The Atlanta International Area Rug Market is all about ‘green” this year and will include the introduction of an environmentally friendly product section.  The showcase, running through the second day of the July 15-18 market, will include more than 300 products, including eco-friendly area rugs, furniture, apparel and gifts. In addition, more than 140 exhibitors are planning to exhibit their latest handmade and machinemade rugs, many of them environmentally sound.

The market will also be a launch pad for AmericasMart University, a series of seminars and classes designed for area rug dealers. Three topics-Retail Business Basics, Buying and Selling, and Building Your Brand will be broken down into beginner, intermediate and advances sessions.

The agenda will also include the second annual Oriential Rug Importers Association silent auction. The fundraiser will benefit the association’s Charitable Fund, which was established to aid impoverished children in countries where oriental rugs are made.  For more information, visit  www.americasmart.com.