NEW YORK -- New York area rug house Classic Rug Collection was awarded the Export Achievement Award by the U.S. Commerce Department at the World Trade Week 13th annual breakfast held here on Monday, May 9. The award recognizes small- and medium-sized enterprises that have successfully entered and/or expanded in the international marketplace.
"We are grateful to the US Commercial Service for this prestigious award and for their exceptional assistance over the years," said Barbara Barran, Classic Rug Collection's founder. "I have exported my rugs to Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Azerbaijan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Canada!"
Barran, who is a member of the U.S. Commerce Department's District Export Council, was also awarded a $25,000 grant by the Empire State Development Corporation, an economic development initiative by New York State to increase business in the state. Barran has attended international trade shows to boost overseas sales since 1999, and is doubling down on that strategy for 2018.
"This year, I will participate in Venice Design 2018, Paris Design Week, Decorex in London, and a U.S. Commerce Department Gold Key trip to Moscow," Barran stated. "To support the promotion of my New York State business, the Empire State Development has awarded Classic Rug a $25,000 grant. Last year, we were the recipient of two ESD STEP Grants for export promotion."
Classic Rug Collection's Firenze rug from the Mosaics collection, which is hand-tufted wool and natural silk, will be on display at Venice Design 2018.
The first of the overseas shows in which Classic Rug will exhibit in 2018 is this month's Venice Design, to be held at Palazzo Michiel. Barran was chosen by the GAA Foundation in the Netherlands to exhibit her rug, "Firenze," at the by-invitation-only international show, which will open on May 26 and run through Nov. 25, 2018. The event features important movements in design; it runs at the same time as the Venice Biennale.
Part of the Mosaics collection, Firenze is hand tufted of wool and natural silk. The design is a collage of Florentine-inspired pottery with recessed terra cotta grout lines holding the fragments together. The rim of a saucer swoops across the top of the rug, and heraldic elements are picked out in gold silk.
Area rugs have been on show at Venice Design since its first exhibition in 2016, which featured Ayka Design rugs by K. Michelle Evans. Orley Shabahang rugs were chosen for the 2017 event at Palazzo Michiel.