ATLANTA–The Oriental Rug Importers Association has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with AmericasMart Atlanta that sustains both organizations’ long-standing alliance and signals their continued support for the U.S. area rug industry.
Effective with the January 2013 Atlanta International Area Rug Market, the agreement secures ORIA’s sponsorship of the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), which is staged annually as the temporary component of the January Atlanta International Area Rug Market.
“The ORIA—AmericasMart partnership creates an important global platform for the area rug industry,” said Jeffrey DeSantis, ORIA president. “Our membership represents the vast majority of the U.S. area rug industry with huge capacity for innovation and growth. AmericasMart and its formidable markets, resources and services continues to play a key role in our pursuit of that growth.”
“This partnership perfectly captures a call to industry stewardship which we are privileged to answer,” said Jeffrey Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta. “If we can help give voice to the U.S. area rug community in the global marketplace in ways that will advance its present and future prospects, then we hope our contributions will be appropriate to the ORIA mission.”
The existing partnership between ORIA and AmericasMart continues with the staging of the January 2012 NORS, which runs January 13-15, 2012, in conjunction with the Atlanta International Area Rug Market next week.