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The Biggest & Best Shoppers' Guide to Rugs at High Point Market, Part 1

By Carol Tisch & Lisa Vincenti

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Market kicks off tomorrow with area rug executives predicting strong spring 2019 results, in part due to innovative area rug designs, license program expansions and key events.

In fact, many surveyed area rug executives reported packed schedules over the market's opening weekend with many anticipating 2019 High Point sales to outpace last year's spring results. 

"Spring 2019 market should be better than spring 2018 -- the year has started off well," Mike Thompson, vice president sales, direct division/GM, LR Resources, told Thompson pointed out that LR Resources will add some eight new designs to its successful Naturals collection, roll out several high-quality machine-made designs, and expand its home accessories assortment.


Likewise Kaleen's Blake Dennard is also predicting the company's full High Point schedule will bolster spring 2019 sales, which he anticipates will be ahead of last year's April market -- and even stronger than the company's High Point October 2018 market. Kaleen introduces several new hand-made wool collections, in addition to machine-woven ones, that the company reckons will resonate with buyers.


"Jaipur Living had one of its strongest years in terms of sales in 2018. We've experienced growth at every market, and we expect that to continue in 2019," Teresa Roberts, Jaipur Living director of national sales, reported, adding that Jaipur Living is introducing some 80 new area rug designs for market. "So far, markets for 2019 have shown strong sales and I don't see that changing for spring." 



Also expected to make some waves at market, Harounian Rugs International (HRI) officially takes the wraps off its new licensed collection created in collaboration with renowned textile designer Wesley Mancini. Karastan dramatically grows its popular Scott Living program and adds to Patina Vie. Both Feizy and Nourison are creating special galleries to showcase their growing range of one-of-a-kind rugs. Couristan will showcase not only its latest area rugs but present them through the kaleidoscope of its 2019 trends forecast. And, Kalaty returns to High Point Market with a new showroom and ribbon cutting.

In Part 1 of's Biggest & Best Shoppers' Guide to Rugs at High Point Market, we scope out the news from rug showrooms from Amer to Kas. Part 2 continues the coverage with the latest news and designs from Loloi to Trans-Ocean by Liora Manne.

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The brand new hand-knotted Bristol collection by Amer debuts at High Point Market.

Amer introduces four all-new collections at High Point Market -- Bristol, Harmony, Petra and Divine -- in addition to 11 top-selling collections which premiered at January 2019 markets (read story). Harmony offers elaborate designs recreating the company's most popular hand-knotted styles in precisely power-loomed polypropylene.

Hand-knotted of raw handspun wool for texture and tone, the Bristol collection offers top quality, a soft updated color palette and natural abrash. Amer is offering promotions on its new custom rug display rack at market, and its first broadloom program, debuting at the show. "We are placing emphasis on bespoke rugs," said Anupriya Choudhary, director. "We have always done custom orders for our clients but now we are more focused and aggressive on this."

Amer premieres the power loomed Harmony collection recreating its best-selling hand knotted designs.

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The farmhouse-chic Atelier collection plaid is handwoven of new wool with viscose. Shown, design 49805.

Netherlands-based Brink& Campman takes a new space on SAMS' top floor to showcase its range of transitional designs and weaves -- everything from tartan plaids to a series of high pile structured textures inspired by natural stones made from pure new wool with names like Gravel and Rocks (Axminsters) Marble (hand-woven) and Stone (tufted).

Brink & Campman rugs from a licensing partnership with Florence Broadhurst can also be seen at IHFC at the InterHall 004 showroom of Selamat Designs. Soft-previewed at High Point last fall (read story), the collection new includes eight archival hand-tufted wool designs in multiple colorways. 
Waterwave Stripe from the Florence Broadhurst collection by Brink & Campman is offered in Citron or Pearl at $1,375 MSRP in 5'7" x 7'10".
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Capel's hand-knotted Tasanee ("beautiful view" in Thai) comes in three on-trend colorways and retails at $1,949 in 5x8. Shown, Morning Dove

Capel Rugs grows its licensed Biltmore and Williamsburg area rug collections at this spring's High Point Market, and highlights its latest Genevieve Gorder rug intros, including the hand-tufted Brass Belly and Intersection which premiered last fall. The showroom will also display made-in-America rugs the company's design collaboration with the Laurel Mercantile (LM) Home brand and its creators, Ben and Erin Napier of the popular HGTV "Home Town" TV series.
Market shoppers will find a variety of new fashion-forward, machine-made introductions, among them Lineage, a new collection of four machine-made designs in New Zealand wool. Other fresh styles include Seagrove, a new easy-care flat-woven reversible design in textured polypropylene, and the hand-knotted Tanasee collection of abstract designs in wool and viscose. 
Capel debuts the Biltmore for your Home collection's indoor-outdoor Finesse Motif with border surrounding a soft ground pattern.

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Hareeyo, a Tibetan weave viscose design in the Cliff Young Signature Rug Collection, is inspired by moss on river rocks.

Designer furniture atelier Cliff Young makes its first appearance at High Point Market with a 36-piece collection of living, dining, bedroom furniture and rugs -- and a debut of fireplace surrounds, all with Cliff Young's hallmark combination of modern day sophistication with old-world warmth and craftsmanship.

All rugs are fair-trade certified customizable, available in a variety of sizes and colors, designed in-house and hand knotted in Nepal by a small, family-owned rug production unit. 

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Couristan highlights it soft Wilton-woven Bliss collection at spring market. Shown, design 7513
Couristan showcases the Bliss collection with traditional designs updated with fresh colors Wilton woven in ultra-soft space-dyed polyester with a patinaed effect. Inspired by all of the beautiful rugs that came before them, Bliss pays homage to these age old designs by giving them a modern edge through color and scale.

The ever-popular Sultan Treasures collection from Couristan, a face-to-face Wilton woven line boasting 1 million points of yarn per square meter, is soft and luxurious. Crafted of heat-set Courtron polypropylene, this line is expanded with new additions featuring traditional Persian designs refreshed with rich modern colors.

Couristan grows its popular Sultan Treasures line adding fresh designs. Pictured, Sofia in Bosophorus 
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On-point colors add fashion punch to intricately detailed designs in Feizy's debuting hand-knotted Piraj collection. Shown, 6451
For the spring 2019 edition of High Point Market, Feizy is curating its showroom at Historic Market Square with newly expanded top-selling collections, and breaking new ground with innovative looks and collections debuting in its Fine and Lifestyle groupings (read more).
What's more, hundreds of handpicked one-of-a-kinds (OAKS) from the extensive Feizy library will be on hand to pique the interest of décor-driven High Point attendees -- those who are looking for a truly unique statement piece for a project, client, or their own home.
Hand-knotted in India the Piraj collection from Feizy's Lifestyles offering, is crafted of 100 percent wool in sizable single knots that create an elegant and affordable floorscape. The Vivien collection is hand-knotted of wool and features bold linear graphics in approachable inky charcoals and earthy grays.
Transitional graphic designs in sophisticated gray tones distinguish Feizy's new hand-knotted Vivien collection. Shown, 6555

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HRI showcases its new collaboration with designer Wesley Mancini who unveils the Vintage collection.
Harounian Rugs International introduces its first hand-knotted rug collections in collaboration with textile designer Wesley Mancini and celebrates the launch with a meet and greet at the HRI main showroom on Sunday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (read story). The new Mancini area rugs are all unique designs but feature a synergy between his latest textiles and what's trending in fabrics in terms of texture, design and colorations. Four hand-knotted collections (Studio, Theory, Uptown and Vintage) will be on view at HRI's showroom. 
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Jaipur Living introduces the Inspirit collection's Elyas hand-knotted design with intricate medallion and fashion palette.

Look for lots of buzz in the Jaipur Living showroom with the company's newly expanded custom size program (read story), its popular henna tattoo events, and a blockbuster launch of 80 new rugs in 14 new and eight existing collections.  The company will unveil 33 hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs to meet designer demand, including the Inspirit collection's Elyas hand-knot inspired by an antique Heriz design.


Highlights of introductions also include the hand-knotted Reign collection with four detail-rich vintage-look and tribal additions; Kasbah, a hand-knotted indoor-outdoor line that mimics wool rugs; a fresh blue colorway for the best-selling Transcend collection; three hand-tufted rugs in the Genesis collection; the power-loomed Berkeley with a super-soft yarn exclusive to Jaipur Living; and nine soft and timeless pillows in the debuting Mercado collection.

Jaipur Living grows the award-winning Reign collection with the Prentice rug (REI10), a wool Persian hand-knot with tribal pattern in sophisticated neutral tones.

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Kalaty showcases its latest additions to its Soumak collection of premium wool hand-knotted designs. Shown, SU-491
Kalaty celebrates its return to High Point Market with the grand opening of a new showroom and a designer meet and greet on April 9 (read more). The company showcases its growing line of award-winning heirloom quality area rugs, as well as its K-2 series of popular priced rug collections. The Soumak collection adds new designs and features 100 percent premium wool, hand-knotted, double-sided flatweave designs with a unique herringbone texture. Its Equinox collection also gets fresh designs added. Featuring "broken" transitional motifs Equinox is hand knotted in a Tibetan knot weave using a combination of wool and Silkette. 

 Kalaty grows its hand-knotted Equinox collection, which features a Tibetan knot weave. Shown, EQ-586


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Soft to the touch, Kaleen's Kendo collection recreates traditional hand-knotted designs with highly detailed machine-made interpretations.

Designed in keeping with today's global trends, the new Hoka collection by Kaleen is distinguished by Moroccan inspired, transitional patterns in a shaggy type texture. Hand-Tufted of felted wool in India, the collection debuts in eight styles and colorways with a retail of $399 in the 5' x 7'9" size.

The 100-percent wool Dotson collection by Kaleen uses hand-spun yarns and natural dyes to create a natural gradation of colors, and hi-low textures to give depth at the right places. This transitional design debuts in five colorways and retails at $499 in the 5' x 7'9" size.

Nomadic clean lines lend contemporary look to Kaleen's Hoka collection crafted of heavy-weight thick felted wool with tip definition.
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Karastan introduces Mosaic collection, made of a blend of its proprietary SmartStrand and EverStrand fibers. Shown, Tributary in aquamarine

Karastan head to High Point Market with several new collections featuring innovative fiber combinations and adding to its successful license programs with Scott Living and Patina Vie (read more). The new Mosaic collection blends the company's proprietary SmartStrand and EverStrand fibers and features carved, high-low designs. Also new is Crescendo, a cutting-edge assortment made from four fiber types -- SmartStrand Silk, EverStrand, polyester and viscose -- that features a carved and textural effect.
Also on the agenda are expansions of the successful Scott Living program with a new shag assortment. Likewise, Patina Vie's Meraki collection adds some six to eight new designs.

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The Ashton collection is machine-loomed of polyester in Turkey. Shown, 7704 Pistachio Lara.  

Kas presents a range of weaves and styles at its IHFC showroom. The Morris Collection is hand woven of jute and polyester chenille in distressed printed patterns with the look of Indian Chindis. Ashton is a machine-loomed of polyester for a soft hand and fashion colors updating classic designs. Luna is a machine-woven of textured polyester in chic tonal transitional designs with metallic highlights. Kas also showcases the machine-woven Merino, a three-inch plush pile polypropylene collection with patterns and colors as soft as its fibers.

The Morris collection from Kas features hand-woven distressed printed patterns.
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