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High Point, Show Recap

Good Times: High Point Market People & Parties

High Point Market was buzzing with designer events, ribbon cuttings, showroom celebrations and area rug buyers who dropped by showrooms to check out the latest rug debuts and rub elbows with celebs.

Jessica Harlan
montage of high point market buyers, celebrities and celebrations
The fall edition of High Point Market was a hive of celebrity drop ins, showroom ribbon cuttings, and area rug shopping.

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Market was buzzing with designer events, ribbon cuttings, showroom celebrations and area rug buyers who dropped by showrooms to check out the latest rug debuts.

With nearly a dozen new area rug showrooms debuting this market with ribbon cuttings, brunches and cocktail parties to celebrate, the air was festive and the shopping brisk. Also in the spotlight were new designer licensing partnerships (Pure Salt Interiors with Momeni, Evette Rios with LR Home, Angela Rose with Loloi) and showroom presentations by hot designers already collaborating with rug companies, from Tom Filicia for Feizy, to Stacey Garcia and Drew and Jonathan Scott for Karastan, and Nicole Curtis for Nourison and Tamara Day for Kaleen -- the rug company feting its 25th anniversary this market after shelving the events for a year due to Covid restrictions. 

Below is the industry's only rug showroom tour of top parties, celebrations, designer events and buyer sightings at the fall High Point Market.


Cameron Capel shows new High Point intros to Ashton Camp of Bassett Furniture.


Steve and Evan Couri show off Couristan's new Naturalistic collection of indoor-outdoor rugs.


Hersel Bani-Esraili of Exquisite Rugs with Jady Lagwinski and Mikael Lagwinski of Architectural Interiors in Idaho.


Thom Filicia (center) in the new Feizy showroom with Al Boscatel and Stephanie Kelly of Urban Interiors in Washington.

John Feizy (center) greets guests at the Feizy showroom opening. With him are Abby Craighton and Jackie Karacofe
of Dwell Home Furnishings in Iowa.


HRI's Diana Samuels and Greg Jordt flank buyers Alisha Cochrun, Kathy Hank and Kate Collett of Rectangles in Michigan
getting a first look at the new Fusion collection.


Designer Barclay Butera and Jaipur Living's Asha Chaudhary in front of Burtera's new rugs at the opening night party
celebrating Jaipur Living's new C&D showroom.

From left: Jamie Gauker of J.Gauker Interiors, Mallery Appleton of Jaipur Living, Pam Curtis and Jessica Huseman
of J.Gauker Interiors at Jaipur Living's opening night celebration. 


Kimberly Casson of Salmon Casson in Maryland poses with Ann Moore and Kami Navid, both from Jaunty.


Guests join Bargain Mansions' Tamara Day and Kaleen COO Monty Rathi (center) as they toast Kaleen's 25th
anniversary celebration.

Kaleen's Monty Rathi and licensee Tamara Day take a break after a designer seminar during High Point Market.
They are in front of Day's textural, tufted Charlotte collection.


Karastan licensing partners Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers fame sit down with fans at the Karastan showroom to discuss their
latest rugs and more.


Lifestyle influencer Angela Rose stops by the Loloi showroom to introduce her inaugural rug collections.

Longtime Loloi licensing partner, boho-guru Justina Blakeney, right, with Sara Rose, both of Jungalow.


From Left: Welcoming guests to a designer panel hosted by lifestyle expert, designer and new LR Home licensing
partner Evette Rios are LR Home's Mike Thompson, Zubair Farida, Krishna Laddha and Vinamra Laddha, Evette Rios,
and Kate Beebe of Frontgate.

John Murse of Rugs as Art in Sarasota, Florida, with with LR Home licensing partners, celeb designers Evette Rios,
left, and Stacy Garcia.


Reza Momeni celebrates alongside new licensing partners Aly Morford, left, and Leigh Lincoln of Pure Salt Interiors
at the High Point debut party for Pure Salt x Momeni.


Nourison grows its collaboration with Rehab Addict star Nicole Curtis, who stopped by to meet with buyers and show
off her newest rug designs.

Nicole Curtis meets with designer Eduardo Acevedo, of Acevedo Design Group, Palm Beach, Florida.


Orian's Maria Metropolous-Ward and Heather Callaham offer Rooms to Go buyer Cameron-Zapata (center) a tour
of the company's latest area rugs.


The Rug & Kilim team takes time for a photo op in the company's SAMS booth. Sina Nazmiyal (seated), Cyrus
Nazmiyal (third from right) and Josh Nazmiyal (far right) run the family business.


David Samad with Anna Guanzon and Marian Raible, both of Vaden Design Co., at Samad's Market Suite Tower
space during High Point Market. Behind hangs the Genesis rug from the Bohemian collection, and in the fore
is Santa Fe's Eldarado design.
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