Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Unique and Antique Rug Forum in Atlanta Rug Show
I was in Atlanta from Jan. 17 to 21, 2008 and visited the Atlanta Rug Show. That is the biggest area rug show in the country and the AmericasMart is the organizer of this exhibition. It was good to see friends and colleagues. You could also see what sells and what does not. On Friday 18, 2008, there was a "Unique and Antique Rug Forum" held by the" Oriental Rug Retailers of America". Many dealers and professionals participated in this fine event and brought in antique rugs about which they talked. Three judges also added some comments. The judges were Philip Menendian, Daryoosh Chaman, and my self, Khosrow Sobhe. Many unique pieces were shown. Some discussions went on regarding the origin and the age of few pieces. The event took roughly two hours. It was conducted by Robert Zakian, the new president of ORRA. At the end, the judges selected two rugs as the best rugs shown at the forum and gave prizes to the exhibitors of those two rugs. It was a very fun and educational event.