September has long been a key month for buying rugs in New York. In 2021, it’s time to get back out IRL and visit the multiple interior design-related events and fairs that are happening across the city. These events make it easier than ever to explore the potential of handmade rugs and their ability to bring visual and tactile warmth to homes, businesses and hospitality venues.
Our selection of September events in NYC include:
The inaugural event is a boutique three-day trade fair featuring leading international rug brands. The event takes place from 25-27 September at the Altman Building in Chelsea, Manhattan. The twelve exhibitors are: Anadol Rugs, Battilossi, Caravan, Creative Matters Inc, French Accents, Lapchi, Rug and Kilim, Samad, Sumaq Alpaca, Tamarian, New Moon and Knots Rugs. Register to attend.
The annual Business of Home conference returns as an in-person and virtual event from 13-14 September 2021. The theme is ‘The Future of Home’. Speaker topics are relevant to rug retailers and wholesalers and include how businesses can meet the accelerated demand for home furnishings that resulted from the Covid lockdown. Register to attend.
September is the start of the traditional auction season and that includes important rug auctions. Founded in 1980, Manhattan-based Nazmiyal Antique Rugs is recognised as one of the leading antique rug dealers. Their extensive inventory of antique and contemporary rugs is available through their bricks and mortar store or via their online curated auctions. The next auction is on 26 September 2021. Register to bid.
NYTM returns with its sixth edition of this annual city-wide festival of textiles. Convened by Parsons School of Design and Li Edelkoort, the programme includes exhibitions, demonstrations, open studios, workshops, talks and panels. Highlights include a freeform mini tapestry weaving workshop with artist Stephanie Eche, a talk by textile designer Lori Weitzner who trained with Jack Lenor Larsen, a virtual tour of weaver Alexandra Kehayoglou’s Long Island Tapestries installation, and plein air weaving with Morgan Hale at Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn. Find out more.