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COVER Connect Pavilion for High-end Rugs

December 19, 2022

New in 2023 at TISE will be an entire pavilion dedicated to the best hand-made rugs the world has to offer. COVER Magazine will host COVER Connect Las Vegas, a boutique trade show on the SURFACES show floor, with nine of the industry’s top brands: Design Materials Inc., French Accents, Kirkit, Knots Rugs, Pampas Leather, Samad, Stark Studio Rugs, Tamarian, and Tibet Rug Company. 

“Rugs are really booming in terms of development and design … they are not just the standard rectangle with a border anymore, they may have rounded edges, they come in unusual shapes. Often, multiple textures, materials and weaving techniques are used in one rug, and they can be bespoke as well. The custom factor is a really important element; rugs are the perfect platform for individuals and interior designers to express their personal style,” observed Rachel Meek, project manager for COVER Connect and assistant editor at COVER magazine, published quarterly by UK-based Hali Publications, Ltd.

What will the visitor to COVER Connect Las Vegas see? Here’s a quick look.

  • Design Materials Inc. (Kansas City, KS) is all about custom style and is an importer, distributor and workshop focused on flatwoven wool and sisal rugs.
  • French Accents (New York, NY) is leader in the hand-knotted rug industry for over two decades. Its mission is to create meaningful rugs that transcend time and trends.
  • Kirkit (Istanbul, Turkey) produces some of the most innovative handmade designs to come out of Turkey today. It sets an example there, with an incredible policy toward the working conditions and social care of its weavers.
  • Knots Rugs (London, England) with award-winning designs and artist collaborations ranging stylistically from abstract expressionism, art deco, antique Persian, and minimalist flair.
  • Pampas Leather (Plantation, FL) offers a wide range of rare and beautiful cowhides from the Argentinian Pampas directly to the buyer.
  • Samad (East Rutherford, NJ) Their creative process pays homage to the ancient art of rug making, producing decorative carpets defined by exceptional quality and enduring style.
  • Stark Studio Rugs (New York, NY) Stark is a premier design industry partner for luxury residential and hospitality projects. A go-to brand for design industry professionals.
  • Tamarian­ (Baltimore, MD) Tamarian continues to be the largest importer of Tibetan rugs to the US through maintaining a commitment to integrity and beauty in the high-end market.
  • Tibet Rug Company (Salt Lake City, UT) combines the ancient art of Tibetan hand-knotted carpets with original, contemporary design to create an evolving collection of rugs.


“I think area rugs as a whole are ever more important in interiors. Over the past few years, people have been redefining their spaces and how they use them, particularly at home,” said Meek. “The potential variations are limitless.”

COVER Connect Las Vegas

will be at SURFACES in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, January
31–February 2, 2023.

Complimentary tickets to The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo | TileExpo are available exclusively to COVER Connect Las Vegas attendees via

Questions about the co-location, please contact TISE Marketing at [email protected]