AmericasMart Atlanta recognized the creativity, artistry and passion of the area rug industry at its annual America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards on Friday, Jan. 9 as part of The Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.
Awards were given in the hand-hooked/hand tufted, hand-knotted, flat weave, machine made, outdoor and licensee rug categories as selected by industry experts Robert “Bob” Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, Sharian Garner of Sharian Rugs and Tami Ramsey of Cloth & Kind Interiors. Rugs were submitted to the Market Museum of Introductions for award consideration.
Event guests were greeted by the Atlanta Swing Orchestra playing jazz tunes and a cocktail reception before the ceremony, staged in the Peachtree Ballroom at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of Leasing for AmericasMart’s Home & Rug collection served as the night’s emcee. Jeffrey Portman, Sr., vice chairman and president of AmericasMart parent AMC, offered remarks and congratulations to the winners.