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Las Vegas, Show News & Business

COVER Connect Vegas Premieres: People and Products

RugNews.com tours the inaugural COVER Connect Las Vegas to discover who attended the event and what rugs are trending at the boutique end of the market.

Lisa Vincenti
rug buyers and booths at cover connect Vegas
Attendees of Surfaces made their way to the co-hosted COVER Connect Las Vegas to shop contemporary
high-end area rugs.

LAS VEGAS -- The boutique area rug trade event COVER Connect debuted its new West Coast edition, which was held in conjunction with The International Surfaces Event (TISE), Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2023, with a select group of high-end area rug participants.

RugNews.com surveyed several buyers who had attended Surfaces and stopped by COVER Connect to check out the latest contemporary hand-made area rugs. They reported they liked the convenience of shopping high-end area rugs while browsing the massive flooring show.

Tour COVER Connect alongside RugNews.com to discover what's new and who shopped the event.


Harris and Jessica Cohen, of Country Carpet in Syosset, New York, stop by Design Materials to check out its newest
carpet designs.

Design Materials, a source for flatwoven wool and sisal rugs and carpet, grows its Adara Limited collection of wool
designs with several global inspired geometric motifs in tonal palettes.


French Accents Rugs featured its hand-knotted Highland Plaid collection, hanging, and Rebel, on the ground.


Alex Hosseinnia, owner Dallas Rugs, gave COVER Connect a thumbs up and was happy to meet with colleague
Ahmet Diler, founder, Kirkit, and to review the Turkish hand-knot rug maker's newest contemporary flat weaves.

Turkish rug manufacturer Kirkit features its contemporary rugs at COVER Connect Vegas. Above, Dark Moon, crafted
of hemp.


Knots Rugs' Linny Moss, right, and Harriet Crawley show Ali Nikrooz of Couture Knot, Charlotte, North Carolina, the
company's latest contemporary designs. Shown is Flow 2, a sumptuous hand-knotted rug of wool, silk and linen crafted
in Nepal.

Part of Knots Rugs' latest Artist Collaboration collection, Flow 1 and Flow 2, offer abstract style diptych motifs 
hand-knotted of Tibetan wool, Chinese silk and linen.


Pampas Leather, a South American maker of hair-on-hide and shearling products, featured an abstract style textural
sheepskin handmade rug.


Brian Robins of Kush Rugs, Portland, gets an update on Samad's latest rug designs from Bryon Hamilton. Shown,
Dapper from the Mod Reserve Wool & Silk collection

Samad grows its popular hand-knotted high-low Boho Plus collection with Genesis.


Stark Studio Rugs played up its recently introduced Ashley Stark Home area rugs. Show in the foreground, Ashley Stark
Home's Danika


David Truett, Truett Fine Rugs of Dallas, and Tamarian's Chris Saliga take a break from flipping through a stack of
rugs. Shown is Flow in white and silver, which is hand-knotted of 70 percent wool and 30 percent silk.

Tamarian's Slide design is a hit with clients for its toned-down geometric motif and fair trade STEP certification. 


Jerry Steele (center right), GoGreen Flooring, Boulder Colorado, visits with Tibet Rug Company's Heather Elmer, Jim
Webber, and Brian Mehl.

Tibet Rug Company's latest pieces, Reflections, hanging, and Sol, on the ground, were on show at Cover Connect. Both
are hand-knotted of hand-spun Tibetan wool.

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