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High Point, Show Recap

Best Of High Point Market Rugs - Hot Products & Showrooms, Part 2

The most "normal" area rug show since the pandemic took hold, High Point Market's postponed spring event boasted strong buyer turnout, plenty of showroom news, product introductions galore and even a selection of live events.

Jessica Harlan
6/17/2021
collage of rug displays and showrooms
Top row, left to right, Bokara's Canterbury Silk, Thom Filicia with Feizy team and new rugs, Carlisle by Loloi. Middle row, let to right, Capel's Sturbridge and Stockton, Jaipur Living's Somewhere in Time, Momeni's Simba. Bottom row, left to right, Nourison's Luna, S&H showroom, Safavieh's Haj Jalili.

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Part 2  of our High Point Market Roundup of the people, the places and products that made the June event a huge step toward "normal" markets continues. RugNews.com tours even more area rug showrooms on the hunt for top hits, buyers and special events. In Part 2 of this High Point area rug round up we cover companies from Momeni to Unique Loom, and be sure to check out Part 1, where we visit showrooms from Art Resources to Loloi.

MOMENI


Momeni's Noho collection of abstract and mosaic looks in neutral tones was popular with June market-goers

In the Momeni showroom, the popularity of animal prints helped spur the success of Xander, a machine-made polyester and polypropylene rug featuring black and white organic stripes. Meanwhile, the 10 rugs in the Simba collection had spare, simple abstract designs in neutrals like ivory, navy, black, taupe and copper. They’re made of Indian hand-tufted wool. And finally, Noho, a machine-made rug of 100 percent poly pile, features abstracts and mosaic looks in neutral hues.


Momeni introduces the hand-tufted Simba collection of simple abstract designs in neutrals like ivory, navy, black, taupe and copper.


NOURISON


Nourison's Teo Roman shows Lizzie Finecountry, of Nigerian showroom Serenissimo Ltd., a Calvin Klein rug design.

The company’s Prismatic line continues to be one of the company’s flagship collections. “It’s ever growing,” described Wally Matei, vice president of national accounts. And a new design joins the collection, executed in a gray background with a golden/yellow pattern that has an ombre fade into orange. It’s made of a combination of wool and Luxcelle, and has a hand-tufted construction. Also getting noticed was Luna, a new introduction at the market. Made of 60 percent wool and 40 percent rayon, it has a high-low texture in a hatch-mark pattern. “It’s a big hit with designers, because it can blend into contemporary or traditional settings,” noted Matei.



Nourison's best-selling tufted Prismatic collection continues to add new designs.


Nourison debuts the Luna collection of cross-hatch designs made of a blend of 60 percent wool and 40 percent rayon.

ORIENTAL WEAVERS


Oriental Weavers' Rick Austin shows Anika Bratt and Patti Davidson of Patti Davidson ASID in Advance, North Carolina, the company's Anatolia collection.


The Nebulous collection in the Oriental Weavers showroom is a new line of 14 rugs, with a million-point construction of regular polyester and shrink polyester to produce a high-low effect. With a palette of warm neutrals in organic abstract patterns, “it's very furniture-friendly, and can be used with just about everything,” said Tammy Washburn, vice president of regional sales. The rugs sell for $399 for a 5x8. Meanwhile, Aberdeen is a collection that's in the same construction as the company's Maharaja rugs, using a different color creel, including greens, blues, and reds. This polyester rug, made in Egypt, also has a million-point construction, giving the patterns lots of definition, and its designs are equally at home in a Boho or a traditional setting.
 


Oriental Weavers rolls out the Nebulous collection of 14 rugs, with a million-point construction of regular polyester and shrink polyester.


Oriental Weavers introduces Aberdeen, made in the same construction as the company’s Maharaja collection, but using a different color kreel, including greens, blues and reds.

ORLENA HOME

A Turkish rug company that’s been in business since 1903, Orlena Home has only recently debuted selling products under its own name in the U.S. At its first High Point Market, the company showcased its products made on double jacquard looms, capable of weaving an intricate number of colors in one rug. The company’s Four Seasons rugs, made of all cotton, are reversible, with completely different patterns and colors on each side. And its Casual Living collection, made of 100 percent cotton with a super-soft hand, has the look and feel of hand-knotted rugs, but with a price point of $199 to $299. It features a woven fringe, whip stitched sides, and a distressed effect over traditional patterns.


Orlena Home, a Turkish rug maker, debuted at High Point, and introduced its Casual Living collection of soft cotton designs.

PALMETTO LIVING/ORIAN RUGS


Palmetto Living debuts its plush Skins, made using the same construction as the company's most popular collection, Adagio.

With animal prints continuing to trend, it’s no surprise that the Skins collection garnered attention at Palmetto Home/Orian. The rug’s base is made using the same construction as one of the company’s most popular collections, Adagio, in machine-woven polypropylene. The collection features variations on animal prints executed in neutral colors. Zula is inspired by zebra stripes, while Gazelle has a subtle dot pattern on wide stripes. “Customers came to us wanting animal prints,” explained Dave Matamoros, senior vice president of specialty sales for Palmetto Home. The collection hits a mid-level retail range, with a 5x8 selling for $349. The company’s Nouvelle Boucle collection was also a hit, he said, noting that Boucle is the company’s number-one franchise. Nouvelle Boucle is a performance-based rug made with recycled materials and a higher quality, marine-grade serging to prevent damage during shipping or storage. The rugs feature a flatweave construction with pile executing a geometric pattern.

 
Palmetto Living/Orian Rugs introduces the performance Nouvelle Boucle collection, inspired by the company's No. 1 franchise, Boucle.

SAFAVIEH 


Safavieh debuts the wool and silk Tribeca collection of abstract designs at High Point Market.

A brand-new collection in the Safavieh showroom was Tribeca, made of wool and silk. With seven patterns in the line, the rugs have an abstract, painterly motif. Also brand new and garnering attention was Haj Jalili, a collection named for the famed 19th century workshop, these Tabriz-style rugs are hand-knotted of wool and viscose with classic bordered patterns and and rich, patinaed colors.


Safavieh's new hand-knotted Haj Jalili collection, inspired by classic Tabriz rugs, was a favorite of June market attendees.

S&H RUGS


S&H Rugs more than doubled the size of its Suites at Market square space for the June market.

Among the notable rugs in the S&H showroom were its undyed natural wool designs, which featured a subtle contemporary cross-hatch design in shades of ivory and gray, using the natural color of the sheep. Another highlight was the company’s hand-knotted rugs produced in Afghanistan. Finally, Maria Vasquez, manager, reported that the company’s beautiful Sickle Leaf design, featuring an intricate, intertwining floral design, sold out at the market.


S&H Rugs' Afghan-made hand-knotted rugs were a hit with market shoppers for their modern colorways


S&H Rugs's Sickle Leaf hand-knotted design sold out at High Point Market.
 
SURYA


Surya's Caitlin Parrozzo walks Debbie Craft and Keally Miller of Coastal Cottage 23 in Wilmington, North Carolina, through Surya's latest introductions.

A highlight among Surya’s introductions was the Ushak collection, comprising nearly 10 designs hand-knotted in India of 100 percent wool. With a fresh palette of purple, gray, cream, pink, aqua and other dreamy colors, the rug patterns are an abstraction of traditional motifs and feature a short fringe. This collection hits a mid- to upper- price point, a 6x9 sells for $4,000. Also in focus is the Unique collection, which is hand-tufted from polyester and modeled to look like antique rugs, with a very low pile and weathered-looking colors of gold, blue and dark red. The collection was introduced last fall but has been expanded based on its success and now has 15 patterns. In Surya’s outdoor line, Azalea is a new collection that garnered attention from buyers. Flat-woven of thick yarn, this 100 percent PET rug is hand-woven in India. Some of the rugs have a thick fringe, and it’s even available in runners.


Surya's new hand-knotted Ushak was a hit for its contemporary color combinations and re-inveted styling.


For June market, Surya expands its hand-tufted Unique collection, made of polyester, after a strong response last fall.

TRANS-OCEAN BY LIORA MANNE


Trans-Ocean by NYC designer Liora Manna's Ashford collection continues to trend with buyers hunting for marble-like, organic designs.

Stephen Hoberman, vice president of business development, reported that, “for the first time in a long time, customers are asking for more upscale wool products.” Among Trans Ocean’s responses was Aruba, a pattern that features updated colors in a flat-woven irregular striped pattern, selling for $249 to $299. Also in the spotlight was Ashford, a Wilton-woven collection featuring an agate design in jewel tones, machine-made in a soft touch polypropylene. Malibu, an indoor-outdoor flatweave, is new to market and features an ikat pattern in a new palette of clay, neutral beige, and gray. As part of the company’s expansion of its floral doormats, Magnolia is a new offering, vibrant pink oversized florals on a choice of three neutral backgrounds.


Trans-Ocean's indoor-outdoor Malibu collection features an ikat design in trending colors.

UNIQUE LOOMS


Unique Loom's Finsbury captured buyer attention for its abstract textural designs with a soft hand

A few new collections were getting attention in the Unique Looms showroom. Finsbury is a polyester and polypropylene construction that has the luxe look of viscose, with a mixed pile height and a soft hand. Maahru, which is machine washable, is printed on polyester chenille and has weathered, traditional designs and jewel-toned colors. And styles were added to the company’s lush outdoor collection, Outdoor Botanical, which features tropical designs on power-loomed polypropylene. One highlight was a round area rug with a motif of exotic birds and oversized leaves.


Buyers loved that Unique Loom's new Maahru collection of Boho-inspired looks is machine washable.

-- Read Best Of High Point Market Rugs - Hot Products & Showrooms, Part 1

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