2019 FIRST LOOK: ATLANTA MARKET RUG PREVIEW, PART 1
ATLANTA -- With fashion and weaving innovations revving up to meet the insatiable demand for newness in area rugs, the Atlanta International Area Rug Market opening this week, offers lots of opportunities for exclusive first-looks (and first-dibs) for early-birds shopping the first big U.S. show of the New Year.
Two over-arching themes -- traditional renaissance and abstract contemporary -- continue and build momentum in 2019 area rug collections. The looks are represented in myriad weaves and price points, creating a democracy of design that invites everyone from Millennials to Gen X and Baby Boomers to experience the newest rug fashions in the quality best suited to their budget and lifestyle.
So despite the exit of 11 big names who exhibited at AmericasMart in 2018, the market is shaping up to offer retailers and designers a cornucopia of 50+ top names in hand-knotted and machine-made goods, and another 20 exhibitors in the temporaries.
In this two-part RugNews.com exclusive featuring 24 must-see exhibitors, we bring you the latest intros targeting the traditional renaissance that's sweeping the industry. Part 1 offers a sneak peek at offerings from Amer Rugs to Kaleen, while Part 2 of our comprehensive preview of Atlanta market exhibitors, features showrooms from Kas Rugs to Trans-Ocean.
AMER RUGS INC.
Amer Rugs, which revamps its brand for winter market, introduces the hand-woven Prairie collection of jute and polyester designs . Shown, PRE-3 multi
Revived from Capel's archives, the quintessential traditional design of the hand-knotted Makrana is made modern with distressing, a blend of wool and viscose and alabaster colorway.
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Caravan Modern introduces shoppers to its elegant European, erased-style Dinard in blue, made of wool and bamboo silk.
CLASSIC HOME/VILLA HOME
Classic Home's Solana debuts in Atlanta featuring distressed tribal looks. Shown, 3009020
Creative Touch updates some of its most popular collections, such as Bosphorus, and grows its assortments of 9x12 rugs. Shown, design 1000028014
F.J. Kashanian, which also heads to Las Vegas for the first time, will showcase its latest updated classic designs at winter markets.
HAROUNIAN RUGS INTERNATIONAL
HRI introduces Atlanta shoppers to its latest contemporary looks including Rockwell. Shown, ROC-1208 in aqua
Jaipur Living, which will only present its rugs in Atlanta this year, showcases a curated selection of contemporary and transitional looks, including the updated traditional looks of the new Kai collection. Shown, KAI09
Jaunty debuts several new looks for market including the Petra collection, shown, PE-31, which features a wool pile, cut and loop construction.
KALATY RUG CORPORATION
Kalaty grows its best-selling collections, such as its hand-knotted Soumak collection. Shown, SU-491
Kaleen offers winter shoppers several new collections, among them: Thayer, an all-wool range inspired by traditional designs and made using a combination of blend yarns and micro-loops. Shown, THA02-01