Tuesday August 25, 2020 with the sponsorship of USAID, KCEC (Kabul Carpet Export Center) is presenting an online round table discussion of the future of knotted rugs.  There will be global representation on the panel, including Label STEP.

August 25, 2020   10:00 AM to 12:15 PM, Eastern USA Time

 Zoom Link https://zoom.us/j/99745704767 pwd=VzRqL0VRWE1BY0x1NGFRT0dVN1drQT09


Welcome and introductions: Rob Leahy, Project Director, KCEC

10:00 – 10:05 AM      Benefits of this gathering and what we hope to accomplish.  Rules of order

10:05 – 10:10 AM      Najlla Habibyar, Chief of Party, KCEC,

Why carpet-making is central to stability in Afghanistan.

10:10 – 10:15 AM      Graham Head, Retired President of ABC Carpet and Home

The trade in Handmade Carpets, Today and Tomorrow.

Rug Production:       Host: Michael Christie, Editor, Rug Insider Magazine

10:15 – 10:25 AM      Reports from major production centers.

10:25 – 10:30 AM      India:  Gaurav Sharma, Obeetee Ltd.

10:30 – 10:35 AM      Nepal: Ryan Higgins, Tamarian Carpets

10:35 – 10:40 AM      Afghanistan/ Pakistan: Alex Zahir, KCEC

10:40 – 10:50 AM      Answers to questions, submitted to participants.

 Rug Sales:                  Host: Tim Steinert, Publisher, Carpet! Magazine

10:50 – 11:00 AM      Overview and state of rug sales around the world.

11:00 – 11:05 AM      Europe, Wholesale:  Fritz Languaer, ORITOP

11:05 – 11:10 AM      Europe, Retail: Stefan Amstad, Möbel Pfister

11:10 –11:15 AM       Americas, Wholesale: Jack Simantob, Art Resources

11:15 –11:20 AM       Americas, Retail: Sam Presnell, Rug Gallery of Cincinnati

11:20 –11:30 AM       Answers to questions, submitted to participants

 Design Trends:          Host: Lucy Upward, Editor, COVER Magazine    

11:30 – 11:40 AM      Identifying design trends in an uncertain world.

11:40 – 11:45 AM      George Harounian, Rug Warehouse Los Angeles, CA

11:45 – 11:50 AM      Roz Rustigian, Rustigian Rugs, Providence, RI

11:50 – 12:00 PM       Answers to questions, submitted by participants

 Concluding Comments:

12:00 – 12:05 PM Reto Aschanden Label STEP          

The weavers and their families in the time of COVID-19 – Rug News andDesign March, 2020

12:05 – 12:15 PM       Leslie Stroh/ Sarah Stroh, Rug News and Design Magazine  

Observations on the future of hand knotted Rugs.

12:15   Rob Leahy: Thank you and stay safe!