Issue Date: 2019 OCTOBER, Posted On: 10/19/2019

10182019 The Rug Buyers' Guide to High Point Market, Part 1
By Carol Tisch & Lisa Vincenti

HIGH POINT, N.C.-- Rug vendors heading to High Point Market's fall 2019 edition are optimistic about the show's prospects.

In fact, High Point has become an essential market for many area rug vendors and is attracting a slew of new entrants. So not only are two rug company's hosting ribbon-cutting ceremonies during market (American Cover Design, IHFC G263, and Samad, MST 115); there are 15 new rug brands participating in this North Carolina home fashions outpost, including Aminco Home, Barrier Island Rugs and Zuiver. What's more, a number of area rug showrooms are relocating or expand to grow their presence at the semi-annual fair.

"We're adding nearly 950 square feet to our showroom at High Point, bringing the entire space to just under 8,350 square feet," said Jaipur Living's Karen Waygood. "We are using the space for our new Living Lounge -- a place our customers can come to refresh themselves and rejuvenate during the bustling High Point Market."

Noted, Ramin Kalaty, president of Kalaty, which returned to High Point after a break of several years: "We are enjoying a very good year, and High Point has definitely contributed to this success. 

"We celebrated our grand opening return to High Point this past April. And, for the October market, we've chosen to present more new product than we have ever shown at past High Point markets." 

High Point has become an important event where area rug players announce some of their biggest news of the year. For example, new license partner collaborations are often presented at this market and the fall 2019 proves no exception, with several companies boasting new licensed programs. Kaleen and Hilary Farr are rolling out the TV celebs first line of rugs during market week; Creative Touch highlights its latest partnership with architect Robin Gray; and French Accents Rugs showcases its new program with Milanese designer Elena Caponi. While Harounian Rugs International (HRI) celebrates the launch of its new innovative Sunbrella range of rugs.

And that doesn't count the hordes of new introductions that push the limits of fiber technology and design. For example, Jaipur Living introduces 70 new rugs; Karastan rolls out four new constructions and showcases a glamorous rose gold color option; and Feizy adds to not only to its fine hand-knotted collections with the Carrington range of traditional oushak designs, but also grows its machine-made offering rolling out the high-low designs of Colton, power-loomed with micro-polyester pile, and adds plenty in between.

In Part 1 of RugNews.com's Buyers' Guide to High Point Market we cover 20-plus new products for market. And, we continue the coverage in Part 2, where we preview the designs from companies from Liora Manne for Trans-Ocean to Zuiver.


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Amer introduces High Point shoppers to its power-loomed Fairmont collection. Shown, FIA05

Amer brings several new collections highlighting latest weaving innovations and fashion-forward designs (read more). Among the looks shoppers can browse are Fairmont: a range of transitional Wilton power-loom designs. Crafted in Turkey of polypropylene and shrink polyester. Also debuting at the show is Harmony, another power-loomed assortment, features extremely precise designs and crafted of the finest polypropylene, with a soft hand and easy-care nature.

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Aminco introduces the pure silk Prince JI-16298443

First time High Point exhibitor Aminco Home debuts at the Suites at Market Square with a curated sampling from its 28 area rug collections. Based in Secaucus, N.J., the hand-crafted rug designer and producer grows its assortment with the elegant Prince collection of silk rugs and the casual textures of the polyester Crown Point collection.


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Art Resources showcases its vibrant Impression #64746

Art Resources, which has showrooms in Los Angeles and Carlstadt, New Jersey, will showcase its broad variety of rugs at the fall 2019. Among the highlights are a vibrant collared addition to its hand-knot wool and rugs. It also rolls out plenty of new looks in its best-selling Souf collection of hand-knot, flat-weave textural tribal rugs


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Barrier Island Rugs introduces a new reversible designs for fall 2019.

For its first High Point Market appearance, the New Jersey based Barrier Island Rugs debuts a new reversible option for its virgin wool and cotton rugs. The new construction will be available in the company's Stripes, Border, Box and Square collections. These hand-loomed, hand-dyed flatweave rugs are crafted in India and available in a number of sizes ranging from 3x5 to 10x14.


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Capel grows its Williamsburg collection with Goa Garden in two colorways (blue slate, shown).


Capel Rugs is adding two new rug collections to its popular Williamsburg at Home line at the October High Point Market, along with a variety of other new imported and domestically made designs. Arcadia is an oversized floral based on an 18th century design from the archives of Colonial Williamsburg, hand-tufted in wool, and Goa Garden  a hand-loomed viscose and wool rug with double-back treatment echoes textile designs exported from the British East India Company to England.


Also new are Abington, hand-woven of wool in a textural design with subtle striations; Raza, a tactile design machine made of easy-care olefin, and Wanderer, a new exaggerated braid texture in a proprietary wool blend.



Classic Home showcases its new hand-woven in-out Banning design in sand.

California-based home furnishings maker Classic Home brings fresh indoor-outdoor looks to High Point market. These new reversible designs, including Banning and Yuma, are hand-woven of polypropylene.


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Company C debuts the performance driven Jackson rug in read to its American Lore collection

Company C focuses its High Point debuts on the performance category and will reveal new spring 2020 collections at High Point Market, including more than 20 new rug and textiles designs. Among the releases is Jackson from the American Lore collection. Jackson features a graphic Southwest motifs hand-hooked in polypropylene yarns softly mottled in red and denim blue. The Greenhouse collection adds Solange, a handwoven jacquard geometric; the tribal-like Somner, crafted from polyester yarn made from recycled bottles, and the hand-hooked Pea Pods.


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Couristan showcases the watercolor-inspired designs of Mythic. Shown, design 5689

Couristan is offering its latest trend driven designs to High Point Market shoppers including its Mythic and Nirvana collections. Mythic features a range of abstract watercolor designs cross-woven on Wilton Looms of 100 percent space-dyed polyester. Nirvana, crafted of a unique blend of 70 percent heat-set Courtron polypropylene and 30 percent shrink polyester, features face-to-face Wilton woven traditional designs recast in soft color palette.


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Creative Touch showcases its collaboration with architect Robin Gray. Shown, Color-scale

Creative Touch takes its collaboration with New Mexico-based architect Robin Gray to High Point Market. Buyers will also be able to check out other Creative Touch collaborations, including the designer collections Erinn V. and artist line Benson-Cobb. Finally, the company's successful Bosphorus collection will have a prominent place at its recently expanded space. Bosphorus will showcase both contemporary rugs and timeless traditional pieces.



Dalyn debuts the damask-styled Rubio collection for market. Shown, RU1

Dalyn debuts a number of new collections designed to cross-coordinate with one another for High Point shoppers. Among them is playful Vibe, a textural rugs with metallic accents, featuring a cut-and-loop construction using 100 percent hand-spun yarn and metallic accent yarn. Designed to coordinate with Vibe, the debuting Zen is a flat-woven wool rug with metallic accents and all-over diamond pattern. Also rolling out at High Point is Rubio, a range of wool-pile Damask-styled designs crafted with a unique tie dye method and featuring a super dense loop/tip shear construction.


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Feizy introduces the hand-knot Mariell collection featuring transitional looks in modern colors. Shown, Mariell 921-6702S

Feizy heads to High Point rolling out a number of trending looks in a variety of constructions. The hand-knot Mariell collection, crafted of a premium, pure wool pile, features transitional ornamental motifs in dynamic color palettes. Also being introduced are the updated Oushak looks of the hand-knotted Carrington collection, made of pure wool colored using natural hand dyeing. On the other spectrum is the power-loomed Colton collection, of micro-polyester high-low linear designs.

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Kashanian will showcase distinctive looks like this wool ikat design at its SAMS show space.


The Kashanian family adds new designs and fashion color palettes to its hand crafted collections for High Point Market shoppers. Look for the brilliant pink tones of a new Mamluk rug handmade in India of sari silk, and a distinctive ikat in ivory and blue handmade from wool. Designers will be checking out a new look for the company in the lustrous Modern Luxury collection.


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French Accents grows its Highland Plaid assortment with a new updated design MR621J.

Shoppers at French Accents will find plenty of the company's signature transitional styles at High Point this fall, but can also look forward to some fresh modern looks in the companies MR collection. The rug showroom will also debut its new collaboration alongside Italian designer Elena Caponi called Terrazze, a range of bold geometric designs. From her research emerge six urban places, defined by abstractions and unique colors, transposed in fabric and stitching. Her inventive perspective has been enhanced through the interaction between the back and the front, between a close-up and a panorama, buildings, streets and an endless unfolding of new tales.

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Gus Modern's Element rug combines fashion's new mustard and blush tones.
Gus Modern presents rugs in furniture displays throughout its IHFC showroom, and leads the Modernist color blocking trend with the high-pile Element rug, hand-tufted in premium New Zealand wool and hand-bound with stitched edges. The mid-pile Gradient rug, a hand-tufted New Zealand wool ombre design in either orange or green tones, is inspired by modern abstract paintings.

For spring 2020, the company introduces the Fumo Rug in subtle shades and an ultra-soft texture.  Handwoven in India with lustrous fibers the rugs boast a shimmering surface with a delicate play of textures.



HRI introduces the abstract looks of the hand-knotted wool and silk Catalina collection. Shown, design 4

Perhaps thee most anticipated release for Harounian Rugs International (HRI) will be the official debut of its Performance Rugs featuring Sunbrella, which are machine-woven of solution-dyed acrylic. To celebrate, HRI introduces the program at a High Point Market celebration with live music, food and drinks in the Courtyard at Market Square on Oct. 20 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Among the luxe debuts from HRI are the new wool and silk hand-knotted Catalina series of abstract designs, and the finely hand-knotted Milan collection, which marries a dense pile of New Zealand wool with viscose highlights. Market-goers will also want to check out the company's new Outdoor Heirlooms assortment of performance rugs with a handmade vintage look.
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Jaipur Living introduces the abstract design Catalyst collection CTY03_

With a roster full of market events, Jaipur Living offers High Point attendees plenty of reasons to stop by its newly expanded showroom, including dozens and dozens of new area rugs and accents (read more). Among the releases is a new tufted rug collection from designer Nikki Chu. Among the highlights are the abstract designs of Catalyst, plus the new designs added to the popular Chaos Theory, Project Error and Unstring collections by Kavi collection.


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Jaunty introduces a borderless Oushak-inspired design in fashion neutrals in the Cambridge collection. Shown, CM-40 Smoke.


Jaunty adds new designs to its roster of collections including Cambridge, which is hand-tufted in India from high quality wool yarn with updated traditional motifs in fashion palettes, and the Benedict range, also hand-tufted in wool but with multi-shaded yarns to create a rich finish.


The hand woven Allure collection offers the popular high-low look in wool and viscose blended yarn with intricately raised viscose motifs with lustrous sheen.



Kalaty grows its popular hand-knotted Oushak collection with new designs in updated color combinations. Shown, OU-473

High Point customers will be able to see Kalaty's latest heirloom-quality rug collections (read full story)as well as new additions to the company's best-selling collections in all style genres, weaves and constructions. The company offers market shoppers a broad range of fresh hand-knotted designs including additions to its popular Oberoi and Oushak collections of premium wool rugs, and introduces the luxe power-loomed Kingsley collection. 
The New York company also unveils its first printed collection, Remy, a high-end range of contemporary abstract patterns and broken motifs hand-loomed in a Lori-Loom weave using 100 percent Silkette yarns.

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The Critter Comforts collection by Hilary Farr Designs is jacquard loomed of blended polyester and chenille yarns. Shown, Royal Bumble

The big news at the Kaleen showroom will be the debut of its inaugural rugs created by designer Hilary Farr, star HGTV's Love It or Leave it.The Hilary Farr Designs rug collections include Critter Comforts, Forever Fauna, Floral Fantasies, Global Altitude, Knotted Earth and Peranakan Tile, which will be introduced by Farr on Oct. 20 at a launch party from 5 p.m. at the Kaleen showroom.
Market-goers will also be able to review the fashion-forward Kaleen brand introductions such as the metallic inflected Lustrous collection and Southwest designs of the flat-woven Atacama range.


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Karastan debuts Tryst, create with a new generation of stronger fibers and innovative construction techniques. Shown, Botan 

Karastan showcases several new constructions across a number of debuting collections for fall 2019 shoppers (read full story). Among the standouts are Soiree, a glamorous assortment of shimmering rose gold accented designs; Tempest, which marries the matte finish of New Zealand wool with the silky sheen of SmartStrand Silk fiber, and the Tryst collection, featuring a new generation of stronger artificial fibers and state-of-the-art construction techniques.


KAS rugs and license partner Libby Langdon update a classic Asian trellis with a high-low texture and subtle color palette. Shown, Upton 4035


Celebrity designer and KAS licensing partner Libby Langdon introduce six new updates to her popular Upton collection designs ready for debut at High Point Market.  Inspired by ancient civilizations and classic motifs as well as Mid-century modern design, the rugs are hand-tufted in India of wool and viscose with a high-low construction. Libby Langdon will headline a talk entitled Libby Unplugged at the KAS showroom on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.


Also new for High Point shoppers is the Willow collection, machine woven of polyester in Turkey with updated traditional and transitional designs.

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