Issue Date: 2018 AUGUST, Posted On: 8/6/2018

08062018 Las Vegas Market: A Wave of Hot Products & Brave Buyers, Part 1
By Lisa Vincenti


LAS VEGAS -- Despite record-breaking summer temps throughout much of the country, area rug buyers braved the heat to check out hot new introductions and take selfies with industry celebrities. And while summer markets are typically slower than the winter counterparts, there was plenty of news (and entertainment) at Las Vegas Market,  held from July 29-Aug. 2.

According to many show participants, while not as busy as the winter edition, this summer's attendance was comparable to last July's, and pulled in enough buyers to make the event worthwhile.

In fact, from a buyer's perspective, summer market at the World Market Center offered not only the opportunity to browse many never-seen-before area rug designs and collections -- a few of which included brand-new licensing programs -- but also afforded the opportunity to mingle with celebrity designers new to the rug category.

One of the hottest design events was hosted by Karastan, which debuted its new Scott Living collection -- a collaboration with the Scott brothers of HGTV's Property Brothers series. Buyers queued up for a selfie with the twin stars, who were busy taking snaps with fans for an hour.

Kerrie Kelly, the award-winning interior designer, hosted a seminar followed by a meet and greet at the Feizy showroom, where devotees stopped by to toast the designer and check out her growing assortment of area rugs.

KAS Rugs also had a fun shindig, with a surf scene (including a buff surfer) showcasing the company's debuting beach-y Hang Ten collection. Jaipur Living hosted a Nikki Chu event which drew in market-goers wanting to see and hear what's hot from the designer, and Loloi's boho maven Justina Blakeney, also was on hand to walk Vegas shoppers through her three new collections as well. 

Below, RugNews.com braves the Las Vegas heat to bring you a roundup of popular new area rugs hitting the market -- and the people and parties that made them hits. In Part 1, we cover area rug exhibitors from Amer Rugs to KAS, and the summer fun continues in Part 2, where we tour showrooms from Loloi Rugs to Trans-Ocean by Liora Manne.

Michael Campa, regional sales manager, Amer, Gary Lester and Shelly Lester of Underfoot Arizona in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kelsey Moretti, Amer, pose in front of a hand-knotted Synergy design in pale sky color combination.

Amer Rugs continued to have a hit on its hands with its new for summer Venice collection. The two-million-point machine-made rugs feature a mosaic-like carved effect in abstract designs and erased looks, crafted of viscose and acrylic yarn. Other contemporary collections that won buyers over in Vegas included the hand-knotted Majestic and Zenith collections, and Synergy shown above.

Amer Rugs' new two-million-point Venice collection (design #4 shown) -- already a hit in Atlanta -- also grabbed the limelight in Vegas.


Yadav Shiv Shanker and Jay Nehouray of Beverly Hills, California-based Caravan Modern in front of the Ace design in gray and gold from its Cloud collection. 

Caravan Modern returns to Las Vegas in a temporary location said Jay Nehouray of the California atelier. "This is kind of small for us; we usually do larger spaces, so we will keep looking," Caravan brought with it its Cloud program and introduced the latest additions to its Art collection, made of wool and bamboo silk -- a range the company plans to emphasize going forward.

Caravan Modern returns to Las Vegas and showcases its abstract Art collection of wool and bamboo silk rugs. 


Baki Ildiz of Creative Touch, who headed to Vegas to check out the show, stops by Chandra's showroom to catch up with Ravi Tiwari. They stand in front of Anni, a collection of hand-woven wool rugs.
Known for its textural designs, Chandra, which participates in High Point and Las Vegas markets, focuses its assortment on hand-made designs and introduced 40 new rugs for summer shoppers, said principal Ravi Tiwari. The company enters the outdoor category with Esme, its inaugural outdoor flat-woven product, made of polyester. Chandra also grows its expansive assortment of shags with new designs including Edna, an ombre-style bordered design.

Chandra enters the outdoor category with Esma, a flat-woven collection crafted in India.


Couristan execs Len Andolino, Steve Couri, Ron Couri, Evan Couri, Robert Moomjy and Marlys Giordano celebrate their expansive new 4,530 square-foot World Market Center showroom, B360, on July 29, opening day of Las Vegas Market.

Couristan welcomed summer buyers into its new 4,530 square-foot World Market Center showroom, B360, where it had plenty of room to showcase a slew of new designs in a range of styles from simple shags (Urban Shag collection) to high-low global looks (Halo) to sophisticated abstracts (Europa), in a range of constructions from machine-made to hand-loomed and hand-knotted. In addition, Couristan expanded its assortment of leather area rugs with the Chalet collection and lively metallic-inflected Disco hides.
Couristan, which opened its new Las Vegas showroom, introduced several new collections including the elegant, machine-woven, high-low Europa in soft polyester with viscose highlights.

Couristan's Marlys Giordano and Charles Romano pose with Lorraine Vinish, Lorraine's Interiors in Bellingham, Washington, Claire Rubin of Couristan, and Scott Vinish of Lorraine's Interiors. 


Father and daughter team Anoosha and Matthew Rouhanian of Dynamic Rugs offered Vegas shoppers several innovative designs, including a space-dyed viscose.

Dynamic Rugs continues to role out looks catering to the Casual Chic lifestyle, showcasing new product innovations at the summer market. Those latest introductions include the new Dynasty collection with hand-tufting over a printed pattern, and Eternal, a just introduced selection of space-dyed viscose rugs. In addition, Anoosha Rouhanian said buyers were looking for more neutral color combinations this market, and Dynamic Rugs offered plenty of hand-tufted and machine-made designs to fit the bill.

At Dynamic Rugs buyers were shopping for neutral color palettes, especially creams and beiges. Shown, a design from the new viscose space-dyed Eternal collection.


Kerrie Kelly, licensing partner of a growing assortment of rugs for Feizy, poses with Feizy execs in front of her Coastal to Coast collection. From left: Cameron Feizy, Kerry Hasselbach, John Feizy, Kerrie Kelly, Lisa Oldham and Mike Riley.

While machine-mades have been a top performer in 2018 for Feizy, hand-knots are strong sellers at Las Vegas Market, said Cameron Feizy. "In Vegas we see a lot of hand-knotted or higher-end demand from the designers." He noted that Feizy introduced the new Cadiz, a two million point machine-made range, to bridge the divide between machine-mades and hand-knots. In addition, the Dallas based company added a lower priced hand-knotted collection (Eros) crafted in a lower stitch count of wool and viscose with an MSRP of $100 per square foot.

"We also added four new designs in Dahlia, which is handmade of all wool -- and it is a collection that has been performing really well for us in the past five years. It is one of our top selling collections by a long shot. The company's all wool hand-knots also performed well. 

Feizy's new Cadiz is the company's first 2 million point machine-made rug, and it is bridging the gap between hand-knot and machine-made for retailers and designers.

From left, HRI's Greg Jordt, Chetan Matur, Lee Harounian, Diana Samuels and Ryan Church pose in front of the new metallic-inflected Ritz collection (RI 1303).

Harounian Rugs International (HRI) introduced several new contemporary looks for show shoppers including Ritz, a range of designs crafted of metallic and wool and hand-knotted in India. In addition, the company introduces Metropolis, a hand-knotted in Pakistan collection of wool designs. "This summer is on par with 2017," said Greg Jordt. "And for HRI mid-range rugs that retail for $1,699 in 6x9 are the strongest sales category." Jordt noted that the company's new sweater-inspired collection of flatweaves called Dorset was popular with Vegas market-goers. "We are getting good placement with it."

HRI debuted Dorset, a sweater-inspired collection of flatweaves, that buyers were loving during Vegas summer market.


Megan Akin and Joanna Ware of Casa del Rey Development in Arizona flank Nikki Chu in front of the celeb designer's Decora indoor-outdoor rugs at a Jaipur Living event.

Jaipur Living had buyers stopping by to shop its latest looks for the floor, and dropping in for events throughout the market, including a meet and greet with celebrity designer Nikki Chu to spotlight her newest rug designs. "We see mostly designers in Vegas," said the company's Karen Waygood.  "They like the larger sizes and higher-end qualities." 

Top sellers in Vegas included the fast-growing Cirque, top-selling Fables and the strong-selling Genesis. The recently released Cirque, which now adds a larger size of 9x12, features abstract motifs in muted color combinations made of viscose and polyester blend. The company's ever-growing Fables assortment, in a broad range of styles crafted in power-loomed viscose and soft chenille, is still going strong. And, the Genesis collection of hand-tufted rugs in a range of contemporary looks from geometrics to abstract proved very popular in Vegas as well.

Jaipur Living's Cirque collection, featuring a range of design styles in viscose and polyester, is the company's fastest growing collection.
Buyers Filly Racioppo, owner Countrywood Interiors in Walnut Creek, California, and Shannon Pegnim, pose in front a top seller in their store, the hand-knotted Zuri rug by Jaipur.

Visitors to Kalaty's Vegas showroom were wowed by the creativity of the debuting Capri collection's hand-knotted borderless "broken" Oushak designs.
Kalaty showcased lots of fresh new looks for Las Vegas Market shoppers, from the show-stopping hand-knotted Capri collection, to its first-ever machine-made collections: Solstice, Modena and Theory. Buyers gravitated to the Capri collection's modern approach to tradition with its borderless "broken" Oushak designs in a Turkish-style weave of premium wool and Silkette. Kalaty's premiere collections of machine-made rugs were hot tickets for their upscale fashion looks -- with the indoor-outdoor Solstice collection's modern abstracts a hit with buyers.
In the premiering indoor-outdoor Solstice collection, Kalaty introduces six abstract modern designs machine-made of polypropylene in high fashion looks.


Kaleen's latest outdoor rug collections, which include Zuma Beach and Zocalo, where hot topics at Vegas. Shown, Zuma Beach which retails at $99. 
Kaleen had a strong opening day at Las Vegas Market, said Blake Dennard, who pointed out that the company's biggest appointments were still to come. The company's new hand-tufted, hand-carved Alzada collection, which debuted at Atlanta, is proving to be a company hit also in Vegas, where it received much attention from buyers. Featuring high-low geometric designs with loop and cut pile in hand-spun wool, the range carries a retail price of $499. "It's good to have another $500 [retail] success."

The company also introduced two new outdoor collections, Zuma Beach at $99 and Zocalo at $349. The hand-tufted, sheered Zocalo features a k-stop, non-skid rug gripper back. "Outdoor is doing great," Dennard said, adding that the company has invested in beefing up the category for a wide range of retailers this year. 
Kaleen's new hand-tufted Alzada, which carries a $499 retail, is proving to be a company hit for its hand-carved geometric designs in hand-spun wool.


 Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of the popular HGTV series Property Brothers, flank Bart Hill, senior vice president of product development and operations, and  Rocky Casteel, president, Mohawk Home, during a celebration of the pair's new area rug collections by Karastan. Shown, Elan in Onyx.

Karastan arrived in Vegas with its largest-ever market debut, including 128 new designs filling more than half its showroom. But the big draw for market-goers were Jonathan and Drew Scott's appearance at a launch party for the stars of HGTV's Property Brothers' new area rugs. Fans, who got to take selfies with the twins, saw two inaugural Scott Living collections: Artisan, a woven cut pile of triexta SmartStrand Silk yarn and viscose, and Expressions, a series woven of EverStrand recycled polyester.

Karastan debuts the inaugural Scott Living area rugs by celebrity brothers Jonathan and Scott Drew. Shown, Mirage in brushed gold from the Artisan collection, made of triexta SmartStrand Silk yarn 


Greg Wyman, Jewel Branding, licensing partner with KAS on Hang Ten area rugs, joins KAS' Wendy Reiss, surfer dude Ken, and Santhi Yarlagadda of KAS for the Vegas launch party. 

KAS Rugs made a splash during summer market with its new beach inspired Hang Ten collection of area rugs. Featuring a good, better and best offering, the Hang Ten collections were celebrated on Monday evening with a shindig that included beach balls, Ken, a surfer dude taking selfies with guests, and cocktails and snacks.
KAS Rugs debuts its new Hang Ten collection of casual, coastal style of area rugs. Shown, Malibu, hand-woven of PET with lots of texture.

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