Couristan and Orient Express (now Exquisite Rugs) two long time friends of Rug News Magazine (now Rug News andDesign) came back to the High Point Market. We believe their arrivals say something about what is happening to High Point.
Exquisite Rugs (formerly Orient Express) cut the ribbon of their new showroom in IHFC – Design Center – D430 on Saturday morning. RNAD asked Hersel Bani-Esrali — “Why the Name change?” He said, it’s obvious, we do not like being confused with a Chinese restaurant — and we do make the most exquisite rugs!”
Gone for seven years, the Couri Family came together to cut the ribbon on their new showroom in Showplace – Suite #2350 on the 2nd floor.
The two companies serve different markets — Exquisite Rugs creates large, hand knotted rugs, with retail price points c. $80-$90/square foot. Couristan, famous for bringing the first indoor/outdoor rugs to market, primarily creates machine made rugs, although they do have handmade rugs