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The Rug Buyers' Guide to High Point Market, Part 2

High Point Market remains the dominant East Coast home furnishings fair and participating areas rug vendors have high hopes for the fair.

By Carol Tisch & Lisa Vincenti
Rug Collage
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point Market remains the dominant East Coast home furnishings fair and participating areas rug vendors have high hopes for the fall 2019 fair rolling out a slew of new products for market-goers.


What's more the number of events hosted by rug vendors continues to mushroom offering buyers 30 plus incentives to drop by rug showrooms and browse. When buyers do stop by, they won't be disappointed as rug makers continue to push the design limits of the category, rethinking everything from yarn and fiber to innovative colorations and ease of shopping cross-coordinated looks. 

For example, Orian/Palmetto Living rolls out several new constructions for shoppers delivering new levels of softness to buyers craving comfort and a domestically made source; Loloi and Rifle Paper Co.'s Anna Bond host a special event and celebrate her latest designs. Likewise, Momeni welcomes its new license partner Christiane Lemieux at its showroom for a tour, talk and cocktails. Nourison offers new Calvin Klein rugs in mid-level and upper-level qualities and partner Kathy Ireland will stop by for a meet and greet and showing off her latest rugs; while S&H Rugs showcases hand-knotted traditional designs reworked in fashion-colors; and Safavieh will highlight its finer hand-knotted rugs, Ralph Lauren collection additions and more.


"We anticipate a busy October High Point Market. With the growth of the Palmetto Living brand, High Point has become a core market for Orian," said Brandon Culpepper, chief revenue officer. "We have many things to finalize, so we plan to have strategic meetings with our larger furniture partners; we have appointments with prospective accounts, and we are offering promotions that should help us write orders in the showroom."

Noted Mike Thompson, vice president of sales, LR Resources, "Our brick and mortar retailers have been experiencing stronger retail traffic over the past 60 days, so I fully expect High Point to be busy this fall. High Point Market has become our most important market of the year. The range of accounts and prospects that attend have definitely made it a must-attend market for us."

Below you will find Part 2 of our Rug Buyers' Guide to High Point Market -- and make sure not miss Part 1 of this comprehensive area rug preview.

Liora Manne for Trans-Ocean continues to add to its popular indoor-outdoor Marina collection. Shown, Kashan

Trans-Ocean by designer Liora Manne has plenty of new looks to share with High Point Market shoppers, including another design added to its hugely popular indoor-outdoor Marina collection. The new vintage-styled traditional Marina Kashan design is crafted under the company's signature Everywear label in fine polypropylene.
In addition, Trans-Ocean introduces the Trek collection, in a range of graphic patterns that include diamond,  tribal and modern lines designs. Trek rugs are Wilton woven in Turkey of 80 percent polypropylene and 20 percent polyester. Both Marina and Trek rugs are available in 39" x 59", 4'10" x 7'6", 7'10" x 9'10", 23" x 7/6" runner and feature an MSRP of $142.50 for 4'10" x 7'6".

Loloi debuts the abstract looks of Augustus at High Point Market.

Loloi offers shoppers plenty of reasons to stop by its showroom, adding fresh styles to not only its licensed programs but also its branded label. Among the introductions are the machine-made Augustus collection with abstract designs and the high-low looks of the colorful Alchemy collection, both power-loomed of polypropylene and polyester.
Loloi also grows its hand-knotted roster with new collections rolling out at fall High Point Market, including the intricate, lace-like looks of Rhea and the brushstroke-inspired styling of Sumi, hand-knotted of wool by artisans in India, with a moody mix of stormy blues and grays. Loloi also showcases a growing assortment of one-of-a-kind rugs, and holds a meet and greet/art print signing with licensing partner Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. on Oct. 20.
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LR Resources debuts several new collections including the hand-loomed, Moroccan-styled Oriana.

LR Resources introduces several new collections in a range of constructions and also grows its successful Naturals collection for market-goers (read full story). Among the new products is the hand-loomed Oriana collection of wool Moroccan-inspired designs; the hand-tufted Juniper collection of wool-tufted traditional designs in contemporary palettes; and the Wilton loomed Mirage collection. LR Resources also adds the high-low indoor-outdoor Retreat collection.


Momeni introduces its latest licensing program, Lemieux et Cie. Shown, Tugart (TUG2) 

The big news in the Momeni showroom will be its new license program with Lemieux et Cie, a label created by award-winning designer and founder of Dwell Studio and The Insider, Christiane Lemieux (read more). Her distinctive aesthetic -- drawn largely on influences from her design education and travels -- includes inspiration from Coptic textiles, Moroccan Tuareg mats and Berber rugs, and the shibori dye technique. Lemieux will be in the Momeni showroom on Sunday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. taking part in a discussion. Guests can also view the new line, and enjoy cocktails and light bites following the panel.

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New Moon, well-known for its Southwest designs, continues to update the genre with new looks added to its Mesa collection. Shown, LW117B

New Moon introduces a range of luxe area rugs that address a number of popular trends including a new contemporary Southwest-inspired design added to its popular Mesa collection. The Delaware company, which specializes in Tibetan rugs hand-crafted Nepal, also rolls out several updated jungle looks featuring leafy scenes with monkeys (Zephir collection) or leopard (Kubla collection), and the shibori-inspired patterns of the Kumo collection.

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String Theory in the Clementine colorway is part of the new Energy Fields collection hand-knotted in silk and wool.

Noa Living will introduce the Energy Fields collection of wool and silk rugs and a selection of 19th century antique Syrian wedding chests at its High Point showroom. The company's area rugs, all Goodweave certified, illustrate the Market's hot new color palette with the String Theory Design in Clementine orange, and Nebula in Goldenrod, both from the debuting Energy Fields line.


Nourison's big Calvin Klein rug introduction at High Point includes new textures and colors.
A major introduction of new Calvin Klein rugs in mid-level and upper-level qualities will be unveiled at the Nourison High Point showroom this market (read more). "We previewed some of the mid-tier designs at the New York Home Fashions Market in September, but the bulk of the new line will be seen for the first time in High Point," said Giovani Marra, director of marketing and digital strategy, noting that the intros include Riverstone, Northwest and Abyss featuring new textures and colors for Calvin Klein. 

Another Nourison licensing partner, Kathy Ireland, is scheduled to meet and greet market shoppers at the Nourison showroom on Saturday and Sunday. 

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The Meadow collection by Palmetto Living elevates a cross-hatch pattern in the Hermes design.

Orian officially introduces the Illusions collection, high-quality, multi-textured, machine-woven line at High Point Market. Crafted with a new yarn system featuring varying yarn thicknesses, the collection combines dull and shiny polypropylene yarns to create the illusion of metallic sheen. Orian will also showcase the Meadow collection of traditional, contemporary and transitional pieces with a soft hand and approachable price point. Machine-woven of polypropylene, the collection features a thick, dense pile and juxtaposition of light and dark shades.

Oriental Weavers meets the trend to traditional with the Persian inspired Ankara collection, design 602K above.

Oriental Weavers will present the Ankara collection at High Point Market in eight intricately patterned and richly colored designs.  Power-loomed with a cross-weaving technique which offers unique depth of color and the vintage appeal of a hand-knotted rug, the dense polypropylene pile area rugs feature jewel tones such as sapphire and ruby, and historically rich Persian influenced motifs.

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S&H Rugs introduces this hand-knotted textured wool and silk Arts & Crafts Garden design. Shown, SH47582

At its Suites at Market Square exhibit space, S&H Rugs offers a diverse mix of new hand-knotted rug designs, including five additions to the company's first Afghanistan-produced Angora Oushak collection. Hand-knotted in 100 percent wool, the line is part of the company's popular Oushak and Peshawar range.  

Other must-see designs are an Arts & Crafts garden design in textured wool and silk (SH47582), a Rothko inspired rug of Sari Silk and wool (SH47632), and Dimensional Curtains (SH47635) in wool and silk pile. Known for fashion colors, S&H adds a ground of soft yellow called "white asparagus" to refresh the silver blue and gray tones of its Ombre design (SH47738) in textured wool and pure silk.

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Safavieh's fine hand-knotted Samarkand features a premium wool. Shown, SRK154B-8 

Safavieh focuses its latest area rug debuts on quality and value in a range of categories and styles, including it's finer hand-knotteds. The intricate Samarkand collection, which re-works classic Khotan designs, is hand-knotted in a premier pure wool with a low-cut pile. Safavieh's high-texture power-loomed Invista collection of abstract and erased designs offers a soft hand and durable constructions. Finally, the Micro Loop collection showcases a dense loop texture hand-tufted of pure wool. Buyers can also expect to see the latest additions to the company's Ralph Lauren rug collections.
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Samad's Seagate design in ivory from its hand-crafted Brooklyn collection features the cool blues and warm tones trending in the market.

Samad just completed a major showroom renovation and to celebrate will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 19. "We are bringing over 250 rugs across our hand-knotted ranges in addition to our newly launched machine-made collections from Turkey," said David Samad, president. New collections include Affinity, a range of hand-carded wool and hand-spun silk designs, the hand-knotted Brooklyn, crafted of hand-carded wool, and  Caspian, a Turkish weave and hand-spun Middle Eastern wool. Also, shoppers can check out two new power-loomed collections, made in Turkey: Mykonos, made in Turkey with bamboo silk, acrylic and viscose; and Santorini, made with viscose and acrylic.
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Surya's silk and wool hand-knotted Govandi design 3 was ahead of the curve with its palette of burnt orange, camel, olive, charcoal, teal, khaki and pale blue. 

Rolling out a whopping 63 new collections and adding 43 patterns to existing lines in a range of constructions, Surya has plenty of looks for fashion shoppers (read full story). In addition, the company will present top color and design trends across a comprehensive selection of new product introductions in lighting, accent furniture, wall decor and textiles. Surya will also be showcasing a limited selection of hand-knotted one-of-a-kind rugs for designers who are looking to provide clients with original designs of the finest quality.

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Tamarian introduces the hand-knotted Vanity PW Amadeus featuring one of its most popular palettes.

Tamarian introduces new Tibetan hand-knotted in trending color combinations for market-goers. Among the highlights
are Retro PW Nightlife, Sequin PW Blue Mantis,Vanity PW Amadeus -- all crafted in the company's Phoenix Weave of 100 percent Tibetan wool using some of Tamarian's top-selling color palettes.  


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Unique Loom introduces the Tulu-inspired high-low Mesa collection in six fashion color combinations.


Unique Loom spotlights three of its newest collections at the fall High Point Market, including the hand-woven Mesa collection in 100 percent wool. The line is offered in six fashion shades, including pink, gold, off-white, charcoal, navy and aqua.

Buyers will also see the new Portland collection, power-loomed of polypropylene and polyester in a range of designs from southwestern to updated Persian styles.  Licensing partners Sabrina Soto and Jill Zarin will meet and greet customers at scheduled events and Soto holds a CEU course.


Danish rug maker Zuiver premiers at High Point Market and introduces the dramatic Palm carpet in Night colorway.

Debuting in a coveted spot in InterHall for its first-ever High Point Market, Netherlands-based Zuiver introduces U.S. buyers to its high-style machine-woven lines including the Palm carpet in Day and Night colorways. Also on show is a Boho-folksy Tante Lien rug named for Amsterdam's female servers in old taverns where tables are covered with small Persian carpets. In this new rug, updated colors refresh traditional medallion design, accented with bold teal fringe. Both rugs are machine-woven of rayon and polyester pile, and come with synthetic rubber anti-slip backing.
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