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The Future Arrives at The Rug Show

by Michael Christie, Editor Rug Insider

It is traditional to review a show by discussing the illustrious, the noteworthy, or in the social media marketing parlance of The Rug Show, the esteemed exhibitors and all of their new and interesting work. Tradition further dictates as a matter of professional courtesy a trade publication should generally write that every iteration of a show is the best, with great attendance, delighted buyers, spectacular rugs and carpets, and promises for an ever better show next time. This is said not as a startling revelation, rather merely as preface to a break with said normalities. Just as all traditions were once novel, they also fade with time and it is with this commentary on the Fall 2017 The Rug Show, which took place September 10-13, 2017 at New York City’s Javits Center, Rug Insider starts anew, with deference to the established, but with eyes toward the future.

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The Rug Show New York 2017

The Rug Show proved to be successful as it too appears to be at a crossroads betwixt tradition and the future. The show once again did indeed set new records for the number of exhibitors, arguably making it the ‘best one yet’ but the accolade is not awarded on numbers alone. The show and it’s organizers certainly hit the best mark by broadening the exhibitor base to include numerous foreign brands and manufacturers, many of whom may not have been welcomed under a more strict manufacturer-importer-retailer arrangement as was more indicative of trade shows of the past, e.g. Kirkit, Bereket, Yilong Carpet, and Yerra. As the market has increasingly seen buyers from furniture stores, mixed flooring shops, and speciality rug retailers pursue direct importing arrangements in order to bolster their bottom line, The Rug Show seems to be wisely — if not also selectively and slowly — moving with the market instead of lamenting the erosion of more orthodox distribution models.

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The Rug Show to Debut at Fall High Point Market

the rug show at highpointHIGH POINT, N.C. — The Rug Show, a non-profit industry association of producers, importers and wholesalers, is bringing a 10-company collection of rugs to the Top Floor of Suites at Market Square for Fall High Point Market, Oct. 14-18.

“This year, the Rug Show will join High Point Market for the first time,” said Ramin Mobayen, a representative of The Rug Show. “We will be located on the top floor of The Suites at Market Square and proudly showcasing some of our most prestigious exhibitors.”

Mobayen said that a range of high-end area rugs will be showcased at market, and various price points and design aesthetics will be featured. Exhibitors for the 2017 Rug Show High Point Market debut include: The New England Collection, Anadol Rugs, Caravan Rug Corporation, H.O.C Design, Lapchi Rug Design Studio, Looms Of Persia, The Tibet Rug Company, Zollanvari, Rug and Kilim and Mobayen Rugs.

“Our national Rug Show brings together under one roof as great a number as possible of the wholesalers and buyers in the trade,” Mobayen said. “Our show is run by the actual exhibiting members in an open, communal manner so as to create the best purchasing environment for our industry’s customers. And by pooling our resources, we’re able to achieve superior service as well as dramatically more efficient cost structures for the management of these shows.”

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Surya's Fall High Point Market Educational and Entertaining Events

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CARTERSVILLE, GA — Surya continues its tradition of presenting events where High Point Market attendees can expand their industry knowledge and network with peers and influencers over daily complimentary catered meals, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at Showplace 4100.

“Every year, we set out to host events that engage market attendees in insightful discussions about topics that impact their businesses and the overall design community,” said Satya Tiwari, president of Surya. “This year, we are excited to not only bring the discerning business mind of designer Denise McGaha to the Surya showroom, but also present our own original CEU course that will uncover interesting and useful facts about area rugs.”

The events hosted by Surya are as follows:

The Guide to Area Rugs (0.1 CEU)
Saturday, October 14 from 2-3 p.m.

Surya's first-ever CEU course will survey uses of area rugs throughout the world and history, from thousands of years ago to today. The demonstration of materials, fabrication and application practices will improve designers’ ability to provide informed style solutions for clients.

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Feizy Partners With Technology Provider, MicroD, on a Rug Visualization Tool to Enhance Dealer Websites And Engage Online Shoppers

Feizy Partners with MicroD

DALLAS, TX — Long-time rug designer, manufacturer, and leader in the home furnishings industry, Feizy, has partnered with online solutions leader, MicroD LLC, on a new digital merchandising program for dealers. The integration of the “Accessorize” catalog component paired with the “Build Your Brand” manufacturer landing page, is aimed at promoting corporate and retail brands, while enhancing the online buying experience for shoppers.

Available on the OmniVue website platform by MicroD, the Feizy Catalog Program is a merchandising tool that gives dealers the ability to showcase all Feizy catalog items online without increasing in-store inventory. Dealers that join the program will have access to a dedicated brand landing page to highlight Feizy products and tell their craftsmanship story. Using the “Accessorize” feature, online shoppers can then select a Feizy rug and virtually place it beneath a furniture piece to visualize and coordinate with their other items before purchasing.

“Feizy is known for their quality craftsmanship and high-end designs and their rugs require the best solution to represent their brand,” stated Richard Sexton, Chief Product Officer at MicroD. “MicroD is uniquely qualified to move Feizy into the online marketplace with our partnership. Our robust platform and visualization capabilities will allow their dealers to showcase these beautiful rugs in the best manner possible on the digital landscape.”

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AmericasMart® Atlanta Readies for January 2018 Market

logo amc 2ATLANTA, GA – When the global buying community convenes at AmericasMart® Atlanta beginning January 9, The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® sets the 2018 wholesale trading year in motion with the world’s single-largest product mix fueling business growth in the show’s 61st consecutive year of continuous Portman Family ownership and management. The Market will create an international population of retailers, designers, specifiers, online merchants, trend setters, tastemakers and high-profile buying groups from more than 70 countries and every U.S. state—all together, all to discover what is new and next across the home furnishings, gift and fashion landscape.

“The Atlanta January Market experience is cultivated and curated to inspire wonderment and invite discovery,” notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., AmericasMart vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. “From the innovation continuum comes an endless progression of new ideas, new business concepts and new product creations. We believe AmericasMart in January is the first and best source and stage for innovation discoveries,” Portman adds.

January Market buyers will find new product destinations, new and expanded showrooms and trend-driven temporary collections, yielding a comprehensive marketplace that inspires new and longtime attendees alike. Setting the January 2018 bar for new product resources is Building 2’s reimagined Floor 10, where Creative Co-Op unveils a dramatically expanded showroom to create one of AmericasMart’s largest exhibitor footprints.Trend-leading designers and retailers gather to network, connect with thought leaders and source product from the industry’s top home furnishing, décor and rug purveyors in Building 2, home to AmericasMart’s unmatched Gift, Tabletop, Gourmet, Housewares and The Gardens® collections, brims with trendsetting product.

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Feizy Introduces New Collections, Promotions and a Designer Event and Expanded Space in High Point

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Design shown is from Feizy's new Bethania Collection

DALLAS, TX — Feizy looks forward to Fall 2017 High Point Market with an expansion directly across the hall from its permanent showroom in Market Square, Suite 145. The extra space, Suite 142 will give Feizy the opportunity to showcase a larger sampling of exquisite rugs including One-of-a-Kind (OAK) designs.

“Feizy is always focused on our mission of putting our customers first,” said Cameron Feizy, Principal. “We want to ensure that our products and programs, including our new collections, our OAKs, and lucrative promotions for High Point, continue to grow their businesses and set them apart from the crowd.”

One-of-a-Kind (OAK)
Feizy produces and procures some of the world’s most ornate and striking one-of-a-kind rugs. Sometimes taking four artisans as long as six months, working side-by-side, to create one piece, each rug is a treasured piece of art. Feizy will feature an extended and assorted collection of these rare, one-of-a-kind rugs at High Point Market, centered around five dynamic design themes: Kasbah (Moroccan-inspired, tone on tone and geometric designs), Luxe (Silk, Wools and other high-quality materials), Modern (Contemporary designs with on-trend colors and patterns), Prismatic (Explosion of color, kaleidoscopic and over-dyed designs) and Timeless (Traditional colors, patterns and authentic old-world designs). Feizy’s OAK collection offers customers the ability to differentiate themselves as a unique market resource with access to an extraordinary selection of over 100,000 unique rugs in stock and an unmatched selection of new, semi-antique and antique designs.

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