Weekend before last, I bundled up and hit the Atlanta Rug Show, part of the Atlanta Market. Several vendors that we like were going to be there. It was a good opportunity to see what's happening.
I saw no startling innovations, just the latest steps in naturally evolving trends that have been working.
Return of Color?
The question that everyone around here asks is: is color coming back? Nope. There were no signs of a revolt against the reign of neutrals with the exception of a few accent colors that seemed to be well represented.
Among those was orange along with pink and some purple.
A couple veteran vendors told me they are seeing a revival of floral patterns.
Lower Price Points
Many vendors were offering lower price point opportunities as alternatives to natural fibers and fabricated carpet. New knotting techniques and loomed wool rugs will offer many choices for a stylish look to rooms that don't have a large budget.
Larger, less expensive knotting techniques are making hand-knotted rugs available at lower prices.
Loomed rugs. Probably lower in price than a fabricated rug. With no pattern designs these offer an alternative to natural fiber rugs for informal spaces.
An Old Friend
If this rug looks familiar to you, you may have seen it in the Tampa showroom. It attracted a lot of attention before it sold so I bought another one.
Grass rugs are all wool, chic and stylish and are a another low price point alternative to natural fibers and fabricated rugs.
I liked this display, but was not moved by the rug.
I liked this display too and the rug and I bought it. Notice the orange, the color that was showing up a lot.
These three Oushak runners from Turkish vendors whom I have known for a number of years looked good to me. Designers always seem to find a place for Oushaks.
Orange and pink were featured in lots of rug booths. This piece is from Tamarian, a vendor whose rugs have done well for us in the past.
If you see something that you like or have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. We are always interested in what you are interested in.