Issue Date: 2019 FEBRUARY, Posted On: 2/12/2019

0212019 Exclusive Showroom Tour: Las Vegas Market People & Places, Part 1
By Carol Tisch


LAS VEGAS -- Retail buyers and interior designers attending the winter 2019 Las Vegas Market cleared their calendars for a host of parties feting new showrooms, celebrity licensing partnerships, anniversaries -- and the newest fashions in area rugs.

Dynamic Rugs observed its 25th anniversary in Vegas with a special pledge and program developed with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (read story) and Loloi celebrated its 15th with a jam-packed party replete with Turkish bazaar-styled spice market.  What's more, there were plenty of new showroom celebrations and ribbon cuttings held in all three buildings at the World Market Center, from Dalyn in Building A, to Palmetto Living in Building B, as well several debuting exhibitors and expansions in Building C, including Karastan, which grew its footprint (read story). 

Market shoppers into celebrity sightings were busy at rug showrooms with the Scott Brothers stopping by at Karastan, Libby Langdon at KAS, Kathy Ireland at Nourison and all of Momeni's star-studded designer licensing partners, who were on location at Momeni's showroom for a seminar and meet and greet.  

Finally, buyers on the hunt for the next big look made a point of visiting Feizy and Couristan showrooms, where each company had sneak peeks of their exclusive trend reports for 2019 and beyond.

In this exclusive feature, RugNews.com takes you on a tour of showrooms to see what piqued the interest of buyers and designers. In Part 1 we cover companies Amer through KAS. And don't miss Part 2 for buyers shopping Liora Manne for Trans-Ocean through Unique Loom.


Dana Stevens and Sanjay Purohit of Amer Rugs pose with Susan Keis of Bellacor, Minneapolis, in front of a new Sapphire collection rug hand knotted of  New Zealand wool and raw silk in a silver-sand colorway.

Keivan and Leyla Hashemi of Palace Rug Gallery in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, check out a new Las Vegas Market intro in the one-million-point-plus Sultan Treasures collection with Steve Couri of Couristan.

Bob Rogers of Dalyn Rug Company, Deborah Cardoza of DJ Design in Salida, California, and Brian Vander Werf of Dalyn pose in front of the Citrine rug from the market hit Formations collection debuting at Las Vegas Market.

Anoosha Rouhanian and Matthew Rouhanian flank Katie Dolan and Lauren Wheeler of TJX Europe, among the first at Las Vegas Market to see the just-off-the-loom Couture collection in polyester and heatset polypropylene.

Cameron Feizy shows Nebraska Furniture Mart's Patricia Wojtkiewicz, Nora Gomez and David Chambers a vignette with a one-of-a-kind rug merchandised with a machine-made mosaic pattern (left) and abstract design on floor.

John Murse of Rugs as Art, John Feizy, Lucy Murse and Jesse Murse pose in front of the a blue and gray abstract design from Feizy's best-selling Gemma collection, which is hand-knotted of viscose and wool.

Tom Monroe (center) of Oriental Rug Gallery of Texas and Rug Studio shops HRI with his team at the winter 2019 Las Vegas Market.  In the front row are HRI's Lee Harounian (second left), Greg Jordt and David Harounian.

David Kalaty, Hamid Dehbod of Persian Rug Galleries in Milwaukee, Mirza Kalaty and Farshad Kalaty pose for RugNews.com in front of an abstract design, NL-386 sunset, in the Lhasha series by Natori for Kalaty. 

Blake Dennard and Bob Stone of Kaleen present the best-selling faux cowhide Chaps collection to Diane and Nelson Medina of Medina Rugs & Flooring in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

Celebrating Karastan's new Scott Living launch are David Henson southeast territory manager of Karastan, Molly O'Brien, Coleen O'Brien, Kelly Moore of Karastan, and Katelyn O'Brien, of the Rug Place in  Flowood and Jackson, Mississippi.

Jonathan and Drew Scott pose with buyers from The Carpet Shoppe in Springfield, Missouri, at the Karastan new showroom launch and the debut of new Scott Living Home collection area rugs.

Lisa Lorino of LJL Designs, San Jose, Califorina, celeb designer Libby Langdon, center, and Stacey Napolitano of LJL Designs pose in front of Langdon's Homespun flatweave collection in wool and cotton designed for KAS. 

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