Issue Date: 2018 APRIL, Posted On: 4/11/2018

04112018 S&H Rugs, Samad and Stark Studio Debut at High Point Market
By Lisa Vincenti


New Jersey-based S&H Rugs heads south for its first High Point Market showcasing its range of contemporary designs. Shown. the hand-knotted Peacock (Sh40573).

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Three top names in designer area rugs - S&H Rugs, Samad, and Stark Studio/Prestige Mills - will premiere in new showroom spaces in various locations at Market Square at the spring 2018 High Point Market, April 14-18.

S&H Rugs presents its offering of contemporary designs in a new space located in Market Square, second floor, booth M-2029; Prestige Mills/Stark Studio will present its product at Market Square, MS-114; and Samad can be found at MS-288.
RugNews.com speaks with all three new exhibitors to learn why they chose High Point Market, and to find out more about the new products to be unveiled at the show. 


S&H Rugs adds this delicate faded hand-knotted oxidized wool and silk rug (Sh40553) to its assortment for High Point.

New Jersey-based S&H Rugs pulled out of Atlanta and decided to give High Point Market a go instead. The area rug maker participates in several New York area shows including The Rug Show at Javits, NY Now and ICFF.

"We expect a fairly busy market, meeting and touching base with many old acquaintances and friends as well as hoping to make some new ones too," Ori Wilbush, president of the New York area rug maker, told RugNews.com. "We've got beautiful program lines accompanied by excellent customer service and very reasonable price points.

"Everyday our product is taking a further step away from the traditional Oriental rugs to the more trending and fashionable colors, designs and texture. We have come up with a few breathtaking developments that we have especially prepared for High Point to cater to the design trade market. This is where it needs to be shown and featured."

S&H has been ramping up its focus on the trade and offers about 10,000 in-stock rugs and has an online presence updated daily with same day shipping.  For High Point shoppers, S&H continues to focus on hand-knotted contemporary and transitional styles presenting new Sari silk designs and oxidized wool and silk rugs. S&H will also introduce one line of exquisite wool hand-loomed rugs at market.

S&H Rugs showcases a number of contemporary and modern collection rugs made of Sari silk (shown, Sh40586).


Stark Studio Carpets unveils a permanent High Point showroom, introduces eight new collections including Marvel. Mystique design in gravel blue pictured.

Prestige Mills/Stark Studio Carpets opens a permanent High Point Showroom to showcase its rebranded Stark Studio line, which it introduced quietly last year (read full story) and formally premiered at The Rug Show at Javits (read ful story). 

"As we strive to increase our distribution to the wholesale market, our participation in High Point will aid in this venture," Taylor van der Mandele, VP at Stark Studio Rugs, told RugNews.com. "High Point Market has been integral to the design industry for decades, making it a natural fit for us."

A division of the couture Stark Carpets, the new Studio line offers more accessibly priced floor coverings and for High Point market-goers debuts eight new spring collections in a range of constructions.

New Stark Studio  collections include the hand-knotted Castlewall made of a 50 percent wool, 40 percent silk, 10 percent linen blend; the extra lush and heavy Chroma collection of pure silk: hand knotted in Nepal;  the hand-knotted in Nepal Irving line made of a mix of 70 percent wool and 30 percent silk; Marvel, hand knotted in India of 70 percent bamboo silk and 30 percent wool; Nymeria collection, hand knotted in Pakistan of 70 percent wool, 30 percent silk; Pemberley, a 100 percent silk  hand knotted in Nepal range; and the all wool Rivington range, hand knotted in Nepal

"Having a showroom at High Point will allow us to better reach wholesalers not only in the southeast, but nationwide. Being able to see our rugs in person and displayed beautifully helps show the true quality and value of the rugs," explained van der Mandele. Stark Studio will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 14 at 10:15 a.m.

Stark Studio Carpets debuts the lush Chroma collection of pure silk rugs hand knotted in Nepal.



Samad debuts its new more accessibly priced Nirvana Couture's Enchantment design in light blue and copper at High Point Market.

"We've been eyeing the HP Market for several years and thought it was time for our company to have a presence there," said Nicole Samad of the New York area rug atelier. "High Point is an ideal venue to meet with existing and perspective clients."

Samad will feature several collections at the North Carolina event, including Shibori,  inspired from the ancient Japanese textile art form, and the Ancient collection of high-end traditional designs with a unique sand-blasted finish.  

"We will be debuting our Nirvana Couture collection that we launched at the Domotex Hanover show earlier this year.

This beautifully made Wilton-loomed, hand-finished product marries modern day technology and creativity with traditional handcrafted artistry," said Samad, adding that the rug maker's Nirvana and Mystique lines are well priced and relevant in todays casual fashion trends. 

Samad showcases its rich Shibori Couture collection. Pictured Mito in gray-bue.

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