Capel reports strong Atlanta market
TROY, North Carolina (27 July 2009) - Capel Rugs wrapped up a successful International Area Rug Market last week in Atlanta. Although attendance was down slightly from a year ago, order writing was up 48 per cent over last year's numbers, with large volume in special promotion rugs.
"We're very pleased with our sales during Atlanta market," Capel vice president of sales Allen Robertson said in a statement. "Our new offerings were well received and buyers gave great feedback about our new color stories and value pricing."
Capel's bestsellers at market included the traditional designs of Velvet and Classic Chobi. The colourful braided collection Songbird was a big hit with buyers as well. Brand new introductions Riverdale and Seabreeze also garnered interest. Buyers represented the full range of Capel's distribution channels.
Special guest and design partner Jane Seymour signed her book Open Hearts for a large crowd at Capel's Atlanta showroom during market on July 13. Visitors expressed interest in new introductions from the co-branded line of Jane Seymour rugs by Capel, which debuted select collections including a Karma Naturals design and a custom-bordered outdoor rug.
Popular buys fromthe Atlanta Rug Market
Classic Chobi: Delicate floral symmetry is arranged in classic muted colors to create these elegant classics. Gold filigree vines and repeating border add order and refined detail. Available in Mahal and Ushak patterns and seven colourways: grenadier red, champagne, oxford brown, bittersweet, spa blue, antique brass and bronze. A 5'3"x 7'6" rug may retail for US$299.
Karma Naturals: Hand made from natural fibres, this collection draws inspiration from the spice bazaars of a bygone era. Highly textural patterns are rendered in earth tones with antiqued variegation and a rich patina. Hand knotted in India in Diamond, Mosaic, Loop and Brocade styles, this heirloom collection is available in a variety of colors. Suggested retail for a 5' x 8' rug ranges from US$299 to $999.
Velvet: Hand tufted in India from pure wool, this rug boasts a supremely soft, luxurious hand with exceptional lustre. Offered in an array of elegant designs in classic styling, warm golden tones accent the colourways of pewter, coral, bluestone, oyster, caramel, tuscan red, gold finch and biscuit. A 5' x 8' rug may retail for US$499.
Songbird: Vintage tableware and linens inspire the lively, variegated color of this traditional braid. Its classic hues coordinate well with today's casual upholstery and leather. Made in the U.S. of a durable wool blend, this reversible braid is available in the colourways goldfinch, parakeet, blue jay and cardinal. A 5' x 8' concentric rug may retail for US$359.
Elementals: Artistic renderings of graceful floral elements are captured in this nature-inspired group. Hand tufted in India with over-twisted wool blend yarns for a unique effect, it is offered in the soft-hued patterns Bramble, Pavilion, Orchids, Bluebells and Walkstone (toasted almond or mesquite). A 5' x 8' rug may retail for US$599.
First Impressions: Subtle detail in an embossed 100 per cent wool matelassé draws the eye to this rug's lustre and soft hand. Reminiscent of fine, Marseille linens in neutral, monochromatic hues, this collection offers understated elegance in the colorways champagne, celery, merlot, ivory, wood ash and maple. Hand-loomed in India. A 5' x 8' rug may retail for US$559.
To see more collections from the largest program of rugs in the industry, visit www.capelrugs.com. Capel is represented by Village Gate Sales in Mississauga, Ontario, supported by a permanent showroom in the International Centre.