Blog: Worldly, Distressed Looks Proliferate in Atlanta

AtlantaFrom top to bottom, Surya's Tulemola line; Linon's Art Silk collection; from Capel's Burleigh collection; Tribal rug from Dynamic Rugs

ATLANTA-In Atlanta, plenty of new rug designs are distressed--a positive attribute in the rug category--as consumers love the worn, zero-pile look. Worldly influences such as tribal and plaids are also popular looks at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which ends tomorrow.

Dynamic Rugs incorporated both a distressed and a tribal look in a new collection called, appropriately, Tribal. Machine made of space-dyed chenille in Turkey, it has "a worn, vintage look," said Jon Morrison, vice president, sales and marketing. "It looks handmade." A 5-by-8 will retail for about $420.

Jaunty debuted a distressed look in its new Imperial collection. Handknotted with a large knot, it's sheared for an antique look, said Kami Navid, executive vice president. It retails for $299 for a 5-by-8.

Capel also added to its distressed handknotted line, called Vintage. Another new group called Burleigh has an overtufted Scottish plaid floral design with a canvas-like background.

Surya's new Tulemola line is inspired by indigenous tribes and features bold, handtufted designs. A high/low effect is achieved since the base is not tufted. The edges have a blanket stitch, giving it a handcrafted feel, said Katherine Stewart, designer.

Surya also showed Geisha, a line that incorporates Eastern motifs and includes rugs, pillows and poufs. The rugs are handknotted of New Zealand wool and have a finishing touch of fringe, which is coming back, said Stewart.

Kaleen highlighted its Global Inspirations collection, which uses gabbeh yarn and features world motifs. "People love this product," said Monty Rathi, principal. It's for the world traveler.

Linon debuted the Art Silk collection, a woven microfiber collection that at a million points "is very dense" said Steve Mazarakis, vice president, rug division. The 25 designs include chevrons, abstracts and florals.

From its new factory in Turkey, Orian showed a thick, solid-color shag made of polypropylene. It has several neutral colors, along with black and red. Orian's existing Shakespeare collection expanded with designs that are a different take on traditional, with oversized looks and thinner borders.-Andrea Lillo