The market will again feature the ORIA’s annual National Oriental Rugs Show, which offers one of the largest draws for exhibitors and buyers of Oriental rugs in the country. In addition, a Gallery of America’s Magnificent Carpets will open Jan. 17 and run through the end of the market. This gallery will showcase rugs entered in the America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards competition, which honors top designs from area rug importers and manufacturers around the globe. The awards are hosted by AmericasMart Atlanta, the United Nations Development Program and the government of India, in conjunction with the ORIA.
Following are some of the newest offerings from select area rug manufacturers and importers that will debut at the market.
Capel Inc. has partnered with Navajo weavers in Santa Fe, N.M., to bring about the Woven Spirits Collection of eight hand-weaved Navajo rugs. Each of these authentic floor coverings is signed by the weaver who created it.
This series of rugs utilizes hand-dyed wool yarns -- in colors including teal, aqua, dark terra cotta, and green -- that Capel supplied to the weavers. The rugs are created on traditional Navajo looms in four sizes: 27-by-48 inches, 30-by-56 inches, 30-by-84 inches, and 4-by-6 feet.
All of the patterns in Capel’s Woven Spirits Collection are designed by Rachel Brown, a Taos, N.M.-based textile designer, and are patterned after traditional Navajo themes, the company says.
The Wright design is named Saguaro III and features geometric patterns in a soft palette. Another collection standout is Osaka, a contemporary pattern of alternating light and dark vertical bands in irregular shapes with striations to mimic the feeling of tree bark.
Couristan will introduce several handmade and one power-loomed area rug collection at the Atlanta market. Handmade introductions will include the Alamgir, Sherpa and Super Indo-Natural collections, while the Everest Collection will be the sole power-loomed introduction.
The Alamgir Collection features traditional Persian designs hand-knotted out of 100 percent hand-spun wool. The collection’s all-wool pile is luster-washed for a sheen finish. Alamgir is available in a variety of fringed sizes.
The Sherpa Collection is hand-knotted using an Indo-Tibetan weave. Sherpa’s pile incorporates a hard twist yarn and enlarged motifs. The unfringed collection is available in three sizes.
The Super Indo-Natural Collection is hand-crafted in blends of 100 percent undyed natural wool. The collection features bold brush stroke patterns and a cut and loop pile with tone-on-tone colorations of natural taupe and brown.
The Everest Collection offers a super-dense weave and soft finish made from premium 1250 D-Tex yarn. The thick pile offers one million points per square meter. The unfringed collection is available in four designs styled from traditional patterns and colorations.
Accents is a collection of hand-hooked cotton rugs. These richly colored, themed rugs come in a full array of botanical, nautical, floral, country and traditional designs. Each pattern is offered in several sizes, including 6-foot rounds and 2-by-8-foot runners.
Feizy Rugs will introduce three new machine-woven lines at the Atlanta Rug Market -- the Plaza, Verona and Monroe collections.
The Plaza Collection is meant to interpret the splendor of the homes of European monarchs, whereas the Verona Collection is styled to echo the elegance of the great halls and salons of European culture, and the Monroe Collection is designed to reflect contemporary styles.
Additionally, Feizy will introduce several new hand-knotted and hand-tufted collections under the rubric of the Feizy Home Collection. The Reflections Collection is meant to create a subtle accent or primary decorative key with traditional weaving techniques. The Wimbledon Collection is woven of pure wool in a rich palette. The Sonora Collection features a unique grouping of natural, hand-tufted jute rugs that combine texture with geometric patterns.
Finally, Feizy will introduce the Venetian Collection under the company’s Fine Rug line. The Venetian Collection is meant to capture the elegance pioneered by Persian weavers in a hand-knotted rug with an opulent palette that makes use of wool and silk.
Agra features a soft red hue, and is decorated with oversized palmettes and serrated leaves for a casual feel. The border incorporates the palmette design with hues of green and ivory.
Herati features a muted, natural sage background with a repeating pattern of palmette medallions and arabesque scrolling. Neutral shades of ivory and beige, as well as various shades of green, are set within a classic floral border.
Amritsar features a multi-colored floral motif arranged with prints of irises, tulips, poppies, and narcissus. Colors in the design include mulberry, periwinkle, spinach, sage, mustard, and cornflower blue.
Sultanabad features a neutral buttercream field set in a border of sage green, amber and burgundy. All rugs in the Ashara Collection are available in three sizes.
Louis de Poortere is offering vibrant colors and expressive patterns in traditional and contemporary looks with new designs it its Shalamar and Vasco de Gama collections.
The six new Shalamar designs are meant to accent leather furnishings. Rugs in this collection carry the Wools of New Zealand brand.
The Vasco de Gama Collection takes on five Wools of New Zealand brand introductions, each cross-woven in eight combinations of vibrant colors. Rugs in the collection are available in sizes ranging from 2-by-4 feet to 10-by-14 feet and incorporate a teardrop design.
Nourison will introduce two new Wools of New Zealand brands -- Chateau Provence and New Legends -- during at the Atlanta market .
The Chateau Provence Collection is composed of five 18th century French designs colored in clear shades. The rugs are hand-tufted in simple patterns and offered in a full range of sizes.
The New Legends Collection offers eight Persian and Middle Eastern designs fashioned in deep, rich tones. Each rug is woven of 100 percent worsted New Zealand wool and is available in six sizes, including runners.
The Positano Collection, designed in conjunction with Millennium Textiles and in association with Noonoo Rugs, blends contemporary colors with Italian heritage. These rugs are cross-woven of 100 percent wool using space-dying techniques. The color palette includes rusts, cobalts, bamboos, wines, and sages. The Positano Collection is available in a range of different sizes.
The Moderna Collection features eight European-inspired designs woven of 100 percent New Zealand wool in crisp patterns, in colors such as seabreeze green, Neptune blue, plum, caramel, putty, and crème. Moderna rugs are offered in the same sizes as Radici’s Positano Collection.
Sphinx by Oriental Weavers of America is adding more than a dozen designs to its Patina Collection, with an array of jewel-tone colors including gold, aubergine, emerald, smoky blue topaz, and black onyx.
Patina features New Zealand wool construction, and myriad patterns, details and colors. The rug’s fringe is hand-knotted. The collection comes in a selection of sizes, including runners and rounds, and carries the Wools of New Zealand brand.