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New York, Show Recap

ICFF Exclusive: Luxury Contemporary Rugs See Continued Boom

In this industry exclusive, RugNews.com tours luxury contemporary area rug exhibitors at ICFF 2022, and business continues to be brisk at the high-end of the designer and architect market.

Lisa Vincenti
RugNews.com montage of contemporary rugs at ICFF 2022
RugNews.com tours luxury handmade area rugs at the ICFF as sales at the high-end continued to surge.

NEW YORK -- Top bespoke area rug makers returned to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair for the first time since the pandemic shuttered the annual NYC event in 2020 -- and they reported positive results.

Despite not being able to present their assortments at a live ICFF for the past two years, participating area rug exhibitors all stated that business has been booming at the ultra-high end of the market, and that ICFF attendees turned out to shop rugs at the fair, hosted May 15-17 at the Javits Center.

In the industry's only area rug tour of the show, RugNews.com stops by more than a dozen booths to discover the top designs being introduced at the upper tier of the handmade and bespoke market.


The Connecticut-based area rug showroom Apadana showcased its most popular styles, including Moroccan and 
transitional handmade rugs.

Apadana Rugs and Carpets, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, brought a range of top-sellers and new introductions to ICFF. Among the featured looks is the best-selling active-solid Groove collection, handmade of bamboo and silk, and now available in a broadloom option. Apadana also showcased its growing assortment of Moroccan-inspired and tribal geometric rugs.

Apadana's best-selling Grove collection is now available in wall-to-wall carpet option.


Armadillo x House of Grey debuts the Ellipse collection, hand-crafted in premium jute, New Zealand wool and pure silk.

The Australian-based rug-maker Armadillo, which has a US head showroom in Las Vegas, a trade showroom in NYC and soon-to-open space in San Francisco, features sustainability at the core of its natural area rug designs. The studio earned Certified B Company status in 2021, and all its rugs carry a Declare Label. Armadillo debuted its collaboration with interior designer Louisa Grey, founder of interior design studio House of Grey, Finsbury Park, north London. Each rug is made from carefully sourced natural fibers that are either left in their original state or hand-dyed and sun-dried and then hand-knotted on traditional looms.

Armadillo's natural and sustainable area rugs are crafted of materials such as New Zealand wool and jute.


Jan Kath's Spectrum collection, in the rear, and its vibrant Erased Heritage designs, on the floor, were featured 
at its booth.

Ombre-style area rug looks are trending at Jan Kath, headquartered in Germany, and the latest designs from its Spectrum collection were prominently displayed at the Jan Kath booth. The long-time ICFF participant, reported that the response to these designs, hand-knotted in Kathmandu, Nepal of wool and silk, was positive, with designers and architects attracted to the line's strong fashion statement.

Jan Kath's Spectrum collection is a hit with architects and designers looking for a statement rug.


The Shining Light design from JD Staron, manufactured by Ferreira de Sá, among Europe's oldest hand-made rug
manufacturers, was a hit with contemporary rug shoppers.

JD Staron, a New York bespoke rug studio, took home an IFDA Selects Award, ICFF Best In Flooring, at the 2022 show. The company's booth featured new JD Staron designs and introduced designers and architects to its new licensed collections with design collective Interior Collab and Very Gay Paint, a mural studio founded by two LA comedians during the pandemic. Among the top-hits was the company's Shining Light abstract, textural area rug, hand-knotted by Portuguese Ferreira de Sá, among Europe's oldest hand-made rug 

JD Staron's new collaboration with Very Gay Paint, a mural studio founded by two LA comedians during the pandemic,
recasts the duo's work for the floor.


Marc Phillips featured its collaboration with designer Jamie Bush at the ICFF. Called Field Studies, the series features
textural designs and dimensional carving.

Rug showroom Marc Phillips, with showrooms in LA and NYC, showcased the latest design from its collaboration alongside designer Jamie Bush. The Field Studies collection, inspired by abandoned aerial crop patterns, features various techniques such as a mix of cut and loop pile and dimensional carving to create an abstract design of varied textures.


Mohawk debuts plank carpet tile collection Fractal Fluency following the success of its Relaxing Floors collection.

Mohawk Group partnered with Fact Design at its ICFF booth showcasing its new Fractal Fluency carpet plank system, complemented by Fact Design's Calm collection of recyclable felt acoustic panels and ceiling tiles. Mohawk's new Fractal Fluency line follows the introduction of Mohawk's Relaxing Floors collection, which employed intelligence-based designs to activate the body's stress-relieving response. Fractal Fluency is offered in two styles and eight distinct colorways. In addition, paired with Mohawk Group’s new EcoFlex ONE backing, Fractal Fluency is Living Product Challenge Petal Certified, for a net-positive impact in both carbon and water.

Mohawk's plank carpet system Fractal Fluency is complemented by Fact Design's Calm assortment of recyclable
acoustic panels and ceiling tiles.


Chien by Stéphanie Mercier for Pinton is part of its Prete a Porte hand-tufted rug assortment, which is crafted in Pinton's
French workshop. Shown on the floor, the graphic hand-tufted Fontenay by designer Nicolas Aubagnac.

Renowned French Aubusson tapestry and rug manufacturer Pinton, which produces both its tapestries and rugs in its facility in central France, debuted at ICFF. The company showcased its Prete a Porte hand-tufted area rugs at the fair, as well as samples of its Haute Couture area rugs, made of fibers including wool and silk with embellishments in lurex, phosphorescent fibers, metal, vinyl, or leather. The atelier also showcased a contemporary wall tapestry by French interior designer Pierre Gonalons.

French tapestry and area rug atelier Pinton showcases its handmade in France tufted area rugs and tapestries at ICFF.


Interior Designer Lauren Rottet adds area rugs to her Rottet Collection assortment. Crafted by Kyle Bunting, the
customizable area rug designs are crafted on hair-on-hide.

Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet introduced her latest lineup of furnishings from Rottet Collection at the Javits Center during this year’s edition of ICFF. At the same time Rottet debuted her first area rug designs in collaboration with Austin, Texas-based hide-rug maker Kyle Bunting. The fully customizable hand-crafted hair-on-hide geometric designs are made with fine Italian hides.

Rottet Collection by Kyle Bunting features handcrafted geometric designs made of fine Italian hides.


Scandecor's Lanciano rug, woven of felted New Zealand wool in Scandinavia, adds a new navy and gray colorway.
Contemporary, eco-friendly rug and broadloom company Scandecor, introduces Lanciano, woven from felted New Zealand wool with an eco-friendly non-skid backing. The company's high-tech power-loom woven rugs are handcrafted by Scandinavian professional weavers. Scandecor has been committed to natural and sustainable materials and all of its power looms use 100 percent carbon-neutral energy.
It's best-selling Madison rug in white is handmade of felted New Zealand wool and was on show at the ICFF booth. Designers and architects were also attracted to Scandecor's Wood Fiber rugs and broadloom, a range that is eco-friendly, washable and durable.

Scandecor's best-selling Madison rug, handmade of felted wool, remained a popular choice at ICFF.


Talenti, an Italian maker of outdoor home furnishings and accessories, showcased its fringed Ribs, area rug.

Italian outdoor furniture and accessories maker Talenti showcased its latest outdoor pieces at ICFF including its latest contemporary outdoor area rugs. Among its showcased area rugs are Ribs, a fringed style, and Quadro. Talenti, known for its minimal styling, has collaborated with acclaimed designers and architects such as Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, Jean Philippe Nuel, Karim Rashid, and Nicola de Pellegrini.

Talenti's understated Quadro outdoor area rug is designed to withstand the elements. 

Tantuvi rolls out a line of contemporary flatwoven geometric designs crafted of repurposed silk,by seventh-generation
master weavers in India.

Brooklyn-based Tantuvi, a maker of contemporary flat woven rugs, debuts its repurposed silk rugs in a palette of sandstone-colored designs, punctuated by vibrant pinks, greens, and reds. Tantuvi rugs are crafted on panja hand looms, which achieve a tighter weave and finer designs, by seventh-generation master weavers in India.

Tantuvi's flatweave rugs are crafted on a panja hand looms, which achieve a tighter weave and finer designs.


Tibetano debuts the new Sister Parish area rug program featuring the renowned designers iconic prints.
New York based Tiebtano, which crafts original and custom area rugs, returns to ICFF and showcases its new Sister Parish collaboration. Sister Parish X Tibetano is a range of hand-woven flatweave rugs crafted of New Zealand wool and linen on a cotton foundation. The collection includes seven iconic Sister Parish prints, created by renowned American interior designer and socialite Sister Parish (born Dorothy May Kinnicutt, 1910-1994). In addition, the company featured its growing range of Moroccan inspired designs.

Tibetano showcases its latest designs across a wide range of styles from updated Moroccans to transitional ones.

Norwegian area rug design studio Volver debuted at ICFF showcasing Attraction featuring the work of renowned
Norwegiean artist Borgny Svalastog.

Norwegian area rug design studio Volver debuted at ICFF at Inside Norway, an exhibition project that promoted Norwegian home furnishings and décor. Volver featured its new collaboration inspired by the monotype works of Norwegian artist Borgny Svalastog. The abstract compositions of the Attraction collection, named after Svalastog's series, is flat woven of wool in India. Volver in addition to its own designs, frequently collaborates with Norwegian and international designers, artists and architects, including a new range with architect Jorgen Tycho Volver also has created rugs alongside Dagny Thurmann-Moe, an acclaimed color specialist and the founder of KOI Color Studio, who collaborated on Rose, a hand-tufted modernist geometric design on show at ICFF.

Volver Studio showcased its hand-tufted Rose design, created with color specialist Dagny Thurmann-Moe, which is
now also available in a wall-to-wall option. 


Warp & Weft introduces its newest licensed program with NY architectural practice Deborah Berke Partners.
Warp & Weft debuts its latest area rug collaboration featuring the designs of New York architectural practice Deborah Berke Partners. The program, two years in development, includes three collections: Dawn, Dusk and Midday. These rugs are hand-knotted in Nepal and India of materials including wool, hemp, and silk. ICFF shoppers gravitated to the clean, linear designs of Midday, a range hand-knotted of wool in India.

The Midday area rug collection by Deborah Berke Partners for Warp & Weft features crisp, modern textural designs
hand-knotted of wool in India.


Woven Concepts debuts its Rapture collection, the company's first and only machine-woven program.
Woven Concepts returns to ICFF and showcases its new Rapture collection, the company's only machine-woven assortment that is the "exception" to its hand-made only philosophy. The Rapture range, crafted of pure rayon, includes 60 textural styles, including active solids, geometrics, and abstracts. This machine-woven assortment is hand-finished to conveys the look and feel of a hand-knotted rug. The approachably priced Rapture collection was also introduced to help get luxury rugs to clients more quickly.

Woven Concepts new Rapture collection is machine-woven designs is crafted of rayon for a plush and soft hand.
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