GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Mr. Vahan Pedian, icon in the hard-surface flooring industry for 60 years as a partner in Pedian Rug Company, died Dec. 23, 2016 after a long-fought battle with cancer. He was 90 years old.
JENNY HEINZEN YORK APPOINTED VP OF HOME AT AMERICASMART
ATLANTA -- Jenny Heinzen York joins AmericasMart as vice president of Home in a move that signals continuing growth for the Atlanta Market's expansive home furnishings product mix, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.
RETAIL EXECS: MORE GAINS IN STORE FOR RUGS IN 2017
Retailers continue to project healthy gains in rug sales in 2017. Execs from a cross section of channels tell RugNews.com why.
SPECIAL REPORT -- Fueled in part by the surge in hard surface floor covering sales, retail executives queried by RugNews.com appear to be riding a wave of momentum in their rug businesses as they enter 2017.
Interior design visionaries Alison Victoria, Chip Wade and Sabrina Smelko will judge Wayfair's "Trade Tastemaker Awards" to identify leading talent in the online retailer's trade program.
BOSTON -- Wayfair Inc., announces the 2017 judges for its third annual Trade Tastemaker Awards recognizing excellence in residential and commercial interior design. Industry innovators Chip Wade, Alison Victoria and Sabrina Smelko will select the program's winning designers.
Jaipur Living features an assortment of new pieces in their new Jaipur Living Catalog, including Stillwater & Baltic, which is shown above.
ATLANTA -- Jaipur Living has launched its new 2017 catalog, a comprehensive 704-page resource full of vibrant and inspirational product and lifestyle photography, and a definitive index of the brand's continuously elevating product range.
MARKET HIT LIST: THE RUG INDUSTRY'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO WINTER FASHIONS, PART 1
ATLANTA / LAS VEGAS -- Bold colors and updated classics are the trends to watch at winter markets beginning next week in Atlanta, then heading west to Dallas and Las Vegas. Still rug makers are keeping gray in their back pockets, but bringing out the vibrant brights to hasten a January thaw.
ZOLLANVARI DEBUTS CUTTING-EDGE NEW COLLECTIONS, DESIGNS AT DOMOTEX 2017
Zollanvari's new Rapture 4 from the Kundan Pure Silk collection has been shortlisted for Domotex' Carpet Design Award in the Best Modern Design Deluxe category.
HANOVER, Germany -- Zollanvari will present several new innovative collections and designs at Domotex 2017, held from Jan. 14-17. In addition, one of the new designs, Rapture 4, has been shortlisted for the Carpet Design Award's Best Modern Design Deluxe category.
FEIZY OPENS POP-UP SHOWROOM AT DALLAS MARKET FOR ONE OF A KIND RUGS
During the upcoming Dallas market, Feizy opens a showroom dedicated to its growing assortment of one of a kind (OAK) area rugs. Above a stack of contemporary OAK designs.
DALLAS -- Feizy, known for its selection of handcrafted fine, one of a kind (OAK), antique, and semi-antique rugs, will open an exclusive pop-up showroom stocked solely with their OAK collections with special pricing during the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market, Jan. 17-23.
AMER CELEBRATES RECORD BREAKING 2016; DEBUTS 13COLLECTIONS & NEW ONE-OF-A-KIND SHOWROOM
Strong geometries infuse Vector by Amer rugs, which features a hand-tufted loop construction.
ATLANTA -- Amer Rugs kicks off the winter market season celebrating a record breaking 2016 with a Bollywood-inspired party on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at its AmericasMart showroom, 1-5D-2.
FEIZY DONATES $20,000 TO THE GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN
DALLAS -- As a family business operating in developing nations, Feizy is dedicated to providing for families around the globe, particularly in the least developed countries, where one child out of every four is involved in some form of dangerous labor.
ORIENTALIST HOME OPENS FIRST AMERICASMART SHOWROOM
Orientalist Home's Gady Yesilcay, owner, cuts the ribbon at his inaugural Atlanta showroom, while Tatiana Grilo, also of Orientalist Home, and Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart look on.
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta International Rug Market featuring NORS officially opened on Jan. 11 with ribbon cuttings at the AmericasMart for new showrooms. At Orientalist Home, Gady Yesilcay, owner, cuts the ribbon while Tatiana Grilo, also of Orientalist Home, and Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart look on.
CELEBRATING THE 2017 WINNERS: AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARD
Celebrating the beauty and spirit of the American rug industry, the 2017 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards honored winners from nine companies in 11 categories during the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring NORS.
ATLANTA -- The 2017 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards were held Friday, Jan. 13 at the Westin Peachtree Ballroom, with 11 winners named in a multitude of categories.
KALEEN WINS AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARD FOR HAND-KNOTTED DESIGN EXCELLENCE
Monty Rathi, COO of Kaleen Rugs, accepts the America's Magnificent Carpets Award for for the hand-knotted rug category $0-$30 from Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart at the Friday night awards ceremony.
ATLANTA -- Kaleen Rugs was rewarded for its weaving acumen with a trophy at the 2017 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards held Friday, Jan. 13, at the Westin Peachtree Center ballroom, where Monty Rathi, chief operating officer, accepted the award from Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of home and rug leasing at AmericasMart.
LOLOI HONORED WITH TWO AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARDS
Loloi Rugs scored awards for Best Licensee and Best Machine-Made Rug ($200.01 - $400) at the 2017 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards gala during the Atlanta International Rug Market. Loloi's Austin Craley and Amir Loloi are on stage with Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart.
ATLANTA -- Loloi Rugs was honored with two of the 11 awards bestowed on rug companies at the 2017 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards gala, held on Friday, Jan. 13 in Atlanta.
ATLANTA WINTER MARKET REPORTS RECORD-BREAKING NEW AND INTERNATIONAL BUYER INCREASES
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta January Market closed its eight-day run on Jan. 17 with an expansive global customer base, record-breaking new-buyer registrations and international attendance increases marking its 60th-anniversary staging, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer.
C.H. ROBINSON EXPECTS 2017 GLOBAL SHIPPING COSTS TO REMAIN UNSTABLE
"The coming year is bound to be volatile." --Francois Wolberg, C.H. Robinson
ATLANTA -- The global transportation industry was dealt a year full of surprises in 2016, and with that came challenges that will remain in 2017, according to C.H. Robinson, a global provider of third party logistics.
DYNAMIC RUGS WINS AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARD FOR QUARTZ COLLECTION
Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart presents the America's Magnificent Carpet Award to Anoosha Rouhanian of Dynamic Rugs. The company won best machine made rug in the $400.01 and up category .
ATLANTA -- Dynamic Rugs was honored with an America's Magnificents Carpet Award at the annual event's gala and presentation ceremony capping off the winter 2017 edition of the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.
MOMENI RECEIVES 2017 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARD FOR NEW MARGAUX COLLECTION
A colorful design featuring an on-point pink palette and extra-soft plush texture compelled judges to honor Momeni with the America's Magnificent Carpets Award in the hand-tufted category, for its new Margaux collection.
ATLANTA -- For the second consecutive year, Momeni took home the top honor in the Hand Hooked/Hand-Tufted category at the America's Magnificent Carpets Awards gala and presentation, held Friday, Jan. 13, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza's Peachtree Ballroom.
FRONTGATE ANNOUNCES EXPERIENTIAL STORE IN DALLAS MARKET
A rendering of Frontgate's soon-to-open experiential store, a 22,000 lifestyle shopping and entertainment showcase for the brand, which is set to open in the Dallas/Plano market in May 2017.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- Luxury home retailer Frontgate has announced plans to open a new experiential store format in late May 2017, designed to create a unique shopping experience, bringing the brand to life while making customers feel at home.
ABBYSON ALIGNS STRATEGY TOWARDS MILLENNIALS; LAUNCHES NEW CHANNEL AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
LOS ANGELES -- Abbyson, a leading online home furnishings brand and innovative manufacturer and designer of affordable, modern day furniture, is doubling down on its millennial-driven product design, channel marketing and range of turnkey support services, coinciding with the debut of its new Las Vegas showroom. Abbyson has fortified and modernized all aspects of the value-chain including design and product development, manufacturing, customer service and branding, to support this critically important consumer market.
CAPEL TEAMS UP WITH DESIGNER ANTHONYBARATTA FOR LICENSED LINE
A new licensed collection by interior designer Anthony Baratta will launch at October High Point Market with Capel introducing at least four collections of eclectic American-design inspired rugs.
TROY, N.C. -- Capel Rugs adds another name to its roster of licensed programs with the announcement that it has partnered with designer Anthony Baratta to develop a new line of exclusive rug designs to be introduced at the October 2017 High Point Market.
Feizy Rugs debuts nine collections at the winter edition of Las Vegas Market. Shown, a vortex-like design from the new Alexia collection.
LAS VEGAS -- Feizy will unveil a broad array of new collections -- nine in total -- and offer special market promotions for shoppers at Las Vegas Market, running from Jan. 22-26, 2017, to celebrate the opening of its new ground floor showroom in suite C-180.
ATLANTA RUG MARKET SHOWROOM TOUR: PEOPLE & PARTIES - PART 2
A whirlwind of events and product introductions, the 2017 edition of winter Atlanta International Rug Market made news in the rug category with everything from Amer's Bollywood party and Capel's 100th birthday, to Momeni's new Novogratz showroom, and Loloi's ED Ellen DeGeneres launch.
ATLANTA -- In Part 2 of this exclusive Atlanta International Rug Market roundup, follow RugNews.com as we cover the people, events and all things rugs at the first market of the New Year.
JAIPUR TO DEBUT AT NY NOW: INTRODUCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ART HOUSE, ZOE BIOS
Jaipur Living introduces NY Now shoppers to its lifestyle brand. Pictured above, from the Spring 2017 catalog are Jaipur's new Mandarina silk pillows, heirloom throws and natural jute rug.
NEW YORK -- For the first time ever, Jaipur Living is bringing its upbeat and unmistakable point of view to NY Now, showcasing its boutique collections of rugs, throws, pillows and poufs in space 2544 at the Jacob Javits Center.
2017 ARTS AWARDS WINNERS NAMED; JAIPUR LIVING WINS RUG CATEGORY
Celebrity designer Libby Langdon presents the ARTS award for Best Area Rugs Manufacturer to Susan Whitworth, Dallas sales rep for Jaipur Living and Nicholas Komar, senior art director, who accepted the award on behalf of the company.
DALLAS -- Dallas Market Center and ART announced the winners of the 28th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Friday, January 20 at the Hilton Anatole hotel and attended by 650 guests. Jaipur Living received the award for Best Area Rugs Manufacturer in the 2017 competition.
CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE NEPAL'S CHILD-LABOR-FREE CARPET PRODUCTION LAUNCHED AT DOMOTEX 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- International carpet brands, Nepalese carpet producers, trade officials and supporters of ethical business came together in the GoodWeave booth at Domotex to launch a campaign to increase commitment to child-labor-free production in Nepal.
RUG EVENTS GALORE AT LAS VEGAS MARKET -- SHOPPER'S CHEAT SHEET
LAS VEGAS -- From ribbon cuttings to tailgate parties, anniversaries and talks with top celebrity designers, rug companies are hosting a bevy of not-to-be missed events with live entertainment, food and drinks, prizes and more. Here is a roundup of events submitted to RugNews.com for the winter 2017 edition of Las Vegas Market.
FEIZY CELEBRATES NEW VEGAS SHOWROOM GRAND OPENING, CONTINUES FESTIVITIES AND EXCLUSIVE PROMOTIONS
Team Feizy and IMC execs toast the formal opening of Feizy's new main floor showroom during Las Vegas Market.
LAS VEGAS -- Feizy, one of the country's largest rug manufacturers celebrated its new, ground-floor showroom in Building C (C-180) with grand opening festivities on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the winter edition of Las Vegas Market.
ANJI MOUNTAIN SCORES LAS VEGAS MARKET GLOBAL GOODNESS AWARD
Jeff Gold, vice president, and David Moons, president of Anji Mountain, with judges Susan Inglis of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and Carol MacNulty, Aid to Artisans, and Esther Ossei-Anto, marketing manager ,IMC.
LAS VEGAS -- Sustainable area rug manufacturer Anji Mountain, a family run business based in St. Louis, was awarded a Global Goodness Award in furnishings at the winter 2017 Las Vegas Market.
NEW MOON DEBUTS AT NY NOW, HIGHLIGHTS RUGS AND GROWING ASSORTMENT OF PILLOWS
New Moon Rugs debuts at home and gift fair NY Now and will highlight its hand-knotted rugs and growing assortment of pillows which feature designs based on its rug patterns. Pictured, Patagonia in earth from the new Terra collection.
NEW YORK --New Moon Rugs, a maker of hand-knotted Tibetan rugs, will debut at NY Now, a twice annual home decor and gift fair running from Feb. 4-8 at the Jacob Javits Center.
ART VAN FURNITURE ACQUIRED BY THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS
WARREN, Mich. -- Art Van Furniture announced today an agreement has been reached to sell the company to Thomas H. Lee Partners (THL), one of the world's oldest and most experienced private equity firms.
RETAIL INSIGHTS: LILLIAN AUGUST EXECS LAYOUT THE FUTURE, INCLUDE PLANS FOR PRIVATE LABEL RUG COLLECTION
Dan and John Weiss, the brothers behind Lillian Augusts, discuss the company's strategy, after shuttering its New York store, including adding a private label rug program and opening a NY designer showroom.
NORWALK, Conn. -- Dan and John Weiss, the brothers behind boutique design retailer Lillian August, have big plans for the Connecticult business founded by their mother.
ORIA ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS; RAMIN KALATY ELECTED PRESIDENT
ORIA's new and past officers from left: Hari Tummala, Kami Navid, David Harounian, Reza Momeni, Lucille Laufer, and Ramin Kalaty.
ATLANTA--The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) has announced its 2017 slate of officers following an election by the general membership at AmericasMart Atlanta on Jan. 12, 2017 during the Atlanta International Rug Market.
JAIPUR LIVING WINS 2017 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARD
Jeff Odell, director of national sales, Jaipur Living, accepts the 2017 America's Magnificent Carpet Award for outdoor rugs from Kevin Kalkiewicz vice president of leasing for Home & Rug at AmericasMart Atlanta.
ATLANTA -- Jaipur Living was honored with an America's Magnificent Carpets Award at the January 13 event's gala and presentation ceremony capping off the winter 2017 edition of the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show. The ceremony was held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta.
RETAIL INSIGHTS: HOM FURNITURE AIMS TO BECOME MINNESOTA'S LARGEST FLOORING RETAILER
HOM Furniture in Little Canada, Minn., which incorporates Gabberts and Dock 86 stores in its impressive campus, offers hard surface flooring and area rugs, both integral to the company's growth strategy.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. --To some furniture retailers, rugs might seem like an afterthought category. But to HOM Furniture, rugs are a vibrant part of the company's product mix, and integral to its goal of becoming Minnesota's number one flooring retailer - in both soft and hard surfaces.
KARASTAN DEBUTS VINTAGE INFLECTED PATINA VIE LICENSED COLLECTION
A new Patina Vie area rug on display at Karastan's Atlanta showroom reveals the lifestyle brand's vintage aesthetic which has captured fans and retailers from Anthropologie to Neiman Marcus. Shown is a design that fusesFrench damask with a Japanese shibori pattern.
ATLANTA -- Mowhawk Home's Karastan debuted its latest licensed collection, Patina Vie, at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market last week, and will show the collection at the upcoming Las Vegas Market.
RIZZY HOME OPENS NY SHOWROOM IN 295 FIFTH AVENUE TEXTILE BUILDING
CALHOUN, Georgia -- Rizzy Home has announced the opening of a new showroom in the 295 Fifth Avenue building, showroom #1504, which will be open for business at the upcoming New York Home Fashions Market.
Surya celebrates its 40th anniversary with a major renovation of its AmericasMart showroom, unveiling the new space during winter market. From left is Jim Curtain and Satya Tiwari of Surya; Karen Greaber, Mark Furlet and Jenny Heinzen York of AmericasMart; John Haste and Seth King of Surya.
ATLANTA -- Surya celebrated its 40th anniversary and a renovation of its enormous 11th-floor showroom with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
COMPANY C LAUNCHES SPRING 2017 RUGS AND PILLOWS IN LAS VEGAS
At Las Vegas Market, Company C will merchandise rug introductions like the hand-tufted wool Chelsea (above) with the newest upholstery silhouettes and fabrics in its Company C for Norwalk furniture.
LAS VEGAS -- Company C, the award winning New Hampshire-based design and manufacturing company, will introduce its Spring 2017 collection of 33 new rug and pillow designs on Jan. 22, 2017 at its Las Vegas Market space, A-225.