Issue Date: 2018 NOVEMBER, Posted On: 11/5/2018

11052018 Best of High Point: The Market's Top Area Rugs, Part 1
By Carol Tisch

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- High Point was full of big news this fall ranging from about a dozen showroom openings and expansions to just-announced licensing deals and hundreds of new area rug introductions.

With so much happening, it would be easy to overlook the stars of the fall show. Area rug innovations continued to thrive at High Point and buyers were able to sample the latest innovations in design, texture, weave and coloration. In addition, the fall High Point Market witnessed a fresh new crop of license programs (by Bokara, Brink and CampmanHRI, LoloiMomeniNourison, Samad and Safavieh) that featured some heavy-hitting names such as Florence Broadhurst, Madcap Cottage, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Rifle Paper Co. and Wesley Mancini. And that doesn't include popular, existing licensed programs, such as ED Ellen DeGeneres and Calvin Klein, among others, who are also adding to their lines. 

RugNews.com scoured the busy market, surveying dozens of rug executives to bring you this exhaustive report of area rug best-sellers. Part 1 tracks the hits from companies from Amer Rugs to Kas Rugs. And the coverage continues in Part 2 with companies from Loloi to Unique Looms. (In addition, make sure to check out our roundup of area rug events and parties Part 1 and Part 2.)


Amer's power-loomed Venice collection scored as a High Point best seller.
Reaping rewards for a strategic expansion into the machine-made and hand-tufted categories, Amer received kudos from High Point shoppers for its power-loomed Venice collection (above) of viscose and acrylic in modern designs. The company's strength in hand-knotted also grows, with the hand-knotted Majestic range (below).

Majestic, a top seller at High Point, offers hand-knotted abstract designs in hand-spun wool and raw silk with subtle carved texture.

Art Resources debuted the color-drenched Classic Rivival collection of mostly silk, combined with wool, rugs.

Offering fall shoppers a preview of a new collection to officially launch at Domotex, Art Resources showed off the boldly colored Classic Revival collection in predominately silk, combined with wool.

Bokara Rug introduced its first license program with Brooklyn designer Jarret Yoshida. 

Bokara Rug introduced its first license program with Brooklyn designer Jarret Yoshida. The debut program, inspired by the creativity Yoshida sees in the work of his design peers in the fashion and architecture worlds, includes 10 designs, each in several colorways and in three categories ranging from 110-Tibetan knot construction to hand-tufted.


Capel Rug's collaboration with Kevin O'Brien adds four new area rug collections that match his top-of-bed and decoartive pillows.

Capel Rugs adds four area rug collection to its Kevin O'Brien program, and coordinates with top-of-bed and decorative pillows. Above, Kevin O'Brien display with Brushstrokes, left, and top-selling Fiore. Below, Willow was another best-selling Kevin O'Brien introduction.

New from Capel's Kevin O-Brien program is Willow in champagne. 

Couristan added the new Farrow collection, inspired by calssic Heriz area rug designs.

Couristan continued to roll out new collections to capture the eye of designers and top sellers include the Heriz-like Farrow, above, crafted of super soft space-dyed polyester; and Sevilla, inspired by Spanish tiles and made of polyester.

The Sevilla collection from Couristan is a nod to classic Spanish tiles and is crafted of polyester.

Creative Touch expands its popular Bosphorus collection at Fall High Point Market.

Creative Touch's Bosphorus collection continued to be a hit among buyers looking for understated designs. The company also showed off the new Patina pillow collection based on the original artwork of artist Sarah Sczepanski, who will roll out a line of rugs with Creative Touch next.


Dalyn's Aero collection, with its transitional designs, was a hit with market shoppers looking for plush designs, machine-woven of polypropylene.

Dalyn introduced several new looks for market shoppers at High Point this fall including new designs in plush constructions.


Exquisite Rugs' Cadence collection was a hit at market for its emphasis on its clean Art Deco geometric lines. 

Exquisite Rugs, which returned to High Point last fall,  focuses on servicing a medium- to higher-end customers. For the fall among the top hits was a Cadence collection design that featured clean geometric Art Deco inspired look.

Feizy's Ainsley are collection, in on point color palettes, continues to be popular with market shoppers.

Feizy latest contemporary and transitional designs, in palettes including black, blues and grays were a hit with buyers. Above, a vignette of the Ainsley collection attracted buyers looking for monochromatic color combinations. Machine-made of  polypropylene and polyester the range features weathered designs. The abstract designs of the hand-knot Gia collection appealed to shoppers looking for handmade designs.
Gia, a hand-knotted range from Feizy, featured the colors and look that designers and buyers shopping market were seeking.


A Sari Silk Khotan from FJ Kashanian features a vibrant color palette and boho friendly design that stopped buyers in their tracks.

New York area FJ Kashanian showcased a broad range of designs from updated boho-inspired looks in playful palettes to abstract water-like designs with a touch of shimmer.

HRI's new Epic collection reworks reptile-skin looks into chic area rug designs.

HRI offers a diverse assortment of looks and constructions for shoppers of the fall High Point Market. The New York rug maker introduced Epic, an assortment of wool and silk rugs, featuring a reptilian-like charm, which made a splash. Below, its sweater-inspired Dorset collection continues to attract buyers for its textural aspect.

The sweater-like looks of Dorset, on the wall,  by HRI continues to appeal to market buyers.


Jaipur Living's showcases its broad assortment of hand-knotted rugs in a sizable display.
Jaipur Living showcased the diversity of its offering, including its hand-knot area rugs, at the fall High Point Market, shown above. The company reported High Point winners across categories, with Nashua and Tresca best sellers among power loomed collections,Genesis leading sales in hand-tufted rugs, Salinas a Best of Market in hand knotted and Cambridge in hand-woven. 
The rug maker's Nikki Chu licensing program continues to grab attention, with the flat-woven Mumbai was particularly well-received - by both edgy and conservative customers.

Jaipur Living's designer collaboration with Nikki Chu continues to grow and the flat-woven Mumbai was among the High Point favorites.

Kalaty showcased its latest contemporary designs, Elara pictured above, in its new High Point showroom.

Kalaty returns to High Point Market with a soft opening of its new showroom that showcased some of its latest contemporary looks. Market hits include two hand-knot Tibetan weave collections -- Elara, above, and Zafra, below -- crafted of wool and Silkette. 

Crafted of wool and Silkette, Kalaty featured this popular abstract look from its Zafra collection in its new showroom.

Kaleen brought several new constructions to market including its first printed indoor-outdoor assortment called Boho Patio.

Kaleen introduced scores of new constructions at the fall High Point Market including its first printed indoor-outdoor collection called Boho Patio, a solid top seller. The company also added a vegan-friendly faux woven-cowhide assortment called Chaps, another best of market, and featured its first domestically-made collection called McAlester -- among several other firsts for Kaleen (read full story).

Kaleen introduced a vegan-friendly version of popular cowhide patched rugs called Chaps, woven of viscose and wool.

Katastan introduced High Point market-goers to its exciting new collaboration with Scott Living -- from the stars of HGTV hit show Property Brothers. Shown, on the floor is the popular Expressions Kaleidoscopic Denim

Karastan's showroom features several trend-driven vignettes showcasing it latest designs and collaborations, including the new Scott Living program, created with celebrity brothers from the HGTV show Property Brothers. Top hits from the twins include two designs from their Expressions collection: Kaleidoscopic Denim and Dharma.

From the new Scott Living collaboration is the Dharma -- one of the best sellers of this trending assortment of area rugs.

From Kas Rugs' popular program with designer Libby Langdon comes this new addition to the indoor-outdoor Hamptons collection.

Kas Rugs' growing program with Libby Langdon continues to meet with success and her latest outdoor designs from the hand-hooked Hamptons collection had a great response from fall market-goers. Also popular, was the new Luna collection of luminescent designs

The new Luna collection features a subtly shimmering abstract design in a trending gray and black palette.

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