Show-goers browse area rugs during last summer’s Atlanta Rug Market.

AmericasMart Building 1, the Atlanta home of many rug manufacturers’ permanent showrooms, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the upcoming Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Jan. 13-16 in Atlanta.

The show will include the latest introductions from a wide range of rug manufacturers, including Capel, CMI, Couristan, Karastan, Nourison, Oriental Weavers’ Sphinx Div. and Shaw Living.

The market will also feature the annual America’s Magnificent Carpet Awards, honoring the industry’s top manufacturers and designers of area rugs. Winners will be announced during a special awards ceremony, Jan. 15 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Mike Gay

Announcing a change in personnel, AmericasMart has named Mike Gay svp marketing. Gay succeeds Mike Turnbull, who has been named svp strategic relations for parent company AMC Inc. and its Lightfair International trade show.

A marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Gay joins AmericasMart following a 13-year tenure at Philips Consumer Lifestyle in Atlanta, where he served as vp marketing and gm e-commerce/value added services.