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Rug Suppliers Unveil New Looks

828 INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO.

Greenville, S.C. (800) 733-0828

828 International continues to focus on its latest licensed line, Laura Brooks, which is a collection of hand-tufted, 100% wool rugs. Kathy Imes, aka Lauren Brooks, designs each rug in her romantic, sophisticated and elegant style. Recent designs include style No. 3-1504-72 and No. 3-1502-70, each patterned in muted golds, browns, tans and ivories. The suggested retail is $699 for a 5-by-8.

These rugs are made to coordinate with product lines by Kathy Imes' other licensees for furniture, lighting, fans, and accessories.

BALTA U.S.

Dalton, Ga. (706) 278-8008

Balta U.S., the North American division of the Belgian parent company Balta, is launching two major collections, among other introductions.

The first is Shimmer, a grouping of what the company describes as "approachable contemporary" styles made in a 1-million-point per square meter construction with deep drop-stitches that look like carved lines. Representing a new category for the company in terms of construction, Shimmer comprises 36 trendy designs.

The second new collection is titled Antique and is also made in a 1-million-point per square meter construction. To give an "old world" feel to these rugs and make them look handmade, these machine-made varieties were intentionally distressed, aged and dotted with strategically placed imperfections to mimic vintage rugs.

Balta is also showing two new wool collections. They are Afghan and Classical, and both are made of 100% New Zealand wool and don the "Wool Mark" logo.

Balta is adding a new 1.5-million-point collection called Palace to its U.S. line.

And the company has several other introductions being shown, including a new shag titled Design Shag, three new colors to its Super Shag collection, and an eight-foot round and two new colorways to its Patio collection.

CAPEL INC.

Troy, N.C. (800) 334-3711

Third-generation, family-owned and operated Capel celebrates this year its 90th anniversary in business. And it kicks off the year with nine new collections and several color, style, and shape additions to popular existing collections.

The nine new collections are: Escape, an indoor/outdoor 100% polypropylene reversible group of braids in five looks; Gramercy, a domestically produced wool three-ply braid made as a companion to the company's best-selling hand-tufted Kaimuri collection; Granville, a variegated braid collection made to look like a hard twist assortment and made of a wool and nylon blend; Hartwell, a cotton and polyester blended braid group designed to coordinate with select Williamsburg fabrics and bedding; Transitions, a cotton-polyester rectangular braid featuring a double chenille border; Del Cabo, new hand-loomed dhurries woven in India and featuring varieties of striped patterns in contemporary colors; Fresh Air, an indoor/outdoor pioneer pile rug that is Wilton woven in eight colorways; Rainbows, a 100% wool group of hand-loomed dhurries made in India and constructed in a modest pile; and Spring Flowers, a Colonial Williamsburg-branded, all-over floral design on a hand-hooked texture.

cmi

Pawtucket, R.I. (800) 343-9339

cmi is expanding its licensing partnership with designer Janelle Jarous Lampp with the new Bamboozle collection of braided-texture bamboo rugs.

The rounded-border rectangular Bamboozle rug collection employs 100% bamboo yarn, which is double flat braided to create a plush and textured softness. The rugs are constructed from three separate three-piece flat braids that are then braided together to create one larger and thicker braid. They are reversible and available in six colorways: chamomile, sesame, twill, Mojave Desert, Chanterelle, and Sandshell.

In addition, cmi is also unveiling new extensions to several existing lines and accessories as well as new sizes.

COURISTAN

Fort Lee, N.J. (800) 585-8500

The company is making its biggest-ever introduction this market, with more than 100 new rugs.

Among the highlights are two new collections — Recife and Lotus Garden.

Recife is an indoor/outdoor collection of power-loomed rugs made of 100% fiber-enhanced Courtron polypropylene. They are all-weather, pet-friendly, mold and mildew resistant pieces made in a flat-woven construction. Its designs are inspired by and made to complement outdoor furniture.

Lotus Garden comprises botanical themes on 100% semi-worsted New Zealand wool pile rugs. Made in China, they are power-loomed, woven on a 10-frame weaving system, and are hand carved.

FEIZY IMPORT & EXPORT

Dallas (214) 747-6000

The company is showing several new collections in a variety of constructions.

New to its Home machine-made program are three — the Birch & Craft collection of trendy floral patterns in rich colorways like chocolate, slate, crimson and terra cotta; the Conservatory collection, which comprises rugs that features traditional designs in a sophisticated palette; and Hudson, a group of modern styles in earthy colors.Six collections are being added to the Home line's hand-tufted offerings — the wool and faux silk Jochi collection, which spans designs from modern florals to geometric patterns with hand-carved detailing; Khan, a wool collection of traditional rugs inspired by antique Persian rugs; the Steppe collection, which comprises plush solid-colored and textured wool and faux silk rugs with hand-carved effects; KuDaTa, a group of boldly colored and simple, modernistic designs; the Mantra collection of traditional and transitional designs in an updated palette; and Salinas, a collection of soft wool pile rugs in intricate, bold patterns.New to Feizy's Home hand-knotted qualities are three collections — the Ogedei collection, which employs a Kelim weave with bright colorways and a closely-shorn pile border in myriad colorways; the traditional Antolya collection, which comprises wool pile rugs in contemporary colors; and Berlin, a group of rugs featuring geometric designs in red, gold and chocolate tones.

GULISTAN/BACOVA

Pinehurst, N.C. (910) 639-3983

These sister companies are together showing collections featuring colors in muted pastels and jewel tones, with patterns that range from antique Persian-inspired classics to fashion-forward transitional looks.

The Archive collection is Gulistan's newest extension of its exclusive Stainmaster Elite branded rug line in 16 new designs developed from Gulistan's archives dating back more than 100 years. This collection, made using a space-dyed cross-woven nylon tactesse yarn, comes with five-year warranties against soiling and staining.

Other new collections from Gulistan include: the hand-tufted Heritage collection, inspired by antique Persian designs and made of 100% washed wool; Melange, a group of tufted and bordered Stainmaster branded rugs crafted of space-dyed nylon yarn; and Contempo, a 100% wool-loop and cut-pile hand loom group of 18 designs.

In the hand-tufted category, Bacova is introducing its washed wool Majestic collection, comprised of 14 Persian and transitional designs in topaz, ruby, garnet and emerald.

Also new from Bacova is: Tibetan Weave, a solid-colored traditional Tibetan hand knotted rug donning the Stainmaster brand; and the Stratton collection of 100% nylon rugs available in eight traditional and urban designs.

For the outdoors, Bacova is showing an innovative collection featuring a special application of UV resistant dyes.

HELLENIC RUG IMPORTS

Brooklyn, N.Y. (718) 260-9282

The company has several new collections lined up for debut, with the highlights to include additions to its designer program with interior decorator and HGTV show host Candice Olson. New rugs for this program encompass 20 transitional designs made in multiple constructions and fibers. Examples include: a 160-line, hand-tufted New Zealand wool rug featuring silk highlights; an 80-line, hand-tufted wool rug with faux silk highlights; and an 8-line rug made of 100% wool in multiple yarn counts and heights.

Hellenic also plans to introduce its new Trio collection of contemporary, transitional and traditional rugs, and will present some additions to existing collections, including Wonders of the World, New Age, Torino, Milano and Palermo.

KARASTAN

Sugar Valley, Ga. (800) 843-4473

Karastan is taking a new approach to the Peshawar style this market.

Its new Shapura collection comprises three designs — Athena, Tiana and Tiana Ivory — which are made of New Zealand wool in an Axminster construction to give the rugs a hand-knotted look.

Also Peshawar-inspired is the new Captiva rug in the company's Samarkand collection. Captiva is a saffron yellow New Zealand wool rug woven which features subtle striations for a natural dye look.

The Empress Kirman Black is the latest addition to the Original Karastan program. It reflects Karastan's new color emphasis on black as a dramatic color statement, paired with coral, turquoise, maize, moss green, taupe and soft mocha colorways. It coordinates with the earlier Agra Black rug introduced less than one year ago.

Neutral palettes are also important this market for Karastan, as it introduces its new Taupe Tabriz rug, an addition to the Persian Renaissance collection. It is accented with reds and corals and highlighted with silk accents.

Other design additions for market include Warwick and Regent's Park to English Manor, and Plum Blossom and Zen Garden to Artworks.

KAS RUGS

Somerset, N.J. (800) 967-4254

The company is showing more than 300 new rugs, both new collections and extensions to existing lines in hand-made and machine-made categories.

These introductions include: outdoor rugs that are handmade hooked and constructed of a poly-acrylic blend; the Venetian II collection, also machine-made and hand-caved in China like its predecessor but featuring a new updated palette on its 26 designs; a new hand-tufted group of rugs made in India constructed of blended New Zealand yarns; hooked rugs in 10 nautical designs, representing the first time Kas shows such a large group of ocean themes, like sailboats, lighthouses, fish, seashells and other beach icons; and finally, new designs for the existing Catalina, Emerald, Signature, Ruby , Providence, Colonial, Winslow, Sparta, Eternity, Indira, Variations, Monte Carlo II, Silver Anniversary, and Cambridge collections.

MILLIKEN RUGS

LaGrange, Ga. (800) 241-8666

At the forefront of Milliken's introductions is its Stainmaster-branded Signature collection. It comprises six contemporary designs and colorations, produced by combining the deep coloration capabilities of Milliken technology with the company's own Millitron carving coupled with Stainmaster's stain protection. The rugs are available in 10 sizes and shapes, including rectangles, ovals, squares and rounds, and all carry Milliken's 10-year abrasive wear warranty and Stainmaster's five-year stain warranty.

Another highlight is the new group of indoor/outdoor rugs called Surface Visions, which combines high-color design with Milliken's innovative new own Odyssey-brand backing, which acts like a rug pad and gripper on hard surfaces. The 16 nature- and beach-inspired designs are available in five sizes.

Milliken is also adding custom rugs to its offerings. Consumers can submit their photos and logos in .JPEG or .Tiff formats to their carpet dealer and Milliken will produce and deliver the rug between seven and 14 days. They are available in 13 popular sizes.

MOMENI

New York (212) 532-9577

The company will be unveiling a new rug concept, but is keeping details about the collection a surprise until the official launch at market on Thursday night.

Other new collections set to debut include Ladiq, Mogul, and Chateau, as well as two hand-knotted collections.

Momeni is also showing several additions to existing popular programs. Its power-loomed assortment is being enhanced with a new, softer color palette and new floral and traditional designs. Designs have also been added to the Koi, Bergamo, Palace, Shalimar, and New Wave collections.

A hand-picked selection of one-of-a-kind rugs will also be available.

NOURISON

Saddle Brook, N.J.

(201) 368-6900

The company is showing new collections and additions to existing ones.

A highlight this market is the Liz Claiborne collection. It includes: Radiant Impressions, an assortment of patterns that combine geometric, florals and animal prints in vibrant colors; and Modern Elegance, a group of soft patterns accented by Nourison's faux silk Luxcelle cotton fiber.

The company's Calvin Klein Collection is being expanded with the Woven Textures CK14 design, featuring rich blended earth tones of textured yarns in classic and modern designs.

Nourison's own house line is also being enhanced.

The Nourison 3000 collection features its design elements made of pure silk on a dense hard-twist New Zealand wool pile base. Chateau Provence is an assortment of classic 18th Century French designs handcrafted on wool pile with silk accents. The Mystique collection comprises dense hand-tufted and hard-twist wool rugs accented with faux silk on its modern patterns. Living Treasures is a machine-woven collection of traditional Persian designs in a rich color palette. The Suf-i-nor collection of Soumak flat-weave rugs made in high- and low-pile constructions features a three-dimensional texture on museum original designs. Chambord is a group of classic French designs made using the Luxcelle-branded cotton fiber.

SAFAVIEH

Port Washington, N.Y.

(516) 945-1900

The company is debuting its Martha Stewart Rugs collection, an exclusive new line designed by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

The collection includes more than 25 patterns in a range of colorways. Weaves are textured and include an unusual range of cut and uncut pile patterns, some accented with highlights of silk or linen. Looped pile rugs with innovative plays on traditional hooked weaves are updated for today's causal interiors.

Martha Stewart drew her inspiration from her personal homes and favorite rug and textile designs. Each design falls within one of four distinct categories: Transformations, Cultivations, Interpretations, and Explorations.

Transformations rug patterns feature historic motifs culled from antique wallpapers, textiles and ceramic tiles; Cultivations translates organic motifs — like leaves, skins and wood grains — into tone-on-tone decorating statements made in a Tibetan weave wool construction; Interpretations is a group rooted in traditional ethnic motifs; and Explorations rugs feature geometric patterns, shimmering colors and abstract shapes.

The line includes handmade and machine-made area rugs expected to retail for $500 to $3,000. The rugs will initially be distributed through independent furniture stores and independent rug stores this spring.

Safavieh is also showing several new collections and design extensions from its own line.

SHAW LIVING

Dalton, Ga. (800) 2827429

The new Renaissance collection as well as new additions to the company's two designer license programs — Tommy Bahama and Kathy Ireland — are in the works for Shaw this market.

Renaissance is a group of about 45 designs, the majority of which is traditional, with a representation of casual transitional looks and contemporaries. These rugs employ Shaw's own EverTouch nylon.

New Tommy Bahama styles comprise 19 casual yet sophisticated designs, also made with the EverTouch nylon fiber.

And the Kathy Ireland program, Young Attitude, is being re-launched with 19 new printed nylon designs featuring a fashion-inspired palette. The palette is bright, with hues like lip gloss, dark shadow, locker room blue, milk chocolate, turtle green, khaki, ocean glacier, and sandy beach.

SPHINX/ORIENTAL WEAVERS

Dalton, Ga. (800) 832-8020

Sphinx by Oriental Weavers is introducing six new machine-made collections and adding new designs to its Tones and Evolution collections.

The six new collections are: Luxor, a group of machine-made 100% heat-set polypropylene rugs that feature up to 55 colors through the use of Sphinx's special cross-woven technology; Samarkand, an assortment of sophisticated transitionals and soft contemporaries, all made using textural drop-stitching and crisp design details through its machine-made 100% heat-set polypropylene 500-reed construction; Channing, a group of rugs made in a new machine-woven technology that combines heat-set polypropylene and acrylic in a cut-and-loop pile construction for a multi-dimensional design and luster; the Pembroke collection, which includes geometric, botanical and free-flowing patterns created through the use of subtle shading and space-dyed wool and viscose fibers on these machine-woven rugs; the side-woven Zen collection, a heat-set 100% polypropylene compilation of open traditional motifs and relaxed transitional designs in an updated palette of 40 rich colors; and Haven, a group of machine-woven 100% heat-set polypropylene rugs in tropical, transitional and contemporary patterns.

Sphinx is also expanding the Tones collection with eight new designs and its Evolution collection with six new designs.

SURYA RUGS

Calhoun, Ga. (706) 625-4823

The company is showing several new collections and new designs to existing programs. Here is a sampling of some such introductions.

Alfresco is a group of indoor/outdoor rugs that are resistant the humidity and UV rays. Antolya are hand-knotted rugs from India that are inspired by medieval Persian styles and made to look herbal washed. Ashton and Berkley are both made of soft felted New Zealand wool and are hand-woven in India. Bombay rugs are hand-tufted in India and come in traditional, transitional and contemporary designs that are hand-washed and hand-finished. And Contour is a grouping of soft felted New Zealand wool rugs hand-woven in India.

TRANS-OCEAN

White Plains, N.Y.

(914) 949-5656

New from the company's Liora By Liora Manné collection are three collections. Ravella is an indoor/outdoor group of soft loop pile, 100% poly-acrylic rugs hand-tufted in China. They are available in 20 designs.

Madeira, also an indoor/outdoor collection, comprises 100% polypropylene pile rugs Wilton-woven in France and available in 21 designs.

And Umbria rugs come in 16 bold and large-scale geometric patterns. These rugs are made of 100% wool pile and are hand-tufted in China.

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