HIGH POINT MARKET RUG SHOWROOM TOUR: PEOPLE AND PARTIES, PART 2
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- As rug companies become ever more sophisticated marketers, educational programming, special events and promises of sneak peeks at the next hot rug trend are luring customers to their High Point showrooms.
Market shoppers on the hunt for area rugs got some extra perks at the fall event, which ran from Oct. 13-17, with appearances by design celebs Kathy Ireland and Barclay Butera at Nourison, the Madcap Cottage duo at the debut party for their rugs by Momeni, and Surya outdid itself with visits from top HGTV designers at the market's first red carpet event.
RugNews.com's exclusive coverage of High Point Market, Part 2, where we track buyers and celebs at companies Momeni through Unique Loom. And don't miss Part 1 featuring companies from Art Resources to Loloi.
Greeting guests at the launch party for the inaugural Madcap Cottage for Momeni collection are Jason Oliver Nixon, Aria Momeni, John Loecke and Reza Momeni (read full story).
Aria Momeni and Bob Fritz of Robert Fritz Oriental Rugs in Raleigh in front of one-of-a-kind rugs, a growing category for Momeni -- which devoted a separate showroom to the collection.
At the Suites at Market Square, Lindsay Lowry and Erika Kurtz of New Moon Rugs show off a High Point Market hit design from the rug company's new Shibori-inspired Kumo collection.
Alex Peykar and Julie Rosenblum of Nourison flank Kathy Ireland, of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, in front of her new Safari Dreams hand-loomed designs at Nourison's InterHall showroom for a meet and greet with customers and press.
Nancy Fire of Studio NYC Design, Nourison's newest licensing partner, and Julie Rosenblum of Nourison pose in front of designs from the Organic Modern collection by Studio NYC.
Gady Yesilcay and Kathy Anderson, one of Nashville's top celebrity interior designers, launch her new rug collection for Orientalist Home at the rug company's Suites at Market Square exhibit stand.
Tatiana Jabbour and Jonathan Wilner, of Renwil, pose with Michael Pinet of Hudson's Bay Company in Brampton, Ontario, and celeb designer Steven Sabados, who introduced his rug collection by Renwil to High Point Market shoppers.
Steve Roan, Molly Mays and Larry Hedrick of Rizzy Home pose in front of their market hit Villa collection of indoor-outdoor rugs hand-tufted of recycled PET in India. Shown, design 991B
New York City celeb designer Robin Baron launched her to-the-trade home furnishings collection a year ago at High Point Market, and at this fall's new SALON at the Suites at Market Square featured her Tibetan weave rug line in modern and transitional designs.
Ofer Tal of S&H Rugs with Allison Willson of Hollace Clare Ltd., in Olney, Maryland, and Avi Erlich and Maria Vasques of S&H at the rug company's expansive new Suites at Market Square showroom -- double the size of its previous SAMS space (read full story).
Byron Hamilton and David Samad flank Jon Randall and Charles Pavarini III of NYC's Pavarini Design, Samad's new licensing partner for a line debuting at BDNY next month targeting hospitality designers.
Rugs Direct's Adrienne Wooddell, Satya Tiwari of Surya and Brittany Rickett and Sharon Gautschi of Rugs Direct in front of the new Milano collection, a High Point Market hit machine-woven in Turkey of viscose and polyester.
Surya hosts members of the ASID New York Metro for cocktails and conversation with speakers Libby Langdon, Libby Langdon Interiors, Keith Baltimore of Baltimore Design Group NY, Rajni Alex of Rajni Alex Design, and Kim Radovich of Kim Radovich Interiors.
TRANS-OCEAN BY LIORA MANNE
Liora Manne and Mary John Minter of Furnitureland South in Jamestown take time out from a line review of Trans-Ocean's three blockbuster indoor-outdoor rug collections introduced at High Point Market.
UNIQUE LOOM AND HAND-KNOTTED
At Unique Loom's first High Point showroom, Jill Zarin, former cast member of the Housewives of New York, and artist/actress Jane Seymour, both licensing partners with Unique Loom (read more), pose in front of the Flatiron rug from Zarin's Downtown collection.