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2013 DECEMBER

  • 12022013 Rugnews.com Editorial Is it Time to Change the Name of our Industry?

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    DO WE NEED A NEW WAY
    TO DEFINE OUR INDUSTRY?

    By Lissa Wyman

    Do we need a new way to define our industry? The direction that many companies have taken in the past five to 10 years has made the term "rug business" seem terribly outdated. Major wholesalers no longer sell rugs exclusively. They sell rugs. And pillows. And furniture. And lamps  And accent furniture. And throws. And top-of-the-bed. And broadloom carpeting. And hospitality carpeting. And various other doo-dads.


  • 12052013 Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year

    RADIANT ORCHID IS PANTONE
    COLOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2014

    Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

    CARLSTADT, N.J. -- Radiant Orchid (Pantone 18-3224) is the  Pantone color of the year for 2014, according to Pantone, an X-Rite company and global color authorit. The company described the color as a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.


  • 121513 Surya to Introduce New Products in Radiant Orchid and Related Hues

     SURYA TO SHOWCASE PRODUCTS IN
    RADIANT ORCHID AND RELATED HUES

    Surya’s Abigail Kids Rug is machine made in China of polyester.  Suggested retail for 5x8 is $338.

    CALHOUN, GA. --  Surya will offer a number of products in a full range of purple hues, including luminous purples, orchids and violets as well as bold fuchsias, and softer shades such as  lavender and mauve.  Surya’s design team had anticipated the shift towards more vibrant and dimensional hues such as Radiant Orchid, Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014, according to Lynne Meredith, vice president of product development.


  • 12232013 Oriental Rug Importers Association Elects New Officers for 2014

    ORIA ELECTS MOMENI PRESIDENT;
    OTHER
    NEW OFFICERS FOR 2014

    NEW YORK – The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) has elected a new slate of officers during its recent  annual meeting, according to Lucille Laufer, executive director of ORIA. The new officers are: Reza Momeni of Momeni, president; Kami Navid of Jaunty, vice-president; Behrooz Hakimian of Woven Concepts, treasurer; and Ramin Kalaty of Kalaty, secretary. They will assume their new positions on January 1, 2014.


  • 12312013 Top Rug Industry Stories of 2013

    MAJOR NEWS STORIES FOR 2013
    MEANS NEW LIFE FOR RUG INDUSTRY

    By Lissa Wyman

    Top rug industry stories appearing on www.rugnews.com in 2013 point to an exciting future for the rug and home industry in 2014. The most important development of 2013 -- by far -- has been the shift of the business to embrace not only rugs but all forms of home fashions. In 2013, we also saw new marketing approaches, continued growth of licensing programs and of course, the ever-changing game of executive musical chairs. We also saw that classic Oriental Rugs are not dead at all as a record-setting auction of antique rugs made the entire world aware once again of the eternal beauty of classic rugs.


    Enjoy the stories!
    Happy New Year to Everybody!

    click here for the Top Stories of 2013


     

Markets
  • 12032013 Safavieh to Launch Garden Stool Program during Winter 2014 Markets

    SAFAVIEH TO LAUNCH GARDEN STOOL PROGRAM DURING WINTER 2014 MARKETS

    Safavieh's Water Lily Garden stool is inspired by the bold floral patterns of 18th century Chinese export porcelain and crafted of glazed ceramic in aqua, pink and gold tones.
     Retail $168.

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will launch a collection of indoor-outdoor ceramic garden stools at 2014 winter markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas.  The new collection will include 21 styles in multiple colorways for a total of 52 SKUs, according to Jonathan Yaraghi, general manager of Safavieh’s furniture division. 


  • 12052013 Loloi to Celebrate 10th Anniversary during Atlanta Rug Market

    LOLOI TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
    IN ATLANTA WITH NEW SHOWROOM
    AND BIRTHDAY PARTY  BASH

    DALLAS – Loloi will celebrate its 10th anniversary at AmericasMart Thursday, January 9, 2014 with the debut of its 12,000 sq. ft. new showroom 4-D-2 and a party that will include live entertainment , catered food, wine and cocktails.


  • 12062013 Safavieh to Launch New Orchid Rug and Home products at Winter 2014 Markets

    SAFAVIEH TO LAUNCH NEW ORCHID TONES AT WINTER 2014 MARKETS

    Safavieh's Plum Blossom from the Isaac Mizrahi New York collection is hand-tufted in India of New Zealand wool in a mix of orchid and purple tones. Retail $520 for 5x8.

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will launch a series of Orchid toned collections of rug and home products during the Winter 2014 markets. When Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as its 2014 Color of the Year,  the Safavieh design team was already including orchid in its cross-category Winter lineup of products, according to Arash Yaraghi, a company principal.


  • 12112013 India Carpet Expo set for March 12 to 15

    INDIA CARPET EXPO SET TO
    TAKE PLACE MARCH 12 TO 15

    NEW DELHI, INDIA – The 27th annual India Carpet Expo, organized by the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) under the aegis of the Government of India, will take place March 12 to 15, 2014 at the NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate here.


  • 12112013 Surya to Host Hawaiian Getaway during Winter Markets

    SURYA TO HOST HAWAIIAN GETAWAY
    DURING WINTER MARKETS

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya will give away  a four-day/three-night Hawaiian getaway to one showroom visitor at the conclusion of the Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas winter markets. The winner will be announced in Surya’s Winter Market Pulse newsletter in early February 2014.


  • 12122013 Marcella Fine Rugs to Host Cocktails during January Winter Markets

    MARCELLA FINE RUGS CELEBRATES
    REDESIGNED ATLANTA SHOWROOM 

    ATLANTA – Marcella Fine Rugs has redesigned its 3,082 sq. ft. showroom 5-C-10 at AmericasMart. To celebrate the new look, the company will host daily lunch and afternoon cocktails during the Atlanta Winter Markets, January 7 to 14, 2014.


  • 12132013 Capel to Introduce Radiant Orchid Collection during Winter Markets

    CAPEL TO INTRODUCE RADIANT ORCHID
    COLLECTION DURING WINTER MARKETS

    Hableland (shown in violet) is a new line of loop-hooked wool rugs made in China. Created in collaboration with Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney of Hable Construction, Hableland rugs feature whimsical, fun and lighthearted graphic patterns in a modern color palette. A 5x8 rug may retail for $448.

    TROY, NC – Capel Rugs will introduce three new rugs incorporating Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Merchandise Mart, space 6-F-2, and at the Las Vegas Market, in its World Market Center showroom A-226.


  • 12132013 Las Vegas Market Increases Temporary Exhibitors for Winter Market

    LAS VEGAS MARKET INCREASES TEMPORARY
    EXHIBITORS FOR WINTER MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center announced that more than 325 gift, home décor and furniture suppliers, including nearly 90 new-to-market exhibitors, will showcase new products in 105,000 sq. ft. of temporary space in Buildings B and C at the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, running January 26 to 30, at World Market Center Las Vegas.


  • 12162013 Shaw to Host Kick-Off Party during Winter Atlanta Market

    SHAW TO HOST KICK-OFF PARTY
    DURING WINTER ATLANTA MARKET

    DALTON, GA – Shaw Living will host a kick-off party with live music, food and cocktails, Wednesday, January 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in its AmericasMart showroom 6-A-2 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market.


  • 12242013 LV Market Accepting Global Goodness Award Entries

    LAS VEGAS MARKET ACCEPTING
    GLOBAL GOODNESS AWARD ENTRIES

    LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Market is accepting for its second semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing gift, furniture and home decor companies for eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities. The Global Goodness Awards will be presented to five exhibitors at the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, January 26 to 30, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas.


  • 12262013 Kas to Host Donny Osmond for Atlanta Showroom Ribbon Cutting

    DONNY OSMOND TO APPEAR AT
    KAS ATLANTA RIBBON CUTTING

    SOMERSET, NJ – Donny Osmond will be in attendance to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Kas Rugs’ new Atlanta showroom at AmericasMart space 4-C-5-9 and to celebrate the new collaboration between Kas and Donny Osmond Home Thursday, January 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


  • 12302013 Company C to Celebrate 20 Years of Color during January Markets

    COMPANY C TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF
    COLOR DURING JANUARY MARKETS

    CONCORD, NH – Company C will celebrate 20 years in business with its new Spring 2014 collection. Highlights of the season’s introductions include the original, bold vase design found in its Sumiko collection, which includes both rugs and coordinating bedding, according to Christine Chapin, co-founder and chief colorful living officer.


People
  • 12182013 Davis and Campbell to be Inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame

    DAVIS AND CAMPBELL TO BE INDUCTED
    INTO THE WFCA HALL OF FAME

    ANAHEIM, CA – D. Christopher Davis and Keith Campbell are the two most recent inductees to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame. The date for the formal induction ceremony will be announced at a later date.


Products
  • 120513 Oriental Weavers Introduces Shag Carpet in Pantone Color of the Year, Ready to Ship Immediately

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS NEW SHAG RUG
    IN 2014 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR
    AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT

    Oriental Weavers' Focus shag rug in Radiant Orchid, Pantone 2014 Color of the Year. Made in the US of polypropylene. Suggested retail is $199 in 5x8.


    DALTON,GA–  Oriental Weavers has introduced a new shag rug in Radiant Orchid,  Pantone's 2014 color of the year. The  rug, part of the Focus collection is available for immediate shipment.


  • 12222013 Hot New Style Trends in Stores Now


    Radiant Orchid
    Oriental Weavers


    Tantalyzing
    Turquoise
    Nourison


    Painterly
    Panache
    Surya


    Easy Geometrics
    Capel

    HOT RUG TRENDS
     HITTING STORES NOW


    Unique
    Kas


    Return to Classics
    S&H

     


    Subdued Neutrals
    Kaleen

     


    Ziggy-Zag
    Safavieh

    See lots of rugs representing these hot trends, click here


Retailers
  • 12182013 Macy's to Build New fulfillment Center in Tulsa County, OK

    MACY'S TO BUILD NEW FULFILLMENT CENTER
    IN TULSA COUNTY, OKLAHOMA

    CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. will build a new direct-to-consumer fulfillment center near Owasso in Tulsa County, OK, to support continued sales growth driven by Macy's omnichannel strategy. The company is expected to invest more than $170 million in the facility, including the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.


Vendors
  • 12092013 Doug Anderson Acquires Foreign Accents

    FOREIGN ACCENTS ACQUIRED
    BY DOUG ANDERSON

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Doug Anderson has acquired Foreign Accents, the rug importer based here, according to Trish Rempen, founder. With the new ownership, there will also be expansion of  the sales, marketing and design team, she added. 


  • 12102013 Surya to Open 14,000 Sq. Ft. Showroom in Dallas
    SURYA TO DEBUT 14,000 SQ. FT.
    SHOWROOM AT DALLAS MARKET CENTER

    CALHOUN, GA. -- Surya will open a 14,000 sq. ft.  showroom at the Dallas Market Center. Located at World Trade Center 5-560,  the showroom, will debut during the upcoming Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 15-21 2014. It will also be open daily during nonmarket hours.


  • 12112013 Safavieh to Launch Upholstered Headboards during Winter Las Vegas Market

    SAFAVIEH TO LAUNCH UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARDS DURING WINTER
     LAS VEGAS MARKET

    Safavieh's Axel tufted headboard is upholstered in soft taupe linen with button tufting evoking images of 1930s Hollywood glamor. Retail for Full and Queen sizes: $399.

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will add upholstered headboards to its growing mix of cross-category home furnishings products to be launched in its World Market Center showroom A-101 during Las Vegas Market, Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, 2014, according to Jonathan Yaraghi, general manager of the company’s furniture division.


  • 12162013 Shaw Partners with Make it Right Foundation

    SHAW PARTNERS WITH
    MAKE IT RIGHT FOUNDATION

    DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has partnered with the Make It Right Foundation to cut the ribbon on the Foundation’s latest project, the Bancroft School Apartments in Kansas City’s Manheim Park neighborhood for which Shaw donated flooring to cover 50 homes and common areas. The apartment complex achieved LEED Platinum certification.


  • 121813 Lady Henrieta Spencer-Churchill to Speak at Atlanta Seminar Sponsored by Loloi

    LADY HENRIETTA SPENCER-CHURCHILL TO SPEAK ON RUGS AND ACCESSORIES AT ATLANTA EVENT SPONSORED BY LOLOI

    DALLAS -- Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, noted designer and member of the British aristocracy, is the featured speaker at a Loloi-sponsored Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market event on Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 3 to 4 pm.  in the Seminar Room on  AmericasMart 's14th floor (#14-D-9).


  • 12192013 David Harounian Forms Persian American Leadership Council

    DAVID HAROUNIAN FORMS
    PERSIAN-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL


    David Harounian

    NEW YORK -- David Harounian, past president of the Oriental Rugs Importers Association and chief executive officer of Harounian Rugs International (HRI), has announced the formation of the Persian American Business Leadership Council. Purpose of the group is to strengthen the bonds between this vibrant immigrant ethnic group and the broader American business community.


  • 122013 Oriental Weavers Rug Featured on NBC's Today Show

     ORIENTAL WEAVERS  FEATURED ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW WITH PANTONE RUG

    Oriental Weavers' new rug from the Prismatic Collection in Pantone's Color of the Year was featured on a segment of NBC's Today Show, which introduced the color in many different products.


    DALTON, GA. --  An Oriental Weavers Rug in Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year,  was featured on a recent episode of NBC's The Today Show.  The Oriental Weavers rug, from the Prismatic Collection is part of the OW Pantone Universe licensed collection. It is printed nylon, made in Egypt. Suggested retail price is $199 in 5x8.  See the clip from the Dec 5 NBC Today Show which introduced the Pantone Color of the Year,  click here.


  • 12202013 Kas Enters into Partnership with Donny Osmond Home

    KAS RUGS ENTERS INTO PARTNERSHIP
    WITH DONNY OSMOND HOME

    SOMERSET, NJ – Kas Rugs has partnered with entertainer Donny Osmond in a licensing agreement that will feature rug collections as well as pillows and poufs, according to Rao Yarlagadda, president of Kas. KAS will debut several rug collections featuring Donny Osmond Home’s brand at the Las Vegas Market in July 2014.Kas has recently entered the decorative pillows and poufs arena, and home décor accessories will be added later in 2014 to supplement the rug line.


  • 12232013 Surya Honors Top Customer Accounts with Educational Scholarships

    SURYA HONORS TOP CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS
    WITH EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya has made a donation on behalf of each of its top customer accounts to East Meets West (EMW), an international nonprofit development organization that serves communities throughout Asia. Each donation will provide an impoverished high school student with a one-year scholarship that covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and regular intensive tutoring, according to Satya Tiwari, Surya president.


  • 12262013 Nourison to Host Social Media Fundraising Campaign for Diabetes Research

    NOURISON TO HOST SOCIAL MEDIA
    FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR DIABETES

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Starting January 2, 2014 Nourison will launch a social media donation campaign to help fund the research efforts of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) to help find a cure for diabetes. Through the month of January, Nourison will donate $1 to the Institute for every new “Like” or follower on the Facebook and/or Twitter page. There will also be a chance to win a rug and pillow coordinate.


















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