While Fall Market was extended to nine days to ensure safe visiting, Spring Market goes back to the familiar five-day format, though we can still expect stringent anti-COVID measures, including face coverings, health checks and reduced capacity. The organisers hope that fewer travel restrictions and an improving supply chain situation will make for a successful event.
With Market still some time away, most brands have yet to confirm their attendance, but based on the autumn edition we can expect a great selection of rugs and carpets across all styles and price points. Interior designer Rachel Moriarty identified ‘textured everything’ as a burgeoning trend for 2021 at the last event, which bodes well for a product category where texture is paramount. Moriarty also mentions ‘interesting materials’ as something she notices more and more, which is certainly true for rugs, with many companies experimenting with new fibres. Often this is done with a view to creating a more sustainable product. Rug & Kilim, for example, will be introducing new pieces woven with hemp to the popular Scandinavian collection. Alongside these tendencies, there appears to be an increased demand for highend handmade rugs. In February, Nourison launched the Odessa Collection of hand-knotted Oushak designs in 100% wool citing this development, and we look forward to seeing what other brands will have to offer in this area come June.