What’s New at the Atlanta Rug Show
By Staff -- Home Textiles Today, 1/16/2006 12:00:00 AM
828 INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO.
828 International is introducing two collections — Greenville and Focus — which answer different design, construction and fiber needs at competitive price points.
The Greenville collection is a series of rugs featuring traditional patterns in warm colors. Each rug is power-loomed of heat-set polypropylene and has a soft hand. The collection comes in a full range of sizes; a 5 by 8 will retail for $299.
Focus rugs are hand-tufted of wool in contemporary, artistic patterns enhanced with hand-carved accents. The designs are made in a range of colors, from muted to bold. Focus comes in three area rug sizes, with the 5 by 8 set at $299.
Balta has developed a broad collection of Southwest-inspired rugs, similar to vintage Indian trade blankets and traditional Western designs, as well as lodge rugs.
They are part of the company’s American Rhythm collection, a new group that comprises Americana themes, Southwest and lodge looks, transitional designs and contemporary styles.
The rugs are made from in-house extruded olefin and feature 16 different earth tone colors through the various rugs. Available sizes are 5 by 8 and 8 by 11.
Capel is showing several new wool collections and a new olefin group as well as additions to some popular existing collections. New collections include: Honeycomb, a reversible that is made of 55-percent wool and 35-percent cotton featuring a variegated wool pattern flecked with chenille for a popcorn texture; Jahan, a 120-line hand-tufted Persian group made of 100-percent wool; Nadia, an olefin Wilton-woven group from Romania and made in Persian and Caucasian patterns; Pebbles, a hand-knotted 100-percent New Zealand wool collection from India; and Capel Kidz, a new juvenile collection made in a 95-percent cotton chenille blend.
New patterns are being added to the Seabreeze indoor-outdoor collection and to the 100-percent New Zealand wool Prism collection.
Capel is also adding oval and round shapes and new colors to its licensed program with the Williamsburg Basketweave collection.
West Warwick, R.I.
Central Oriental is introducing several new collections and is expanding some of its existing groups.
The Belgium lines — Images, Royal, Reflections and Traditions — all have new patterns. The company is also introducing a new line of shaggy polypropylene from Belgium in monochromatic, neutral colorations, called Signature. Retail on a 5 by 8 is $249. In addition, there are many new designs and fresh collections from the domestic factory, Flemish Master Weavers, in Maine.
As part of its expansion of its branding partnership with Woolrich, the company is adding the Summerstone Falls braided-texture rug collection to the line. Summerstone Falls comprises rectangular sizes featuring geometric, diamond-shaped patterns available in six colorways: rust, chocolate, camel, gold, algae and chestnut.
These rugs are reversible and are made of 56-percent wool, 35-percent polyester and 9-percent nylon, in a flat and corded braid construction.
The collection represents cmi’s second Woolrich-branded collection; the first, Timeless Retreat, includes oval shaped rugs in alternating potpourri styles that come in five colorways.
The Summerstone Falls rugs will coordinate with other soft accessories, like chair pads, trivets, stair treads, utility baskets, hampers, waste baskets, nesting bowls, tote bags and floor pillows.
Fort Lee, N.J.
Couristan is expanding its power-loomed assortment with the new Marco Island collection of rugs made of a special 100-percent heat-set polypropylene that is an in-house trademarked variety called Courtron. These cut-and-loop pile rugs feature a block pattern contrasted by warm color schemes. Available sizes include accent, area, room and runner dimensions.
In the handmade category, there are two new collections — Oasis and Pokhara. Oasis rugs are transitional in design, inspired by Nomadic-Gabbeh looks, and feature bright colors. They are hand-crafted of 100-percent semi-worsted virgin wool and come in an extra heavy pile, which contributes to the uneven dying process.
Pokhara rugs are transitional and contemporary. They are hand-knotted in an Indo-Nepalese weave of 100-percent semi-worsted New Zealand wool.
Both collections come in accent, area, room size and runner dimensions.
FEIZY IMPORTS & EXPORTS
New to Feizy’s Home collection are several distinct groups. Alexandra comprises hand-tufted wool rugs in patterns inspired by traditional Middle Eastern designs. Gazebo is an indoor-outdoor collection of machine-woven 100-percent polypropylene rugs, all of which are fade- and mildew-resistant. The licensed Wrangler-branded collection is being expanded with the Cedar Hill group of casual patterns in natural colorways.
The Ellery collection, comprising hand-tufted rugs made of 100 percent wool, comes in casual, geometric designs.
Feizy’s Fine Rug line is also being expanded with several new collections. Faulkner comprises classic patterns with antique finishes. Adolphus is a group of classic Oushak patterned rugs in bold colors. These rugs are made using hand-spun, vegetable-dyed wool.
One-year-old Gulistan, sister to longtime rug company Bacova Guild, is expanding upon two successful Stainmaster-branded area rug collections.
For its 1200 Series, Gulistan recently launched the Stainmaster Area Rug event in support of the consumer campaign that continues through spring 2006 in shelter magazines, newspapers and television. The company offers dealers direct-mail pieces, posters, window static and a new freestanding area rug rack with Stainmaster graphics.
Also new for market is the Mélange collection of tufted, bordered rugs made of nylon yarn. This collection features tonal-resist technology which provides a saturated gradation of color and a space-dyed appearance. The tufted pattern is inspired by Tibetan weaves. Featured in the rugs are 12 colors, each available in one of four woven fabric borders sourced from Valdese Weavers.
Gulistan is also enhancing its most popular patterns within the hand-tufted wool Inspiration and its aggressively priced wool hand-loomed Calistoga collections: new colorways, such as rich gray-toned shades that complement earthy browns, brick and burgundy hues will accent these lines.
For the outdoors, the company will debut four collections, each of which uses multiple colorways and designs, all constructed of woven and knitted polypropylene with extra UV protection.
HELLENIC RUG IMPORTS
Hellenic Rug Imports will be introducing new collections and additions to existing collections. New collections include Heriz, a heat-set polypropylene machine-made group in eight-color tribal patterns.
The company is showing more than 200 hand-tufted wool rugs that include additional patterns to the existing Palermo, Spirit and Retro Denim collections as well as completely new collections like Rain Forest.
Additions are also being made to some of Hellenic’s hand-knotted collections, including Tribal, Essential Nature, Andros and Milano.
Also being expanded is the company’s Torino collection, with new looks in geometric designs and updated colors.
Hellenic will be introducing collections with new fibers and constructions, including a new emphasis on twisted wool yarns used in traditional through contemporary styles.
A new shag — made of felted wool — called Pebbles is also being shown. The rugs from this group are thick and are made with multiple spaced-dyed felted pebble-like yarns.
Finally, the company is expanding its license partnership with the Dick Idol brand.
The new styles include Southwest patterns in hand-tufted wool as well as kilims, braided rugs, hooked and cut-pile constructions.
Homefires is showing its new Diamond Cut collection as part of its larger effort to enhance its shaped offerings.
Diamond Cut consists of five Eastern-inspired designs and comes in four shapes.
Each design is presented in two different and richly colored palettes.
The baguette shape is presented as a runner in a 2’5” x 8’ size. The cushion cut is a 5 by 8 as is the scalloped-edge diamond setting shape. The pentagon is available in a 3’5” x 5’5”, intended for a spot in front of a reclining chair.
In total, the collection comes in 40 SKUs.
Sugar Valley, Ga.
Karastan said it has found a balance between elegant and casual living with its new designs being added to its collection of Wools of New Zealand-branded rugs.
A trio of newcomers joins Karastan’s English Manor collection. Among the additions: Canterbury, featuring a center medallion on a striated ground of spice red; Nottingham, featuring a patchwork interpretation of classical Persian motifs; and Coventry Trellis Red, a trellis center design.
Also new is the Black Agra addition to Karastan’s Ashara collection, an Axminster woven, 100-percent New Zealand wool group.
Another major introduction for this market is the company’s new Persian Tapestry design. Reminiscent of a European tapestry, the rug is made of fully worsted New Zealand wool in a weave construction.
The new Kensington Series is a heat-set polypropylene machine-made collection made in a 1.5 million-point construction. It comes in 23 traditional and floral designs that are each available in eight sizes, including a runner and a 5’3” round. A 5’3” x 7’7” is set to retail for $299.
Also new is the Patina collection, inspired by Peshawar looks. Made of 100-percent hard-twisted premium quality wool, this line achieves a hand-knotted look at a lower price point of $599 for a 5’3” x 8’3” rug.
Juvenile rugs are also now part of Kas’ assortment in all of its collections. All are made in China of 100-percent wool and are woven in multiple textures and in trendy colors. They target children from four to 15 years old.
Milliken Rugs will launch its largest offering of new and expanded designs to date, totaling more than 2,000 new SKUs.
The new Modern Times collection comes in eight casual designs interpreted on a 30-ounce nylon friese base. These rugs come in five contemporary colors and 10 sizes. A 5’4” x 7’8” size is set to retail for $199.
Milliken is also expanding its braided rug collection with five new nylon braided designs featuring oak leaves and floral twist inset borders in five colors. The group’s available sizes have also grown to nine from five to include four ovals, three rectangles, a 7’7” round and a runner. The braids and floral patterns of each rug are raised, a feature made by employing the company’s own “Millitron” carving technology.
Also new is the Mulberry Grove collection, which includes Oriental and floral designs. These rugs are made of 20-ounce nylon and come in five sizes.
The company is also showing customers the new “hang tag solution” for its college rug collection. On one easy-to-read hang tag, retailers can feature all 190 school rug designs, sizes and SKUs to maximize selling space.
Sugar Valley, Ga.
Mohawk Select is adding new patterns to its popular Decorator’s Choice collection, highlighting its new Fandango style.
Fandango incorporates stripes, squares and swirls in its design. There are two additional coordinating pieces, including the style called Jazz, available in tan and black and featuring a hand-sketched border.
Momeni continues to add to its Odyssey and Elements collections with Wools of New Zealand-branded rugs. Both collections feature contemporary designs. Odyssey presents a modern look in bold strokes of color with hand-carved accents. Elements brings artistic patterns in softer shades. All are power loomed on machines that Momeni owns and operates in China, and each rug is finished with hand-serged edges.
The suggested retail price for Odyssey and Elements is $439 for a 5 by 8.
Other introductions being debuted include color and pattern additions to several existing wool collections, including Dynasty, Camelot, Koi, Mandalay and Chambord.
Saddle Brook, N.J.
Nourison is showing many new products this market in handmade and power-loomed constructions as well as a new addition to its licensed program with designer Calvin Klein.
The Calvin Klein New Patina group offers fashion-forward styling with the collection’s signature surface appeal of wool and polished silk-like yarns.
In the handmade category, Nourison is adding two new collections, and new patterns to 11 existing collections.
The two new collections are Golden Crown, a Persian-inspired 100-percent wool hard-twist yarn group, and Heritage Savonnerie, comprised of 100-percent hard-twist wool constructed rugs in Continental patterns.
The handmade collections being enhanced with new patterns include Aspects, Dimensions, Nourison 2000, Heritage Hall, India House and Versailles.
The new power-loomed line-up includes one new collection, Saffira, and additional patterns to two existing collections — Chambord and Golden Saga. Saffira is inspired by traditional Persian looks. The rugs are made of 100-percent wool hard-twist yarns that are specially dyed for a subtle vintage look.
The company is adding a new heat-set collection titled Firenze to its line. It is made using the trademarked “SoftFibe” yarn that resembles the feel of silk.
And Orian’s licensed program with J. Garcia, based on the artwork of the late Grateful Dead band leader Jerry Garcia, is being expanded with two new additions — six new rugs in the Firenze quality, and a hand-tufted New Zealand wool group.
ORIENTAL WEAVERS USA
The company is showing several new collections, as well as many additions to several existing collections, for a total of more than 100 new area rug designs.
The Origin collection draws its design from antique hand-knotted rugs with a palette of rich colors, such as red, chocolate, aubergine and ivory. These rugs are hand-knotted of New Zealand wool and are finished with a wash for added dimension.
Also hand-knotted is the new Harmony collection of Tibetan-inspired designs ranging in color from updated pastels to soft primaries and natural hues. These rugs, produced in China and India, are 100-percent wool.
The Allure collection comprises machine-made nylon rugs in a range of designs — traditional heirloom-inspired looks to geometric contemporary patterns.
The Evolution collection represents a new era in the shag category through the use of a new technology created by the company. These rugs feature detailed contemporary and transitional patterns and are machine-made in Egypt of 100-percent polypropylene.
The company is also expanding its Lane Home assortment with the addition of the new Lane Home knotted collection of 100 percent wool, hand-knotted rugs from India.
Old World masterpieces meet the 21st century in the new Peshawar collection, comprising 100-percent heat-set polypropylene rugs that are machine made in Egypt.
The Hilo collection features cut-and-loop pile rugs in natural tones and deep browns. They are machine-made in Egypt of 100-percent heat-set polypropylene.
The Cache collection is hand-tufted to emulate the look of Tibetan and Nepalese hand-knotted rugs but at a price point targeted for today’s consumer. They are handcrafted of 100-percent wool in China.
The Vista collection includes Peshawar-inspired patterns in updated color interpreted on a special hard-twist construction; these also are handcrafted in China of 100-percent wool.
Finally, the licensed Andy Warhol Home collection is being expanded with new patterns drawn from more than 40 years of the artist’s work.
Shaw Living is showing its new Origins collection, which was made to touch on a broad range of designs, including traditional, modern, Southwest and Mission styles, all on an earthy palette. The collection is made of 100-percent olefin.
Also new is the Century collection, which takes classic Persian designs and interprets them on 10-percent olefin. Its 20 traditional designs come in rich reds, warm neutrals, gold and soft green with accents of eggplant, brown and vintage blue.
To its successful licensed program with Kathy Ireland, Shaw is adding four new designs.
Another popular branded collection, Tommy Bahama, is getting new colorways for 15 of its designs. They include gold, scarlet, espresso and evergreen paired with eggplant, vintage blue, sage and copper.
Shaw is also showing its first full line of indoor-outdoor rugs, which it calls Terrace. It comes in four designs: Garden District, Laurel, Laguna and Ansley. These rugs are made of Hi-UV solution dyed olefin for fade resistance. Terrace rugs also feature a “Thermalbonded” construction for advanced wet-dry performance.
Surya continues to build on its program with designer Janelle Lampp, and this market it is showing new collections to the line.
Branded JANELLEStyle, all of these rugs are made of hand-tufted wool and come in four sizes: 5 by 8, 8 by 11, 2’6” x 8’ and 3’3” x 5’3”. A 5 by 8 is set to retail for $499.
The new collections are: African Motif, a group of beaded patterns of color against solid fields of brown, black and tan; Dots, which features variations of red dots on a black ground; and Mosaic, featuring a small tile pattern in two colorways — Mosaic Blue in red, yellow, turquoise and pink, and Mosaic Light in tan, gold, blue and ivory.
White Plains, N.Y.
New additions are being made to the company’s Liora by Liora Manné collection.
This includes three new collections — Terrace, Impressions and Seville — as well as new designs to the popular Tuscany and Gallia collections.
The indoor-outdoor Terrace is a 100-percent polypropylene Wilton-woven group made in France and available in 12 designs. A 4’9” x 7’4” is set to retail for $99.
Impressions is a 100-percent polypropylene shag pile Wilton-woven group from Belgium. It comes in 14 designs featuring saturated colors. A 4’9” x 7’4” is set to retail for $199.
Seville is a 100-percent wool pile hand-knotted group made in India. Available in five designs in a high-low loop-and-cut construction, a 4’9” x 7’4” is set to retail for $299.
For Tuscany, there are 11 new designs including Winter Glow, Rooster and Lilac. In the Gallia collection, Trans-Ocean presents the new Stripes collection in two colorways.
The company is introducing the Elite collection, an eight-color, million-point heat-set group comprising traditional designs in jewel tones. Customers can choose from 29 choices and five sizes.
Also new is the Foundations collection, an opening price-point, eight-color heat-set group with a thick pile.
Panorama City, Calif.
Veratex is introducing a broad line of accent and area rugs encompassing eight collections with more than 60 new designs.
Prices range from $199 to $499 for the 5 by 8.
New introductions in area rugs include collections of wool with embroidery, woven soumacks, tufted wool and viscose, gabbeh looks, tufted and hand-hooked cotton, printed acrylics, shags and printed jute rugs, among others.
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