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New York, Show Recap

Exclusive Rug Show Tour: People & Products

The ninth installment of The Rug Show New York/New Jersey lined up a range of buyers from rug galleries around the country to shop the latest hand-knotted rug designs and one-of-a-kinds.

Carol Tisch, Lisa Vincenti
montage of handmade area rug buyers at the rug show
Buyers from around the country stopped by to shop the 10th edition of The Rug Show and catchup with rug exhibitors,
many of whom they had not seen in person in three years.

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- After a three-year absence The Rug Show returned at a new NYC-area venue, the Secaucus Meadowlands Expo Center, and rug buyers turned out to shop the show's latest hand-knotted rugs and also snap up one-of-a-kind designs.

From, Sept 14-16, 27 top-quality area rug and fine carpet exhibitors showcased a range of global perspectives on design trends. While the top looks on display at the spacious booths throughout the rug fair were fresh takes on classic patterns that revitalized the genre with innovative textures, techniques and colors, there were plenty of options at the opposite end of the spectrum with thoroughly contemporary looks. Several vendors displayed bold black and white graphic designs, some constructed from unexpected yarns. Other rug vendors showcased vibrantly colored modern geometric designs, some crafted completely of recycled materials.

Still the mainstay of the show were classic Persian styles. In the show's opening hours, many rug buyers first shopped The Rug Shows' vintage rug selection, snapping up favorites and several venders selling out of vintage rugs early on. Rug Show attendees then had hundreds of new Persian area rug patterns to shop, and there was plenty of innovation, in both styling and construction, to choose from.

RugNews.com toured the show to discover who shopped the show and find out which area rugs are resonating with rug gallery buyers.


Amer Rugs' Raj Choudhary, president, walks Victor Khalafi of Gabberts Furniture through Amer's latest hand-knotted
and handmade designs.

Amer Rugs' new hand-knotted Milano collection, crafted of 100 percent raw hand-spun New Zealand wool, is expected
to be a top seller at rug and furniture galleries. Shown, MIL-06


Andkhuy Rugs' Abdul Sattar Karimi gets ready to show Roz Rustigian, owner of the Rhode Island-based Rustigian
Rugs, his newest Afghan crafted designs.

A best-seller for San Fransico-based Andkhuy Rugs is a richly colored bordered floral motif from its Aryana, hand-
knotted in the Andkhuy region of Afghanistan.


From left, Eddie Simantob, Parviz and Patricia Golabi, Aladdin's Rug Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Michael
Pourvakil, Weavers Art, York, Ontario, Canada, visit with Art Resources' Max Moussavi.

Art Resources debuts a modern abstracted Afghan Mamluk style rug -- a first in the Afghan rug market, according to
Art Resources' Jack Simantob.

An eye-catching one-of-a-kind modern geometric rug stopped buyers in their tracks. Handmade in Pakistan of repurposed
old fabric these rug designs are done wildly with no design.


Jamal Kazemini of his eponymous LA-based Jamal's Rug Collection showroom was stoked to be back at The Rug Show. He
stops for a photo op at the Afghan Bazar Rugs booth.


Sharian Garner of Decatur, Georgia, fine rug gallery Sharian checks out the HRI booth alongside Lee Harounian.

A top HRI look at The Rug Show was the company's Antique Heriz design 109 featuring a rich red ground and intricate pattern.

Stephanie Gibbs and Carlos Murillo, both of J&S by Stark, in nearby Morristown, walk The Rug Show 2022 sourcing
fresh product, taking a photo break at the HRI booth.


Jaipur's Dinesh Choudhary, regional head, sales and marketing, offers Terry and Lynne Lewis of The Rug Merchant,
Evansville, Indiana, a tour of the booth.


Among The Rug Shows' top eye-catching contemporary booths was Kirkit's featuring its recycled goat hair and
recycled hemp rugs in graphic black and white designs.


Ben Arcari Cook, with Landry & Arcari, and Jared Quinn of Harry King Rug & Home, East Hampton, Massachusetts,
take time for a photo op.

Massachusetts-based rug showroom Landry & Arcari shared a corner of the Alpine Rugs booth to offer its vintage
pieces to show shoppers.


Rhiannon Esposito and Rob Leahy of Fine Rugs of Charleston shop the latest Rug & Kilim introductions. From left:
Sina Nazmiyal, R&K, Leary, Josh Nazmiyal, R&K, Esposito, Cyrus Nazmiyal, R&K 

Among the top popular looks from NY rug showroom Rug & Kilim remain its Scandinavian collection.


Roz Rustigian of Rustigian Rugs stops by to meet with Jay Nehouray, and learn about his new Rug Icon label to
the public at the 2022 Rug Show.

Launched in late 2020, Rug Icon debuted its high-end hand-knotted rugs in person for the first time
at The Rug Show.


S&H Rugs' Ori Wilbush and Hamed Kolahdouzan of Persico Oriental Rugs take a break from reviewing the dozens of new
hand-knots on display.

A best-selling look at S&H Rugs is its new Kohinoor collection of high-knot-count wool rugs featuring a micro-geometric motif.

S&H Rugs showcased a striking Samarkand motif rug in a rich navy ground with pattern in vibrant orange and moss green.


Salt Lake City's Tibet Rug Co. returned to TRS featuring its dense Tibetan hand-crafted rugs including its "hot" new
Soumac Native American collection, crafted of all-natural hand-dyed wool.


Wool & Silk's Erbil Tezcan and Lisa Slappey, with Houston's Postmodern Traditions, a custom and contemporary rug
gallery, have plenty of ground to cover including the rollout of the After Party design, in the rear.

While Wool & Silk's abstract After Party area rug performed strongly at the Cover Connect show, the company's new 
Afghan collection took center stage at The Rug Show.

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