Rugnews.com Editorial: HOW DO WE STOP THE LONG SLIDE OF PRICE AND PROFIT EROSION?
By LIssa Wyman
Last week we published a letter from a rug retailer who predicted the rug industry will continue to contract because the people in the business are chasing business by reducing prices. Judging by the thoughtful responses, that letter seems to have struck a nerve. Here is my two cents' worth on the topic.
NEW YORK SEMINAR FOCUSES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION AND DOING BUSINESS IN INDIA
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK -- India offers American companies great opportunities but there are also legal complexities, particularly in areas of intellectual property protection, according to a seminar held here June 11.
Rugnews.com Editorial: CAN WE JUMP OFF THE COMMODITY ROLLER-COASTER?
Rugs have been commoditized to the point where they have lost their worth for everyone in the supply chain including manufacturers, importers, retailers and consumers. Price is now driving the rug business, rather than beauty and craftsmanship.
Executive Session: SOME SIMPLE PROPOSALS TO HELP RESTORE RUG BUSINESS TO PROFITABILITY
By Richard Kirishian Kirishian Rugs Spokane, WA
I wrote the letter that appeared June 3 on Rugnews.com under the headline "Is The Rug Industry Responsible For Its Own Demise?" To date, 15 importers and retailers have taken the time to write and respond with constructive comments and recommendations. Thank you. Information is power.
NY GIFT FAIR INTRODUCES PLATFORM FOR EMERGING CRAFT DESIGNERS
WHITE PLAINS, NY – The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) will introduce a new “Emerging Designer Maker Platform” for emerging artisans. It is produced in connection with the Handmade Designer Maker division of the NYIGF. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 15, 2012.
ATLANTA RUG MARKET PLAYS KEY ROLE IN AMERICASMART TOTAL HOME PROGRAMS
ATLANTA – The four floors of AmericasMart's Area Rug Center are playing a key role in the Summer Market's "All Things HOME" program. This July, the International Rug Market (July 12 to 15) is more closely aligned than ever with AmericasMart's International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (July 11 to 18).
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOST AHEAD OF THE CURVE BROADCAST
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will offer attendees a preview of the hottest new home design trends with its signature Ahead of the Curve live broadcast hosted by leading U.S. designers, Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. in Building C-352.
NOURISON TO HOST ATLANTA PARTY IN HONOR OF BARCLAY BUTERA
SADDLEBROOK, NJ – Nourison will host a meet and greet cocktail party with designer Barclay Butera, Wednesday July 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the company’s AmericasMart showroom 3-F-2 during the International Area Rug Market.
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO LAUNCH EXPANDED DESTINATION CENTER ON THIRD FLOOR OF BLDG B
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will launch a newly merchandised and expanded presentation of the Third Floor of Building B at the 2012 Summer Las Vegas Market. Surya (B-370) and Chandra (B-300) are two rug vendors participating in the B-3 project.
HIGH POINT MARKET PARTNERS WITH DESIGN LIBRARY TO CREATE ONLINE PRODUCT DATABASE
High Point, N.C. – The High Point Market has partnered with Trade Only Design Library (TODL) to create the High Point Market Residential Library, an online database with interactive and branding capabilities to connect home furnishings industry professionals. All exhibitors at the Fall High Point Market will be included in the High Point Residential Library, which will be found on TODL.com.
AMERICASMART NEW AND EXPANDED SHOWROOMS; RUG SEMINARS ATLANTA – Summer market-goers will find six new or expanded rug showrooms as well as rug related seminars during The Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 12 to 15.
WORLD MARKET CENTER EDUCATIONAL EVENTS SET FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will host an assortment of complimentary seminars for retailers, design professionals and other registered Market attendees during the upcoming Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market, July 30 to August 3. Each seminar will feature leaders of the design, home furnishings and gift industries and many programs are CEU-accredited.
AMER RUGS LEASES TEMPORARY SPACE AT AMERICASMART ATLANTA
NORCROSS, GA -- Amer Rugs has leased a 3,000 sq. ft. temporary showroom (5-D-2) at AmericasMart Atlanta, according to Tanuj Gupta, president of marketing. The space is in addition to Amer's 3,000 sq. ft. permanent showroom (5-A-11)
NEW YORK SKYLINE RUG TO BE FEATURED AT FALL NY INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOW
New York City Skyline rug from Wool & Silk Rugs will be featured at the Fall New York International Carpet Show, Sept. 9 to 11, 2012. The 8x10 wool and silk rug has a suggested retail price of approximately $6,000
UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The new skyline of lower Manhattan featuring the iconic Freedom Tower is depicted in a rug from Wool & Silk which will be introduced at this Fall's New York International Carpet Show.
SHAW PARTNERS WITH PROJECT SEARCH TO PROVIDE JOB INTERNSHIPS FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES
DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries has initiated its first Project Search internship program, a work skills developmental program designed to facilitate a successful post high school transition to the workforce for young adults with disabilities. The four Shaw participants, Jordon Freeman, Eric Abernathy, Ashley Tankersley and Angelica Summey will complete on-the-job training to gain competitive skills needed for employment.
SHAW FLOORS CONVENTION SET FOR JANUARY 20 TO 23 2013 DALTON, GA – Shaw Floors will host its InSight 2013 Shaw Flooring Network Convention, January 20 to 23, 2013. The bi-annual event hosts approximately 3,300 attendees representing more than 800 Shaw retailers, all members of the Shaw Flooring Network (SFN), a program offering flooring retailers sales, education, marketing and networking opportunities.
LOS ANGELES – Art Resources has launched its revamped website. The site consists of 11,000 rugs and is cross browser compatible with Internet Explorer, Fire Fox, Google Chrome and Safari including ipad and iphone.
KARASTAN RUGS SELECTED FOR HGTV DESIGN STAR SERIES
DALTON, GA – Three Karastan rugs were selected by the finalists for season seven of HGTV Design Star, the reality series in which 12 competitive interior designers, contractors, stylists and artists bring their most ingenious ideas to make over challenging spaces.
SURYA IN PROGRAM WITH AKSHAYA PATRA FOUNDATION TO FEED INDIAN CHILDREN
CALHOUN, GA – Surya has entered into a partnership with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, one of the world’s largest Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) school feeding programs. Surya has made a five year commitment to help build this program for children in India by offering its time, expertise and financial support. Surya’s financial contribution will feed 3,333 students each year for the next five years.