NY Home Fashions Blog: Reveling in Rugs

NEW YORK--The New York Home Fashions Market opened yesterday, and attendees saw a number of debuts, from collections to showrooms.

Concord Trading expanded its National Geographic license with a standalone accent rug program this market. While its existing area rug line with National Geographic has accent rugs, the new program is of a lighter weight and will come in packs, said Gulben Aksu-Bulat, co-owner and vice president. Coming in a 20-by-32-inch size and with a latex backing, the new washable accent rugs will also be based on the National Geographic photo archives. The company also unveiled two printed nylon collections: Antiquities, which has antique, worn looks, and Cornucopia, which has more modern designs.

Kas focused on natural fibers such as jute and hemp this market. "We're finding jute is more soft now; it's more livable," said Wendy Reiss, key account manager of sales and marketing, Kas Rugs.

Loloi also concentrated on natural fibers such as jute, said Steven Loloi, principal, with about 10-15 new natural collections, predominantly of scatters for this market.

Oriental Weavers debuted its new showroom in 295 Fifth Avenue, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and stonework. New collections include the new Lagos indoor/outdoor collection, "the first in an eight-color construction in the market," said Aaron Gray, marketing director. Made of polypropylene, Lagos' designs include patchwork, leaves and stripes.

In 7 W New York, Orian Rugs debuted Patina, a million-point collection that is its highest price point as well as its densest, said Don Newton, senior vice president, business development. In the Gallery line, Patina includes such details as shadowing and hard-twist yarns to create "unique textures," he said.

Rizzy Home's new showroom in 7 W New York is more than double its former showroom, and now displays more of its textiles and rug offerings.