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Marlys Giordano, Couristan’s Creative Director, found a man’s world in the manufacturing and wholesale end of the rug business. The transformative power of design was hidden.

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TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF DESIGN IN RUGS

But men sell rugs to women buyers and women decorators and women end users.  Women are attuned to design.  Men are not.  Women react to color.  Men not so much. Men talk price.  Women talk fashion. One thing for sure, men are uncomfortable talking about color, fashion, and the design aspects of a rug. Women buy design, color and fashion.

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So Marlys developed  Couristan Trend Report to give salesmen the vocabulary — and maybe even passion — to talk about Couristan’s rug line.  Her five trend reports explain the transformative power of design in rugs.

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TREND: WANDERING EYE

Featured in this post  is my favorite Trend – WANDERING EYE or Wanderlust. The need to perpetually be in motion exploring…discovering…learning. The pull to exotic locations like Morocco, Mexico and India; visits to the souk and local markets to uncover all of their hidden treasures— vibrant fabrics, pierced lanterns, painted wood, carved talisman.

Combining these elements, the feel is striking and colorful, with bold geometrics and even bolder color stories. Metallic accents, painted wood and recycled fabrics make this

SENSING THE TRENDS

Marlys senses fashion trends by reading, traveling, going to trade show — by letting her eyes do the walking.  She analyzed the current best sellers in the Couristan inventory and sorted into them five prominent design trends she had identified.  Subsequent rugs are designed to celebrate the five trends she has identified.

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