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!



Highpoint Market Recap: A Taste of What’s to Come

Fresh from what has largely become recognized as ‘fashion week’ for the luxury home furnishing industry, the Karastan design team is back at work after unveiling their latest Fall 2017 collections at North Carolina’s High Point Market. Hosted biannually in High Point, North Carolina, the High Point Market is regarded as the largest home furnishings show in the world and rouses interest from industry insiders across the globe! Open exclusively to trade professionals, the market routinely welcomes over 75,000 visitors, with representation from over 100 countries. Each spring and fall, an expected surplus of 2,000 exhibitors fill the 11.5 million square feet of show space for a first look at the freshest fashions in home furnishings for the season ahead.


Karastan focused this spring’s High Point Market on its budding collaboration with inspiring lifestyle brand, Patina Vie. The relationship was revealed just weeks before last fall’s market season began and Karastan is excited to announce the collaboration continues. Founded by Sarah Willett, Patina Vie’s designs are renowned for their beautiful expressions of vintage and antique style, strikingly realized in contemporary scale and layout. For more information about Karastan’s partnership with Patina Vie, see our past blog post here.


Last fall, Patina Vie partnered with Karastan to design three collections for spring, including our contemporary, viscose spiked Smartstrand Silk™ Cosmopolitan Collection. Next season, patrons can expect to see the addition of more original new styles like the Cosmopolitan Collection’s Netherland, shown in an intriguing indigo colorway. The Netherland features a French damask pattern and modern watercolor effect that pays homage to the European nation’s iconic blue and white Delft pottery.


Mindful of those with a taste for traditional, Karastan also expanded the legendary Sovereign Collection, adding sophisticated styles like the Marquis. Inspired by the old world elegance of Persian-influenced design, the Marquis offers a subtly more modern take on classic motifs, incorporating fresh new color choices (debuted in both rich red and robin’s egg blue). A transitional companion piece to the Anastasia rug, which remains a celebrated Sovereign classic, the Marquis is luxuriously woven in the United States on Axminster looms with the thick softness of New Zealand wool. For more background on the 2014 introduction of our Sovereign Collection, see our past post here.


Complimenting Karastan’s chic new collections were modern and transitional furnishings from Modus Furniture International. We hope you’ve enjoyed this market recap and taste of what’s to come. The next High Point Market is scheduled for October 14-18, 2017.



Highlights from High Point Market

Known as “fashion week for the home furnishing industry,” the High Point Market is held biannually in High Point, North Carolina. It’s also recognized as the largest home furnishings show in the world! Each April and October, the market welcomes over 75,000 visitors, with representation from over 100 countries. Over 2,000 exhibitors flood the 11.5 million square feet of show space and unveil the freshest fashions in home furnishings for the season ahead, and Karastan had an amazing showroom at this year’s Market.






The finale of our fall 2016 market tour, the Karastan showroom at High Point was full of energy and excitement as eager industry insiders previewed four rug designs from the highly anticipated Intrigue Collection, set to officially launch this upcoming January 2017. Aptly named Intrigue, the transitional styles of this captivating new collection held onlookers spellbound with vibrant expressions of exotic jewel tones and refreshingly modern motifs. Beautifully woven with Karastan’s exclusive Everstrand™ recycled premium polyester yarn, each debut of the Intrigue Collection features an irresistible softness, superior stain resistance and striking color clarity for the ultimate in luxury.



Adding to the activity inside the Karastan showroom, was the big reveal of a comparative piece to the renowned Sovereign Collection’s bestselling Anastasia style. Currently, the Anastasia is Karastan’s highest selling Axminster woven rug. A modern embodiment of the Karastan legacy, the new Marquis area rug is only available through special order at this time. A design created for those with a timeless taste in mind, the transitional Marquis is certain to become a celebrated classic. Woven with the finest New Zealand worsted wool, the Marquis is luxuriously crafted with an heirloom quality that is unmistakably Karastan.



As the doors of the High Point Market are sealed to the public and only open to trade professionals, enjoy this exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes at the Karastan showroom! The next High Point Market is scheduled for April 22-26, 2017, we’ll have so much more to feature and report this Spring.















Greetings from High Point

This past weekend marked the beginning of the 2015 Fall High Point Market, held biannually in High Point, North Carolina. Regarded as the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show, the market boasts representation from over 100 countries and gathers an average attendance of over 75,000 visitors at each market.

More than 2,000 exhibitors pack into 11.5 million square feet of show space to debut tens of thousands of new product introductions at the market each spring and fall. “Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point… it probably doesn’t exist,” touts the market’s website, Naturally, Karastan had to be there!

The third and highly anticipated grand finale of our fall market tour, our High Point showroom will be open through this Thursday, October 22. Guests will be privy to the East Coast debut of our acclaimed Spice Market Collection, a sultry fusion of global influences and modern spirit, in addition to the unveiling of our freshest and most luxurious fashions yet for the season ahead. After Thursday, the market’s doors will close until the spring edition, scheduled for April 16-20, 2016.

Check out these great images from our High Point showroom: