Friday, July 18, 2008
The Atlanta Rug Show
The AmericasMart, holds the Atlanta Rug Show which is the world’s largest single collection of fine handmade, machine-made and antique rugs. Contrary to its European counterpart DOMOTEX which holds a big rug show in Hannover in Germany, the Atlanta Rug show does not offer wall to wall carpeting, hardwood flooring, tile, and window covering and is entirely dedicated to Oriental and area (machine made) rug which makes it more specialized. Only dealers and the trade are allowed to visit the show which is held twice a year, in July and in January. To protect the members of the rug industry here in the US, the Atlanta Rug show does not allow exporters and producers from rug producing countries participate in the show to exhibit their products, while DOMOTEX welcomes this kind of participation and in its several big halls, you see all kinds of rug merchants from different rug and carpet producing countries.
The January rug show in Atlanta is more crowded than the July market and you see more foot traffic in it. The July market is more educational with many seminars and educational opportunities. The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) and the Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA) are two specialized national organizations which partner with the AmericasMart to hold this wonderful rug show which provides excellent opportunities for all those who are involved in the rug industry to benefit from it.