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FROM THE RUNWAY TO RUGS: PRETTY AND PINK HOLDS SWAY.

NEW YORK-It wasn't long ago that the women's apparel industry was buzzing about the return to everything pretty, from ruffles to lace to puffed-up sleeves.

Rug suppliers have responded with soft floral designs and cheery palettes for the January market.

Seville, a new design from Capel, features rose bouquets in three palatable color ways: kiwi, cream and daiquiri.

Small tropical birds and butterflies hide among the bright pink and blue flowers in Flower Vines, a new petit point wool style from The Rug Market. Flower Vines retails for $299 for a 6-by-9.

In Bellingrad, a new design from Oriental Weavers of America's Vintage collection by Raymond Waites, opulent floral arrangements pour out of urns on a background that comes in navy, wine or ivory. Machine-woven of heat-set olefin, Bellingrad retails for $299 for a 6-by-9.

Laguna Beach from MER's Flores Collection features a field of blossoms in a quiet palette of lilac, pink and yellow. The cotton petit point rug retails for $399 for a 5-by-8.

Many of these styles take their inspiration from antique rugs and tapestries, such as those offered in Atlanta by Chaman Antique Rug Gallery.

On the lighter side, Homefires, a division of Cresc Corp., appeals to women's sense of humor with Working Girl, by licensed artist Cynthia MacCollum. High-heeled shoes, lipstick, a coffee mug and a telephone are scattered across the field of this hand-hooked wool rug, reflecting the hectic lives of today's women. Available in sizes ranging from a 2-by-3 to a 5-by-8, Working Girl will retail for approximately $320 in the largest size.
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Title Annotation:rug and carpet designs
Comment:FROM THE RUNWAY TO RUGS: PRETTY AND PINK HOLDS SWAY.(rug and carpet designs)
Author:Honores, Crystal
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 14, 2002
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