With Labor Day weekend behind us, and summer all but over, the Area Rug Industry in launching into the Fall selling season with its three concurrent kickoff events, Metro Market Week, NYICS, and the Rug Show!
For those who might be unfamiliar with these events, Metro Market Week is the annual Area Rug Industry spectacular, where dealers in the New York and New Jersey metro areas invite their buyers, clients, designers, and other Area Rug Industry members to visit their showrooms to see their new collections, fresh offerings, and view their inventory. Unlike some of the other shows in Atlanta, High Point, and elsewhere, where New York and New Jersey dealers can only bring along a small portion of their inventory, Metro Market Week emphasizes the dealers’ flagship locations, allowing for a more complete selection of rugs to be displayed. This is the eleventh annual Metro Market Week, and while some of the pomp and circumstance of the early years has been done away with, gala dinners and cocktail parties were always secondary to the real “meat and potatoes” of the annual event.
This year, Metro Market Week serves an even more important function, in that it reunites many of the New York and New Jersey rug dealers under one umbrella again, after the unfortunate dissolution of the ORICA rug center in Secaucus earlier this year, and the recent departure of many longtime rug dealers from the New York scene. For more information about Metro Market Week, its dates, times, participating dealers, and special offers for visitors, visit http://www.metromarketweek.com/
As part of Metro Market Week, two other major industry events are occurring, as well. The first is NYICS, the New York International Carpet Show. Taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, this show offers a chance to see samplings of some of the new and exciting offerings from many of New York’s “boutique” dealerships, and is a hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of Metro Market Week. NYICS is an exciting show that is only in town through today, so catch it while you can! Their website is http://www.nyics.com/
To see some of PGNY’s past exhibits in NYICS, check out the new Press Page of this website, by going to http://www.pgny.com/press/
The last show of the group is the one that has generated arguably the most fanfare, the Rug Show at Javits. Taking place in the cavernous Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan’s west side, the Rug Show started out a couple of years ago as a show exclusively for rug dealers from Los Angeles who wanted to be part of the excitement of Metro Market Week here in the Big Apple, but across town from the rest of the dealers, and in their own forum. The show has expanded and evolved since then, and now includes some of the biggest and best dealers from both coasts, including luminaries from Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey. It’s a hot ticket, and like NYICS, the Rug Show also ends today, so waste no time in getting there if you want to catch the show. Their website is http://www.therugshow.com/
If you have the chance to catch the Rug Show at Javits and/or NYICS at the Metropolitan Pavilion, leave us a comment here on the all new PGNY Rug Blog and let us know what’s hot, what’s not, and anything else you want to discuss about Metro Market Week 2014! We hope to hear from you all out there in internet-land, and continue to check back here frequently for all the exciting new things occurring at the new and improved PGNY.com, the Area Rug Industry’s leading source for antique oriental rugs, unique decorative carpets, and period European tapestries!