Reflecting over the past 60 years in the area rug industry, Harounian Rugs International (HRI), one of the leading manufacturers of premium quality rugs and floor coverings, continues to be a leading force in the industry. Under the leadership of its founder, David Harounian, a pioneer in the area rug business, HRI has an extensive global client base, including many of the world's largest celebrated retailers and designers.
"HRI is truly one of the most respected and successful organizations of its kind with a long and rich history dating back to the industry’s nascency," says Harounian. "In 1963, the Oriental Rug Industry was a small industry, and the rug business was in the hands of only a few major importers as well as wholesalers. Most rugs were imported from Iran at that time. As the industry gradually evolved and more importers came into the picture, imports from Iran, India, Pakistan, China, and Romania became the main sources of production.
"The Oriental Rug Importers Association was established by several Industry leaders whose mission was to foster ethical business practices and promote the best interests of ORIA in the United States. The industry was in the hands of a few capable importers who had great foresight and took the industry to the next level, where it is today," adds Harounian.
In 1996, after having served as the Vice president of the association, Harounian had the privilege of being elected to its presidency. At that time, the presidency was limited to only 2 years, but since the association had unfinished industry responsibilities, its by-laws were changed so that Mr. Harounian could subsequently serve for an additional 2-year term, which was unprecedented.
During his tenure as ORIA president, David, along with his brother Lee Harounian, had the privilege of establishing schools and healthcare centers in the rug-weaving belts of India and Pakistan. These were mainly created for children of the rug weavers who otherwise would not have had many educational opportunities. Several other industry members, including AmericaMart Atlanta, followed suit in further establishing schools and care centers, many of which are still serving these communities to this day.
Harounian has received numerous industry recognitions and awards, as well as humanitarian awards and others. In 2012 he was honored as the recipient of AmericasMart's highest award, the "AmericasMart President's Award”, in recognition of his superior accomplishments in the international rug and home industry.
Today, HRI has showrooms in Las Vegas and High Point Markets along with headquarters in New York City. The company will also exhibit at the Cover Connect New York 2023, September 9-11, at The Altman Building, Booth A03.