Rug offerings embrace color, design and texture at High Point Market
Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, October 21, 2013
HIGH POINT - Color, design and texture are kings of the rug world at this week's High Point Market.
Rug vendors say that as the market gets underway in earnest, they expect buyers to head toward hues, dig design and flip over feel.
For many, the move toward color isn't surprising.
"After a third year of furniture and textile trends focused on neutrals - distressed, whitewashed woods and tones of gray, taupe and beige - we find that buyers are now looking for color. Buyers and designers alike see that integrating color can instantly modernize a space," said David Abecassis, a principal of SAMS International, which shows at Showplace 3600. "Gray and ivory have been replaced by pops of fuchsia, citron and navy blue, a shift that has been very exciting to us."
Manufacturers are putting their best feet forward this week in hopes of ending a solid 2013 on a positive note.
"We've got a ton of exciting new product introductions this market and we think the reaction will be overwhelmingly positive," said Cyrus Loloi, a principal of Loloi Rugs, showing in the International Home Furnishings Center, D-320.
"Specifically, we're introducing pillows for the first time ever. We're also introducing the Kensington Collection designed by our new licensed partner, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, as well as the introducing of the Palm Springs Collection, an indoor/outdoor collection designed by Dann Foley," Loloi said. "On top of all of this, we'll have seven new indoor/outdoor collections - some of which are already in stock."
A number of other traditional rug companies also are branching out into other avenues this market. Already with a presence in pillows, poufs and wall art, Surya, showing in Showplace 4100, is venturing into lamps and mirrors.
Bright colored rugs are on display in SAMS International’s Showplace 3600 showroom this week.
Capel Rugs, showing at Market Square 112, is introducing rugs from its new partnership with Hable Construction for the first time, as well as expanded offerings from Kevin O'Brien.
Mark Ferullo, vice president of RizTex USA, parent company of Rizzy Home, said the company anticipates this market being one of the largest in years.
"We have big expectations for this market. Appointments look like the strongest yet," Ferullo said. "Word of mouth between retailers is really helping us. Success stories among the Top 100s are being shared and we're getting referrals. They trust themselves more than we know."
Asha Chaudhary, president of Jaipur Rugs, showing at Showplace 3300, said there's a distinct difference in the buying patterns of retailers and designers, but the company has plenty of offerings this market to satisfy their needs.
"Buyers are gravitating to a lot of our hand-tufted rugs that have a lot of style, texture, and depth of color, which gives them a higher-end look for a lower price point. Designers seem to be gravitating to our new Scandinavia collection with its fashion leaning to the casual and sophisticated," she said. "Designers also love our better quality hand-knotted pieces. We have such a strong stance in the hand-knotted arena which allows for great style and great pricing in a modern fashion, which isn't typical of hand-knotted pieces."
Wendy Reiss, vice president of key accounts for Kas, said she expects buyers to gravitate toward geometrics and new twists on tribal and traditional patterns. Reiss said she loves High Point for the opportunity to scout what's going on in other categories and apply it to rugs.
"We are always working on new designs, trends, and patterns and this market - and the spring markets that follow - will be no exception," Reiss said.
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