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The second annual Metro Market Week began on Monday, Sep. 26, 2005 to Friday,
Sep. 30, 2005 in New York City and New Jersey. Seventy seven companies
participated in the event. Unlike any other rug show, these importers and
wholesalers held the exhibition in their showrooms and headquarters. The
management of the show and the board members were all rug dealers and
importers of New York and New Jersey area. MRA, had a participants' list, which was
published in the event's magazine, on the show's website, and other trade journals.
The show had a 64-page full color professional and informative magazine published
by Peter Woodaman, the publisher of Rug Insider magazine.
In the MRA magazine, besides the complete information on all the 77 participants,
there were all kinds of information on the New York/New Jersey region attractions,
bus and subway system, calendar of events, restaurants, airlines and etc.
Many educational and social events, unique incentives and discounts were available
only during the show. Improved transportation in and around the New York/New
Jersey region, made the buying experience even more convenient for the visitors.
Discounted hotel rooms at leading New York/New Jersey hotels were also provided.
In this year's Metro Market Week, and on the second day, Sep. 27, 2005, an
exciting Gala Dinner,    co-sponsored by Architectural Digest magazine hosted more
than 500 guests. It included several speeches, prize drawings, and live
entertainment with folk Indian music and dance. Pre-registration was required
through the website or filling out the registration form. Five pairs of Broadway Show
tickets, and $20,000 of cash credit prizes were part of the bonuses which were given
away in the dinner gathering.
Many of the visitors were satisfied with the show and believed that they could find
rugs that they would not be able to find in other rug exhibitions. They mentioned that
in the warehouses and the headquarters, they had more items to select from with a
wider variety of items and collections. Besides the work and rug business, New York
is always exciting, attractive and where the action is. People love to visit the "Red
The exhibitors were also satisfied with the volume of sales they had. They did not
have to travel to other cities to set up their booths which would cost them a fortune
with the cost of airplane tickets, cargo transportation, workers, hotels and etc. They
remained in their offices and showrooms, took care of the everyday job and
responded to the customers. Each participant had paid only $3,000 to the MRA to
be included in the event. That doesn't look bad at all!
Metro Rug Alliance (MRA) Show in New York City