ATLANTA – January 6, 2015 – The nation’s first and largest home furnishings and gift market of 2015 opened today in its 58th-consecutive January showing under continuous Portman family ownership and management – and in continuation of its decades-long date pattern* – with early first-day registrations, product category expansions and floor traffic signaling a winning run for The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® and Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.
Global product introductions—many exclusive to AmericasMart—together with the premiere of the highly anticipated Floor 15 design-led furniture collection in Building One and the opening of the aerial bridge linking the Floor Six Home & Rug collection in Building One with Floor Six Gift and Accessories collection in Building Two set the pace for a January Market filled with firsts.
The new bridge creates, for the first time in AmericasMart history, a direct link connecting all three buildings giving buyers immediate access via one continuous route to all product categories: rug, furniture, accessories, gift, men’s/women’s/children’s fashion apparel, fashion accessories, and the incomparable temporaries collections.  Adding to this are other landmark January 2015 firsts:
  • Interior Design Camp® hosts its inaugural Atlanta conference in conjunction with the Market. Led by celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis, the national design summit provides designers the opportunity to learn and network with the most respected professionals in the interior design business.
  • The Temporary marketplace presents an unmatched product selection with more than 4,000 lines in 33 categories including 80 international companies and The Grommet’s artisan showcase in its first Atlanta appearance.
  •  New and expanded showrooms on nearly every floor, showcasing what’s new and next in every product category.
AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise. The largest of AmericasMart’s 14 annual Markets and shows, The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January and July are the ignition switch for global retailing with buyers from every U.S. state and as many as 90 countries discovering product in more than 1,400 showrooms and more than 2,500 temporary exhibiting companies. ICON HONORS, the home and gift industry’s most celebrated recognition program, is produced and staged annually by AmericasMart.
Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than 7.2 million square feet of space. It’s a huge global stage on which manufacturers, designers and sales representatives unveil new lines, launch new designs and introduce new categories – all for the benefit of buyers seeking all that is fresh and first in the home, rug, gift and apparel arenas. For more information, please visit Follow us @AmericasMartATL or @AtlantaApparel.