|HIGH POINT PEOPLE & PARTIES - THE RUG SCENE, PART 1
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- RugNews.com brings you an in-depth look inside High Point Market's area rug showrooms for hot-ticket parties, celebrity sightings, and a who's who of retailers and designers shopping the spring 2019 edition.
In Part 1 of this exclusive People & Parties photo essay, we attend A-list events, from Company C's 25th anniversary party, to Jaipur Living's designer-magnet henna tattoo parties, to Kalaty's ribbon cutting and grand opening designer event
, to HRI's launch party for its new collaboration with top textile designer Wesley Mancini.
With ever more sophisticated programming and parties -- plus sneak peeks at the next hot trends -- rug makers lured customers to their showrooms, snagging coveted appointments for line reviews.
Simone Reiff and Lauren Wheeler of TJX with Raj Choudhary of Amer pose in front of new mosaic designs from the machine woven Hamilton collection.
Designer Katherine Hable of Hable Construction in Athens, Georgia, shops Art Resources for area rugs to complement vignettes showcasing her eponymous furniture collection for Hickory Chair.
Jake Sweeters of Capel, Wendy Alexanian, Jamie Schreiter, and Allan Alexanian of Canada chain, Alexanian Carpet & Flooring pose with Cameron Capel in front of a rug from the Metropolis collection.
Walter and Christine Chapin, owners of Company C, at their firm's 25th anniversary High Point celebration with Melissa Mathe of Melissa Mathe Interior Design who led a paper marbling event.
Marlys Giordano and Ron Couri of Couristan chill out in an outdoor vignette featuring global-styled performance rugs from its various in-out collections.
Baki Ildiz of Creative Touch Rugs with Lucy Earl of Jones-Keena and Co. of Birmingham, Michigan, at Suites at Market Square.
Mike Burnham of Dalyn with Jayne Fjeld of Interior Home Solutions in Middlebury, Vermont, in front of a rug from the new Cabot shag collection.
Cameron Feizy gives Thad Mirt of Indigo & Poppy in Lafayette, California, a tour of Feizy's themed displays featuring best-sellers and trends for 2019.
Kerry Hasselbach and Bethanye Barre of Feizy, Devin Dourney of Wayfair, and Mike Riley of Feizy are in front of the new Wesley collection, which is machine made of polypropylene and polyester.
FJ Kashanian took a second showroom at Suites at Market Square which was brimming with good-sport shoppers who got together for a photo op. From left, Jacque Bethke of Jacque Bethke Design in Scottsdale, AZ, Jonathan Kashanian, and Florida designers Terri Polimeni of Terri Polimeni Interiors in Palm Beach, Miera Melba of Miera Melba Interior Design in Delray Beach, Patty Mowry of Patty Mowry Interior Design in Plantation, and Emily Iwaskewycz of Terri Polimeni Interiors.
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David Harounian, Wesley Mancini and Lee Harounian greet guests at the High Point launch party for Mancini's area rug collections for HRI.
Kristen Krzesicki of By Design Interiors in Ann Arbor, Michigan, shows off her "ink" at one of Jaipur Living's henna tattoo events, a magnate for designers at High Point Market.
IMC's Bob Maricich, far left, and Kevin Malkiewicz, far right, flank the Kalaty team, David Kalaty, Kamran Kalaty, Warren Kalaty, Ramin Kalaty, Joseph Kalaty and showroom designer Ira Sprinzen of Ira Associates in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Kalaty opened in the IHFC Green wing (G-369) after a five-year hiatus from High Point Market.
Interior designer, artist and author Jackie Von Tobel of Las Vegas and Christina Henck of Henck Design in Philadelphia congratulate Ramin Kalaty at the Kalaty Rug designer event celebrating the company's new High Point showroom.