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Rug-home integration, America's Magnificent Carpets Awards highlight Jan. rug show

The January 2013 Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show runs Jan. 10-13 at Americasmart. Highlighting the event will be the America's Magnificent Carpets Awards, presented by AmericasMart in partnership with sponsors Sandow Media, parent company of Home Accents Today, and the Oriental Rug Importers Association.

The Friday, Jan. 11 event at the Georgia Aquarium is open to all market attendees. The celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with shuttle service from AmericasMart Building 1.

Rug and home buyers attending the January market will discover a new experience in sourcing product. AmericasMart is integrating home furnishings and home accents with area rugs in Building 1.

Four Hands, a leader in lifestyle home furnishings, will be on Floor 4 of Building 1 - a floor formerly exclusively dedicated to area rugs. The shift is part of a move to create product collections and destination resources better suited to fit the way retailers shop. Throughout Floor 4, new and existing showrooms are expanding to be able to present more complete collections of rugs and complementary furniture and home accents.

Safavieh has added a 3,000-sq.-ft. space across the aisle from its current 13,000-sq.-ft. Floor 5 showroom to present its line of home furnishings. On the same floor, Amer has more than doubled to 6,000 square feet.

Surya expanded and relocated to Floor 11 in Building 1, traditionally a home furnishings floor. The move enables Surya to show its entire line of home accents and area rugs. Buyers can shop the full selection of Surya products Jan. 9-16 and throughout the year Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

"We are excited about the dynamics of Building 1," said Dave Savula, executive vice president of leasing, AmericasMart. "These changes are designed to help buyers. We understand retailers present integrated home and rug products in their stores, and designers need to source complete collections, so we're creating destination locations to easily see as much merchandise as possible."

Karastan is growing to more than 7,000 square feet on Floor 3, and Concepts International returns to AmericasMart with a 1,200-sq.-ft. showroom. Also on Floor 3, Kaleen, doubled its showroom space to more than 6,000 square feet.

"This expansion allows Kaleen a stylish and elegant, yet fully functional setting for our ever-expanding product assortment," says Joe Barkley, executive vice president of Kaleen. "The objective is to provide our guests with a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere to view Kaleen products under the best conditions possible. We think AmericasMart's home focus will help us as well."

Aminco, Inc., with more than 50 years' experience in Oriental carpet, is returning to Floor 4 after an absence, and Home Accents Alliance has a new showroom on Floor 5. Home and More has taken a space on Floor 3.

Key events for the January rug show include:

Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 10-12

Museum of Introductions (MOI) Gallery - The rug and home industry's exclusive showing of new product introductions in a sophisticated museum setting. Building 1, Floor 4, B-1.

ORIA/ORIA CF Rug Auction - More than 20 rugs donated by ORIA members are open for bid Jan 10-12. Proeeds benefit ORIA and the ORIA Charitable Fund. Building 1, Floor 2

Thurs., Jan. 10

5 p.m. - Wine and Dine with Loloi - Live music, dancing, cocktails and food. Building 1, Floor 4, C-7.

Fri., Jan. 11

10:00 a.m. - Kenneth Brown of HGTV's reDesign presents "Decorating from Top to Bottom." Brown will teach how rugs can kick-start design and how he's incorporated rugs in designing celebrity homes. Floor 4, Building 1, D-8.

1:30 p.m. The Unique and Antique Rug Forum - Sponsored by ORRA. Open to all for informal presentation and discussion of unique, antique and unusual Oriental rugs by a panel of experts. Bring your own treasure for discussion. To register, contact orra@orrainc.com or www.orrainc.com. Building 1, Floor 4, G-7.

3:00 p.m. Walk the Market with Phil - Presented by Phil Menendian, Sponsored by ORRA.
Join Menendian for a walk in select showrooms for a specific and lengthy examination of the rugs that will add to the educational features of this program. To register, contact orra@orrainc.com. Building 1, Floor 2, ORRA booth.

6:00 p.m. - America's Magnificent Carpets Awards, Georgia Aquarium

Sat., Jan. 12

10 a.m. - Meet and Greet with Richard Amatulli - Sponsored by ORRA. Meet ORRA's president and learn what's new for ORRA in 2013. Light refreshments. Building 1, Floor 4, G-7.

10:30 a.m.-noon - Knot To Be Missed - Presented by Phil Menendian and a panel of rug appraisers, geared toward ongoing efforts to educate ORRA members. Phil Menendian will focus on a specific group of rugs that members should become familiar with. To register contact orra@orrainc.com. Building 1, Floor 4, G-7.

5 p.m. - 4th Floor Launch Party - Celebrate the integration of HOME and Rug on the 4th floor, complimentary food and beverages. Building 1, Floor 4

A complete list of Market seminars and events is available at AmericasMart.com.

 

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