CAIRO -- Oriental Weavers' manufacturing facilities in 10th of Ramadan City outside Cairo are now operating at full capacity, according to Mohamed Khamis, chairman of the worldwide floor covering manufacturing and distributing company.
ASSOCIATION OF RUG CARE SPECIALISTS TO HOST TOUR OF CLEANING FACILITY
AUSTIN, TX – The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) will host Dive into Rug Cleaning, a tour and hands-on evaluation of the state-of-the-art rug washing facility. The educational event will take place at Deep Eddy Rug and Carpet Cleaners in Austin, TX, April 29 and 30, 2011. The tour is open to all rug care professionals.
Until about an hour ago, I was bound and gagged by my January market notes. A dozen little plastic baggies surrounded me, each one meticulously labeled and filled with scraps of papers bearing quotes and news tidbits from my sources at the Atlanta Rug Market, the Las Vegas World Market, the Las Vegas Surfaces Floor Covering Expo and the New York Gift Show.
AMERICASMART SETS DATE FOR SECOND ICON HONORS AWARDS
ATLANTA – The second annual Icon Honors Awards ceremony will take place July 14, 2011, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, according to Jeffery Portman, AmericasMart president and chief operating officer. The event will coincide with the Gift & Home and Area Rug Markets.
THE MARKET FUN JUST NEVER ENDS FOR SOME LUCKY RUG PEOPLE
Chandra and Ravi Tiwari in the Chandra Rug booth at the New York International Gift Fair on Jan. 31. "It's a new set of customers, and we want to continue to develop brand identity with the gift and design channel," according to Ravi Tiwari.
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Domotex Asia/Chinafloorwill take place here March 22 to 24. The international floor covering trade fair will be held at the New Shanghai International Expo Center. Over 40,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Winter Market Business Report 2: RECOVERY BEGINS TO ROLL AS RETAILERS START TO BUY AGAIN
By Lissa Wyman Winter weather failed to snow down the pace of buyers and exhibitors at January markets. While the memories of the dark days of 2010 were still painful, both buyers and sellers expressed belief that 2011 will be a year of recovery. Many predicted that the rug business will be in full swing by 2012.
Rug suppliers are exploring diverse ways to diversify. That makes sense in an industry that is composed of a broad range of companies that are large and small, well financed or on a shoestring. The common denominator is that rug suppliers can't depend on the old ways of doing business if they are to prosper, or even survive.
Winter Market Business Roundup 4: LAS VEGAS SURFACES SHOW FEATURES DIFFERENT VIBE
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS -- The annual Las Vegas Surfaces Floor Covering Expo brought a bold, jumpy energy to the Winter market scene. After all, this is a one-shot deal, so it better be your best shot, whether you are buying or selling. No wonder everyone was a little edgy.
GUY RECEIVES DESIGN ICON AWARD AT LAS VEGAS WINTER MARKET LAS VEGAS– Christopher Guy received the Design Icon Award during the January Las Vegas Market. The ceremony took place Jan. 27 and was followed by a reception in the Robert Allen | Beacon Hill showroom.
RUG DECOR REVISES FORMAT, NAMES MELANIE HAYIM AND SUE ANN BURKE
Sue Ann Burke
EARTH CITY, MO -- Rug Décor is revising its relationship with independent Rug Décor store owners and introducing a new company management team headed by Melanie Hayim as general manager and Sue Ann Burke as executive buyer and merchandiser.
DALTON, GA – Shaw Floors will launch "Rooms," a new national consumer advertising campaign, this spring. The company is changing from an aspirational, luxury-centered message “I want a floor…” to a focus on the busy, active lifestyle of today’s female consumer, according to Kathy Young, Shaw’s director of marketing.
SHAW WEB STUDIO NOMINATED FOR MARKETING EXCELLENCE AWARD
DALTON, GA – Shaw Web Studio, a web-based program launched in 2010 that helps floor covering retailers create or enhance their own web sites, has been nominated as a finalist for the Marketing Award of Excellence (MAX Award).
ANSARI RUG BAZAR RECEIVES SILVER TROPHY FOR CARPET DISPLAY AT INDIAN TEXTILES SHOW
Shoaib Ansari, left, of Ansari Rug Bazar receives the Silver trophy award and certificate from P. Laxmi, minister of textiles for the Government of India and Rita Menon, secretary of textiles. Award was made in the Best Display in Carpet category during Tex Trends 2011. The event took place Feb. 2 to 4 at Pargati Maidan in New Delhi.
WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND TO HOST ‘LIVE WELL WITH WOOL’ SWEEPSTAKES
MARIETTA, GA – Wools of New Zealand will host a ‘Live Well with Wool’ promotion, April 1 to May 15. Customers who purchase $1,000 or more of any Wools of New Zealand brand product at a premier partner showroom will be entered to a year’s worth of “Live Well” services.