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Hotlanta Lives

From top: Oriental Weavers' new Chrome line, fun floral design from Kas' Shelby line, and a casual design from Dynamic RugsFrom top: Oriental Weavers' new Chrome line, fun floral design from Kas' Shelby line, and a casual design from Dynamic Rugs

ATLANTA-Like much of the country, Atlanta is in the midst of a winter freeze. Despite the frigid temperatures, the city continues to earn its "Hotlanta" nickname with on-trend product offerings at the Atlanta Gift & Home Market, along with the Atlanta Rug Market at AmericasMart.

Yesterday, Gourmet Catalog held its Start the Year Member Conference with housewares vendors exhibiting their latest and greatest to independent gourmet stores. The packed event saw some notable vendors introducing brand-new items ahead of the March Housewares Show. "We've spoken with about 35 independent stores today, and it's only 2 o'clock," said Mark Harris, Frieling's executive vice president, sales. "That would have been about two months of traveling." Frieling showed Woll Cookware, featuring diamonds in the coating. Frieling added the line to its offerings about three weeks ago. Frieling also showed its Black Cube collection, a hybrid stainless-steel line that uses stainless steel pixels to keep utensils from scratching the surface of the pan. Cuisipro unveiled its V-Factor graters designed to create less resistance and friction and also showed colorful nesting bowls, including a colander with a built-in handle. Berard introduced a salt keeper made of olive wood and cement. Polder showed its in-sink storage line for the first time. The collection features a protective layer for the bottom of the sink.

At the Rug Market, Oriental Weavers debuted a number of designs in Marsala, Pantone's color of 2015, and added a Pantone group: Chrome. Made of nylon in Egypt, Chrome offers traditional designs in bright colors. In addition, Oriental Weavers debuted several collections to fill its void in the $299 for a 5-by-8 space: Richmond, a soft machine-made polypropylene line colored in cool neutrals and blues, and Sedona, a space-dyed nylon/polyester blend that has saturated, earthy colors.

Dynamic Rugs showed what it says is the first handtufted jute line, called Casual. Having a softer hand than the typical jute product, this looped line includes such designs as overscaled motifs and distressed looks. The company also showed its first handknotted product in a while, called Mirage, which has a zero pile and transitional looks. Signature is a handtufted wool line that has a raised pattern with a ribbon-like fiber.

Kas Rugs expanded its kids' offering with Shelby, a soft polychenille tufted line that targets teens, as well as new designs, such as anchors, jellyfish and dolphins, in its juvenile Kozy Kids line. The company also debuted Provence, an eight-color viscose collection from Belgium that has dropstitching and features neutrals and blues.

Safavieh, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, unveiled its new Centennial collection, handknotted of Kashmir wool in India, in eight abstract colorways. It also expanded its children's offering with a group of brightly colored cotton designs, which included balloons, flowers, owls and crayons.