ATLANTA -- As top U.S. rug vendors gear up for the start of the 2016 selling season, they are banking on a number of product development strategies to start the year on a strong note. Value is the buzzword with many rug suppliers, who are introducing fashion-forward volume-priced machine-made rugs that pair design and durability at a great price.
GRUND AMERICA TO LAUNCH ORGANIC BATH RUGS AT ATLANTA MARKET
Premium Namo bath rugs with skid-resistant backing are certified by GOTS as crafted from 100 percent organic cotton.
Charlotte, N.C.--Grund America, LLC is set to launch its fresh organic luxury bath rug collection at the January 2016 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The company is exhibiting at market for the first time, and will show in Building 1, Floor 7, Booth E-19.
KARASTAN VIDEO DISCUSSES LIMITED EDITION KIRMAN RUG TO DEBUT AT WINTER MARKETS
In a newly released video, Tracy Pruitt, vice president of design, discusses the recreation of Karastan's iconic Multi Panel Kirman rug and gives a first peek at a sample of the new Panel Kirman Granite.
SUGAR VALLEY, Ga. -- Karastan has released a video featuring the company's vice president of design, Tracy Pruitt, discussing the recreation of the iconic Multi Panel Kirman, the most popular rug Karastan has ever made, in new colors.
600 BUYERS SEE 2016 RUGS AND BROADLOOM FIRST AT FLOORING AMERICA/IDG CONNEXTION
end rug companies and rug makers with broadloom divisions were an important
component at the January 2016 conneXtion conference held in Orlando
ORLANDO--Convening together for the first time under one roof, 600 members of retail buying groups Flooring America/Flooring Canada, The Floor Trader and International Design Guild (IDG) were out in force at the Winter conneXtion 2016 bi-annual meeting held last week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, FL.
GOODWEAVE AND LICENSED PARTNERS STRONG AT WINTER TRADE SHOWS
Washington, DC--GoodWeave International will be meeting with carpet industry leaders at trade shows this month in Germany and the U.S., engaging more companies in its child-labor-free certification program.
COURISTAN CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY: Q&A WITH RON AND GEORGE COURI
Couristan's Ron Couri, president and CEO, and George Couri, chairman and COO, reflect on the company's long history, and talk with RugNews.com about the future.
ATLANTA--It has been 90 years since Couristan was founded by brothers Basil and George Couri, and partner, David Murad. The company kicked off the milestone at the Atlanta International Rug Market on Thursday, Jan. 14 with a 90th anniversary party replete with a Roaring Twenties theme, American jazz and 26 percent off on pricing (in honor of its birthday in 1926).
ARTS AWARDS ANNOUNCED – LOLOI WINS AREA RUG AWARD; JAIPUR NAMED BEST GREEN MANUFACTURER
DALLAS – Jan. 23, 2016 – ART and Dallas Market Center announced the winners of the 27th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held Friday, January 22 at the Hilton Anatole attended by more than 500 guests. Rug companies honored at the event were Loloi, which took home its fourth award in the Best Area Rug Manufacturer category since 2010, and Jaipur which received the Green Manufacturer ARTS Award (read full story).
Nourison nabs Magnificent Carpet Award honors for its machine-made Luminance in bone.
ATLANTA -- New Jersey-based Nourison was honored at the 2016 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards on Jan. 15during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, with its winning Luminance rug in the "Machine Made $400.01+" category. Luminance features a heirloom-quality patina and delicately stylized floral motifs, crafted from the company's soft and silky Luxcelle fiber.
Surya wins a 2016 award in the licensee category for its embroidery-like Spring Bloom.
ATLANTA--Surya received a 2016 Magnificent Carpets Award (in the Licensee category) for its Spring Bloom rug, featuring an oversized floral design by Belgian lifestyle brand Papilio. Hand knotted of 100 percent felted wool with a low pile, Spring Bloom is constructed using oversized knots to create an embroidered look for a rich texture and dimensionality, along with softness underfoot.
ATLANTA -- Momeni was selected as a 2016 Magnificent Carpets winner in the "Hand-Hooked/Hand-Tufted, $0-$16 per square foot" category for its lustrous Millennia. Featuring a contemporary abstract pattern paired with a lustrous sheen, the hand-tufted in India range is crafted of 100 percent viscose, with a high/low effect. It carries a MAP of $599 in 5x8.
WILLIAMSBURG BRAND INTRODUCES LICENSE WITH SPICHER AND COMPANY
The Williamsburg brand will debut seven Vintage Vinyl Floor Cloths with Spicher and Company next week in Atlanta, including Diamonds and Floral Abigail shown.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va.--Williamsburg announces a new license for Vintage Vinyl Floor Cloths with Spicher and Company, which is known for cutting-edge designs and fresh, original art with a distinct vintage feel.
ORIENTAL WEAVERS DEBUTS TECH-DRIVEN WEAVING INNOVATION, PLUS 10 COLLECTIONS WITH 100 NEW DESIGNS
Oriental Weavers will showcase complex designs from the new Andorra collection (above) featuring a proprietary yarn and weaving technology and 200 color options per color bank.
DALTON, Ga.--Global rug and broadloom giant Oriental Weavers comes to winter markets with a cutting-edge yarn and weaving technology not seen in the rug industry before. Jonathan Witt, senior vice president at Oriental Weavers USA, tellsRugNews.comthe new technology will be showcased in the Andorra collection, which premieres at the Atlanta International Rug Market along with nine additional collections in a variety of yarns and constructions.
STEVE SORROW JOINS LOLOI AS DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
DALLAS--Steve Sorrow has been named Director of Product Development for Loloi, according to Amir Loloi, founder and president. Sorrow will be responsible for overseeing product development for all product categories and will report directly to Amir and Steven Loloi. Steve was most recently owner of String Theory. Select String Theory pillows will be available to purchase from the Loloi showrooms this January and beyond.
NOT-TO-BE-MISSED PARTIES AND PROMOS AT ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL RUG MARKET
ATLANTA -- Rug suppliers exhibiting at the upcoming Atlanta International Rug Market, featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), have planned a host of buyer-enticing discounts and promotions, as well as festivities at their AmericasMart showrooms, most notably major anniversary celebrations at Couristan and KAS Rugs. The following running list of not-to-be-missed events and buying opportunities will be updated as vendors contact us with their announcements.
AMER RUGS' NEW HENNA COLLECTION - FROM VEDIC ART TO FASHION STATEMENT
East meets West in Amer's new Henna collection launching in Atlanta with 10 hand-tufted designs of New Zealand wool with art silk highlights ($499 in 5x8).
ATLANTA -- Steeped in the Vedic culture and customs of India for 3,000 years, the art of adorning women with henna has become universally recognized and fashionable worldwide, inspiring Amer Rugs to create its Henna collection debuting at the January 2016 Atlanta International Rug Market. Featuring 10 designs adapted from tattoo motifs traditionally associated with weddings and religious ceremonies, Henna is one of eight collections Amer will unveil at its completely remodeled AmericasMart showroom, 5-D-2.
ATLANTA - As rug companies welcome the New Year at the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show, the mood is upbeat, designs and weaves are innovative and focused on value. Designers are showcasing new textures, a return to classic traditional motifs and extraordinary detail in machine made rugs. So many companies are featured in our Atlanta winter 2016 new product roundup that it is offered in two parts for easier reading. A link to Part 1 can be found at the end of this report.
SAFAVIEH TO SHOWCASE NEWEST RUG COLLECTIONS AT ATLANTA MARKET
Safavieh introduces its new Constellation Vintage collection, a contemporary line crafted in a soft viscose pile.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. -- Safavieh, a supplier of area rugs and home furnishings, will be showcasing several new rug collections at the upcoming Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16.
NAMO AND MADISONS SELECTED FOR ATLANTA MARKET'S CURATED HIGH DESIGN EXHIBIT
Fledgling Brooklyn-based Namo Rugs debuts in Atlanta with a focus on eco-friendly wool felt rugs. For High Design, it will showcases a new collection crafted from recycled cotton, shown Antiqued Raina in gravel blue coffee colorway.
ATLANTA -- Two New York City-area rug studios, Namo Rugs and Madisons, have been selected for the High Design juried exhibition space in the AmericasMart Temporaries for the January 2016 edition of the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market.
"WHERE THE RUG BUSINESS DOES BUSINESS" - Q&A WITH ATLANTA MARKET'S JEFF PORTMAN
ATLANTA -- As the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market opens, RugNews.com scores an exclusive interview with Jeffrey L. Portman, president and chief operating officer of mart and show organization AMC, Inc.
NEW YORK -- New York textile and pillow designer Thomas Paul Fernez of thomaspaul and Nuloom Rugs inked an exclusive licensing agreement to launch a collection of rugs for both the thomaspaul designer brand and his more affordable brand, seedling by thomaspaul, Nuloom reports.
FEIZY INTRODUCES HAUTE TRENDS DESIGNERS AND DEBUTS LEIF COLLECTION
Feizy will host a champagne brunch with the designers of its anticipated Haute Trends collection on Monday, Jan. 25. Clockwise from top left, Haute Trends designers Michael Smith Boyd, Julia Buckingham, Kerrie Kelly and Jackie Von Tobel.
DALLAS -- Rug manufacturer Feizy Rugs is prepping for a design-driven Las Vegas Market with the debut of not only the Leif rug collection but also the introduction of a new designer collaboration called Haute Trends.
Loloi debuts a score of new collections including the hand-knot Transcend (TD-01 in charcoal/peridot shown), crafted from bamboo viscose.
DALLAS -- Loloi is debuting eight new rug collections, running the gamut from hand-braided modern outdoor rugs to traditional Persian styles, during the winter Vegas market from Jan. 24-28 in its showroom B480.
KALEEN DEBUTS MAJOR BROADLOOM EXPANSION AT SURFACES; ANNOUNCES NEW YARN AND WEAVING FACILITIES IN INDIA
Unveiled at the recent Flooring America/Flooring Canada/ IDG conneXtion conference in Orlando, Kaleen will feature 12 brand new broadloom qualities, a new exhibit booth and new waterfall displays at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS -- Kaleen is making a major statement in broadloom at The International Surface Event (TISE) unveiling today a brand new exhibit booth twice the size of last year's, new waterfall displays and a whopping 12 new broadloom collections. The debuting collections will be on view at SURFACES from Jan. 20 to 22, 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Renaissance rug man Hamid Zarei, founder of New York-based Revita Rugs, combines art and science.
A Renaissance rug man, Hamid Zarei combines the arts and sciences in a career that spans three continents. RugNews.com spoke with Revita Rugs' founder at the company's booth at the winter 2016 Atlanta international Rug Market featuring NORS for this exclusive CEO profile.
LAS VEGAS--Coming off of a strong 2015, many rug manufacturers expect 2016 to be equally as bullish with some expanding not only staff or distribution, but also growing or adding new market showrooms in a vote of confidence. The atmosphere at the Las Vegas Market is anticipated to be full of optimism and rug vendors are offering up hundreds of new looks and attitudes to keep retailers happy.
LAS VEGAS -- Retailers walking the Las Vegas Market can expect a show filled with everything from fashion-forward outdoor rugs to innovative new technology driven machine-made collections to skillfully crafted hand-knotted rugs this winter.
LOLOI ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH MAGNOLIA HOMES' JOANNA GAINES
DALLAS--Loloi inked a deal with designer and TV celebrity Joanna Gaines, founder of Magnolia Homes and the host of HGTV's Fixer Upper. The new Gaines collaboration with Loloi will include an exclusive line of rugs, pillows, and throws, set to debut at the upcoming High Point Market in April.
2016 MAGNIFICENT CARPETS AWARD WINNER: ORIENTAL WEAVERS
Mandi Williams, director of design, and Pat Muschamp, vice-president, sales, at Oriental Weavers, show off their 2016 America's Magnificent Carpets Award in front of the winning machine-made Pasha collection rug.
ATLANTA -- Machine-made rug supplier Oriental Weavers earned recognition at the America's Magnificent Carpets Awards earlier this month for its Pasha 521X rug.
Myanmar Aquamarine from the Karastan's Spice Market collection wins in the machine-made, $200.01 to $400, category.
ATLANTA -- Karastan's Myanmar design from its Spice Market series was awarded a Magnificent Carpet Award in the "Machine Made, $200.01 to $400" category this January during the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.
TAYSE OPENS FIRST WORLD MARKET CENTER SHOWROOM IN LAS VEGAS
World Market Center's Ron Radin, director home decor, with Jay Dogan, Laila Bohac and Travis Ayers, all of Tayse unveil Tayse's new Las Vegas showroom.
LAS VEGAS -- Tayse Rugs unveiled its first permanent showroom at the January 2016 Las Vegas Market, a 2,000 square foot space, showroom C-768, at the World Market Center. Celebrating the grand opening with a ribbon cutting were World Market Center's Ron Radin, director home decor, with Jay Dogan, Laila Bohac and Travis Ayers, all of Tayse.
KAS RUGS CELEBRATES 35-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL RUG MARKET
Kas Rugs turns 35 this year, but the company began celebrating with a new logo and website redesign launched in 2015. Join Kas at its anniversary party on Jan. 14, 2016 in Atlanta.
SOMERSET, N.J. -- Kas Rugs is kicking off the New Year with a 35-year anniversary celebration at the upcoming Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS) In honor of the event a party with dinner, drinks and live music will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the company's AmericasMart showroom, 1-4-C-5.