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Karastan Luxury Plank Flooring: Better than Nature’s Hardwood

For gorgeous, elevated luxury in the home, the sophistication and timelessness of hardwood flooring is often a first choice among homeowners. In addition to lasting for decades with proper care, homes with wood flooring retain their value better, sell more quickly, and tend to sell for more. But wood flooring has drawbacks. That’s why luxury vinyl flooring is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners.

Luxury vinyl flooring combines the look of real wood with the durability of vinyl, making it possible to enjoy the beauty and benefits of wood flooring without the challenges associated with it. But not all luxury vinyl flooring is created equal; some products might offer extreme durability but lack hardwood realism, while others may look nice but offer lackluster performance. Now, there’s Karastan’s LuxeCraft. LuxeCraft offers wood-look styles that replicate the best of nature’s rare, aged and weathered creations—with performance that nature can’t provide. Here are three reasons why Karastan’s LuxeCraft luxury vinyl plank flooring might be a better choice than hardwood flooring.

Karastan LVP flooring in herringbone pattern in bedroom

Endless Style Possibilities

LuxeCraft provides incredible realism and produces authentic wood visuals—including wood looks that normally can’t even be made into flooring! Currently, farmhouse chic and coastal chic design styles are thriving, and no other surface suits these aesthetics quite like the look of hardwood—and Karastan LuxeCraft offers visuals that perfectly complement these design trends. With wider, longer planks, LuxeCraft floors can help you create unforgettable rooms that work perfectly with the rise of open floorplans.

The LuxeCraft collection takes inspiration from rare sources such as century-old sunken logs, the fine craftsmanship of cellos, weathered barnwood, and early 19th-century Appalachian timber. The Curated Grain line pulls from salvaged wood and the grain of historic old-growth white oak barnwood. Marked by brilliant mineral streaking and grain patterning, the softwood cypress and hickory varieties in the Refined Forest line represent strength through hundreds of changing seasons. The Treasured Grove line highlights fallen old growth wood weathered by years of rain, wind, sunshine, and other natural elements. This depth and dimension of texture is achieved through 3D printing technology and takes these elevated wood creations to another level. Although nature’s processes would render these actual source woods unusable in a home, the visual components combined with modern materials and manufacturing processes produce luxury vinyl plank with breath-taking appearance and completely rigid, realistic surfaces.

Karastan LVP flooring in bold rustic look in kitchen

Incredible Durability

Modern vinyl plank flooring options are a far cry from the vinyl options that you might have grown up with. This is not the rolls of plastic-y, thin sheet vinyl that resulted in an unnatural, seamless floor finish. LuxeCraft features exceptionally rigid top layers and multilayer construction that resists water, scratches, and dents while emulating real wood with authentic markings, grain, texture, and gorgeous color palettes.

Made to resist dents from dropped items and foot traffic, LuxeCraft can withstand an active lifestyle. And while exposure to moisture and liquid could damage wood, LuxeCraft luxury vinyl is inherently waterproof and will keep liquid on the surface with an air-tight installation.

Karastan LVP flooring in home entryway

Easy Maintenance

Where real wood can’t go, luxury plank flooring excels! It’s not only well suited for high-traffic areas, but the waterproof quality also makes it perfectly suited for the areas that will see moisture. So even kitchens, bathrooms, mudrooms, and basements can have the same luxurious feel as the living room and bedrooms.

Wood floors are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to scratches, drops, and drags. When a permanent scratch occurs on a wood floor, only refinishing or re-sanding the surface can remove the blemish entirely. LuxeCraft luxury vinyl plank, however, features a rigid, reinforced top layer with modern technology to provide premium scuff and scratch resistance.

If you’re looking for durable flooring that offers the luxury of hardwood, with style and performance that are better than anything nature can offer, it’s time to consider Karastan LuxeCraft.

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How to Deep Clean Your Beautiful Karastan Floors

Beautiful living is more than what you see on the surface—a beautiful space also needs to be fresh and clean. While the COVID-19 virus has many people quarantined indoors, it’s now more important than ever to take the time to deep clean your floors, disinfect your home, and kill germs that can linger or be brought in from the outside world. Nothing will give you greater peace of mind than knowing your loved ones are safe within a beautiful, clean home environment.

As you practice responsible social distancing, now’s your chance to give your floors some extra attention that will, in turn, benefit the ones you love the most.

Home entry with clean wood floors

How to Clean Your Hardwood & Luxury Vinyl Flooring

To begin sanitizing your Karastan hard surface floors, remove dirt, dust, pet dander, and loose particles from the outside world by using a dust mop, soft bristle broom, or a suction-only vacuum cleaner. Pay particular attention to high traffic areas and corners where more dust and pet hair can accumulate. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar or disengage the beater bar completely before using on your hardwood floors. Make sure to place floor mats at your entrances and exits to help collect germs from the outside world from being tracked indoors.

Although these times are uncertain, there is no need to panic and attempt to kill germs by deviating from the normal cleaning rules that you follow: You still need to resist wet-mopping, damp-mopping, or cleaning your hardwood floors with water, oil soaps, liquid or paste wax, household products containing lemon, citrus, tung oil, silicon, or 2-in-1 cleaners that contain acrylics or urethane polish. You also should refrain from using harsh cleaning items like steel wool pads, any scouring pads containing metal, or scouring powders. In an effort to disinfect your floors, you don’t want to create permanent damage!

For cleaning liquid spills, wipe up spills and spots immediately with a clean white cloth. Then wipe the area clean with a separate soft, slightly damp cloth. Only use a gentle cleaner for persistent spots, followed by a dry mop. Use a dust rag by hand, applying any dusting/polishing product directly to the rag, to clean your hard surface stairs. Always consult your warranty to answer any specific questions.

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How to Deep Clean Your Soft Carpet & Area Rugs

Although Karastan carpet and Karastan rugs are most well-known for their exquisite beauty, they provide an equal amount of top-quality performance and resilience to our inspired spaces. General Karastan carpet care will preserve their pristine appearance for years of enjoyment, but right now you can also greatly minimize the presence of harmful germs.

Savvy homeowners know that carpets and rugs can trap dust and pollen. With effective vacuuming that releases these trapped particles from the carpet and removes them, you can reduce your family’s exposure to irritants. This is especially important since COVID-19 affects the respiratory system, and can greatly impact those who suffer from allergies, asthma, and chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. So deep clean your carpet to protect your loved ones!

Remove Dirt

The best way to remove dirt is to create the best airflow when regularly vacuuming! This is achieved by selecting the right vacuum with adjustable height that you can set to your specific carpet height. Not too low or too high, you want the vacuum’s beater bar or brush to gently touch the carpet surface to avoid fuzzing. For premium, high pile soft carpet, use the highest height setting and avoid concentrated or sealed suction.  For thick loop, casual frieze or long pile carpet, disengage the beater bar and vacuum with suction only. Our favorite vacuum for premium soft Karastan carpet and rugs is the SONICLEAN SFC-7000 SOFT CARPET UPRIGHT VACUUM. No matter what vacuum model you are interested in, verify that it is certified through the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Seal of Approval/Green Label Vacuum Cleaner Program to ensure superior carpet cleaning and dirt removal.

Remove Stains

With more time indoors, the likelihood that spills will occur certainly rises. For general spot cleaning, start with the outside of the stain and remove all solid material with a spoon or dull knife. Then blot up the liquid spill with a white cloth towel or paper towel and use warm water only to remove any remaining stain. Remember to never use a cleaner with a pH of 10 or higher on your Karastan carpet or rug. Test any cleaning solution or gentle cleaner on an area of carpet inside your closets to double-check the procedure. Also, if you have gorgeous Karastan wool carpet in your home, we have specific wool care guidelines for you to follow in our Karastan Care and Cleaning Guide as well! For all stain emergencies that are not resolved with these care procedures, contact the Scotchgard Service Center at 1-800-433-3296 for further assistance.

Karastan’s goal is to encourage you to “live beautifully” in every room of your home. To maintain this lifestyle at home, creating a clean, safe environment indoors is a top priority. Taking action to clean your floors will help you stay active and productive, which will boost your immune system and help you stay healthy. Involve your loved ones and create a cleaning schedule that will help establish consistency. Your combined efforts will ultimately achieve the deep clean that leads to a beautiful home and contributes to your beautiful life.

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What’s New at the Las Vegas Market?

The bi-annual Las Vegas Market is known for setting the pace for what’s cool and cutting-edge in multiple categories including furniture and home décor. After this July’s show, we caught up with Product Director Erika Banks who offered some insight on the showroom space and the inspiration behind the collections as well as what’s on the horizon for Karastan.

Q: Erica, what can you share about the Las Vegas Market and the showroom space there?

A: We have a permanent showroom location in building C of the World Market Center. We expanded the showroom in January of 2019, which allows us to show over 400 full-size 8’x11’ rugs within our showroom. The recent expansion has been great for us, and the ability to show the larger size rugs has had a huge impact with our customers. We have been participating in the show for numerous years and look forward to continued sales growth as we use markets such as this one to continue to launch new products.


Karastan rugs at Las Vegas Market 2019

Q: What was the creative direction of the Las Vegas Market showroom?

A: We typically use the showroom space to provide aspirational and inspirational ideas for our new collections. In July, we focused on our new collection launches: Tryst, Soiree, and Tempest.

Q: What are some of the key design features of these new Karastan collections?

A: Well, the Tryst collection features unique textures and a subtly distressed effect that complements both its classic Persian designs and its modern abstracts. The Tempest collection is made from a blend of New Zealand wool and SmartStrand Silk, which allows for innovative use of color and texture. And finally, the Soiree styles showcase globally inspired patterns rooted in a taste for timeless traditional designs. This collection is influenced by rose gold and features fashion forward colors and luxurious finishes.

Scott Living Karastan rug collection at Las Vegas Market

Q: Is there anything new for rugs for the rest of 2019 or coming up in 2020?

A: We plan to show the line in our showroom in High Point in October and then have additional product launches in January during the Las Vegas Market to continue our expansion into natural fibers and custom size programs. We’ll also continue to add new design development into our most popular and successful collections, as well as expanding product lines with our current partners — Scott Living and Patina Vie — and exploring new partnerships.

Stay tuned for in-depth details on our new rug collections, and view all beautiful and luxurious Karastan rugs on our site. 

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Karastan SmartStrand Carpet: New Styles

Our Karastan SmartStrand carpet is known for being luxuriously soft and extremely durable while also delivering the ultimate in stain-resistance and ease of care. With a variety of styles in lighter shades of beige, white and grey, Karastan SmartStrand carpet makes it possible to enjoy luxury and modern style trends without worrying about stains or spills.

Our Karastan SmartStrand carpet also stands out for its unique patterns and colorations. The dye technologies and techniques used with SmartStrand provide a wide range of patterns and multi-color offerings that can be used to create many different kinds of visuals without sacrificing the luxurious feel our Karastan customers love.

Brittany Stanley, a Karastan designer, tells us more about the carpet fiber. “SmartStrand colorations give us more to work with to build the carpet our customers are looking for. As far as patterns go, these carpets have a nice feel to them; you get the softness you expect from Karastan, but with a durable feel. It just feels so nice underneath your feet.”

We recently added new styles to our product line—including fresh, modern updates to three of our classic, tried-and-true styles.

Karastan SmartStrand carpet in style Fashion Portrait

Fashion Portrait

Formerly known as Fashion Icon, this classic style has been one of our top patterns for several years. A fresh, modern palette and updated yarns give it a modern look and a better feel than it had before.

This style offers a subtle pattern and texture with a small-scale lattice design in a tone-on-tone cut and loop pile. With exceptional softness, built-in stain resistance and a stylish palette of chic neutrals, Fashion Portrait is sure to be a favorite.

Karastan SmartStrand carpet in style Essential Flair

Essential Flair

One of our original SmartStrand products, this style was first known as Essential Living. An updated yarn and color line give this carpet a fresh, modern look. With 40 hues to choose from, this dense, textured collection brings casual elegance into family spaces. Stanley tells us more about the new color palette.

“This style was one of the original products we did in SmartStrand for Karastan. We updated the yarn and color line. We gave it a fresh, modern palette and added some nice accent colors as well, including traditional blues, a wine color, and a nice, smoky green.”

Karastan SmartStrand Carpet in style Avalon Estate

Avalon Estate

Promising premium softness in trending colors for easy style, this textured casual loop delivers a fresh, neutral palette ranging from creams and beiges to grays.

“This tried-and-true product was previously called Avalon Park. We loved the classic loop pattern, but the color line was dated. So, we freshened it up by updating it with modern colors, including light creams, taupes and greys,” said Stanley.

Luxuriously soft with built-in stain resistance, our SmartStrand carpets use the most advanced fiber and color innovations to create worry-free beauty and comfort in any home. And with new and updated styles to choose from, you’re sure to find a Karastan carpet that’s perfect for your home!

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Karastan Kashmere Carpet: New Styles

Our Kashmere nylon carpets combine luxurious feel, fine craftsmanship and trend-setting style with the ultimate in durability. This year, we’ve released several new and updated styles in the Kashmere line, including adventurous patterns and eye-popping colors. Hear from Karastan designer Brittany Stanley as she gives us an inside look at these new styles.

Vintage Grace

This Kashmere nylon style adds a sophisticated texture to any space. Its distinctive tone-on-tone basket weave style comes in fashion-forward neutrals and grays, as well as beautiful jewel tone accents.

Using a dye technology that allows endless pattern possibilities, this style incorporates a deep dye to achieve a unique tonal effect. With a blend of tone-on-tone color and natural yarn, the result is a gorgeous, heavy contrast that’s one of Stanley’s favorites.

“I love this one. It’s quite possibly my favorite pattern we did last year. It’s so pretty. We did this one in a ‘wow’ pattern with a pop of color for someone who wants to really make a statement, but there’s a neutral pattern to work with as well.”

Karastan Kashmere carpet in Natural Diversion in a formal living room

Natural Diversion

Horizontal lines in a striated motif give this style a modern feel that’s great for any room in the home. Natural Diversion offers a decorating palette featuring cool and warm neutrals.

This style stands out because it is designed to run the width of the room instead of the length. And with a pattern that adds enough interest without being overwhelming, it’s perfect for someone who wants something a little different but doesn’t want to truly commit to anything too nontraditional.

Karastan Kashmere carpet in Artistic Affinity in a sitting room

Artistic Affinity

Variegated loops mixed with solids create the illusion of texture in this Karastan nylon tonal pattern. Its open trellis lends traditional elegance, while a palette of 20 trending neutrals and jeweled accents speaks to today’s interiors. Stanley tells us more about the design creation.

“This traditional trellis pattern gives you high contrast. The darker yarn is used to create the pattern, which makes it look almost stamped on. But the loop pile adds texture for a unique and fun look that’s still super soft.”

Karastan Kashmere carpet in Artistic Texture in a sitting room

Artistic Texture

This style offers a unique, elongated diamond pattern with a textured look. Its decorating-friendly palette features cool and warm neutrals with jewel tone accents.

Designed as a companion product to Artistic Affinity, this style shares the same color palette but offers a different pattern. Artistic Texture’s pattern is the perfect fit for Karastan customers who want the quality and craftsmanship that come with the Karastan name, but with a more adventurous pattern than our traditional styles.

Karastan Kashmere carpet in True Admiration in a sitting room

True Admiration

True Admiration exudes luxury and offers upscale comfort. True Admiration offers a broad palette that will complement any décor, with 40 solid tones ranging from must-have neutrals to bold, contemporary accents.

“This style is a recolor of Maison, which has been in Karastan for many years. It’s a thick carpet with a nice, tight and tailored finish,” Stanley explains. “We left the product the same because everyone loved how it was, it just needed a little update. We gave it a traditional color palette with the muted colors and lighter neutrals our consumers want.”

Our Karastan Kashmere carpets offer the style, durability, and softness you expect from a luxury brand. With new styles and colors that push the envelope on modern classics, there is something for anyone who wants long-lasting comfort.

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Karastan Wool Carpet: New Styles

Wool is carpet’s most luxurious material; it gives you a sophisticated, high-end look that you really can’t get from a synthetic, and it feels so nice and soft. But there’s more to wool than just beauty! Wool is a natural fiber that is both non-allergenic and sustainable—so you can relax and feel good about living beautifully on Karastan wool carpet. It’s also a crush and static resistant material that is durable and easy to clean, ensuring lasting luxury.

We have released several new styles and colorations that put an updated twist on the classic wool styles you know and love—including new tufted wool products that bring the sophistication and quality of wool to a lower price point, as well as wool blends that combine all the attributes of soft, durable and environmentally friendly wool with the wonderful texture and stain-resistance of blended fibers. As we walk through each of these new styles, hear from Brittany Stanley, the designer behind some of our most beautiful products.

Karastan French Encore wool carpet in a sitting areaFrench Encore

This delightful large-scale plaid is available in both subtle and contrasting colorways. The pattern loop woven in 100% New Zealand wool offers incredible softness and durability for fashionable and comfortable living areas that retain their beauty.

“This is a continuation of an older pattern that we carried for many years. When we stopped carrying it, we got a lot of requests to bring it back. People loved the traditional large check pattern. We recolored it for a traditional pattern with a modern twist on the color line, with neutrals like greys, navy and taupe.”

Karastan Riviera Stria wool carpet in a loft space

Riveria Stria

Designed as a companion product to Patola, a classic Karastan product with a flame stitch, Riveria Stria is a linear product that uses the same yarn products that Patola uses. But where Patola has a chevron stitch pattern, Riveria Stria is a linear pattern that has a bit of ribbing. Inspired by ikat designs and current fashion trends, its Karaloc woven pattern exudes innovative modern style.

Karastan Hatherleigh wool carpet in a living room

Hatherleigh

With its high-low loops made of 100% New Zealand wool, this tufted wool style conjures images of the heathered European countryside. It offers both two-tone and solid colorways in fresh hues to coordinate with current design trends. A traditional loop pattern with beautiful coloration, Hatherleigh comes in heathered colors and solids, as well as styles that offer a mix of both.

Karastan Kingston Hill wool carpet in a sitting area

Kingston Hill

This tufted wool carpet has a two-tone, fine-point style for a tailored, sophisticated look that isn’t offered in any of our other woven wools. Large, textured loops in heavy contrasting yarns give this tufted wool style its distinct scalloped stripes. This 100% New Zealand wool beauty brings texture and linear energy into any space of the home.

Karastan Braided Charm wool carpet in a living room

Braided Charm

Alternating rows of bulky and fine yarn in high and low loops create a ribbed effect that mimics corduroy. Up close, this tufted wool looks as if the yarn is braided. The variety of grayed neutral hues in 100% New Zealand wool is on trend with today’s style preferences and a unique product according to Stanley.

“This style is a completely unique product in the Karastan line—we don’t have anything else like it. This carpet has a chunkier loop with a more linear pattern. With its neutral color line, this is definitely a trendy carpet.”

With new colorations, tufted wool products, and wool/SmartStrand blends, our new wool styles provide an updated twist to classic patterns and colors which Stanley says was exactly the goal.

“Karastan has always been a trendsetter, and we are always looking for new ways to do things. We are always thinking about what we can do to push the envelope a little bit while still providing those classic patterns and colors that our consumers want.”

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New Styles and Collaborations Announced in Las Vegas

Earlier this month, the City of Lights sparkled with style yet again as the Karastan design team reopened their showroom doors at the highly anticipated Las Vegas Market.  Held biannually in Las Vegas’s World Market Center, the Las Vegas Market is the West Coast’s only home furnishings market and a top destination for style seekers in search of the freshest fashions for home interiors.  With upwards of 4,000 luxury gift and home brands, in addition to at least 600 temporary exhibitors, packed inside the market’s surplus of 5.4 million square feet of sprawling showroom space, it’s no wonder that the Las Vegas Market attracts the attention of top tastemakers, retail leaders, interior designers and design celebrities from around the world!

Karastan wowed attendees at this summer’s market with the most product debuts launched in recent history!  Such launches included the unveiling of Karastan’s new Elements Collection, featuring 12 original designs in opening price points spanning a spectrum of styles ranging from timeless traditional all the way to cutting edge contemporary.  While officially launched earlier at this season’s Atlanta market, Karastan’s Meraki Collection was equally well received on the West Coast.  Consciously crafted with eco-friendly Everstrand™ recycled polyester yarn, the collection is comprised of 15 traditional patterns revamped with rich color combinations and distressed details.  The Meraki Collection’s globally inspired bohemian designs made waves in haute hues like magenta pink, indigo blue, tangerine orange, lime green and teal sapphire.

Karastan expanded on existing collections as well.  Ten new designs were added to the popular Spice Market Collection, including five creations styled by the antique inspired artisans of Patina Vie, four patterns designed by legendary textile designer, Virginia Langley, and one debut dreamed possible by Karastan Vice President of Design, Tracy Pruitt.  The contemporary Cosmopolitan Collection grew by 14 new designs as well, five of which were created in collaboration with Patina Vie.  Silver, oxblood, emerald and clay colors were also added to the Cosmopolitan Collection, with emerald in particular anticipated to be a rising trend.  Three new colorways of Virginia Langley’s “Nirvana” design were introduced, including jade, smoky grey and brushed gold.  Fifteen new designs were also presented in the Enigma Collection, many of which incorporated pastel colors, another rising trend.  Topping off all the newness included round rug size options released in the Euphoria and Touchstone Collections.

However, the biggest news announced at the market included the unveiling of two new collections licensed in collaboration with Scott Living, a lifestyle brand owned by Jonathan and Drew Scott, hosts of HGTV’s Property Brothers series.  The Scotts collaborated with Tracy Pruitt to create 21 new designs for their two collections, named Artisan and Expressions.

Upscale art-deco inspired styles, polished by shimmering touches of gold and cream viscose, comprise the luxurious Artisan Collection.  Those craving more of a casual, masculine inspired style influenced by coastal California vibes will gravitate toward the Expressions Collection.  This carefree collection includes a denim and indigo blue color palette, balanced with neutral hues of beige, grey, black and white.  The “Elan Onyx” style from the Expressions Collection even served as the backdrop for fan photos with the Scotts during a packed cocktail party hosted in the Karastan showroom on Sunday, July 29, to celebrate the collections’ launch.

While this season’s market concluded earlier this month, the Karastan design team is already at work preparing a slew of more stylish surprises for next winter’s Las Vegas Market, scheduled for January 27-31, 2019.

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Karastan Returns to it Roots and Celebrates 90 Years at High Point Market

Earlier this season, Karastan continued its 90th anniversary celebration at North Carolina’s famed High Point Market.  Held April 14-18, this internationally renowned event has earned its reputation as, ‘The World’s Home for Home Furnishings.’  Regarded as the largest furnishings industry trade show, High Point Market biannually attracts attention from a surplus of 75,000 industry insiders, representing over 100 different countries.  Each April and October, upwards of 2,000 exhibitors flood the 11.5 million square feet of show space, spanning over 180 buildings, for five fashion filled days previewing the freshest and finest décor for the season ahead.  With tens of thousands of new product introductions at each market, it’s no wonder many have arrived at the conclusion that if it can’t be found at High Point, it probably doesn’t exist!

(Shown: Designs from Karastan’s new high fashion collection inspired by abstract art, Decollage.) 

This past April officially marked Karastan’s 90th anniversary.  The brand was born April 8, 1928 at 2:02 p.m. when the first rug rolled off an innovative groundbreaking loom created by American retailer and textile manufacturer, Marshall Field, in Eden, North Carolina, where the company remains based today.  Touted as the Karastan ‘Wonder Rug’, this elegant machine-made design rivaled handmade imported counterparts and quickly gained patronage for its unique quality, beauty and durability.  Popularity for Karastan’s revolutionary craftsmanship soared as the ‘Wonder Rug’ wowed tens of thousands of visitors at two World Fairs.

In celebration of the brand’s 90th anniversary, Karastan revisited its roaring twenties roots and invited market attendees to take a step back in time with its 1920’s themed showroom.  A leading sponsor of the High Point Market Design Bloggers Spring Tour 2018, Karastan hosted a 1920’s inspired Garden Party for the blogger event, in which Product Manager Erika Banks and Vice President of Design Tracy Pruitt led an exclusive showroom tour and revealed some of the brand’s latest designs.

(VP of Design Tracy Pruitt leads a showroom tour for design bloggers during High Point market.)

New introductions at this market included Karastan’s Simpatico Collection.  Inspired by the successful launch of the Kismet Collection, the Simpatico Collection is crafted from the combination of Karastan’s best-selling SmartStrand Silk™ yarn and legendary fully worsted New Zealand wool.  Together, this marriage of fibers achieves a luxurious product that optimizes the quality of each:  the sophisticated matte finish of the New Zealand wool cleverly contrasted with the silky sheen and stain resistant strength of Smartstrand Silk™.  Carefully crafted with Karastan’s Van de Wiele Woven Construction, the Simpatico Collection showcases a spectacular spectrum of modern transitional patterns, set to be stocked in over 30 sizes to offer consumers the unique option to create a custom size perfect for any space.

(New designs from Karastan’s Simpatico collection are revealed at High Point market.)

Additionally, the Karastan design team expanded product offerings in several of its best-selling existing collections, including the plush Euphoria Collection, the glamorous Cosmopolitan Collection, the tantalizingly textural Enigma Collection, the eclectic Touchstone Collection and the globally inspired Spice Market Collection.  Though Karastan’s showroom doors have since been sealed as of the conclusion of this spring’s High Point Market, the creative process is already well underway for the High Point Market’s highly anticipated return this fall, scheduled for October 13-17, 2018.

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Karastan Goes Glamping at High Point Market

Last month, Karastan reached the final destination of their 2017 market tour at North Carolina’s High Point Market.  The largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, High Point Market biannually attracts attention from over 75,000 industry insiders from over 100 different countries.  Each April and October, over 2,000 exhibitors flood the 11.5 million square feet of show space for five fashion filled days showcasing the freshest and the finest home décor for the season ahead.  It’s no wonder the market is touted as, ‘The World’s Home for Home Furnishings.’

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Once inside the Karastan showroom doors, both patrons and professionals alike relished in a retreat from reality with Karastan’s dreamy bohemian glamping getaway!  The ‘glamping’ themed showroom, short for glam camping, was inspired by the debut of Karastan’s latest collaboration collection with the intriguingly luxurious and invitingly livable lifestyle brand, Patina Vie.

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Old world panache is woven with modern functionality in the luxurious new Vintage Tapis Collection.  Honoring the timeless artistry of rustic hand knotted Persian rugs, the Vintage Tapis Collection elegantly emulates traditional craftsmanship in a fresh palette of the season’s most coveted colors.  The low profile, flat weave designs of this collection offer a relaxed drape, allowing for the ability to fold like traditional style rugs and strike a beautiful balance of antique elegance.  Individually imparting an authentic aesthetic and luxurious heirloom quality, the debuts of the Vintage Tapis Collection are steeped in vintage style and crafted with care.

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While Karastan’s showroom doors are since sealed until the next market held in April, we invite you to sneak a peek at some of the moments captured from this industry insider exclusive event!

 

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Serendipitous Style with Karastan’s Kismet Collection

This past market season, Karastan revealed a chance meeting in their newest collection by uniting two of their most coveted fibers, luxurious Smartstrand Silk™ and legendary New Zealand Wool. Aptly named the Kismet Collection, we jumped at the opportunity to sit down with Karastan’s Vice President of Design, Tracy Pruitt, to learn more about this fateful collection.

Karastan: Recently you were quoted describing Kismet as, “something significant happening that comes about by fate”.  Can you elaborate on how this serendipitous definition corresponds with Karastan’s latest collection, the Kismet Collection?

Karastan Vice President of Design, Tracy Pruitt
Karastan Vice President of Design, Tracy Pruitt

Tracy: “Yes. Karastan was built on a foundation of beautiful wool rugs.  That is what we have been known for since the 1920’s.  A few years ago, we introduced Smartstrand Silk™, a proprietary synthetic performance fiber that really revolutionized the carpet and rug industry. It was fate that the two should come together in one beautiful rug collection, so I called it Kismet.”

Karastan: When you were first dreaming this new collection to life, what was the starting point?  How was the idea born?

Tracy: “I’m always looking at ways to innovate, not only within color and pattern, but also in construction.  How can we make a more interesting product?  What are we doing right? How can we make a more compelling product? These are the questions that I ask myself.  Once the idea is conceived, like combining these two great fibers, it’s just a matter of experimenting to see what makes the nicest quality of rug.”

Karastan: Where do you look for inspiration and more specifically, what inspired this collection?

Tracy: “I’d like to say that it was all divine intervention, but it was quite strategic.  First, I looked at our collections that are either all wool or all Smartstrand™ and analyzed what I know is working best in those collections.  I drew first from and created sort of a ‘best of the best’ scenario.  Then I built on that.”

Karastan: I understand the Kismet Collection’s unique blend of premium wool and Smartstrand Silk™ yarn is quite surprising.  Can you elaborate on the chemistry behind this unlikely pairing and what makes it so special?

Tracy: “As I mentioned, it’s a pairing of our two most popular yarns.  But what is so intriguing is that the pairing gives the rugs a beautiful texture.  The wool has an elegant matte finish and the Smartstrand Silk™ has a really nice sheen, creating a subtle contrast of surface interest.”

Karastan: Let’s talk color.  What was the thought process behind this collection’s cool neutral color palette?  How does this color palette transcend to today’s home interiors?

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Tracy: “Most of the colors are creams, grays and neutrals.  We all know that these are the colors that the majority of America and even abroad are currently employing for a decorating foundation. However, I always try to incorporate something new and exciting as accent colors. In this collection, there are a few stand-outs. One is a beautiful steel blue that speaks to the current trend in nocturne décor; colors that are dark and moody.  Probably the most edgy color is a blush.  If you’ve shopped for apparel lately, you can’t have missed the fact that there is an abundance of choices for both women and men in various shades of pink.  This is spilling over into home décor and people are really embracing it as sort of a ‘new neutral’.”

Karastan: You’ve mentioned the patterns of this collection were derived from both new and old.  Can you elaborate on that and explain how you selected which archival patterns to reawaken?

Tracy: “There is currently a renewed trend toward traditional patterns.  We went through a phase where nobody was interested in traditional patterns; everything was modern and transitional.  But recently even millennials are appreciating rugs that have a traditional foundation.  While the rugs are anchored in traditional patterns, like serapis and agras, they are totally reimagined with the updated colors we talked about and new techniques like distressing and washes of color floating through the patterns.”

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Karastan: Tell us a little more about your future vision for the Kismet Collection.  Can we expect to see more of this style in the seasons to come?

Tracy: “I really would have liked to have done more traditional patterns.  The mix of the collection is currently traditional, transitional and modern.  But I really enjoy playing with the traditional patterns, reinventing them, and rethinking how they might be interpreted.”

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