LAS VEGAS–It’s been a whirlwind of activity at Las Vegas Market in the rug category, as companies opened new showrooms, hosted presentations, and, of course, debuted a plethora of patterns.
Designer Mike Farrell came to Market both with new designs for his collection with Surya, and to share what inspires him in a special presentation at the Surya showroom yesterday. His new Live Love Coffee line includes seven new handtufted rug designs, including one of tire tracks called Pandemonium, as well as decorative pillows. Farrell told attendees that he is inspired by the chaotic, and in his design studio he’s worked with a wide range of items, from blood-covered butcher aprons to Civil Rights-era photos to 1,500 NyQuil labels.
Pantone’s Laurie Pressman spoke to attendees about Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, in Oriental Weavers’ showroom. Oriental Weavers has the Pantone license, and also showcased its new Tommy Bahama line.
CMI showcased its new licensed line with Panama Jack, which included wool, wool blend and indoor/outdoor rug designs.
Shags are still a strong category in area rugs. Feizy showed its Beckley shag line, a microfiber shag with a high pile in three neutral colors. Nourison had new shags in all of its brands, but all were a little different, and included the Puli item in the Calvin Klein line. Kaleen’s Posh polyester shag is available in 20 colors.
Color was on tap at Capel, which added bold, vibrant designs in its value-oriented Panache line. It also showed a new dense, hooked construction in five new patterns in its Williamsburg license.
Several companies returned to exhibit at Market. Kaleen Rugs came back to Las Vegas after a two-year absence with its new 3,500 square-foot showroom in Building C, C-407. It exudes an urban feel, which is how Kaleen will look from now on, said Monty Rathi, principal.
Orian Rugs also returned to Las Vegas, and debuted its 6,300 square-foot showroom in Building A, A-4107. It also debuted its kids’ collection, filling a niche it saw in the marketplace. About 20 initial designs were shown.
Saddlemans debuted its first permanent showroom at Las Vegas Market, in 1,500 square feet of space in Building C. Known for its cow hide line, made in Brazil of a by-product of the food industry, new items included a lot of metallics, such as Morrissey, a geometric pattern, and Sun Goddess, a chevron pattern.