Atlanta Rug Retailer: RugSmart
RugSmart has quickly become a leader in online area rug retailing, but in the metro Atlanta area, rug shoppers have known RugSmart as the source for affordable, quality rugs for years.
RugSmart founders, Stephen Cumbest and Chris Saliga, started selling rugs on an Atlanta street corner. As their knowledge of the business grew, so did their inventory, which led to the opening of the store on "Furniture Row" in Norcross, Georgia.
In 2000, the partners added strength to their management team when they brought on a third partner, Nathan Williams, who has more than two decades of business experience in furniture retailing.
Large Selection for Online Rug Shoppers
Today, RugSmart strives to fill a variety of niche segments for online area rug shoppers such as tribal rugs, animal hides, braided rugs, and natural weaves like sisals and sea grass.
With a heavy emphasis in contemporary rugs, top vendors include Oriental Weavers, Trans Ocean, Momeni, Dalyn, and Karastan.
Award Winning Atlanta Rug Retailer
RugSmart was recognized at the 2006 Atlanta International Area Rug Market with a nomination for Rug Retailer of the Year. RugSmart won the Rug Retailer of the Year award for creative selling in 2003 and has since been consistently recognized as an industry leader.
This year's ceremony was held at the Georgia Aquarium and honored exemplary achievement among the nationís most accomplished area rug retailers. Nominees are chosen by AmericasMart area rug exhibitors and winners are chosen by an independent panel of industry experts. Nominations are based on innovative business operations, demonstrated success in sales training, store promotions, customer service, visual displays, and overall business credibility.
RugSmart has also been honored with feature stories in esteemed industry publications Rug Insider, Floor Covering Weekly, and Area: the Official Publication of the Oriental Rug Importers Association.