AmericasMart 2016 Summer HeaderThe Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® is July 12-19, 2016

The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® is July 13-16, 2016

ATLANTA – March 23, 2016 –The launch of two new juried categories— ANTIQUES and DÉCOR- Light and Lifestyles —together with product premieres and new merchandise resources in new and newly expanded showrooms will power summer 2016 wholesale buying and selling when The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® open for big business Tuesday, July 12 at AmericasMart® Atlanta.

The twin markets—now in their 59th year of continuous Portman Family ownership and management—are on track to accelerate the momentum posted in the Atlanta January 2016 show’s record-breaking run with a product selection spanning 45 distinct home, rug, gift and fashion categories—soon to expand again with the addition of the ANTIQUES and DÉCOR temporaries collections making their Market debut in July.

These debuts, the latest in AmericasMart’s long history of product category innovations and introductions, complement new and newly expanded showrooms across all merchandise categories, all led by the continuing growth of design-driven product resources in the Building 1 Home collection and in the HD Home, HIGH DESIGN and LUXE juried temporaries categories.

“Style, design, fashion and innovation all live in a continuum of change,” observes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., AmericasMart Atlanta vice-chairman, president and chief operating officer.  “Our July Market product presentations capture the creativity and brilliance of great design offered in a selection of unimaginable breadth,” Portman adds.

Also leading the July Market lineup and in addition to the category launches are:

· “It’s All Here – Retail + Design + Trend,” the next iteration of AmericasMart’s celebrated vignette gallery, showcases the intersection of design and retail, expressed  through the offerings of the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings and area rug marketplace, with seven inspirational pop-up “shops” curated by top design and lifestyle retailers.

· The continued growth and innovation of AmericasMart’s Home collection, which becomes the epicenter of American design as trend-leading designers and retailers gather to network, connect with thought leaders and source product from the industry’s top home furnishing, décor and rug purveyors.

· The centerpiece of the July Market, AmericasMart’s ICON HONORS 2016 celebrates professional achievements of home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers at the most important and anticipated night in the gift and home industry on Thursday, July 14. For more information, please visit

For more information about the July 2016  The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® including Market events and happenings, accommodations and more please visit

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 11,500 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 seven 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.