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RUG VENDORS ARE SET TO THROW OPEN their showroom doors and unveil hundreds of new collections, expanded lines and one-of-a-kinds this week at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market.

Attendees will find a plethora of new transitional collections bearing colors and designs meant to blend with current decor and with price points meant to fit every budget. Companies will also be showing new traditional designs, often constructed to have an antique look or reinterpreted with trendy colors.

Attendees should keep their eyes peeled for the many introductions born of collaborations between rug companies and noted designers. Famed interior designers and home furnishings designers have lent their signature styles--and names--to collections from several vendors.

Here is a sampling of new product being shown this week:

828 INTERNATIONAL is offering new collections to meet various tastes and home decor using kaleidoscopic symmetry in one collection and an eclectic mix of styles in another. Its power-loomed, polypropylene Athena Collection features a kaleidoscope of design arranged across solid-colored fields in many colorways.

The Bellwood Collection is a patchworklike presentation of transitional designs. Florals, blocks of color and wide stripes of complementary hues create unified pieces in what the company describes as "edgy" color palettes--rosy corals with eggplant and coffee, golden browns with pastel blue, and shades of amber with ivory. The collection is hand-tufted of 100-percent wool.

CAPEL RUGS will debut a new collection of flat-woven kelims in January, along with additions to its popular Tempo collection.

Cheyenne is a collection of flat-woven rugs in vibrant earth tones patterned in Native American-inspired prints, reminiscent of ancient beading and artwork. They are made in India of 100 percent wool, and a 5-by-8 rug retails for $589.

Tempo boasts a muted color palette and traditional designs with strong transitional influences. It is hand-tufted in India of 100-percent New Zealand wool and is now available in the three modern colorways of bullion, pewter and ash. A 5-by-8 rug runs $819.

COURISTAN is infusing its assortment of handmade and power-loomed rugs with a modern aesthetic in many new designs inspired by classic rock-and-roll fashion. Its Scintilla Collection is the company's new take on the shag. Couristan adds a subtle shimmer to the fluffy pile, while the Solstice Collection is designed to bring "bling" to its indoor/outdoor segment. Both are made of a blend of Lurex and Courtron polypropylene that gives the rugs their shimmer.

The company will also debut additions to its handmade Kenya and Super Indo-Colors collections. Kenya's Tunisian Sands and Rift Valley designs blend leather accents and New Zealand Wool in a textured, semi-twisted cut-pile rug. The 5-by-8 rug retails for $599. Couristan expanded Super Indo-Colors with new designs in extra-heavy, 100-percent wool pile in rich color palettes achieved with a colorfast chrome dye process.

DYNAMIC RUGS said the highlight of its 2009 introductions will be its Varanasi Collection, for which the company uses what it calls a unique hand-tufting technique to replicate the look and feel of an Anatolian sumak rug. The collection is constructed of a blend of Argentinian and Indian wool that is semi-twisted and dyed to give an abrash effect. It features both transitional and traditional patterns in soft colors.

The company will also show its new Shag collection, hand-tufted in India of polyester in bright colors, designed to be reminiscent of the 1970s-era shag. The collection includes three looks--fur, leather strips and a traditional 1970s-inspired construction.

EBISONS HAROUNIAN IMPORTS' showroom visitors can expect a cross-section of its traditionally inspired area-rug program and one-of-a-kinds hailing from around the world--India, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Nepal and Iran.



Ebisons recreates classic, traditional pieces with several of its offerings. Kabul is a collection of replicas of 19th-century Turkish carpets handmade with hand-spun over-twisted yarn and vegetable-dyed. The company describes its Oushak rug as a realistic adaptation of 18th- and 19th-century originals, also vegetable-dyed and made of wool.

Ebisons' Ghazni is a collection of handmade wool rugs from India, in hard-to-find colors with an antique patina. Turbo is a collection of Tibetan-weave, borderless rugs in contemporary motifs available in spice red and gold colors.

FEIZY is focusing on luxury this January with several new designs and collections. The Amzad Collection, a collaboration with designer Tracy Porter, features traditional damask, floral and panel designs stylized and woven in an updated palette of warm spice tones and cool blues and grays.

The company is also debuting several collections in its fine rug business, including Bandu, with intricate traditional designs hand-knotted with a fresh color palette and antique patina, and Asali, a collection of hand-knotted Indo-Pakistani designs in closely shorn wool.

HAROUNIAN RUGS INTERNATIONAL is coming to market with new transitional designs featuring earthy hues and other colors aimed at today's consumers and decor trends.

The company will debut new transitional, tone-on-tone collections this winter. Manchester is a new collection of hand-knotted, 100-percent wool rugs made in India, donning transitional design in several on-trend colors. The 6-by-9 retails for $1,099.

Grand Splendor is a collection of 100-percent wool rugs, also featuring transitional and botanical designs, at slightly higher price points. The 6-by-9 retails for $1599.

JAIPUR'S new collections will include one of its latest tufted collections, "blue," inspired by ethnic chic textiles and Indian spice colors. The collection is characterized by its sharp colors, modern designs, carved texture and interspersed silk, while the company's Blue Ridge is a collection of solid-colored, durable and casual rugs meant to add warmth, comfort and a splash of a color to a room. Both collections are made in India.

JAUNTY is updating its latest collections with new colors for the winter market. The company has added ivory and fern to Riviera, a collection of hand-tufted rugs of 100 percent wool and mercerized cotton from India. The transitional Lhasa Collection debuted last fall in earth tones-spice and earth; Jaunty unveils pastel and ocean colors in this collection in January.

Impressions, a floral transitional hand-tufted wool collection, can now be seen in black, and Jaunty's Capistrano and Coliseum collections, also boast new colors---brick and midnight, respectively,

KALATY is going borderless with its Terrazzo Collection, a group of densely woven, borderless rugs featuring floral motifs. Kalaty's Ariel Kalaty said the Terrazzo collection offers a fresh design perspective for both modernists and traditionalists alike. The new collection is hand-tufted from 100-percent hard-twist wool and treated with a special wash to create a vintage look and feel.

The company will also debut a new licensed rug collection, Carol Bolton Vintage Rugs for E.J. Victor. The collection is meant to bring furniture, fabric and lighting designer Carol Bolton's signature timeworn, vintage style to the rug market. The rugs will be handcrafted of 100-percent, handspun wool.



KALEEN will start the year off with several new collections and expanded product lines. Among them is Mallard Creek, a collection of flat-woven rugs conveying the feel and look of a sumak, with about 10 simple, transitional designs in earthy colors that are easy to decorate around.

The Magi Collection features twisted hand-tufted wool with bold floral designs that bleed off the edge for a more spacious feel, and the new Kanha Collection comprises 10 animal-friendly skin designs with a tribal feel.

Kaleen will also unveil new accent and scatter rugs from Paula Deen. They are described as fun and whimsical with bright, vibrant colors. The rugs are designed for use in kitchen, bathrooms and more public spaces.

KARASTAN is going for casual and informal elegance with many of its new collections. Its Carriage House Collection from Studio is a trio of traditional and classic designs that "bring formal elegance down to earth," the company said. Soothing colors create a relaxed ambience, and versatile designs complete the package meant to fit seamlessly into today's home interiors.

Karastan's new Wildflowers from the Studio is a handcrafted transitional collection, featuring a floral pattern carved in a cut-and-loop surface of soft terra-cotta, hemp and butterscotch colors.

KAS RUGS is emphasizing good price points and casual, relaxed looks, as well as dynamic texture this winter. The company Hill debut Delmar, a hand-loomed wool collection fitting the casual contemporary bill.

It will update its Signature collection with several hand-tufted, hand-carved designs and its machine-made Legacy collection, with new space-dyed polyacrylic in on-trend colors with contemporary, transitional-floral and traditional looks. But naturalists may be drawn to Kas' Natura, a collection of non-dyed rugs in various colors of natural wool.

LOLOI is set to debut and expand several collections in both traditional and transitional styles. Its newest traditional collection from India is Elmwood, described as soft and plush, hand-tufted in neutral colors with 100-percent wool.

Illusion is one of the company's latest transitional offerings. The collection, from Egypt, features bold colors with highlights and is power-loomed of chenille/viscose.

Two other collections Loloi Hill show this winter are shags. Linden is a handmade polyester collection, featuring a thick pile of bold color. It comes in eight colorways and three sizes. The handcrafted Dion Collection features long strands woven along with shorter twists of complimentary colors and comes in four colorways.

MEGERIAN RUGS Hill introduce collection expansions that bring modern sensibilities to classic, traditional design.

The Mamluk Collection has been infused with new designs and colors, such as vibrant blues, greens and caramels. The collection is hand-knotted in Egypt of 100 percent wool.

Megerian's updated Oushak Collection features a geometric motif in subtle colors. The rugs are also notable for their organically based and eco-friendly construction. The company will also show the Barry Dixon Designs For Living, a signature area rug and home furnishings collection focused on environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and dyes.

MOMENI is set to unveil several new collections and additions in its new expanded showroom, including one collection devoted to children's decor.

The 'Lil Mo collection of children's rugs includes styles for all ages from infants to tweens, and comes in a variety of qualities like hand-hooked and hand-tufted.

The company Hill also debut additions to its Allure, Jolie and New Wave collections, as well as one-of-a-kind imports it has culled from recent trips overseas.

NOURISON will bring to this market new collections and additions to existing ones that span an array of price ranges, styles, designs, colors and constructions. The designs in the Cambridge Collection go from traditional to transitional. The collection is machine-made of polyacrylic and the transitional designs are hand-carved, adding an extra dimension of texture. The suggested retail price for a 5-by-7 is $299.

Edging over to the higher end of the price range, Nourison's new Legend Collection rugs are hand knotted of wool, boasting a short fringe--the company's signature "abrash" finish giving the rugs an antique look. The 5-by-8 retails for $1,850. The company is also expanding its strong Nourison 2000 collection with new designs and introducing Next Generation Nourison Series 3000 rugs featuring Persian motifs, hand-carved and intricately woven with "generous portions of pure silk." Suggested retail for the 5-by-8 is $2,799.

RIZZY RUGS said it's responding to tough economic times and dealers' request for high-quality rugs that are handmade but available at machine-made prices with its Volarey collection. Rizzy said it has recreated some of its "best designs"--both transitional and contemporary--in this comfortably priced collection. Hand-tufted of wool, the rug retails at $199 for a 5-by-7.

The company's new Destiny Collection is another budget-friendly offering that boasts sophisticated transitional designs in trend colors and is hand-tufted of hard-twisted wool. The suggested retail price for the 5-by-8 is $369.

SAFAVIEH'S new collections bring to market a global sampling of colors and motifs. It revives classic American West designs and images with the debut of the Southwestern Collection. It includes six designs inspired by natural patterns in desert clay, Native American weavings and Adobe line drawings.

The company's Asian Fusion Collection features Asian-inspired color in ancient motifs stylized for contemporary tastes, and Martha Stewart's new Fern Row pattern is inspired by the designer's collection of heirloom English porcelain serveware.

Safavieh also debuts its licensed rug collections under its new designer brand, Safavieh Couture. Couture will feature pieces by famed designers Jamie Drake, David Easton and Suzanne Kasler.

SHAW LIVING marks its re-entry into wool this winter market with its debut of Arabesque, a premier, New Zealand wool collection. The designs are antique-inspired and hand-knotted with a subtle patina created by a gentle abrash of color.

The company will also debut a new collection born of its partnership with Kathy Ireland, Ohana Paradise. It's a collection of coastal-themed rugs in warm, earthy colors depicting nautical seascapes, beach stripes, tonal shells, sailing graphics, exotic palms, island flowers and animal prints. Shaw has also partnered with Angela Adams to bring a Maine-inspired, coastal-themed collection of contemporary style rugs.

SPHINX BY ORIENTAL WEAVERS debuts its Supremacy collection this January. It is machine-made in Egypt of a polypropylene and acrylic blend. The collections puts to use the company's own weaving technology intended to create unique texture and detailing. The assortment will include a selection of traditional and transitional patterns in trend-setting colors.


The company will also expand upon several lines, including Nadira, a collection of traditional Persian designs in today's colors, and Amherst, a collection of both transitional and traditional designs hand-tufted of wool.

SURYA continues to expand its program with additions to its own collections, several licensee collections and its home decor accessories business.

The company is expanding its coordinating home accessory program featuring sets of rugs, pillows, throws, wall art and lighting. Individual pieces within the coordinated set will be supported with a full-color, point-of-sale marketing hangtag displaying the total vignette.


Market attendees will also get to Surya's latest area rug collections, such as its Candice Olson collection, with 18 designs reflecting the famed designer's signature style, and its Smithsonian Collection, a result of its collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, comprised of 12 hand-tufted, 100-percent-wool rugs made in India, along with coordinated giclee printed wall art.

Other collections on view will be the company's Eco Collection of all-natural un-dyed wool rugs; Concepts Collection, machine-made of polypropylene shags in pale blue, rust, deep brown and ivory; and Charleston, a budget-friendly and ruggedly durable collection of machine-made polypropylene rugs in rich earth tones and black to complement any decor.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Jan 5, 2009
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