The hand-knotted Jordan Collection was one of Surya’s introductions at last month’s High Point Market. The rugs are made in India.
The process of moving rugs from the factory to the consumer, while never a simple venture, has become more complicated over the last couple of years.
Imports are the lifeblood of the U.S. rug industry. According to reports from the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. International Trade Commission, India was the leading importer of area rugs in 2019 with $432 million, down slightly from 2018’s $433 million. China saw a drastic drop, with $190 million in 2019 from $281 million. Turkey was next with $109 million in 2019, down from $135 million, and Egypt was fourth with $69.8 million, up 16.1% from 2018’s $60.1 million.
In 2018, President Donald Trump authorized tariffs on goods imported from China, with rugs and carpets among them. The country is a significant maker of machine-made products for many of the rug industry’s top players, so these levies have impacted production and strategy.
As COVID-19 raged across the globe this year, lockdowns halted production in numerous countries as entire populations were mandated to stay at home to help stave off the