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The Rug Show Opens with 27 High-end Exhibitors, Including Eight Newcomers

Returning for the first time in three years, The Rug Show presents 27 top-quality area rug and fine carpet exhibitors with a global perspective on trends at the Meadowlands Expo Center from Sept. 14-16.

Lisa Vincenti
montage of new area rug heading the rug show.
The fall 2022 edition of The Rug Show includes luxury-focused returning exhibitors and also welcomes eight new show participants.

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Returning for the first time in three years, The Rug Show, running from Sept. 14-16, presents more than two dozen area rug exhibitors, including several show newcomers, at a new venue.

Hosted this year at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, The Rug Show, a high-end area rug buying and networking event launched more than 10 years ago with a signature annual gathering at New York City's Javits Center, lines up more than two dozen handmade area rug producers, many of whom have not presented their latest pieces to the public since prior to pandemic's outbreak.
The upcoming event showcases classic, contemporary, antique, and one-of-a-kind designs, many of which have never been seen before. There is also a special welcome gala event on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. To register for The Rug Show or RSVP, click here.

'Buyers see incredible quality at the show and this keeps them coming back. It is an opportunity to see what is happening in the industry on a global level," Jack Simantob, Art Resources, a long-time show participant, said.

Long-time TRS exhibitor Art Resources puts the spotlight on its newest handmade area rug.

The Rug Show newcomers include the Georgia-based Anwar Rugs, which will showcase its Afghani and Egyptian rugs in up-to-date colors and designs, including Serapis, Oushaks, and reproduction Egyptian designs in soft, antique finishes. All are crafted from hand-spun, natural vegetable-dyed wool.

Anwar Rugs debuts at The Rug Show and will showcase its Afghanistan made rugs, hand-knotted of hand-spun,
natural vegetable-dyed wool.

California-based Kehkashan Rugs heads to its first show and will feature its latest Moroccan-style designs, traditional tribal Faryab rugs in fine weave quality, plus the company's Aryana collection — hand-knotted in vegetable-dyed Ghazni wool.

Lotfy & Sons, based in New Jersey, is a go-to-source for its broad and balanced range of handmade oriental carpets. Said Sheila Rahmanan, “Our concentration remains on high-quality hand-knotted carpets. We have been a source of luxury, oversize carpets. Our new introductions are mainly in ‘vegetable-dyed’ geometric designs, scaled and colored for today’s interiors."

Lotfy & Sons showcases its range of classic motifs recolored for today. Shown, Ersari design

Also exhibiting for the first time is Palazzo Carpets, a manufacturer of high-quality 1 million to 2 million point rugs based in Turkey. “Palazzo Carpet has become synonymous with luxurious rugs at affordable pricing. We are one of the world’s early engineers of luxury designer machine-made but hand-finished carpets,” said Jitendra "Jay" Kalwani, head of global business. “Our range exhibits both cutting-edge contemporary and transitional styles available either from stock or made-to-order.” Among the featured collections is the new Galaxy Over Dye and Enzio Pro, a 2 million quality series with 10 colors made of 80 percent bamboo silk and 20 percent acrylic.

High-quality machine-made producer Palazzo Carpets debuts at the event and showcases the 2 million quality Enzo Pro.
A newsworthy addition to the event, and also a new brand in the market is Rug Icon, headed by Jay Pouya Nehouray, who launched the California label in late 2020. Offering bold contemporary graphic designs and abstract motifs, Rug Icon will showcase its Zen collection. The line’s Dior design offers a bamboo pile and is hand-made in India using a traditional Tibetan weaving method.

Rug Icon, a new Los Angeles rug showroom founded by Jay Nehouray makes its market debut Shown, Echo from
the Zen collection

New Jersey area rug showroom Sam Shamoulian and handmade rug wholesaler Salim Trading will both present their latest selections at The Rug Show. Finally, two Houston based area rug players, Turkish Carpets USA and Turkish Rug Co. join the roster. Turkish Carpets is a purveyor of one-of-a-kind new and antique Turkish rugs. The company will feature a variety of hand-made wool rugs from vintage to modern and including Oushaks, kilims and tulus.

Newcomer Turkish Carpet USA, based in Houston, brings its modern hand-knotted Oushak collection to The Rug Show.

Turkish Rug Co., with galleries in Houston and Atlanta, will be featuring high-quality hand-knotted rugs in myriad on-trend colors and designs. “I’m excited to be showing for the first time, and I have so many great things to show,” said Veli Soylemez, who said his company is the biggest Turkish Oushak producer.

Turkish Rug Co., with galleries in Houston and Atlanta, makes a Rug Show debut and spotlight its vintage look Oushaks.


Twenty area rug merchants are returning to the rug show and include Virginia-based handmade rug and kilim producer Afghan Bazar Rugs and the California-based Alpine Rug, an importer and wholesaler of handmade traditional to contemporary rugs in a variety of styles such as gabbehs, gine Aryana, Mamluks, Oushaks, and so much more. “We’ve made a very special new collection which we haven’t exposed to the public yet. This collection will only be shown at The Rug Show!”

Amer Rugs will showcase its latest hand-knotted designs and handmade rugs, including its new Milano collection. Milano rugs offer traditional motifs recast in trending palettes and each is crafted of raw hand-spun New Zealand wool and hand-finished.

Amer showcases its high-end hand-knotted Milano collection at the fall 2022 Rug Show. Shown, MIL30

Premium San Francisco-based rug and kilim importer and producer Andkhuy Rugs returns to the Rug Show with traditional tribal designs featuring bright colors, as well as neutrals, over-dyed and modern styles. The brand is once again ready to share its newest products including designs from its Aryana collection.

Art Resources, with showrooms in Los Angeles and New Jersey, is set to roll out a number of fresh designs made especially for Rug Show buyers. Among the featured product will be the updated Persian motifs of the Anatolian collection of hand-knotted wool. Also sought out for its Moroccan pieces, Art Resources adds fresh looks to both its Marrakesh series, adding modern-styled patterns to the range, and the Uzbek Kilim collection gets updated designs too.

Art Resources grows its Uzbek Kilim collection with fresh designs for The Rug Show.

Caravan Modern, a long-time participant presents its current collections, including its latest vintage finds. And Farshchi will display its contemporary designs, as well as vintage and antique Persian carpets. “We offer a large selection of gabbeh, kilim, and Tibetan designs woven in Southwest Persia with hand-spun and plant-dyed wool,” said Nooshin Farshchi. Global Craft Rugs, based in Houston, also returns to the show.

“We've been an exhibitor at The Rug Show since the very first show,” said HRI's Greg Jordt. “The Rug Show is unique. It is very focused on the high-end handmade area rug business. The accounts that attend this show are a very important segment of our customer base." For attendees, HRI will focus on best-sellers and new introductions including its Twilight collection of abstract designs, hand-knotted of wool and silk.

Hand-knotted of wool and silk, HRI's new Twilight collection of abstract looks will be featured at the event.

Jaipur also makes a showing featuring its artisan crafted area rugs and returning for the second time, as does Kirkit Rugs, a Turkish producer of innovative contemporary kilims, crafted from recycled hemp and goat hair, and antique kilims.

Kirkit Rugs returns to The Rug Show for a second time, spotlighting its modern kilims including designs crafted of
recycled hemp. Shown, Otherworld

Long-time exhibitor Neman International returns to a live event for the first time since the pandemic and will feature its woven Indian programmed lines, traditional Persian designs, South Persian rugs, antique-inspired reproductions as well as its extensive range of Pakistani-woven carpets.

Rug & Kilim brings its higher-end assortment to the show, including new additions to its popular Scandinavian lineup. In addition, attendees will be able to review its newest antique, vintage, mid-century-modern, Moroccan, European, and custom bespoke rugs.

Another Rug Show veteran, New Jersey's S&H Rugs puts its handmade rug focus on colors, texture, and designs in a range of styles from transitional to vintage, to modern and contemporary. "It will be very interesting for all to see the new developments under one roof,” said company founder Ori Wilbush. Look for exciting new ideas in the company’s Transitional, Vintage, and Modern/Contemporary collections.

S&H Rugs spotlights its Kohinoor Herat hand-knotted designs featuring small geometric motifs.

Importer and manufacturer Shalom Brothers, which recently relocated to New Jersey, is on the roster as is New Jersey’s fine hand-knot rug dealer Tepp Team. The Salt Lake City, Utah-based Tibet Rug Company returns to offer its latest Tibetan hand-knotted carpets and Soumaks.

Finally, Wool & Silk returns to The Rug Show. “The Rug Show is important because it has a reputation and history and we are grateful for the role this show has played in our business," noted Georgia Pahl. Added designer and owner Anka Tezcan, “We've seen a lot of new work and developments from our end, and we're excited to finally share that in a more public way.”

Ancient Asian writing meets graffiti art in Wool & Silk's Strawberry Moon design from its After Party collection.
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