Issue Date: 2019 APRIL, Posted On: 4/17/2019

04172019 Tour Top Area Rugs at AD Design Show with Rugnews.com
By Lisa Vincenti
The 18th annual AD Design Show featured a range of luxe contemporary designs for attendees in search of inspiration.

NEW YORK -- The 18th annual Architectural Digetst Design Show hosted recently in NYC featured a range of luxe area rug makers, including newcomers Apadana Fine Rugs, Landry & Arcari and Rugs & Kilim.

The show provides a snapshot of what the high-end of the market expects to appeal most to the interior designers and consumers walking the fair. And this year's event drew a record-breaking number of visitors and showcased a myriad of new products and trends from over 400 brands in the luxury design market. Total attendance continued its seven-year-trend with nearly double-digit increases with design trade attendance showing the largest increase of 16 percent year-over-year. 

RugNews.com brings you the industry's only tour of this seminal exposition, so tag along to find out what was hot and new.


Apadana introduced a new assortment that updates the classic Soumak rug at the AD Design Show.

Connecticut-based rug showroom Apadana debuted at the spring 2019 AD Design Show and showcased samples of its customizable area rugs. On display were its popular Boho collection of bamboo silk and wool area rugs. That range is available in a range of colors from blues to browns to pinks, and just rolled out a classic-inspired pattern in the construction.

Apadana showcased samples of its popular Boho collection, top, and debuts a new classic inspired design.


Avo's AD Design booth in the show's Made galleries featured a leather color wheel and its latest hand-woven tapestries.

Brooklyn-based cowhide and woven-leather rugs and textile studio picked up an AD Design Show IFDA Best Textiles Award. The workshop, which was founded in 2014, showcased a new line of woven rugs and textiles.


Creative Touch's gallery-style booth showcased its latest designs, including a rug from its new program with architect Robin Gray and an abstract design from its Erinn V. program.

Returning AD exhibitor, Creative Touch offered a fist look at its new collaboration with architect Robin Gray, founder of the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based Robin Gray Design. "We took over her whole collection," Baki Ildiz, told RugNews.com, pointing out that the rugs are crafted in Nepal in a broad range or styles from abstract to geometric to global. Also on show at the AD booth was a design from Creative Touch's recently introduced partnership with interior designer Erinn Valencich's Erinn V.

Creative Touch introduces its new collection of Nepal-crafted rugs in partnerhsip with architect Robin Gray at AD Home.


French Accents showcases its updated twist on traditional area rug motifs with a new Retro Classic collection Karabagh design in wool (4042).

French Accents Rugs had plenty of fresh looks to show shoppers of the AD Design Show. Not only did the company debut its latest contemporary collection of "destroyed" designs called Deconstructed, it also presented its modernized take on traditional area rug motifs from its popular Retro Classics collection.

French Accents Rugs returns to AD Design Show with new designs and collections, including Deconstructed, pictured.


ug and textile designer Inigo Elizalde introduces a new Nepalese hand-knotted rug collection called Nido.

NYC rug and textile designer Inigo Elizalde returns to the AD Design Show with a his new Nido collection of luxe 200 knot Nepalese hand-knotted area rugs are crafted of Tibetan highland wool and bamboo fiber. These rugs contain 12 different colors of yarn. Nido also includes designs made in a handwoven flatweave construction crafted of dyed abaca.

Inigo Elizalde introduces its Nido collection which includes abaca accent rugs, pictured, as well as Nepalese hand-knotted rugs.


Jan Kath's statement making booth showcases its vibrant take on contemporary area rug designs.

Jan Kath Design returns AD Design Show and showcases a range of vibrantly colored designs. In Skulls, the German-based design studio of Jan Kath, buries a series of skulls in classic Persian rug patterns. The company also introduces Ballpoint, a range of high-low scratch-like designs.

Jan Kath updates classic Persian motifs in Skull, which features a series of skulls hidden in the design.


From left, Chris Fennell, Ken Gurley and Colin Martell of Boston rug specialist Landry & Arcari debut the brand at AD Design and show off its take on updated Persian motifs.

Boston-area showroom Landry & Arcari, which has three Massachusetts locations, is spreading its wings and introduced New York area designers and buyers to its latest updated area rug assortment including several modernized Persian rug motifs and the latest designs from European brand Tissage. 

Boston-based rug specialist Landry & Arcari introduce the New York area to its area rug offering.


Marc Phillips introduces the Rebel collection at the AD Design Show.

Marc Phillips goes for impact at the spring 2019 AD Design Show unveiling an edgy range of hand-tufted leather and silk designs called Rebel. The company made a dramatic statement showcasing the assortment in all black, though other colorways are available.

Designer Mara Solowiejczyk of Mara Solowiejczyk Interiors stopped by to check out Marc Phillips' dramatic new Rebel collection.


Nasiri also showcases new designs to its Mid-Century Modern collection of flatweaves.

Flatweave specialist Nasiri continues to expand its assortment adding new looks to its handmade Charmo collection crafted of hand-spun wool and cotton. The New York rug specialist also continues to grow its popular Mid-Century Modern assortment of flatweaves.

Nasiri grows its Charmo collection adding a range of water-inspired designs such as Lisboa.


 New England Collection showcased its latest cotton and wool designs from its American Hooked and Swedish collection including, clockwise from top left, design 1180, 1243A, 1245A  and 1248A.

The New England Collection showcased new designs in its popular American Hooked collection of cotton and wool area rugs. It also continues to add to its range of Scandinavian-inspired designs displaying those as well.


Josh Nazmiyal of Rug & Kilim shared details on his company's offering of Mid-Century Modern rugs at his inaugural AD Design Show.

Rug & Kilim marked its debut at the AD Design Show earlier this spring. The company highlighted its popular -- and growing -- Mid-Century Modern collection showcasing a geometric black & white design. It also chose to showcase for the first time its Antique collection.

Rug & Kilim, known for its extensive collection of Scandinavian flatweaves, showcased a graphic new Mid-Century Modern collection rug (18496)


Tibetano's Shahram Nazar introduces its hand-knot wool and silk Newport design at AD Home.

Tibetano, a long-time AD Design Show exhibitor, returns to market with samples and full-size area rug designs. On show were samples of its latest the wool and silk rugs, an abstract design from its licensed CrushWrks collection, Scandinavian flatweave and Moroccan-inspired hand-knotted high-low wool design.

Tibetano returns to the AD Design Show playing up rugs in contemporary, Scandinavian and Moroccan styles.


Tibet Home features a mix or its contemporary Tibetan rugs at the spring 2019 AD Design Show.

New York City bespoke rug studio Tibetan Home, which focuses exclusively on hand-crafted Tibetan rugs and pillows, showcased its Tibetan-style interpretation of the contemporary rug genre  at the recent edition of the AD Design Show.

TIbet Home's luxurious Tibetan crafted pillows feature east Asian motifs, including tigers.


Warp & Weft brings its minimalist style to AD Design Show debuting the Tidal series by Workshop/APD.

Long-time AD Design participant Warp & Weft unveiled it latest bespoke collection called Tidal Series. Inspired by the tidal patterns of the Atlantic Ocean, the range was designed by New York architecture and design practice Workshop/APD, which has worked extensively on projects on Nantucket Island and in the Hamptons.

Warp & Weft introduces Tidal Series created in collaboration with architecture and design practice Workshop/APD.


Woven Concepts introduced New York designers and consumers to its new abstract collection by Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk. Shown
UnAssuming in chianti peach coral

Returning to the show, Woven Concepts debuted a new range of painterly designs created in collaboration with  Jaime Derringer, founder of interior design blog Design Milk. UnTitled, which includes five patterns, is inspired by the simple brushstrokes of Japanese calligraphy, or Shodo. "We have known Jaime socially for a few years now and have always felt inspired to collaborate with her.  We created a beautiful and innovative new texture and weave that leant itself beautifully to her painting style, so the timing was right," Halleh Hakimian said.

Woven Concepts showcased the new area rugs in its abstract Untitled collection of rugs created in collaboration with Design Milk founder.

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