I normally shop the High Point markets twice a year, because it is the largest international market. It is 4 hours from Myrtle Beach, and I usually spend 3 days shopping. I find that basically everybody shows at this market. They have a tremendous selection of antique rugs with over 75,000 buyers from all over the world. I don’t pick up items at design centers, as my clients rely on the fact that I am a stocking dealer with all my suppliers and can offer affordable discounts. I also sell to the trade in my showroom offering substantial discounts. My antique rugs are purchased during the High Point markets. I am one of those designer types who actually has to see and touch the rug to buy it.
Do you have a favorite style or fiber of rug?
My current favorite design and fiber are muted designs in hand knotted jute from India. They have very few limitations as to where they fit. Loloi offers a number of designs and colors in this look.
At what point do you consider flooring?
Sometimes I begin with rugs and other times with fabrics. If I am specifying an antique rug, I always begin the design and style of the room around the rug.
Do you buy custom rugs?
I occasionally use custom rugs, but there are so many fantastic offerings in the rug market today I rarely find the need for custom any more. I love lots of texture and color in my rugs.
Would you have any suggestions for the importers or dealers?
My “go to” vendors, such as Loloi and Jaipur, offer smallest sizes as samples, and these are returnable. They are also known for quality product and excellent customer service.
Do you use the Internet for purchasing?
I purchase samples from my vendor websites but do not purchase rugs online.
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