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.
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.
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.