AmericasMart recognized the best of the best in Area Rugs at America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards. The ceremony is the centerpiece of the year’s most important show – The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show, which runs Jan. 10-13, with Temporaries also Jan. 10-13. The Market runs in conjunction with the nation’s premier wholesale trade: The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 9-16. The National Oriental Rug Show is staged in an exclusive partnership with the Oriental Rug Importers Association.

The area rug winners, which were selected from the Museum of Introductions gallery by an independent panel of noted experts, were announced and presented by AmericasMart at a gala at The Georgia Aquarium on Friday night.  As part of the industry recognition, AmericasMart honored three of the top retailers in the country for overall excellence in sales, service and innovation.

The 2013 winners:
• Hand Hooked/ Hand Tufted  $0-8+
o Amer Rugs

• Hand Hooked/ Hand Tufted $8.01-16
o Surya Carpet Inc.

• Handmade/Hand Knotted/Flat Weave $0-30
o Obeetee

• Handmade/Hand Knotted/Flat Weave $30.01-50
o F.J. Kashanian Rugs

• Handmade/Hand Knotted/Flat Weave $50.01-100
o Capa Imports

• Handmade/Hand Knotted/Flat Weave $100.01+
o Anadol Rug Company

• Machine Made $0-200
o Oriental Weavers

• Machine Made $200.01-400
o Loloi Rugs

• Machine Made $400.01-800
o Marcella Fine Rugs

• Machine Made $800+
o Nourison Industries
• Licensee
o Surya
• Outdoor
o Kaleen
Retailers of the Year
• Hadinger Flooring
• Avalon Carpet Tile & Flooring
• Nebraska Furniture Mart