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Meet Designers and Retailers Shopping the Winter 2020 Atlanta Market

By Carol Tisch & Jessica Harlan
montage of designer and retail buyers
ATLANTA -- The winter 2020 edition of Atlanta Market, held Jan. 14-21 at AmericasMart, proved a solid draw for regional interior designers and retailers, according to area rug execs.

"Atlanta Market is still an important show for customers along the eastern seaboard and in southern states," explained Satya Tiwari, president, Surya, at the company's busy AmericasMart showroom. Surya's showroom is open year round as the company expands its trade showroom locations in major markets to continue capturing share with interior designers.

Kami Navid of Jaunty agreed, noting that he'll see completely different customers at Las Vegas Market next week. "We don't sell to e-commerce, and that is very important to designers and furniture stores who see us in Atlanta -- we look forward to meeting with our loyal customers at both shows."


Jonathan Kashanian, of F.J. Kashanian, also caters to a steady designer and brick and mortar fan base looking for exclusivity in its fashion-forward hand-knots. "We have been busy with repeat customers who come to the showroom knowing that everything will be completely new -- we bring fresh designs to every Atlanta Market," he said. And Mike Kalaty reported steady appointments at the Kalaty showroom, even on the weekend before the show's official opening.


Due to the changing Atlanta Market demographics, many rug exhibitors focused on hand-knotted intros, high end machine mades, and one-of-a-kinds, including Momeni, whose showroom was exclusively devoted to OAKs, and Loloi, which maintains a separate showroom for OAKS and framed textile art program. One home textiles exhibitor, Amity Home introduced its first area rug offerings in Atlanta, and another, Balta Home USA debuted a brand new combination design studio and showroom here.

Follow as we talk with rug execs, and meet designers and buyers on the hunt for new looks at 18 AmericasMart area rug showrooms.
In the Amer showroom, David Hadidi of Hadidi Oriental Rugs in Little Rock, Arkansas, poses in front of a new hand-knotted Legacy collection design with Amer's Mahesh Choudhary, Basu Choudhary and Raj Choudhary.
Amity Home introduces its first area rugs at its Atlanta Market showroom, where spied the renowned Phoebe Howard shopping with Woody Yeomans and Lane Brown, all of Mrs. Howard & Co.
Suat Izmirli of Anadol Rugs shows off his new Atlanta Market showroom and popular Oushak rugs to Mark Petrancosta of Bounds Cave's Rug Gallery in Cashiers, North Carolina.
Brandon Gavic and Hans Fossez of Balta Home USA officially open the company's first design studio/showroom at Atlanta Market, and introduce new machine-woven collections, including innovative kids' designs.
From Left: Kelly Cassner, Peggy Cassner and Alessandra Talluto of Linen Coast in Naples, Florida, with Baki Ildiz and Chelsea Novakoski of Creative Touch.
Jonathan Kashanian presents F.J. Kashanian's new winter 2020 introductions to Atlanta Market shoppers Sheila and Janel Kuhl of Grove Gallery Interiors in Miami.
Jason Moattar of Moattar, Ltd., gallery showroom in Atlanta checks out a new hand-knotted wool addition to the Mid Century Modern collection with Danny Shafiian of French Accents.
Kami Navid and Kathy Stafford of Jaunty with designer Jordan Banks of Island Interiors in Savannah, Georgia, in front of Jaunty's special order display.
John McCaul of Kalaty with Jeff Markarian of Markarian Rugs, Buffalo, New York in front of an abstract hand-knotted design from the rug maker's popular Equinox collection.
Checking out Kas Rugs' in-out Harbor collection are Kathie Penlund and Aaron Story of Factory Direct Furniture; Sheila McCall of Kas; and Tracy Phillips of Factory Direct Furniture.
International buyers Jose Miguel Nunez and Isabel Almazar of Chabela's in Santiago, Dominican Republic, flank Irene Garcia in front of a Viera collection rug at Loloi's AmericasMart showroom.
Bridget English and Anita Watkins owners of Ross Furniture in Flowood, Mississippi, cover Atlanta Market debuts with Mike Thompson of LR Resources.
Momeni's regional mangers Eric Scharff (Atlanta) and Ray Eshani (Florida) flank James Sohn, buyer, in front of a colorful design in the company's one-of-a-kind rug showroom.
Ryan Honeycutt of Nourison introduces the Lustrous Weave collection to Rebekah Wallace and John Hannah, both of J&K Home Furnishings in Little River, South Carolina.
Kayla Adair and Kelly Nance of Ashley Furniture with Scott Miller and Maria Metropoulos-Ward of Palmetto Living by Orian in front of the Adagio collection.
Designers John Fulcher and Anthony Tinghitella of Symthe & Cortlandt in Vero Beach, Florida, review new collections with John Vlahopoulos of Safavieh.

Caitlin Parrozzo and Satya Tiwari of Surya at Atlanta Market with interior designers Lori Lumsden and Maury Haynes of Direct Design Group in Foley, Alabama.

Ryan Higgins, new owner of  Baltimore-based Tamarian Carpets. and company founder Steve Tibor show off a design from the new Velvet collection.

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