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Boutique Trade Event COVER Connect Set to Debut in Vegas

High-end boutique area rug trade show COVER Connect launches during upcoming Surfaces 2023 and includes international stalwarts such as Knots Rugs and East Coast purveyors including French Accents, Samad, Stark Studio and Tamarian.

montage of contemporary rugs
Contemporary high-end rug brands join the lineup at the first West Coast edition of COVER Connect.

LAS VEGAS -- The boutique trade show for high-end rugs debuts its new West Coast edition, running in conjunction with The International Surface Event (TISE), running Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023.

Building upon the success of the second edition of the annual COVER Connect New York last September, show organizers announced the first edition of COVER Connect Las Vegas, which will be hosted as part of the well-established show SURFACES: the largest North American flooring event, with the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) as the official sponsor. It will be held within The International Surface Event (TISE) along with StonExpo and TileExpo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The show offers a new audience of buyers and industry professionals the opportunity to source the most sought-after traditional, transitional and contemporary rugs in an exclusive pavilion. Visit to gain access to all the latest collections, fresh off the loom, from a select group of dynamic brands, at the start of 2023.


Design Materials, Vail

With distribution throughout the US plus in Canada and the Netherlands, this brand is all about custom style. As an importer, distributor and workshop focused on flatwoven wool and sisal rugs, DMI works on a ‘Rugs by the Foot’ pricing system and will present the great versatility and texture range of its lines at COVER Connect.


French Accents Rugs, Chaos collection ML409c

A leader in the hand-knotted rug industry for over two decades, this company has a mission to create meaningful rugs that transcend time and trends. Its commitment to excellence is derived from a deep appreciation for classical aesthetics. And an accumulated knowledge of traditional weaving techniques is drawn upon to create the highest quality hand-knotted rugs.


Kirkit Rugs, Turk-3

Kirkit Rugs is widely respected for producing some of the most innovative handmade designs to come out of Turkey today. Kirkit Rugs’ owner, Ahmet Diler, is deeply involved in environmental issues and fair-trade business practices. In 2021, he opened a pilot workshop in Ushak, the first of its type in Turkey, where the weavers are paid three times more than the average Turkish weaver and are provided with retirement funds and access to healthcare.


Knots Rugs, Arc design

‘We are thrilled to be participating in COVER Connect Las Vegas. After recently returning from a really successful COVER Connect show in New York, we are excited to be heading to Vegas so that we can meet all of our current dealers who couldn’t make it to New York. As a newer brand in the American market, we are always looking to expand and showcase our designs, and COVER Connect Las Vegas gives us the chance to continue doing this on the West Coast! CCLV is the perfect opportunity to build on and increase the visibility of Knots Rugs throughout the US. We work closely with COVER in the UK, and it will be great to re-connect with the rug community in a new location!’ Knots Rugs.


Pampas Leather, Antarctic goatskin straight hairs ombre rug, Hedonistic mural and leather-suede basketweave ottomans.

Family company Pampas Leather has been the supplier of the best quality of raw cowhides to all major Argentinian and South American traders for the past 45 years. With stylish and unique design in mind, the brand now offers a wide range of rare and beautiful cowhides from the Argentinian Pampas directly to the buyer.


Samad, Charisma in midnight-coral

Emigrating from London, brothers and business partners David and Malcolm Samad established their business as wholesale rug importers in New York City in 1985. They are now headquartered in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The company’s creative process pays homage to the ancient art of rug making, producing decorative carpets defined by exceptional quality and enduring style. Its extensive sophisticated output challenges convention in the pursuit of excellence.


Stark Studio Rugs, NOT135720A

Stark is a premier design industry partner for luxury residential and hospitality projects. A go-to brand for design industry professionals, Stark excels at supporting businesses to preserve craftsmanship and enable unique and specially designed spaces to come to fruition.


Tamarian, Itterna PW in driftwood

Tamarian continues to be the largest importer of Tibetan rugs to the US through maintaining a commitment to integrity and beauty in the high-end market, alongside passion for service to its loyal clientele. A dedicated staff with over two decades of experience work to innovate and lead, with a focus on positive impacts to people and the planet, making meaningful art that comforts and inspires.


Tibet Rug Co., Reflections in teal

Since 1991, Tibet Rug Company has combined the ancient art of Tibetan hand-knotted carpets with original, contemporary design to create an evolving collection of rugs crafted with structural and artistic integrity
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