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The Ultimate Rug Buyers’ Guide to Fall HPMKT, Part 1

At 2023’s final rug home furnishings show of the year, area rug exhibitors amp up top trending styles in varied constructions, unexpected materials, and fashion-forward palettes.

RugNews.com Editors
montage of area rugs at fall HPMKT
Rug showrooms at High Point will be showcasing their latest and greatest, with a wide variety of styles, constructions and fibers.

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The fall 2023 edition of High Point Market, Oct. 14-18, will be a significant one for area rug companies, with many exhibitors reporting larger-than-usual product launches in anticipation of an active fall buying season.

Look for an increasingly diverse variety of offerings ranging from authentically recreated traditional rugs to bold moderns, an increase in the number of wool debuts, and a preponderance of hand-crafted choices. Area rug exhibitors are going broad and deep in reaction to market indicators, with die-hard hand-knot specialists expanding into machine-made, machine-woven purveyors adding handmades, and hand-tufted companies dipping their toes into everything from power-loomed rugs to custom rugs and broadloom.
While some companies focus on adding lower price points, other longtime machine-made brands are trading up with striking handmade collections. Look also for a plethora of new weave and yarn innovations from your favorite vendors, regardless of price points and qualities you’ve always known them for. These category expansions illustrate how many industry stalwarts are ushering in a new era of one-stop rug shopping for buyers and designers by offering them a full suite of products to simplify their rug purchasing process. 

RugNews.com presents the industry's most comprehensive area rug guide to High Point Market, reviewing that latest area rug introductions at rug showrooms across the High Point campus. Part 1 begins the coverage with showrooms from A to K, while Part 2 continues showcasing rug showrooms from L to W.

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Amer debuts the hand-knotted Arlington collection, crafted of raw handspun New Zealand wool. Shown, ARL1

Amer is expecting a busy and successful market, with the introduction of more than 50 new designs. “We have something for everyone,” says Raj Choudhary, president. “From traditional to contemporary, there’s sure to be a rug that catches buyers’ eyes.”

The company is putting forward a new collection of handmade goods, as well as some fresh power-loomed options. Arlington is hand-knotted of raw handspun New Zealand wool. It has a contemporary look, with abstract geometric lines of ivory over a striated dark charcoal background. Meanwhile, Monotone is a power-loomed range made in Turkey of polypropylene. The Monotone collection has a plush pile of ivory, with a pattern of curved and straight lines reminiscent of leaded glass.

Amer introduces the power-loomed Monotone lineup featuring a plush pile of ivory. Shown,  MNT1

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Among Capel's new handmade wool collections is Lineas, hand-tufted and featuring tone-on-tone patterns. Shown, 3043

Three new collections of all-natural undyed wool rugs will launch in Capel’s Market Square showroom, expanding its growing assortment of natural wool rugs -- a product category that consumers are increasingly gravitating to for its combination of style and sustainability. All three collections are handcrafted of natural undyed wool in India. Lineas features geometric patterns in four colorways and patterns. Zen Garden is constructed in a plush combination of cut-and-loop and hi-lo pile, and has two patterns, gravel and sand. Vail is hand-knotted of undyed wool in a hi-lo pile construction.

Capel is also introducing Cairo, a contemporary, machine-made rug woven on Wilton looms of olefin and polyester; Sirius is an easy-care, indoor-outdoor collection handwoven of PET fiber with a thick, knobby yarn; and Boho Bliss is handwoven of PET yarns in a hi-lo pile and multiple textures, with geometric patterns and nature-inspired colorways. 

Capel's new high-low hand-knotted Vail, crafted of undyed wool, is available in three colorways: shadow, snow (shown), and fawn.

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Feizy's abstract Brighton collection is hand-knotted of New Zealand wool and viscose in soft palettes. Shown, BRI-69CGF

Feizy, which continues to celebrate 50 years in business with a special event at High Point Market, will launch three new collections at this edition of High Point Market, focusing on both machine-made and hand-made offerings. Brighton is hand-knotted in India of hand-spun New Zealand wool and viscose. The collection features soft hues and a subtle abstract pattern. Pryor is machine-made in Turkey of overdyed viscose that has a stunning, saturated color. This collection gives the sophistication and look of a hand-knotted rug at a more accessible price point. And Rapsody is hand-knotted in India, reworking traditional motifs in vibrant colorations. The dyeing technique is meant to simulate the look of vegetable dye, offering a bold burst of lively accents. The company will also add new SKUs to four of its bestselling collections.

Feizy showcases the new vibrantly hued Rapsody collection, featuring hand-knotted traditional designs, and
dyeing technique that emulates the look of vegetable dye. Shown, RDY-69CAF

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HRI's hand-knotted Milo collection offers a trending dense finish, crafted in an Indo-Tibetan construction of 100 percent
New Zealand wool. Shown, 

Harounian Rugs International (HRI) just completed a remodel of its IHFC showroom in time for fall buyers. With the update, “we are able to showcase our new looks so much better, and it makes the showroom much more shoppable,” said Greg Jordt, executive vice president, sales and marketing, who notes that "Fall High Point Market is always a good one, no matter what is going on with the economy.”

Several new trend-forward area rug collections, which offer buyers a range of style choices, price points and constructions, will be showcased in HRI's revamped space. Among the showstoppers is Viceory, which is hand-knotted in India of 100 percent PET yarn in a tight, dense pile. With four colors and designs in a transitional, bordered pattern, the collection is stocked in sizes ranging from 6x9 to 10x14. Coco is also new. These pieces, hand-knotted of dense wool pile accented with viscose highlights, feature geometric Art Deco-inspired motifs in both bold graphic patterns or subtler tonal neutrals. Milo is one of the company’s most highly anticipated debuts. It features the dense construction that rug buyers have been snapping up. Offering watercolor motifs in both bold vibrant colors and soothing neutrals, Milo features an Indo-Tibetan construction knotted in 100 percent New Zealand wool. It comes in four colorways and designs. And finally, Horizon, introduced earlier this year, continues to gain momentum for its highly textured, dense pile of wool and viscose, hand-knotted in India. With five colorways, the patterns offer an organic abstracted striped look.

HRI's hand-knotted Horizon features an on-point ribbed texture and lustrous accents. Shown, HA-512

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Jaipur's Fragment collection features a popular cut and looped pile texture combined with a luxe wool-viscose
blend for lustrous finish. Shown, FG-01

Jaipur Living showcases its newest fall collection in the theme of Un Art, inspired by the surrealist artistic movement. Among the highlights: The Enfield rug from the Gallant collection has a vintage-inspired bordered medallion design in distressed colors, hand-knotted in wool. The Oushak-inspired designs in the Everly collection are executed in soft pastel in playful combinations like pink, mint and purple. It’s a hand-knotted wool line in an easy-care low pile. And Saga, hand-knotted of wool, has a relaxed, modern look with a striated solid pattern in warm brown. Finally, for shoppers seeking organic styled tonal motifs, Seora ticks the box. With an on-point subtle linear texture and natural colorway. The hand-knotted Seora pieces offer textural, undyed wool pile reflecting the natural colors of the sheep for a grounding palette. The company's tufted Fragment collection offers a popular cut and looped pile combined with a luxe wool-viscose blend for added texture, luster and dimension.

Jaipur's new Seora lineup is hand-knotted of undyed wool and offers a ribbed-like styling. Shown, SEO06

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Jaunty's Paradise lineup is hand-tufted of wool with textural loop pile construction and an understated geometric pattern.
Shown, Haze

Expect to see 60 to 70 new patterns across 10 new collections in the Jaunty showroom. “We are working on new textures which are being accomplished by new weaving styles and/or combining existing weaving styles with new blends of yarn executed predominantly in the transitional and contemporary looks,” explains Kami Navid, vice president of sales. The Paxton collection is launched this market. Paxton is crafted of hand-twisted wool yarn that is hand-tufted in India. Paradise, another debut collection, has a loop pile construction and is also hand-tufted in India. And the Wilton collection has a plush construction, hand-woven in India. All of the rugs are wool pile.
Navid is expecting a strong market, stating “The fall market will be a better market for us since some of our key customers could not make it to last market, and they feel more comfortable with placing orders for our products based on their sales history during the past year.”

Jaunty rolls out Paxton crafted of a hand-twist wool using a hand-tufted construction.

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Kalaty's successful Amalfi collection of Oushak-inspired motifs adds new designs with subtly abstracted styling. Shown, AF1290

Kalaty will have its most extensive new-product presentation at this market, with an array of high-end hand-crafted artisanal area rugs across all décor style genres. One new collection is Celine, featuring hand-knotted 100 percent premium hand-spun wool in updated-traditional designs with a “broken” motif and modern fashion colorways. Forte is a modern-meets-traditional collection of hand-knotted wool and Silkette, with contemporary abstract designs that bring in more traditional elements. And Kosta is elegant and eclectic, with patterns hand-knotted in wool and Silkette and a special process that creates a low or zero pile.

The company will also be filling out some of its best-selling existing collections. The Oushak-inspired Amalfi hand-knotted collection will have some additions, as will fashion designer Josie Natori’s licensed collection, Natori Lhasa, and Kalaty's Soumak flatweave line of reversible tribal and Southwestern designs, Soumak Chroma.

Kalaty also will feature its Mansion-size collection of 37 curated designs chosen from the company’s best-selling high-end pieces. They are offered in sizes: 13x18, 14x20, 15x22 and 16x24.

Soumak Chroma from Kalaty is crafted in a reversible Soumak weave with a wool pile. Shown, SK-1188

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Kaleen showcases its Luxe label's latest additions of handcrafted area rugs, which offer trending natural styling.
Shown, MAS01-75

Kaleen's fall market shoppers will be the first to witness the company's repositioning to focus on its high-growth handmade and custom carpet capabilities. Hence Kaleen's handcrafted LUXE collection -- and its most recent additions -- will take center stage. The entire LUXE assortment has gained traction among retailers and designers for its availability in standard sizes, but also for its customization options in sizes up to 15' x 50' in 90 days.

We are expecting to see more growth and interest in our latest LUXE additions heading into 2024 -- our appointment calendar is healthy and filling up quickly with a diverse retail and designer clientele that is responding to our curated offering,” says Monty Rathi, Kaleen chief operating officer.

Kaleen’s carpet and broadloom division also has a full lineup of introductions: Home & Porch will add 10 sophisticated designs hand-woven of UV-treated polyester for high-traffic interior or outdoor use. Hook & Beam is a group of 13 collections that combines both machine-made and hand-crafted elements in 100 percent wool. Kaleen Broadloom adds four collections, hand-woven of wool or wool-viscose blends with one-of-a-kind patterns crafted by artisan weavers. And Pure Life is a sustainability story, with products made of 100 percent wool and GOTS-certified which ensures the products use organic dyes and are free of harmful chemicals.

From LUXE by Kaleen, the Keros design is a hit for its Moroccan-inflected motif, organic styling and plush hand.

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Jonathan & Drew Scott's new Algiers design features the texture and tonal geometric look so popular at the moment.

Karastan Rugs is growing its licensed collaborations with design celebrities including Bobby Berk, Drew and Jonathan Scott, and Stacy Garcia. Berk, author and Emmy-nominated host of Queer Eye, will be the speaker at HPMA’s Sunday Keynote event (sponsored by Karastan), and heads to the Karastan showroom right after to host a cocktail hour where his area rugs will be featured.

The Drew and Jonathan program continues to add fresh constructions and designs. The hand-woven Sirocco collection features three rugs with transitionally inspired geometric linework in neutral color palettes with ribbed texture, crafted of polyester. The hand-woven wool Kasbah collection of adds seven new pieces with a wide variety of style influences, from contemporary Southwestern to abstract geometrics to transitional stripes. 

Likewise, renowned textile designer Stacy Garcia expands her Karastan assortment moving beyond her inaugural machine-woven collections. Her program added not only fresh hand-knotted designs in 100 percent wool, which now include an on-point washed neutral colored classic rug, but also a pure wool handwoven ribbed loop design in ivory, and a charcoal and beige hand-tufted wool design. The program also has added new size options of runners and rounds to select patterns.

Bobby Berk heads to the Karastan showroom, which will feature his growing lineup of rugs. Shown, Amira in denim

-- Continue reading The Ultimate Rug Buyers’ Guide to Fall HPMKT, Part 2
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