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2010 FEBRUARY

  • 02052010 Rugnews.com Editorial: Psychology vs. Reality

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    PSYCHOLOGY VS. REALITY
    WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON?

    By Lissa Wyman

    The rug industry got a psychological boost with  the  successful markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas. A psychological boost is good. It clears the brain and loosens the wallet. But reality still lurks in the dreary February and March days ahead.


Markets
  • 02012010 Ribbon cutting at Loloi

    VEGAS MARKET OPENS AND
     FEEL-GOOD MOOD CONTINUES


    New Loloi showroom ribbon cuttin, from left: Sheri Makransky, World Market Center leasing manager; Boyd Tasker, WMC director of leasing; Doug Robetor, Tammy Holcomb, and Ray Ehsani and Amir Loloi  of Loloi.

     

    ALL the  Las Vegas Market Pix are up there now!

    CLICK HERE
     


  • 02022010 Las Vegas Tuesday Opening Pic

     

     

    EVERYONE IN A GOOD MOOD IN LAS VEGAS AS EARLY OPTIMISM KEEPS ROLLING

    Actress and artist Jane Seymour (center) makes a personal appearance at Capel, where her new line of licensed
    tufted rugs were introduced. She's chatting with Capel president John Magee, left, and Capel vp of sales and marketing Bud Young.


    Jaipur "still-life" models silently greeted visitors entering the Las Vegas World Market with the "Can't Take Your Eyes Off Jaipur" ad campaign kicks off with a mega-media push.

     

    LAS VEGAS -- As the Las Vegas Market pushes into its second day, the market momentum keeps rolling. Both vendors and retailers seemed confident that the nation is pulling out of the recessionary doldrums. The fact that the Surfaces Floor Covering Expo is being held concurrently also helped retailer traffic.

     

     Las Vegas Market Pix

    CLICK HERE
    And some nice surprises on the way,

     

    Here's a quick audio report from Las Vegas
    - click the play button below.




    More to come!
     



  • 02032010 Voice Over Report from Las Vegas: Jeff Gonzalez

      LAS VEGAS MARKET
    VOICE REPORT:
    JEFF GONZALEZ
    OF NOURISON


    Jeff Gonzalez

    Listen to Nourison's Jeff Gonzalez  talk about the importance of market preparation.
    Recorded at the Nourison 30th Anniversary
    party at the Las Vegas Market
    Click the play button below


  • 02052010 Las Vegas People Pix Opening -Ron Couri

    LAS VEGAS MARKET RUG PEOPLE
    ARE READY, WILLING AND ABLE
    TO JUMP-START BIZ RECOVERY


    Mike Rollando of Tuesday Morning, Dallas, with Ron
     Couri, president of Couristan. Couristan was showing at both the Las Vegas Market and at Surfaces,

     

    ALL the  Las Vegas Market Pix are up there now!

    CLICK HERE


  • 02082010 World Market Center Optimistic After February Las Vegas Market

    ATTENDANCE FIGURES UP AT
    LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas saw an increase in attendance  during the Las Vegas Market, February 1 to 5, compared to Winter market attendance last year.  This year's event also attracted nearly 100 new exhibitors, according to Robert Maricich, president and chief executive officer of World Market Center Las Vegas.


  • 02092010 Business Report From Las Vegas, Part 1

    Las Vegas Market Business Report, Part 1:
    AFTER TWO STRONG MARKETS, VENDORS
    FACE 2010 WITH GREATER CONFIDENCE
    BUT CHALLENGES STILL EXIST

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Back-to-back successful markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas have given vendors some confidence that 2010 will be a year of recovery.


  • 02092010 Business Report From Las Vegas, Part 2
    Las Vegas Market Business Report, Part 2:
    BUYERS COME TO MARKET IN SEARCH
    OF  CREATIVE PRODUCTS AND VALUE

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Buyers attending Las Vegas market were coming off an improved fourth quarter. They were looking for unique looks and interesting textures at value-oriented price points in the $199 to $599 range.


  • 02102010 Winter 2010 NY International Gift Fair Exceeds Attendance Expectations

    WINTER NEW YORK GIFT FAIR
    ATTENDANCE INCREASES 
     
    WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Winter 2010 edition of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) reported a double-digit increase in attendance and order-writing, according to George Little Management (GLM), organizer of the fair.  According to GLM, these levels have not been seen since early 2008. 


  • 02152010 AmericasMart Atlanta Announces Details of Sumemr Icon Awards Program

    AMERICASMART ANNOUNCES DETAILS
    OF SUMMER ICON HONORS PROGRAM
     

    ATLANTA -- AmericasMart has announced details if its upcoming ICON Honors  program. The inaugural event is scheduled for Sunday, July 18, 2010 during  AmericasMart’s July 2010 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta International Area Rug Market.


  • 02172010 Wools of New Zealand Introduces Laneve Brand at Surfaces

    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES
    NEW LANEVE BRAND AT SURFACES

    ATLANTA – Surfaces 2010 was the setting for the official launch of Wools of New Zealand Laneve brand along with several programs developed to bring the message of the value of wool to retailers and consumers.


  • 02232010 Trans Ocean, Liora Manne and Shaw Living Take New High Point Showrooms

    TRANS-OCEAN AND SHAW LIVING
    IN NEW HIGH POINT SHOWROOMS 
    ON THIRD FLOOR OF IHFC

    By Lissa Wyman

    HIGH POINT -- Trans-Ocean Imports, Liora Manne and Shaw Living will open new showrooms on the third floor of High Point's International Home Furnishings Center,  Lee Hershberg, vice president of accessory leasing for IHFC, told Rugnews.com.


  • 02242010 Market Square and Suites set for Grand Reopening at April Market

     

    MARKET SQUARE AND SUITES SET FOR GRAND RE-OPENING AT APRIL MARKET

    HIGH POINT, NC – Historic Market Square and Suites at Market Square will open its newly renovated campus at the upcoming High Point Market, April 17 to 22, 2010, according to Karen Olson, vice president of marketing for MMPI High Point, the managers of the showroom complex.


People
Retailers
  • 02232010 The Home Depot Reports 2009 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Earnings

    HOME DEPOT REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2009 EARNINGS; PROVIDES FISCAL 2010 OUTLOOK

    ATLANTA – The Home Depot reported sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 of $14.6 billion, a 0.3% decrease from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Total company comparable store sales for the fourth quarter grew 1.2%. Comparable store sales for U.S. stores were down 1.1%.


Vendors
  • 02102010 Nourison Wins Two Wools of New Zealand Fashion Dynamics Awards

     

     NOURISON WINS TWO AWARDS IN
    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND COMPETITION
    AT SURFACES 2010 EXPOSITION

    Nourison accepting the Fashion Dynamics award for Best Wools of New Zealand Brand Color Line. Featured from left to right: Iain Abercrombie, chief executive officer of Wool Partners International, Jonathan Peykar, broadloom product manager for Nourison, Elise Demboski, executive director of North America for Wools of New Zealand, Gerard O’Keefe, vice president of national sales for Nourison, and Patrick Malone, national sales director for Nourison


    LAS VEGAS – Nourison was a double winner in the annual Wools of New Zealand Fashion Dynamics competition held here during the recent Surfaces Expo.


  • 02112010 Nazmiyal Mounts Exhibition of Antique Sutlanabad Rugs

     NAZMIYAL MOUNTS EXHIBITION OF DECORATIVE ANTIQUE SULTANABADS
    IN NEW YORK'S ORIENTAL RUG DISTRICT


    Sultanabad Mahal Mohal 41755 from Persia. This lavish antique Sultanabad measures 9' x 12' and is one of the
     finest rugs in the exhibition.
    a sumptuous network of grand palmettes  in gold and red are set dramatically against a chocolate field.

     


    NEW YORK -- Antique rug specialist Nazmiyal has mounted an exhibition of over 80 antique Persian Sutlanabad rugs from the late 18th Century. They will be on display at the company's headquarters in New York's Oriental Rug District through Feb. 26, 2010.


  • 02122010 Emma Gardner Partners with Shaver Ramsey

    EMMA GARDNER PARTNERS
    WITH SHAVER-RAMSEY

    LITCHFIELD, CT – Emma Gardner Design, makers of contemporary high end rugs, has entered into a new partnership with Shaver-Ramsey, a Denver floor covering retailer. 


  • 02122010 Momeni New Atlanta Showroom a Success

    NEW ATLANTA SHOWROOM
    BIG SUCCESS FOR MOMENI

    CARLSTADT, NJ – Momeni 's new 9,000 sq. ft. AmericasMart showroom,  4-B-4, proved to be a successful move for the company, according to Reza Momeni, president.


  • 02152010 Shaw Living Receives Guinness World Records Honor for Largest Pie Fight

    SHAW GETS GUINNESS WORLD
    RECORD FOR LARGEST PIE FIGHT


    Setting the record, from left: Chris Yarbrough, director of technical development at Shaw; Danny Girton, Jr., adjudications manager at Guiness World Records; Randy Merritt, president of Shaw; Mike Leary, director of Anso Nylon at Shaw

    ATLANTA – Shaw Floors has received the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest Pie Fight during the company’s Dallas market event on Jan. 7.  The pie fight was held to demonstrate how Anso nylon repels stains. To see a video of the event, click here.


  • 02192010 Angotti Forms Sople Marketing Firm

    ANGOTTI FORMS
    MARKETING FIRM

    TARZANA, CA -- Alyson Angotti has formed the Sople Group, a new marketing and design firm targeted to the home furnishings and floor coverings business.


  • 02242010 Capel Inc Receives Economic Impact Award from NC State University

    CAPEL RECEIVES ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARD FROM NC STATE UNIVERSITY

    TROY, NC – Capel, Inc. was recently honored by the North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service (IES) as a recipient of the “1B4NC” award for the company’s dedication to sustaining North Carolina’s industry and economic growth. The award was presented in a ceremony held  at Capel’s headquarters on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in the same building the Capel family business began in 1917.


















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