|HIGH POINT PEOPLE AND PARTIES, PART 1
HIGH POINT, N.C -- Parties and showroom events reflected an upbeat vibe at the spring 2017 High Point Market.
Contests and promotions added a festive touch, ranging from Amer's Big Screen TV giveaway (won by Rakesh Agarwal of Rug & Home with stores in North and South Carolina), to Nourison's fun photo contest with one creative winner announced each day during market.
At Capel's 100th anniversary party, customers who placed a qualifying order had the opportunity to pop a balloon for a cash reward of $20 to $100. And Surya raffled off three prizes, including a $500 spa gift certificate.
Highlighting the market's roster of design industry celebs with rug licenses were Donny Osmond and Andy Hilfiger, and a presentation by Candice Olson to overflowing crowds at Surya. Also drawing crowds were Robert and Cortney Novogratz at Momeni's showroom, and Debs Camplin, senior vice president of design for the home furnishings collections of kate spade new york, who lead a tour of new rugs and accessories at Jaipur Living.
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Before High Point Market's opening bell, Amer Rugs rolls out a best-selling new machine-made Cambridge abstract rug from hallway to reception desk.
From left: Amer Rugs' Joe Barkley and Lynn Thompson, Russ Evans of HOM Furniture in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and Tanuj Gupta of Amer. Behind them is a new Cambridge rug.
ART HIDE/AMIGOS DE HOY
Australian sister brands Art Hide and Amigos de Hoy debuted at High Point Market's Suites at Market Square with their ethically sourced cowhides and textiles.
Co-owner Kura Perkins shows off woven rugs and leather craft from indigenous artisan communities interpreted through a modern design aesthetic.
Edmond Simantob of Los Angeles-based Art Resources poses with stacks of transitional designs that attracted buyers to the company's Market Square showroom.
Alp Basdogan of Asia Minor based in Manchester, Vermont, and a Market Square exhibitor for more than 30 years, gave lots of play to colorful rugs and pillows.
Bokara's David Lew shows off a new series of ribbed transitional designs with lustrous abrash in colors that resonated with Historic Market Square shoppers.
The Capel family toasts their rug company's 100th anniversary at a High Point Market party: From, left Leon, Mary Clara, Richard, Cameron, Ron, Jesse and Aaron Capel.
Capel's John Magee, Richard Capel, Leon Capel and Cameron Capel with Jennifer Benevides of L.L. Bean, who presented the Capels with a framed spread featuring a Capel braided rug from Bean's first printed catalog.
At Feizy's Historic Market Square showroom, the company's Jose Guzman poses with Rafael Navarro Giraldo of Disenos y Telas in Colombia.
GUS DESIGN GROUP
Anthony Santino, vice president, Gus Design Group, poses in the reception area of off the company's new High Point showroom decked out with a design from its first rug collection.
HAROUNIAN RUGS INTERNATIONAL
At the Ribbon Cutting for HRI's new showroom: RJ Maricich, IMC, buyers from House of Jade Interiors, Utah, Greg Jordt, Lee Harounian, Deodat Jugmohan and Bobby Shamsian of HRI and Chris Amos, IMC.
Debs Camplin of kate spade new york and Asha Chaudhary of Jaipur Living at a meet-and-greet event exploring the newest kate spade designs, including the Greenpoint collection design shown.
Mallory Appleton, left of Jaipur Living's product development team, poses with Isabel Ladd of Isabel Ladd Interiors in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lindsey Okerlund and Kristine Hicks of Overstock.com pose with Blake Dennard of Kaleen in front of rugs from Marble, one of two best-selling space-dyed wool collections at spring High Point Market.
Ruelinda Nixon Stone of Keepsake Kottage in Logan, Utah, gets a first look at the new Titanium collection's Esperance Seaglass rug with Kathy Ranieri of Karastan.
Connie Heim of KAS takes time to pose for RugNews.com with Randy Hansen of Hansen's Furniture in Winton, California.
Leader of a High Point Market Suite Spots tour of Suites at Market Square, designer Natalie Reddell of Interiors by Natalie (seated) steers the group to a Kashanian line review.