A RUG INSIDER ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
by Michael Christie
Fort Street Studio is known for producing carpets of refined elegance and are but one of a handful of companies that produce a quality honestly and literally described as singular. Crafted of Wild Silk (also known as Dandong Silk), with an impeccable attention to detail and precision, it is impossible to find a carpet of similar quality made by anyone else simply because there is no one else making carpets like this today. Recherché materials combined with a skilled labour pool that is ever decreasing in size limits what can and is being made. Oh! But the carpets that are made however, those are the things of which decadent dreams are made; none more so than Fort Street Studio's Shag!
The more one studies carpets, the more one begins to discount design alone in determining the relative beauty of a piece. Certainly design is not to be discarded, but take any fine art object of your choosing and change the materials and construction to those of lesser standards, and my point becomes abundantly clear. As with most things, it's the details that embody the inherent qualities, values, and desirability which support the overall aesthetics, especially in carpets. Juxtaposition (every designer's favourite word!!!) then adds another level of interest as we weigh the expected versus the unexpected, and these carpets, they qualify as the latter.
Detail of Fort Street Studio's 'Shag' - Made of luscious quantities of Wild Silk
SYOSSET, NY — Stanton Carpet Corporation, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and importers of premium decorative carpet and custom rugs, has launched it’s first ever feature display merchandising to showcase the best-selling styles from Stanton, Antrim and Rosecore.
The ALL NEW “Feature” display is sophisticated yet simple as it allows Stanton customers to customize the products displayed based on their own market. This striking display is 7’ tall and is very efficient only requiring 6.4 square feet of floor space. The feature is two sided and can hold either 28 samples 27” x 18” size or 56 samples 13” x 18” size or a combination thereof to feature any Stanton, Antrim or Rosecore’s product offerings including: Beautifully tailored Loop Wilton patterns, Luxurious Hand-Loomed structures, Smart patterned nylons, Atelier’s high style printed patterns, Plush woven wool patterns and a vast amount of other product possibilities throughout the brands.
ATLANTA, GA – The 2016 PANTONE® Color of the Year comes to life in its global premiere presentation at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this January. The color, and PANTONEVIEW® home + interiors 2016 color forecast, will be the inspiration for the PANTONE® Design Exhibition, to be unveiled at the Market.
Seven acclaimed interior designers and tastemakers: Robert Leleux, Shaun Smith, Jamie Durie, Michael Habachy, Tami Ramsay, Janie Hirsch and Heather Hogan Roberts will each design a vignette in the Building 1, Floor 14 gallery inspired by the PANTONEVIEW® home + interiors 2016 color forecast using products sourced from AmericasMart showrooms.
Trend vignettes that showcase the soon-to-be-revealed PANTONE® Color of the Year 2016 will also be created for the lobbies of AmericasMart Buildings 1, 2 and 3 by talented designers Michel Boyd and Kristin Alber of REstyleSOURCE to showcase the vast range of product at the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace.
by Chris Gigley
Economists can keep their statistical models. An easier way to see where the economy is headed is simply by noticing how rug designs evolve at the High Point Market.
John and Cameron Feizy
Color trends at the Fall 2015 Market mirrored a U.S. economy that is slowly creeping back to health. Growth has been painstakingly slow, and so has the return of bright color to rug patterns. For the last three to five years, color trends have skewed neutral, with some blues thrown in for good measure. But change is coming.
“The majority of our orders are still for the gray and silver palette," said Lee Harounian of Harounian Rugs International. “But based on the fabrics we are seeing in the Market, more colors will be added going forward."
With new furniture lines brightening up, drops of vivid color, from oranges to reds to teals, appeared on a number of rug debuts in High Point. This hedging-of-bets by rug designers is part of an overall effort to stay comfortably in the middle, not going too contemporary or too conservative.
Courting that middle ground, Nourison's vice president of national sales Gerard O’Keefe said the company is addressing a growing interest in traditional designs, but with a twist.
Troy, NC — Known for nearly a century as a top designer of rugs in numerous categories, Capel Rugs was recognized for outstanding design in a new field this week as the company received a Gold Davey Award for its 2015 product catalog.
The annual Davey Awards is the largest and most prestigious creative design competition for advertising and marketing excellence inspired by big ideas rather than huge budgets. Capel's 2015 product catalog, a stunning 268-page book titled Adventures in Color & Texture, went toe-to-toe with 4,000-plus entries, rising to the top due to its creative close-up photography and dazzling room shots that show how the company's rugs add color, texture and zest to any setting.
"From the very first time we held the catalog in our hands, we knew it was something special," said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs. "Not only is it a source for inspiration, it's also packed with useful information that makes it easier than ever for customers and dealers to identify the best rug for any application."
DALLAS, TX – Just in time for one of the busiest selling seasons for designers and retailers, Feizy Rugs is offering 20 percent off of all john f. by Feizy rug collections through the end of the year.
“Last year’s sale was incredibly well-received. People loved it. So, this year we’re extending the offer for an additional month,” said Leah Feizy, Executive Vice President. “We are glad to be able to offer this discount so our retail and designer partners can experience the best margins as their consumers ready their homes for the season and they prep for holiday shoppers.”
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