Broad Product & Exciting Events Highlight January Show

The area rug industry comes together at one time and in one place for its largest and most important event with new product introductions and an unmatched merchandise selection setting the stage for the January 2013 Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.  The must-attend market runs Jan. 10-13 (Jan. 10 hours from 4-8 p.m.) and promises to deliver an even more dynamic array of area rugs and carpets as new companies join the mix and established showrooms introduce even more extensive collections in refreshed, expanded showrooms. Highlighting the Market’s rich and growing product mix will be the celebrated America’s Magnificent Carpets® Awards, which stand as the industry’s most anticipated event. Presented by AmericasMart® in partnership with sponsors Sandow Media and the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA), the Awards celebrate the triumph of design achievement and overall excellence. The 2013 Awards promise new features, elements and staging, all designed to showcase the 13 select rug awards and three Retailer of the Year recognitions. The Friday, January 11 event at the Georgia Aquarium is open to all Market attendees. The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with shuttle services providing convenient access from AmericasMart Building 1. Rug and home buyers attending the January market will discover a new experience in sourcing product. AmericasMart is integrating home furnishings and home accents with area rugs in Building 1 to facilitate buyers’ changing needs. Four Hands, a leader in lifestyle home furnishings, will be on Floor 4 of Building 1 – a floor formerly exclusively dedicated to area rugs. The shift is part of a move to 

create product collections and destination resources better suited to fit the way retailers shop. Throughout Floor 4, new and existing showrooms are expanding to be able to present more complete collections of rugs and complementary furniture and home accents. Safavieh has added a 3,000-square-foot space across the aisle from its current 13,000-square-foot Floor 5 showroom to present its line of home furnishings. On the same floor, Amer has more than doubled to 6,000 square feet. Surya, the renowned area rug and home furnishings company, shifted space to Floor 12 in Building 1, which was classically a home furnishings floor. The move enables Surya to show its entire line of home accents in addition to its area rug lines. “We are excited about the dynamics of Building 1,” says Dave Savula, executive vice president of leasing, AmericasMart. “These changes are designed to help buyers. We understand retailers present integrated home and rug products in their stores, and designers need to source complete collections, so we’re creating destination locations to easily see as much merchandise as possible.” As the...

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