SWEEPING US SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN WILL AFFECT RUG IMPORTS
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday, July 1, US President Barak Obama signed a sweeping new law that will ban many US imports from Iran. Rugs will be included in the embargo. The ban on Iranian rug importation will become effective Sept. 29, 2010.
WORLD MARKET CENTER LAS VEGAS TO SPONSOR HOME MORTGAGE SWEEPSTAKES
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas (WMCLV) will sponsor a Home Mortgage Sweepstakes that will liberate one homeowner from paying their mortgage for one year during the 2010 National Home Furnishings Month (NHFM) promotion, Sept. 1 to 30.
CARLSTADT, NJ – Momeni will host a Summer Market Kick-off party during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. in the company's AmericasMart showroom 4-B-4. Cocktails and hors d'ouevres will be served.
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOST TREND SERIES AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will host a series of design events and seminars featuring industry experts’ various perspectives on next season’s trends. The series will be held during Summer Las Vegas Market, Aug. 2 to 6.
ATLANTA RUG MARKET ATTENDEES AIN'T COMPLAINING: THEY'RE STILL AROUND At Due Process Stable Trading: Mark Readel, center, of RugGuy Galleriez, Arlington Heights, IL, with Mike Massmann, left, vp of national sales for Due Process and Duane Henderson, Due Process salesman extraordinaire. More People Pix, click here
At Karastan: regional vice presidents Kevin Welch, left, and Dave Matamoros, right, with newlyweds Randy and Sharon Esco of The Depot, Montgomery, AL. Turns out Randy and Sharon were married on May 29, which is also the anniversary of Bud and Lissa Wyman! An auspicious day.
SAFAVIEH TO SPONSOR LUNCHEON DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will sponsor a lunch and presentation titled, The Art of Designer Rugs, Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the company’s World Market Center showroom, A-101, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At Nourison: Julie Rosenblum, center, brand manager for Nourison, with Patty Huang, left, senior vp of marketing for Kenneth L. Mink & Sons and Henry Ward, merchandise manager for Mink. The Mink organization operates the rug departments in Macy's stores coast-to-coast. By the way, Julie was sporting 5-inch high heels that day. She's normally about Patty's size.
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO LAUNCH NEW SOCIAL MEDIA BAR AT MARKET
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will launch a new social media concept called Hot Spot: The Social Media Bar at the upcoming Summer Market, Aug. 2 to 5. The Hot Spot is located in Building C-1096.
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At Jaipur: Asha Chaudhary, chief executive officer of Jaipur, left, with Igor Yakovenko of Air Base Carpet Mart, New Castle, DE. How do you prosper in a recession? Promote, Promote, Promote, says Igor. "Even if you can't afford to advertise on tv or in print, you can buy a few balloons to make it look like something is happening," he says.
AMERICASMART WELCOMES NEW AND EXPANDED RUG SHOWROOMS AT ATLANTA SUMMER MARKET
Concepts International returns to AmericasMart after a hiatus of a few years. From left:Chas Sydney of AmericasMart Atlanta; Charles Kalison, John Uva and Grant Bode of Concepts, and Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya has more than doubled its Las Vegas showroom space. The new 8,500 sq. ft. showroom is at B-370, at Las Vegas World Market Center. Surya was previously in showroom, B-350, which measured 4,000 sq. ft..
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will offer market attendees a chance to win an Apple iPad along with various other specials at the company’s World Market Center showroom, B-370 during the Las Vegas Market, Aug. 2 to 6.
CHANDRA RUGS TO HOST EMMA GARDNER MEET-AND-GREET AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
ADAIRSVILLE, GA – Designer Emma Gardner will make a personal appearance Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Chandra Rugs’ World Market Center showroom C-864 to introduce her new Emma at Home collection. She will meet and greet customers at 3 p.m.
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Rugnews.com Atlanta Business Story #2 IN RAPIDLY CHANGING BIZ SCENE, NEW PRODUCTS HAVE TO BE HOME RUNS
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- The economy may be slow, but the rug industry is changing fast. Every new product has to be a home run in terms of creativity and value. This Summer, many vendors stepped up to the plate swinging.
DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will host a cocktail party in honor of its "Mystique" inspired showroom, Tuesday, August 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s World Market Center showroom, C-399 during the Las Vegas Market.
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will launch its first children’s rug collection with 10 original designs to be marketed under the label Safavieh Kids. The line will be introduced at the company’s World Market Center showroom A-101, during Las Vegas Market. Safavieh Kids will be previewed during the Atlanta International Rug Market at Safavieh’s Americasmart showroom, 5-A-2.
MINK HOSTS FIRST-EVER NATIONAL SALES CONFERENCE FOR MACY'S RUG TEAM
The Mink Brothers, from left: Dave Mink, Sr.; Fred Mink and Kenneth Mink.
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Kenneth L. Mink & Sons, Inc., operator of the rug departments in Macy's stores coast-to-coast, held its first national sales conference in early July at the luxurious Borgata resort here.
RUGS DIRECT PRESENTS AWARDS TO OUTSTANDING VENDORS
Oriental Weavers sales representative Steve Hubbert, second left, receives Sales Rep of the Year award from Rugs Direct execs Randy Kremer, president, left; Bill Martin, exec vp, and David Craig, chief executive officer.
ATLANTA -- Internet retailer Rugs Direct honored three of its top vendors in a series of surprise ceremonies at the Atlanta International Summer Rug Market.
RUGS DIRECT PARTNERS WITH BARI FURNITURE FOR ON-LINE SELLING
WINCHESTER, VA – Rugs Direct has entered into a partnership with Bari Furniture of Altamonte Springs, FL to expand the furniture retailer’s product offerings, according to Randy Kremer, president of Rugs Direct and Tom Tilaro, president of Bari Furniture.
IMPERIAL RUGS NAMES CONTINENTS APART AS DROP SHIPPING AGENT
TUCKER, GA – Imperial Rugs has appointed Continents Apart, as drop ship representatives, according to Lalla Maurya, Imperial Rugs president. Continents Aparts is a national rep group specializing in drop shipping for home, gift and garden products.
MOHAWK IN JOINT VENTURE WITH CHINESE CERAMIC TILE MAKER
CALHOUN, GA – Mohawk Industries, Inc. has entered into a joint venture with Sanfi Ceramics, a manufacturer of ceramic tile in China. The move expands Mohawk's commitment to global markets, according to Jeff Lorberbaum, chairman and chief executive officer of Mohawk.
ATLANTA – Jaipur has released its 2010 product catalog. The 400-page book offers a look at the company’s 31 collections in a large array of constructions, styles and price points, according to Asha Chaudhary, chief executive officer.
CAPEL LAUNCHES INITIATIVE OF U.S. VENDORS TO SHOW AT TORONTO DESIGN CENTER
TROY, NC – Capel Rugs is spearheading an initiative for a consortium of North Carolina-based home furnishings companies to establish a permanent showroom at Source of Furniture & Accessories (SOFA), the International Design Center in Toronto, Canada.
ODEGARD PRESENTS AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN RUG DESIGN
NEW YORK – The Odegard Awards for Excellence in Rug Design were presented recently at the Museum of Art & Design here. The top Gold prize award went to Alice Serres, a student at the University of Georgia.