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Oriental Weavers Expects 2022 First Half to Set Record Highs, Heads to Vegas with New Rug Collections

Oriental Weavers anticipates Q1 and Q2 sales will break records, and the company heads to Las Vegas Market with three new area rug collections.

Lisa Vincenti
1/17/2022
a classic Persian motif rug in charcoal and and light gray
Oriental Weavers introduces the 2 million point Gemini collection of textural designs. Shown, 1003e

LAS VEGAS -- Oriental Weavers will roll out three all-new collections at the winter edition of Las Vegas Market, Jan. 23-27, and Jonathan Witt, president of OW's U.S. division, says the company is tracking toward historic gains for the first two quarters of 2022.

"We were very lucky to end the year in positive territory and 2021 was actually our largest shipping year in terms of dollar shipments," Witt told RugNews.com in an exclusive interview. "The furniture retail segment experienced an amazing comeback in 2021. Prior to the pandemic, we were well established in the e-commerce segment, so that segment did not comp as well against 2020, but it still exceeded any previous year’s demand."

Witt notes that while OW had initially had high expectations for the winter Las Vegas home furnishings market, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown yet another wrench into the works with the spike in cases following the holidays.

"We initially had big expectations and had a good number of appointments booked before the holidays," he said. "Unfortunately, we are now receiving cancellations as a result of the recent spike in omicron cases that are even affecting the vaccinated."

While Witt said that winter market attendance may be lower than initially hoped for, he anticipates it will have stronger attendance than the August 2021 market, which was impacted by a Delta variant surge.

Still, "based on current orders on the books for Q1 and our substantial outdoor rug business in Q2, we expect the first six months of 2022 to be record-setting," Witt continued.

The company's clients continue to ask for "performance stories – stain resistance, washability, durability – family friendly, pet friendly, and now Work from Home durability are essential."

The three new collections making their debuts at OW's Las Vegas Market showroom C395 are:

BAUER COLLECTION


OW's new family-friendly Bauer collection is made of recycled PET on a multi-level yarn system. Shown, 41L

The Bauer collection of 10 designs is power-loomed in Egypt of 100 percent recycled PET yarn making it environmentally sound as well as family friendly. PET yarn is a highly sustainable material made from recycled plastic bottles. and the yarn has the look of wool, but is much less likely to shed and easier to clean. Made from OW's unique multi-level yarn system, Bauer area rugs feature a dense pile. The collection's soft modern motifs are rendered in warm neutral color palettes.


The Bauer collection is power-loomed of a wool like PET yarn that is easy to clean. Shown, 90n

CAMBRIA COLLECTION


Oriental Weavers introduces Cambria, featuring a dense, high-pile construction that is carved. Shown, 93l

OW debuts the Cambria collection, a power-loomed range made in Egypt of super soft polypropylene. The series of 10 designs features warm tonal neutral colors as well as subtle hues of pale blue and mint. The dense, high-pile construction is carved, lending visual and tactile appeal to the soft modern designs.


OW's Cambria offers a dense, high-pile construction with carved motifs. Shown, Cambria 4l

GEMINI COLLECTION


Oriental Weavers introduces the textural 2 million point Gemini collection. Shown, 4151u

OW's new Gemini range is a dense, 2 million point power-loomed collection featuring intricate design detail and a multi-level yarn system. The unique yarn system offers dimension as well as a pleasing hand that is very soft to the touch. The collection draws inspiration from various Persian and oriental rug genres. Traditional design elements are deconstructed, distressed and offer a contrasting color palette of light and airy toned neutrals alongside deep and moody shades of charcoal and navy with subtle pops of saturated gold and rust.

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