Atlanta Rug Market Events This Week

       

       

ATLANTA—The Atlanta International Area Rug Market is set to kick off this Thursday, July 12, and with it comes a number of events for the industry to attend, whether it’s to learn, to win or just to celebrate. Here are a few of the occasions that will take place during the show.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
5:30 p.m.
Nourison will hold a party in its showroom with interior designer Barclay Butera, who recently introduced his new collection with the company. Attendees who arrive early will receive a copy of Butera’s “Living on the Coast.”
Building 1, Showroom 3-F-2

THURSDAY, JULY 12
2 p.m.
AmericasMart will have a Fire and Ice Party & Giveaway, where attendees can cool off with a complimentary ice cream and enter to win a Kindle Fire. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m.; drop off business cards into the raffle beginning at 9 a.m. daily.
Building 1, Floor 3

3-6 p.m.
Orian Rugs will host an event featuring local artists, including live music by local Atlanta band, The Deadfields. The first 50 guests will receive a complimentary bracelet inspired by Orian Rug’s Gallery collection, crafted by local South Carolina artist Nikki Caldwell. Cocktails will be served.
Building 1, 6-F-1

4-6 p.m.
Jaipur Rugs celebrates its newly expanded 6,500-square-foot showroom with a cocktail party.
Building 1, 3-C-15.

4:30-6 p.m.
Kas continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and will offer attendees champagne and sweet treats during this event.
Building 1, 4-D-2

FRIDAY, JULY 13
10-11 a.m.
The Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA) will sponsor the seminar, “In the Dragons’ Shadow: Dragon Rugs and the Legacy of their Patterns.” Presenter Paul Ramsey will discuss the dragon rugs of Azerbaijan (the Caucasus and northwest Iran), and how they have been a source of inspiration for many later rugs from this area.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Known from her work on TLC’s “Trading Spaces,” interior designer Laurie Hickson-Smith will present “The Final Touch in Home Decor,” and show how she brings her classic and contemporary style to rooms, starting with floor coverings.
Building 1, Floor 4

1 p.m.
Sponsored by ORRA, “Knot To Be Missed IV” will be presented by Phil Menendian, ORRA’s education chairman, and a panel of rug appraisers and is geared toward helping members pass the CRA exam. Menedian will focus on a specific group of rugs with which many test takers have had difficulty. To register please send your contact information to orraarnold@verizon.net.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

2 p.m.
AmericasMart will have a Fire and Ice Party & Giveaway, where attendees can cool off with a complimentary ice cream and enter to win a Kindle Fire. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m.; drop off business cards into the raffle beginning at 9 a.m. daily.
Building 1, Floor 4

3 p.m.
Sponsored by ORRA, “Walk the Market with Phil” is a guided tour with Phil Menendian through select market showrooms.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

SATURDAY, JULY 14
12:30 p.m.
“ORRA Tips on Proper Rug Appraisal Techniques,” presented by Phil Menendian, is open to ORRA members only. Menendian will enumerate on the mechanics of an appraisal. The ORRA Certified Rug Appraisers Exam is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

2 p.m.
AmericasMart will have a Fire and Ice Party & Giveaway, where attendees can cool off with a complimentary ice cream and enter to win a Kindle Fire. The drawing will take place at 2 p.m.; drop off business cards into the raffle beginning at 9 a.m. daily.
Building 1, Floor 5

4 p.m.
Following the CRA exam at 2 p.m. and sponsored by ORRA, there will be “Oriental Rug Review – CRA Re-Certification,” where there will be a discussion and examination of Oriental rugs for re-certification of the CRA.
Building 1, Floor 4, Room 4-B-1