Several of the newest fashion trends for 2014 have already been announced by those in the home décor and fashion world, with pastels colors among many designer’s top looks for the coming year. Benjamin Moore has taken the pastel trend a step further into the mainstream by introducing Breath of Fresh Air as its 2014 Color of the Year.

“We chose Breath of Fresh Air because we were seeing it across several different environments – it’s our new neutral,” said Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill.

Be one of the first to bring this refreshing color into your home by choosing from our wide variety of rugs in this trendy hue. Our Mesmerize Bloom rug from the Kevin O’Brien collection features a pastel blue with purples and greens for a playful look. Opal, in lake, offers maximum comfort and is reversible for twice the use between cleanings. This variegated braid from the Williamsburg® collection brings relaxing spa tones into any home.

Breath_BlueLeft to right: Mesmerize Bloom, Opal, Mesmerize Stripes

If you decide to coat your walls with the “new neutral,” a perfect complement is our Mesmerize Stripe rug in the sky colorway. The touch of Breath of Fresh Air in the stripes will really pop and will add warmth to any living room or bedroom. This loop hooked rug is handmade with pure wool yarns and backed with heavy cotton twill for stability.

“We chose [Breath of Fresh Air] to reflect the desire people have for change in their everyday lives,” Benjamin Moore spokeswoman Sharon Grech told The National Post. “It’s about breaking away, stepping back and reflecting on your life.”

There’s no better time than right now to upgrade your home with a new rug or coat of paint. Start off 2014 with a fresh and exciting new look – whether it’s with Breath of Fresh Air or any another color that speaks to you.

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Capel Rugs debuted more than a dozen new collections in a variety of constructions and colorways during the October High Point Market. Showroom visitors experienced new products featuring all facets of the design spectrum – from fashion-forward braids and value-priced, hand tufted rugs to vintage hand knots and Moroccan inspirations.

“We had a very successful market,” said Allen Robertson, vice president of sales for Capel Rugs. “Retailers were shopping for fresh designs and effective merchandising ideas, and we made it our mission to deliver what they need to spark new business heading into 2014.”

Stars in navy by Hable Construction

The biggest hit during market was the debut of our new collection from Hable Construction. The exclusive rugs for children and adults were created in collaboration with Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney. Hableland includes six 100% wool, loop hooked designs – Cloud People, Cupcakes, Hearts, Lollipops, Rainbows and Stars.

Rainbows in pink multi by Hable Construction

The Hable Construction line also contains a braided design inspired by a vintage rug that Susan and Katharine’s grandmother Mimi in Texas had during their childhood. Creating a contemporary version of this one-of-a-kind braid was a dream come true for the sisters. All Hable braids complement the entire Hableland collection and are proudly made in the USA. Offerings include:


  • Hableland Round is available in six colorways and three sizes: 3′ round, 5′ round and 7′ round.
  • Hableland Square is available in four colorways and three sizes: 3′ square, 5′ square and 7′ square.
  • Hableland Basket is available in 10 colorways and three sizes: 12″, 16″ and 20″.
  • Hableland Crochet, a unique take on the traditional braid, is available in light grey and cream and 3′ and 5′ sizes.

Following their success in High Point, the Hable sisters are already designing additional styles including hand knotted rugs in a more mature color palette. These new rugs will be launched during the April High Point Market, April 5-10, 2014.

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The Capel Rugs showroom was at the center of the High Point Market festivities last week as we introduced more than a dozen new collections in a variety of constructions and colorways. High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world with more than 75,000 attendees. We welcomed Hable Construction to our group of top designers, unveiled six new collections to our highly successful Kevin O’Brien program and presented four lucky showroom visitors with prizes.


Left to right: Hableland’s Lollipops, Cupcakes, Hearts and Cloud People

The founders of Hable Construction, Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney, were on hand for the official debut of their new Hableland collection. The Lollipops, Cupcakes and Hearts rugs were inspired by the sisters’ love for color and the delight of sweetness and playfulness.

Home Fashion Forecast singled out the Hableland Cloud People rug as “maybe the cutest thing at High Point Market.” The 100% wool rug serves as an infinite reminder to celebrate the natural beauty all around us. The entire collection caters to the young and young at heart and works in many different spaces – a child’s room, an office or a living room.

We also launched six collections by Kevin O’Brien during High Point Market. O’Brien was inspired by his travels to Tuscany, and the designs draw upon the striking landscape scenes captured in his sketches during the trip. Apartment Therapy was impressed with the lovely aqua tones featured on the Lisbon and Riviera rugs. The collections, which also include Finesse – Santorini, Portofino, Ramblas and Tuscan Sun – bring the enchantment and romance of Italy into any home.

Capel Rugs awarded prizes to four lucky customers during the October High Point Market, including Sonos wireless speakers and a Biltmore® gift basket.

The Sonos wireless speaker systems (with Bridge connectors) were awarded to Cindy Ray Interiors, Inc., in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Linda Cotter of Classics Interiors in Ellicott City, Md.; and Carol McClintock of Elegant Designs in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Biltmore® gift basket was awarded to Ruth Hughes of Classic Design in Shreveport, La.

The turnout at the market was magnificent. Showcasing our designers and their new work is certainly one of our proudest moments, and our company prides itself on producing quality, creative and functional rugs. Our new Hable Construction and Kevin O’Brien rugs are merely a glimpse of what we have in store from our amazing designers in the coming months. We are already looking forward to what will happen during High Point Market in April 2014.

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Autumn months offer opportunities for apple picking, holiday decorating and home renovations. Enhance your home with the rich colors of the harvest – oranges, reds and browns – with our fall-inspired Capel Rugs.

Planning to host a holiday gathering for family and friends? Our Biltmore for Your Home® Arden collection in the rust colorway is the perfect addition to your dining room or foyer. This luxurious hand tufted rug is a statement piece that adds elegance to any gathering. Arden was adapted from vintage rugs found in the world famous Biltmore Estate archives.

As evidenced by apple cider and pumpkin lattes, fall months embrace flavor, and Capel delivers a variety of rugs infused with spice-inspired hues. These fall-inspired designs incorporate allspice, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg colorways, and are a great addition to any room in your home this season.


Left to right: Villandry, Paisley and Bowden Scallop in spice

Villandry features romantic, oversized blooms in a trendy geometric pattern. The brand new Paisley, from the WILLIAMSBURG® collection, is another winner for the cooler months. Classic meets contemporary on this 100% New Zealand wool rug featuring a traditional teardrop motif. Also part of the WILLIAMSBURG® collection, the Bowden Scallop rug is a customer favorite. Its needlepoint inspiration lends flair and sophistication to any space.


If you’re looking to hit all of the latest décor trends while still incorporating the ambience of the season, our Flash rug in chocolat is for you. It features an updated color dip version of the ikat pattern with a chic ombré vibe. The flat woven rug becomes the star of any space it inhabits.

Before you gather with those closest to you to carve pumpkins, give thanks or share a festive feast, consider updating your home with one of Capel’s new fashion-forward floor coverings. The compliments will roll in, and you’ll be ready to entertain friends and family surrounded by plenty of style.

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Capel Rugs has partnered with Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney of Hable Construction to create a line of exclusive area rugs featuring whimsical, fun and lighthearted graphics.

The initial rollout will debut during High Point Market, October 19-24. The collection includes several wool loop-hook constructions and three complementary made in the USA braided rugs with a simple contemporary style theme. In addition, a kids-oriented line called Hableland will be unveiled during the High Point Market.

“The Capel product development team is constantly searching for the most creative and unique designer brands,” said Allen Robertson, vice president of sales. “We have teamed up with Susan and Kate to develop a versatile line of rugs featuring bold graphic patterns and modern color palettes that is sure to create excitement at retail.”


The Hable sisters are developing additional styles including a variety of hand knotted rugs in a more sophisticated color palette. The additional offerings will be part of Capel’s innovative, integrated room display during the April High Point Market, April 5-10, 2014.

“We are excited to partner with Capel on this new line because, like us, they are a family-owned and operated company that makes products right here in the United States,” says Susan Hable Smith. “We strive to work with American companies that manufacture the best products in places with the top skill sets and Capel fits right in with that mission.”

To create this exclusive line, Capel collaborated closely with the Hable Construction team to blend Capel’s fashion-forward design focus and quality construction techniques with the Hable sisters’ unique mix of practicality, sophistication and timelessness. Bold graphic patterns composed of abstracted motifs mixed with colorful, hand-drawn details are hallmarks of the Hable aesthetic, and these design inspirations shine through in these new area rug collections.

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Design inspiration can come from many places, but travel is perhaps the best way to find new decor ideas to incorporate throughout your home. The spark to ignite change in your home can come from almost anywhere – marvelous artwork in a museum, details found in a hotel or even ordinary shapes and patterns observed on the street. Here are a few examples of destination inspiration.


Left to right: Brevard in grey, red and abalone

All of Capel’s spectacular designs from our Biltmore For Your Home® Collection are inspired by the gardens, architecture and furniture found throughout the historic Biltmore Estate. The latest offering from the collection, of which we’re able to share a sneak peek, is Brevard. The hand tufted, 100% wool rug features an antique lace floral pattern. Brevard comes in three colorways – abalone, red and grey.


The Pod Hotel (left) and the Mondrian South Beach Hotel (right) stir up design ideas.

Hotels must maximize small spaces to accommodate guests. Small hotel rooms are the perfect place to pick up space-saving tips. The Pod Hotel in New York uses built-ins and wall-mounted light fixtures to make the most of a living area. The stunning Marcel Wanders staircase at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel impresses. Its smooth steel curves and black abstract floral design are perfect for inspiring an upscale dining or living room.


Left to right: Sno in bokrum blue, Tribe in persimmon and NY Dot in peony

Capel Rugs designer and HGTV star Genevieve Gorder pulls inspiration from her globetrotting adventures to create trend-setting designs and patterns. Sno is influenced by the traditional needlework of Norway, while Tribe is culled from patterns used from Uzbekistan to the Great Plains. But discovering great design doesn’t require a trip to far-away locales, as evidenced by NY Dot. Gorder created this collection after noticing rectangles stacked together to form a circle on the New York subway.

Wherever the wind may take you, whether on an island vacation or a drive to the mountainside, keep your eyes peeled. You may just find the next great pattern or accessory to transform your home.

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Summer is still in full swing, which means there is no better time to find the perfect outdoor rug for your home or vacation house. The concrete around pools and wooden decks get unbearably hot as the temperature rises, and a high-quality outdoor rug is just what you need to keep your feet from burning.


Sea Glass in smoky quartz colorway

Capel Rugs has more than 100 different outdoor rug styles that fit every taste, from simple and chic to bold and beautiful. The first-ever Capel Rug was braided in 1917 and is incredibly similar to many of our outdoor favorites today.

The Sea Glass collection adds a touch of beachside beauty to any outdoor venue. They are still made in the USA at Capel Rugs’ mills in North Carolina. Sea Glass is available in five different multicolored palettes.


Salt Marsh Rope Border in gun metal colorway

Capel’s Salt Marsh Rope Border is another braided rug that can stand up to the elements. The collection takes versatility to the next level and is available in oval, round, tailored rectangle and vertical stripe patterns.

All of Capel’s outdoor offerings feature yarns that are stain-resistant. In the event of a spill, don’t fret – you can simply rinse with a garden hose.


Grassy Island in seagrass stripe colorway

Following the success of Capel’s indoor Hampton collection, it was time to bring the classic look into the outdoors with the Grassy Island collection. These customer-favorite designs are reversible for double the durability and use. The flat woven rugs contain a crisp basketweave look with a standout texture.

Even as summer begins to wind down, school starts back and Labor Day comes and goes, these outdoor rugs remain useful, stylish pieces into the fall, winter and spring. Gather around to watch the leaves change colors and the stars shine in the night sky with your bare feet comfortably resting on a Capel outdoor rug.

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Capel Rugs will show off its latest rug designs during the Las Vegas Market July 29-Aug. 2. After a successful showing at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, the anticipation is high for vendors as they finally get their chance to see the Flash, Terrace, COCOCOZY and WILLIAMSBURG® collections.


“[Our new rugs] include fresh approaches to traditional styles, whimsical and colorful contemporary patterns and classic, globally influenced motifs,” said Capel Rugs Vice President of Sales Allen Robertson.

The Las Vegas Market has already singled out the Flash collection (pictured at left) on Pinterest as one of the trendiest area rugs to see at market. The transitional rug features an updated version of the ikat pattern with a chic ombré vibe that is reversible for added durability and double the use between cleanings. The flat woven collection is 100% wool and made in India. The seven fashionable colorways make a bold statement in any room.

Vistors to the Capel Rugs showroom – located at the Las Vegas World Market Center in Building A, Space 226 – can enter daily drawings at 3 p.m. Prizes include a Tiffany Infinity bracelet, Bose OE21 audio headphones or a product discount of up to 50% off. Capel is showing off 17 new styles and offering more than 119 rugs priced every day below $199 for a 5′ x 8′.


Left to Right: Damask, Gem and Vine from the Terrace collection

Another collection sure to be a hit during the market is the indoor/outdoor Terrace, which is part of the Capel Anywhere line. Summer is in full swing, and these machine-woven rugs are perfect for any outdoor space. Terrace’s design themes include bold florals, geometric themes and classic patterns available in five sophisticated tones. It also sets the standard for the indoor/outdoor rug category with up to seven colors used per design, while most others use just two or three at most.

Make your trip to Sin City for the Las Vegas Market complete – stop by the Capel showroom to check out all of the fresh collections.

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Capel Rugs will show off its newest collections as part of the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (July 10-17) and the Area Rug Market (July 11-14). The COCOCOZY collection and the latest additions to the WILLIAMSBURG® line are among the must-see rugs!

“We’re hitting the road this summer armed with enticing new rug collections designed for today’s busy, eclectic lifestyles,” said Capel Rugs Vice President of Sales Allen Robertson. “The range of colors, patterns and design inspirations we’re featuring will provide our retailers with a great assortment of area rugs to attract consumer interest.”


Left to Right: Oxford, Quatrefoil and Coco’s Flower from the COCOCOZY collection

The COCOCOZY collection, which received rave reviews during High Point Market in April, will make its Atlanta debut. The artfully executed, hand knotted rugs are available in five collections and 24 total designs with a fresh California twist. All of the rugs are made in India of 100% New Zealand semi-worsted wool.

Plenty of discounts and promotions will be offered inside the Capel Rugs showroom, located on the sixth floor of Atlanta’s Merchandise Mart in space #6F2. Visitors can enter a daily drawing for a chance to win a Tiffany Infinity bracelet, Bose OE21 audio headphones or a product discount of up to 50% off. Daily drawings will be held each day at 3 p.m. (need not be present to win).


Left to Right: Tanjib, Pintado and Paisley from the WILLIAMSBURG® collection

Paisley, Pintado and Tanjib are the newest additions to the WILLIAMSBURG® collection that are inspired by Indian designs that traveled through Europe via the spice routes. Paisley features the classic teardrop motif, Pintado contains an intricate medallion pattern reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century silver punch strainers and Tanjib gets its unique look from the pierced screens popular in Indian architecture. These exciting rugs are available in 3’x5′, 5’x8′, 7’x9′ and 8’x11′ sizes.

If you are headed down to the Atlanta Market, don’t miss out on what’s sure to be one of the most talked about showrooms – make Capel one of your very first stops.

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The Fourth of July sparks an air of patriotism as we celebrate Independence Day. It is a time to eat barbecue and watch fireworks with family, and also a time to honor the craftsmanship of American made products. Braided, American-made rugs are where it all started for Capel in 1917. Today, Capel Rugs is still invested in the craft of making American goods.

Here are a few of our American favorites that will amplify the patriotic spirit in your home.


The American Pride braided wall hanging is the ultimate patriotic addition for the Fourth and makes a striking statement in the foyer. Braided area rugs can be constructed in a variety of different ways depending on desired look and materials used. However, all Capel braided rugs are crafted for quality or durability using our own premium fibers to last, as yarn or fabric is braided to form a continuous rope.


A Capel braided rug, such as our Bear Creek rug in Grey, just says classic American rug. But, the range of all rugs today show that Americans are innovative and progressive, and we are always looking for new ways to make creative and useful products.


Creative Concepts is a border rug program that allows you to design your own machine woven rug from more than 120 fabric borders to create a custom look that is perfect for indoor and outdoor spaces. This gives the customers the freedom to produce unique and truly personal area rugs. And the best part? These rugs are all made in America!

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