Colors: Orange Color

Following pandemic-related postponements, The Rug Show returns to the East Coast at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on February 16-18, 2022. As a premier industry fair, The Rug Show offers attendees a place to buy new products, meet new rug makers, learn and build connections through networking.

In an industry where the rectangle reigns supreme, is there room to invite some diversity of form? From lavish ovals such as the memphis-inspired Kolb by Hommés Studio to freeform flowers fresh from Inigo Elizalde there is much more to explore. Whether traditional round, runner, crescent, geometric or purely abstract, these trending silhouettes aren’t just trying to fit in!

“There are not many original shapes or silhouettes— only a million variations.“ ~ CHARLE JAMES

­­The women in top executive posts within the area rug industry make up a small but mighty group. A historically male-dominated field across domestic manufacturing to importing firms alike, our industry has been slow to promote female leadership into the C-suite.

Sadly, we’re not alone.

Female participation in the workforce hit its lowest rate this year since 1988 due in part to the pandemic. In the U.S., COVID-19’s impacts translated to five million-plus women pushed from their jobs.

Antique Persian Lavar, Kerman-Shah & Kerman Rugs

There are endless debates among vendors, collectors and enthusiasts of vintage and antique rugs as to which of these styles is the best. We have discussed in previous issues the differences in the fineness of the weave of a rug, with some defining fineness based on weave density, others defining it based on intricacy of design, and yet others defining based on the unique artistry of a given carpet. Thus, there are many different opinions as to which antique rug style can definitively be called the finest.

Interior designers talk about rug trends and explain how manufacturers can better help designers with rug needs.

There are rug people—those who love funky designs and bright colors—and then there are not rug people—people who enjoy a simple, solid design with a nice border. But regardless of the person, rugs have graduated from simply being an accent to being a full-on statement piece in most people’s homes; They change the entire look of a room.

Area Rug exhibitors are moving into new showrooms and displaying tons of fresh product at the fall High Point Market.

The last High Point Market came at the perfect time—right as the CDC lifted mask requirements. But masks or not, everyone knew it would be a successful market.

Even though COVID-19 restrictions are tightening across the country, the rug industry is still looking forward to a stellar fall show. There’s sure to be plenty of introductions on tap, and even new showrooms as rug exhibitors expand their offerings and aim to reach new customers.

out·spo·ken  /ˌoutˈspōkən/
direct and open in speech or expression

Launched in April 2020, the inspirational hair-on-hide artistic rugs of Be OUTSPOKEN gained fast recognition—garnering five coveted home decor awards. This fall in High Point, the company will debut a special edition monochromatic series for its CHOOSE TO SHINE signature art design. Gold hues to warm light browns were created in custom pigments specifically for the colorway of the hide.

In June, Tamarian Rugs left its temporary space at the Suites at Market Square and moved into its new showroom on East Russell Street. At the fall market, Ned Baker, key account manager of Tamarian, says the company will still view it as a grand opening. While no grand opening event is planned at the time of this writing, Baker says to keep an eye out as we get closer to market.