INDIAN EXHIBIT BRINGS CULTURAL ELEMENT TO ATLANTA MARKET.
Space 4B1 in AmericasMart Atlanta will host "Images of India," an exhibit of more than 100 exclusive handmade rugs celebrating 5,000 years of the country's artistic heritage. Top designers from India's National Institute of Fashion Technology were commissioned to create patterns based on Rag-Ragini paintings, Kundan jewelry, Indian folk art, Islamic architecture, Jamdani textile designs and other authentic Indian motifs. The rugs were then woven by about 40 Indian rug manufacturers and will be imported by about 10 U.S. area rug distributors. AmericasMart donated the space for the exhibit.
Sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of India's development commissioner (handicrafts) in the Ministry of Textiles, the exhibit also offers attendees the unique opportunity to see three master weavers from India hand-knot a 9-by-12 carpet on a loom weighing about 5,000 pounds.
"It is magnificent to see how this carpet is made," said Nasser Rahmanan, president of Masterlooms.
Masterlooms will show 16 designs at the exhibit. "The UNDP is a program that helps countries uplift their industries," Rahmanan said. "They're in India in a big way."
Other importers involved in the exhibit include Dilmaghani, Ebisons Harounian Imports, Jerry H. Aziz, Lofty & Sons, MER and Momeni.
The rugs are available for purchase and include hand-tufted as well as hand-knotted constructions. "It's very exciting and it's going to attract a lot of people to it," Rahmanan said. "This exhibition recaptures and exposes the beauty and richness of ancient Indian designs, many of which have been lost for centuries. It is also the birth of an area rug style that was previously untouched by India's outstanding rug-making artisans."
A reception for the exhibit will be held July 20 in the 4B1 showroom from 5 to 7 p.m. Expected guests include Kuldip R. Warral, chairman of the Carpet Export Promotion Council, and several dignitaries from the Government of India: Kashiram Rana, minister of state for textiles; Lalit Mansingh, ambassador to the United States; Vinod Malhotra, national consultant for the United Nations Development Program; and Tinoo Joshi, development commissioner (handicrafts) and ex-officio joint secretary of the Ministry of Textiles.
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|Publication:||HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network|
|Date:||Jul 9, 2001|
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