Troy, N.C. — Capel Rugs is debuting three dynamic new designs from its
popular Kevin O'Brien line of licensed rugs at the October 13-17 High Point
Market. The collection will be on view at Capel Rugs' showroom, located at
historic Market Square, Space 112.
Two of the collections take inspiration from places that have a special place in
O'Brien's heart. Gilded Age is based on sketches O'Brien did of damask fabrics
seen in a historic church interior in Paris, the city where he proposed to his
wife. Willow is based on drawings O'Brien did during the couple's honeymoon in
"My sketchbooks contain a wide assortment of memories, inspirations and ideas
recorded during my travels in Asia, Europe and other places throughout the
world," O'Brien said. "They're often a creative starting point for our team as
we develop new products.
"This market, we're revving up our Capel program with a range of exciting new
rugs. Each of these new looks is deeply rooted in tradition and history, but
with a fresh twist that makes them relatable to today's lifestyles. The unifying
theme is tradition with a modern spirit and relevance."
A transitional rug design of 100% New Zealand wool constructed in Moldova on
Wilton looms with a lush pile. Interpreted with a painterly hand that provides a
fresh perspective on the brocade motif, Gilded Age is available in three
colorways: nickel, azul and ivory mist. A 5'3" x 7'6" model retails for $599.
"Did kings and queens walk on this rug?" O'Brien mused. "No, they never had it
so good. But Capel's customers are more fortunate and can feel like modern
royalty when they step on this stylish, versatile design."
This nature-themed collection traces its roots to a walk O'Brien took in a
Japanese garden with his wife during their honeymoon. "We felt the gentle
breezes sway a cluster of willow branches, and that feeling was magical,"
O'Brien recalls. "Luckily, I had my brushes and paper nearby and could capture
that special moment in my sketchbook."
Available in azul and champagne colorways, Willow is made of 100% olefin on
Wilton looms in the United States. A 5'3" x 7'6" size retails for $599.
Capel Rugs' third introduction for the O'Brien line this market also began with
a joyful splash of color in the artist's sketchbook. A casual/transitional
design sourced from Turkey, Brushstrokes features a machine-woven construction
in durable polyester and olefin with a 1/2-inch pile. The rug is available in
three colorways: Prussian Blue, Marble and Charcoal. A 5'3" x 7'6" rug may
retail for $449.