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Nourison bows to the past with heirloom-inspired rugs

Saddle Brook, N.J. - In a space across the hall from its main showroom at the AmericasMart Atlanta, Nourison created a gallery-like setting to display its new Timeless collection of antique-inspired rugs during the International Area Rug Market.

Room size loom-woven versions of the collection's 14 pieces hang like reproductions of the original handmade museum rugs they represent.

Close in design to their predecessors, Nourison's Timeless rugs are more updated in colorway and border design for today's customer, noted company principal Alex Peykar.

"The idea here for us was to bring some historical fashion to our line," he said during tour of the collection. "If we had showed this collection 20 years ago, people would say we'd lost our minds. But now, the whole feeling of the worn antique look is much more in fashion, so the time was right to create this collection now."

Each replica rug is named for the original. Some include: 17th Century Agra, 15th Century Dragon Carpet, and 16th Century Mamluk, as well as the Camelot Tribute that copies the piece used in The White House during the Kennedy presidency and the Charles Voysey Tribute rug.

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