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2009 FEBRUARY

  • 02232009 Call for Ideas for Industry ThinkTank


    MORE BRIGHT IDEAS NEEDED!

    The first session of the Rug Industry Think Tank was held Feb. 24, 2009. Approximately 20 e
    xecutives from the wholesale, retail, media and market communities were on hand to present ideas.

    Rugnews.com will report on the meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25. We will also publish a report on the many e-mails and blogs we received from readers who are working long-distance to develop ways for our business to recover from the current recession.

    Please keep those wonderful ideas coming! 

    Don't worry about sounding too trite,
    too simple or too crazy. Just GO!!!!

    Click here to get to the Think Tank comment box


  • 02252009 Guest Editorial: Dennis Dodds Design Community Can be Rug Industry Partner

     

    Rugnews.com Guest Editorial:
    DESIGN COMMUNITY CAN BE  INDUSTRY'S 
    PARTNER IN
    BRINGING MESSAGE OF
    FASHION AND QUALITY TO CONSUMER


    By Dennis Dodds
    Founder and president
    The New York International Carpet Show

    After running the HALI office in the US for nine years, I pioneered the industry's first special advertising section in 1986, in two top design magazines: Interior Design and Architectural DIgest's "Carpets of Distinction."  For 10 years, my mission was to not just to sell advertising (some of you were my forward-looking clients) but to inform, educate, and motivate the high-end consumer and the influential design community to buy beautiful carpets.


  • 02252009 Rug Industry Think Tank Report

    RUG INDUSTRY THINK TANK
    PARTICIPANTS BRAIN STORM
    IDEAS TO FIGHT RECESSION

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK --Several of the  participants  at the industry's first Think Tank meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24 described the current economic climate as a "perfect storm." But as the historic two-hour meeting progressed, it became clear that the Think Tank itself had become a "perfect brain storm" of ideas with  the potential to profoundly change the rug business, both for the near term and over the  long range.


Markets
  • 02022009 LV Parties


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET 

    LAS VEGAS - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Las Vegas market. Check out our list of party places for February 9 to 13, 2009.
     


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  • 02042009 Feizy Opens New LV Showroom

    FEIZY OPENS NEW
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM

    LAS VEGAS – Feizy Rugs will celebrate the grand opening of its new 12,000 sq. ft. Las Vegas showroom in Building C, showroom C399 of the World Market Center. The company previously had a space on the first floor of the World Market Center’s Building B.


  • 02062009 Foreign Accents Celebrates 25th Anniversary during LV Market

    FOREIGN ACCENTS TO CELEBRATE
    25th ANNIVERSARY DURING
    LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – Foreign Accents is celebrating its 25th anniversary during the Las Vegas Market with a Dealer Appreciation Day.  The event is set to take place Feb. 10 in the company’s showroom B749.


  • 02062009 Surfaces People Pix

    NOT MANY RUG VENDORS AT SURFACES,
    BUT THEY LOVE THE BIZZY BUZZ

    Mike Riley, left, president of Oriental Weavers of America, greets Howard Brodsky, co-ceo of CCA Global Partners, the giant retail co-op and parent of Carpet One and Flooring America.

     

    More Surfaces Pix, click here
    business report coming very soon!
     


  • 02072009 India Carpet Export Promotion at Surfaces

    INDIA'S CARPET EXPORT
    PROMOTIONAL COUNCIL HAS
    LARGE PRESENCE AT SURFACES

    LAS VEGAS -- Approximately 20 Indian hand-made carpet manufacturers exhibited in a special section at the Surfaces Floor Covering Expo,  Feb. 2 to 5.


  • 02092009 AMC Changes July Market Dates

    AMERICASMART MAKES CHANGES
    TO JULY MARKET SCHEDULE

    ATLANTA – The July 2009 International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at Americasmart has been changed to July 8 to 15, putting the event on an eight day Wednesday to Wednesday schedule. 


  • 02092009 Surfaces Business Report

    Surfaces Expo Business Report:
    FEW RUG VENDORS AT SURFACES;
    MOST SHOWING BROADLOOM

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS – Rug vendors were few and far between at this year’s Surfaces Floor Covering Expo. Most of the rug companies showing this year were here to sell broadloom carpeting.  Rugs were either missing or of secondary importance in the exhibits of Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Couristan, Kane, Radici  and Dynamic. 


  • 02102009 Las Vegas World Market Opening Day Story

    World Market Opening Day Report:
    WORLD MARKET OPENS TO LIGHT TRAFFIC,
    BUT RUG VENDORS HANGING TOUGH

    With smiles like these, things can't be all that bad. From left: Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com; Barbara Krodel, merchandise manager for Touch of Class, Huntingburg, IN; Angela Chu, Momeni midwest sales manager, and Reza Momeni, president of Momeni.

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS – Opening day traffic was on the light side at the Las Vegas World Market Center, but there were enough retailers on hand to make a successful market for rug vendors.


  • 02122009 LV Market Attendance Exceeds Expectations

    LAS VEGAS MARKET TRAFFIC OFF 2%
    BUT IT'S BETTER THAN EXPECTED

    LAS VEGAS – Opening day attendance was down  2% at the World Market Center Winter event. The turnout was better than expected, according to WMC management. The figure compared this week's event with last year's World Market, held in January 2008. There were 6,527 new buyers visiting Las Vegas Market for the first time this week.


  • 02162009 Domotex AsiaChinafloor Set for March

    DOMOTEX ASIA/CHINAFLOOR 2009
    SET FOR MARCH 24 TO MARCH 26

    SHANGHI, CHINA – The 11th edition of Domotex Asia/Chinafloor will take place March 24 to 26, 2009. The event will occupy 8.5 halls covering 97,750 square meters (1,052,181 sq. ft.) at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. An estimated 1,100 exhibitors from Asia and abroad will be present as well as more than 42,000 professional visitors and buyers from China and other countries.


  • 02162009 Domotex Middle East Set for May

    DOMOTEX MIDDLE EAST
    SET FOR MAY 17 TO 19

    DUBAI, U.A.E. – Domotex Middle East is scheduled for May 17 to 19, 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.  Over 6,400 visitors are expected to attend the flooringe exposition.


     

  • 02162009 HFPA Elects New Board for 2009 to 2011 Term

    NY HOME FASHION GROUP 
    ELECTS NEW TWO-YEAR BOARD

    NEW YORK – The Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), sponsors of the New York Home Fashions Market, has elected a new board for the 2009 to 2011 term.  The New York Home Fashions Market was formerly known as the Home Textiles Market.


  • 02162009 LV Panelists Say 2009 Year of Opportunity

    LAS VEGAS MARKET PANELISTS SAY
    2009 IS  YEAR OF OPPORTUNITY

    LAS VEGAS – 2009 is a year of opportunity. That was the conclusion reached by a panel of home furnishings vendors and interior designers who participated in a discussion during last week's Las Vegas Winter Market. Theme of the discussion was 2009: The Year in Anticipation 


  • 02162009 Two Markets to Run Simultaneously at AMC

    TWO ATLANTA MARKETS TO RUN
    SIMULTANEOUSLY MARCH 14-16 

    ATLANTA – The Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings and Holiday Market and Atlanta International Fine Line and Home Textiles Market will run simultaneously from March 14 to 16, 2009 at Americasmart.


  • 02182009 Rug Vendors at the LVWMC Design Center Woo Design Community

    RUG VENDORS  IN VEGAS DESIGN CENTER WOOING DESIGN COMMUNITY 
     

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Although the nation's economic ills are affecting every segment of the business, several vendors are going forward with expansion plans in the World Market Center's year-round Design Center.


  • 02222009 Top Designers Spot New Trends During LV Market

    TOP DESIGNERS SPOT NEW TRENDS
    AT VEGAS MARKET
    WEBCAST-SEMINAR

    LAS VEGAS – Three of the country’s top designers presented their favorite picks during the Feb. 7 to 13 Las Vegas Market’s first interactive webcast and live panel discussion. The event, called "Ahead of the Curve," featured Barclay Butera, Amy Lau and Joe Nye. Susanna Salk, Today show style commentator, was the panel moderator. 


  • 02232009 Amici Returns to Domotex Asia 2009

    AMICI INTERNATIONAL TO 
    SHOW AT DOMOTEX ASIA 2009

    LEBANON, NJ – Amici International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amici Imports, will exhibit at Domotex Asia/China Floor (DACF) in Shanghai, China, March 24 to 26, 2009.  The company will show at space W1J30 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.


  • 02272009 Las Vegas Market Final Wrap Up

    LAS VEGAS MARKET SAW NEW FACES;
    CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR BARGAINS

     

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Vendors at the  Las Vegas World Market saw many of the nation's top retailers, but there were also plenty of fresh faces in the showrooms. Whether they were old-timers or newcomers in the rug business, all were looking for fashion  looks with  great value.


People
  • 02272009 Antrim Carpets Co-Founder Retires

     

    ANTRIM CARPETS CO-FOUNDER
    O’NEILL RETIRES FROM STANTON

    SYOSSET, NY – Fran O’Neill, co-founder and vice president of sales for Antrim Carpet a division of Stanton Carpet retired from the company January 9, 2009.  O’Neill,along with Dan McGovern, founded Antrim Carpets in 1997.  


Products
Retailers
  • 02022009 Macy's in Massive Restructuring

    MACY'S ANNOUNCES MASSIVE
    RESTRUCTURING AND CENTRALIZATION

    CINCINNATI -- Macy's, Inc. has announced a series of actions  designed to reduce expenses by  $250 million in the partial year of 2009 and by $400 million per year beginning in 2010.Under the plan, the New York-based Macy's Home Store and Macy's Corporate Marketing  divisions (Macy's East, Macy's West, etc.)  will no longer exist as separate entities.


  • 02042009 Anderson Rug Market Feature


    ANDERSON EXPANDS RETAIL COMPLEX TO INCLUDE MULTIPLE  HOME DECOR STORES


    Anderson Rug Market is one component of the
    Anderson Design Center complex.


    HATTIESBURG, MS – In 1982, Allen Anderson opened a modest paint and flooring store. that has become a leader in South Mississippi's home decorating business that would soon become a leader in South Mississippi’s home decorating industry.


     

  • 02242009 HOM Furniture Acquires Seasonal Concepts

    HOM FURNITURE ACQUIRES
    SEASONAL CONCEPTS


    COON RAPIDS, MN – Hom Furniture has purchased the assets of  outdoor furniture retailer Seasonal Concepts in Minneapolis, MN.  Seasonal Concepts Galleries will open March 15 within each of the six Twin Cities area Hom Furniture showrooms, as well as in the seven additional Hom locations outside of the metro area.  The existing Seasonal Concepts retail locations have been closed. 


Vendors
  • 02052009 Safavieh Introduces Hand Tufted Martha Stewart Rugs, New Catalog

     SAFAVIEH UNVEILS FIRST
    MARTHA STEWART 
    HAND-TUFTED COLLECTION

    Geranium Leaf design is one of the new hand tufted rugs being introduced by Safavieh  in Las Vegas as part of the Martha Stewart Rugs program. Made in India, it will retail at $825 in 5'6" x 8'6" size.


    LAS VEGAS --  Safavieh will introduce the first Indian  hand tufted rugs in the Martha Stewart Rugs licensing program at the Las Vegas World Market, according to Arash Yaraghi. Safavieh's showroom is located in A-101.


  • 02122009 Surya Introduces New Accessories Merchandiser

    SURYA INTRODUCES SMALL-SAMPLE
    RUG AND ACCESSORY MERCHANDISER

    LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Market marked the formal debut of Surya’s new small-sample in-store merchandiser.Called the Surya Accessory Solution Center, the  new merchandiser underscores Surya's  commitment to a broad range of rugs, home accents and home textiles, according to Satya Tiwari, Surya president..


  • 02162009 Tran and Jones Acquire Patusan

    TRAN AND JONES ACQUIRE
    PATUSAN TRADING CO.

    PITTSBURGH, PA -- Patusan Trading Co. has been acquired by Larry Tran and Randy Jones. The new name of the company is Patusan Fine Rugs.


  • 02172009 Orian Opening Showroom at 7W New York
    ORIAN RUGS OPENING NEW
    7 W SHOWROOM IN NEW YORK

    NEW YORK -- Orian Rugs will open a new 4,000 sq. ft. showroom  in 7 W New York,  suite 307. The grand opening celebration will take place on March 9, 2009  from 5 to 6 p.m., during the New York Home Fashions Market (formerly known as the New York Home Textiles market).


  • 02182009 WONZ Fashion Dynamics Winners

    STANTON, J. MISH AND TISCA TIARA WIN
    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND’S COMPETITION

    ATLANTA – Stanton, J. Mish and Tisca Tiara were the winners of the Wools of New Zealand’s Fashion Dynamics competition held at World Market Center during Surfaces 2009, Feb 3 to 5 in Las Vegas.


  • 02222009 Jewel to Make a Statement in Karastan 2009 Ad Campaign

     SINGER/SONGWRITER JEWEL TO
    “MAKE A STATEMENT” 
    IN  2009 KARASTAN AD CAMPAIGN

    Jewel strikes a “dramatic” pose on Karastan’s Metallic Impressions.

    DALTON, GA – Jewel, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, actress, poet and philanthropist who has sold over 27 million albums worldwide, will appear in the 2009 “Make A Statement” national ad campaign for Karastan carpets and rugs.


  • 02242009 Kathy Ireland Extends Partnerships with Three Firms

    KATHY IRELAND EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP
    WITH SHAW INDUSTRIES AND OTHERS;
    ROSEBERRY NAMED  PRESIDENT
     

    LOS ANGELES -- Kathy Ireland Worldwide (KIWW), a design and marketing firm, has renewed and extended its partnership with three of its home products partners, including Shaw Industries, Kathy Ireland's  initial partner in home furnishings. Shaw Industries is the parent of Shaw Living, which produces rugs under the Kathy Ireland licensing agreement.


  • 02262009 Miresco Ends Wholesale Division, Closes Showrooms in Atlanta

    MIRESCO CLOSING WHOLESALE DIVISION,
    EXPANDS PROMOTIONAL SALES DIVISION,
    SHUTS SHOWROOMS  IN ATLANTA, HI POINT

    HOUSTON— Miresco Decorative Rugs  will suspend operations of its wholesale division in order to focus on the expansion of its  promotional sales division, according to Amir Mireskandari, owner and chief executive officer.


















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