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USA division of global operation celebrates ongoing legacy as area rug industry’s key resource

This year marks a major milestone for not just one company but the global rug industry as a whole. Oriental Weavers USA is turning 35, and this domestic division of its Egypt-based parent has much to celebrate about its role and relevance over the past three and a half decades—and counting.

There is poetry in knots. A thread that connects us from material, to color, to form. The right rug stirs the subconscious. You almost don’t know why you love it, you just do. Rugs call to artistic souls who hunger for beauty. Jane Rohr is one such soul. As co-owner of the Scarab in Minturn, Colorado, Jane has made her life in the rug world. She’s organically intertwined art, craft, and commerce, resulting in a thriving business that commands a loyal following.

PLAY BALL! (or tennis or golf or go cycling…) With outdoor sports and the Paris Olympics on millions of minds around the world this summer, it is no accident that Kalaty also has sports in mind as the company brings exciting new additions to its highly energetic artist-designed SPORTSGLYPHS rug collection at the summer Las Vegas market. 

Like some of the best in the business, Oriental Designer Rugs had humble beginnings. The Golchha family started the company out of a modest 600-square-foot space in Manhattan in 1984, and since then they have grown the company to be a powerhouse in the rug industry.

What’s Hot this Summer in the New York City Area Rug Sector? Summer brings with it many things.  For most people, it’s the time when kids are off from school, and it’s time to head off to the beach, to the park, to vacation, or to otherwise rest, relax, and soak up the summertime sun.  New York City, however, being the ‘city that never sleeps,’ is also the city that keeps busy during the summer months, with plenty of red-hot activities taking place in the area rug sector, including trendy items, care and cleaning, exciting trade shows, and more.

WHAT’S TRENDING: THE TRENDINESS OF THE ANTIQUE TAPESTRY

One of the items that is trending the most at this time is the antique tapestry.  Per our InAntiques article elsewhere in this issue, the antique tapestry was the ultimate luxury item and status symbol of European royalty in the 15th - 18th centuries, adorning the castle walls of kings, dukes, and the elite, and being woven at the ateliers of some of the finest artists of the era.  These antique tapestries have been rediscovered by present-day interior designers, decorators, shelter magazines, and social media influencers, and have reemerged as the hottest ‘new’ trend in wall decor.

For the biggest and best selection of antique tapestries in various sizes, styles, and price points, visit Persian Gallery New York’s user-friendly website at www.pgny.com.

SUMMERTIME ACTIVITY: RUG CARE, CLEANING & APPRAISALS 

The Spring season is known for people doing a thorough Spring Cleaning of their homes. Increasingly, that Spring Cleaning is followed up in the Summer season by people tending to their area rugs, including addressing their rug care, cleaning, and appraisal needs. 

Whether it is because people will be on vacation, and want their valuable vintage and antique rugs attended to during their absence, or whether their Spring Cleaning activities put rug care needs at the forefront of their minds, Summer is becoming the new big season for people’s care and cleaning needs.

Some clients request that their rugs receive a thorough washing and cleaning, perhaps with the sense that if they, themselves will be taking a dip in the pool, then their rugs should also take a dip in a pool of sudsy water for a deep cleaning!

Others will want their rugs restored or repaired, or in some cases, treated for moth damage, as moths tend to be more active in the hot, humid time frame of the Summer season.

In other cases, people might be moving from one place to another, or dealing with settling the needs of their family’s estate, or for a variety of other reasons, might need to have appraisals and valuations performed for their collection of rugs. 

Per our recent articles in Rug Insider covering all of these topics, with Rug Care and Cleaning discussed in the Spring 2024 issue, and with valuations and appraisals discussed in the Winter 2024 issue, you can reach out with your rug care, cleaning, appraisal, and valuation needs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we’ll be happy to assist you!

MEN ON THE MOVE

As referenced above, many people make their moves in the summertime, moving from an apartment to a house, a house to another house, or whatever the case might be.  This is also the case in the New York/New Jersey area rug trade, with several rug vendors moving from one place to another in these months.  We’ll check back in with a roundup of who moved where in a future Rug Insider article!

HOME DECOR TRADE SHOWS: ICFF, WANTED x DESIGN, NY NOW, BDNY

In the New York/New Jersey area rug trade, the biggest trade shows of the year come in the Fall, kicking off the Fall season, and the unofficial start of a ‘new year’ of product introductions, showroom openings, and other industry news and events.

The two big Fall trade shows for the rug trade are The Rug Show, taking place in the Meadowlands Expo Center in New Jersey, and Cover Connect taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.  These two rug-specific industry shows take place in early September, and the anticipation is growing for both events, with Rug Insider coverage also coming up soon!

Before we get to these two rug-only trade shows, though, numerous well-known area rug vendors are exhibiting their latest introductions in two other red hot trade shows in New York City, notably the industry fairs, ICFF and NY NOW.  These two home decor industry shows take place at different points during the summer months, starting with ICFF.

The first of these shows, ICFF, or the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, has already kicked off the Summer season early, taking place in mid-May at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  This year’s event featured vendors from many categories, including indoor and outdoor furniture, kitchen appliances, fireplaces, water features, lighting, and other home decor categories. 

In the area rug category, ICFF was highlighted by the dazzling displays of such area rug standouts as Warp & Weft, Nasiri, Apadana, Rug & Kilim, Marc Phillips, JD Staron, Tibetano, Liora Manne, Wendy Morrison Design, and more.  Of these rug stalwarts, Warp & Weft, Apadana, and Liora Manne all picked up awards during ICFF 2024! 

At the other end of the Summer season is NY NOW, also at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, but running from August 4th - 7th, in the final month of summertime.   Like ICFF, NY NOW also features a wide array of interior decor products, including home furnishings, lighting, kitchen and bath products, and rugs, but also includes dozens of other vendors specializing in gifts and novelties, and even more categories. 

As of this writing, it has not yet been published as to which area rug dealers will be participating in NY NOW, but based on past years, some of the names mentioned above from ICFF are highly likely to be there, and what will be there for sure, will be the biggest trade show buzz of August, before we get to the main event of the rug trade’s Fall Markets!  We look forward to seeing you all there!

We’ve been hearing about “green” products and practices for years now. With rugs and carpets, environmental awareness has evolved to encompass broad concerns. Today, they’re created with consideration for not only content and production, but also benefits to humanity.

In the Summer 2024 issue of RUG INSIDER, we discussed the sustainability in the world of area rugs, and the idea of “Going Green.” For the portion of the rug industry that is focused on modern and contemporary rugs, being green and sustainable generally means being eco-friendly, and transitioning from the usage of synthetic materials, such as viscose and polypropylene, to more natural materials, including wool, cotton, and silk. Similarly, it marks a process of “going green,” and a transition from synthetic dyes to natural dyes, decreasing environmental impact.

Exquisite Rugs lands a deal with the Smithsonian and will unveil lines inspired by the historic museum’s artifacts at the upcoming High Point Market. It’s a great honor to be chosen to collaborate with the Metropolitan Museum Of Art on a rug collection, which makes it even more impressive that Exquisite Rugs has also been picked as a collaborator by the esteemed Smithsonian Institution.