in a random texture.  From super dense shags to nubby stripes and plush machine-made Berbers in unexpected fashion colors, rug vendors satisfied buyers' cravings for texture.

The fashion scene was awash in pink -- in every tone from Millennial to blush and in every look from contemporary abstract hand-knotteds to power-loomed kilim look-alikes.  But rich saturated colors are making a comeback, according to Mandy Williams of Oriental Weavers, pointing to a display of the rug maker's on-point trend stories.

In Part 2 of our shopping tour of Las Vegas Market, we cover companies from KAS through United Weavers.  Don't miss Part 1 of this two-part series where we shop the showrooms of Amer Rugs through Kaleen (read story). 


Beth Rzonca (interior design and merchandising) and Ross Anzalone (director of home furnishings) at Amini's Galleria of Chesterfield, Missouri, with Lynne Lines of Starr Marketing, O'Fallon, Missouri, and Hari Tummala of KAS in front of rugs from the retailer's best-selling KAS collection, Generations. 

KAS introduces Las Vegas Market shoppers to its popular winter market success story: the Monterrey patterned shag collection, which is machine woven of polypropylene in Turkey in a dense high-low pile.



Among the first to check out Loloi's newly expanded Las Vegas Market showroom, the buying team from Art Van Furniture gets a VIP tour.  From left to right: Amir Loloi, Art Van Furniture's Elise Straaton, Jeff Selik, Terry Browning, Kim Choike, Gina Zafran, Michael Straaton, and Loloi's Valerie Underwood. 

Loloi's debuting Hygge collection scores points with Elizabeth Stefanich and Diana Dellaizcono of E Design, Inc. of Las Vegas, who fawn over its thick hand-loomed wool designs and soft shaggy texture. Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness and little pleasures that has taken hold in interior design. 


Eddie Dirkranian of National Carpet of Canada and Reesa Huberman of H. Lalonde & Frere of Canada with Reza Momeni in front of a rug from the new Terra collection by Momeni.


Baki Akpinar of Carpet Mill, Denver, and Aria Momeni of Momeni Rugs pose in front of a classic design from the Isabella collection spiffed up for Millennials with a chic tone of pink.



At Las Vegas Market, from left: Eric Peykar, Jonathan Peykar and Andrew Peykar of Nourison toast Christopher Guy Harrison, as do Nourison's Stephen Peykar, Mina Peykar and Alex Peykar. They are standing in front of the Cosmopolite Noir rug from the Christopher Guy collection in partnership with Nourison, which received the America's Magnificent Carpets Award for 2018 in the licensing category.


Christopher Guy Harrison discusses the newest introductions to the Christopher Guy collection in partnership with Nourison with guests at the rug maker's Las Vegas Market cocktail reception honoring the lifestyle icon and his area rug designs. Shown: the Granita rug of New Zealand wool and silk in birch/chic grey.  


From left to right is Sharon Park from nuLOOM, Monica Marquez from nuLOOM, Danielle Love and Ryan Jensen from online home furnishings retailer the Mine. Machine Woven made of 100 percent polypropylene in Turkey 


Brad Guthrie and Brandon Culpepper of Orian with Dave Snedeker, Pattie Wojtkiewicz and David Chambers, Nebraska Furniture Mart. In front of Carolina Wild Naturals creel. Rug at left is Intersteller in muted blue; rug on right is Horiz in multi natural. 

Ready to ship, a new pink colorway in Orian's Bedouin collection evokes Moroccan tribal motifs in young, stylish shag with thick polypropylene pile and on trend fringe. The company also introduced a range of pinks in everything from funky kilims and ikats in its Grand Tapis collection with plush, chunky yarn. 


Angie Shook, director of marketing, and Mandy Williams, design director of Oriental Weavers, in front of a Las Vegas Market showroom display showcasing the company's fashion-forward, saturated colors in "a coordination story that encompasses several different creels, different constructions and yarn systems. We are moving a bit away from bright to colors that are more saturated  now: not in-your-face brights," Williams explains. 

A display of Oriental Weaver's new for 2018 Montage collection, which is machine-made of a wool and polyester blend (shown, Montage 92L) and picks up the rust and browns from the super plush solid rugs in the foreground.



Steve Roan and Rizwan Ansari of Rizzy Home, Burt Homonoff of Bloomingdale's and Larry Hedrick of Rizzy stand in front of a Gossamer collection design, which is power loomed and hand finished to replicate a handmade look using 100 percent washed New Zealand wool.  

Team Rizzy celebrates from its new showroom in World Market Center suite B-355.  From left, , Larry Hedrick, Shamsu Ansari, Rizwan Ansari, Molly Mays and Steve Roan (read full story).



Ashley Yaraghi and Darius Yaraghi of Safavieh with Sara Weaver of Gilt in front of a pink textural flatweave rug, a new addition to the company's Wilton collection made from Merino lamb's wool.

Tiffanie Rosenkranz of Parker Gwen in Crown Point, Indiana, Michael Wolf, Safavieh, Matt Phillips of Parker Gwen, and Cyrus Yaraghi of Safavieh stand in front of a striking Ralph Lauren Home Reynolds hand-knotted rug in ink blue.



The Kenneth L. Mink & Sons team that manages Macy's Fine Rug Galleries stops off at Tayse to see what's new. Posing in front of the Fairview collection, from left: David Mink Sr., Dottie Mink, and Henry Ward of Kenneth Mink, George Foot of Tayse and David Mink, president of Kenneth Mink & Sons. 

Traditional designs with a vintage look are machine-made of 100 percent polyester cotton backing for the new Fairview collection design FVW3107, a top seller at Las Vegas Market. 


Textile engineer and soft surface designer Liora Manne introduces the indoor-outdoor Havana collection for Trans-Ocean at Las Vegas Market in a Wilton weave of polyester chenille face with a polypropylene backing. "It is very sturdy, fade resistant, and the colors represent the happiness of the spirit of Havana," Manne says.


The new Lyon Collection by Liora Manne for Trans-Ocean reads like a solid from a distance so it satisfies the need for neutrals but with blends color that is emerging in fashion area rugs. Shown is Ethnic Diamond in rose/grey hand tufted in India of 100 percent wool pile. 


Iyad Abdallah of Royal Furniture and Raed Bazzar of Bargain Furniture, both based  in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, with Michelle Curtin of United Weavers and Eddie Gonzalez of Coast to Coast Imports, Memphis, Tennessee. They posing in front of the olefin machine-made Bridges collection. 

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