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2008 FEBRUARY

  • 02112008 WONZ 2009 Color Forecast
    WONZ PRESENTS COLOR FORECAST
    AND TREND COLLECTION FOR 2009

    ATLANTA, GA – Wools of New Zealand has presented its 2009 color forecast and trend collection to its brand partners.


  • 02162008 Editorial: Why Were Market Goers Happy?

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    HOW COME? WINTER MARKET
    GOERS HAVE FEW COMPLAINTS

    It’s strange that everybody seemed pretty cheerful at the recent round of Winter markets, in spite of all the gloomy news about the economy. The sub-prime catastrophe and the slow-down in housing sales have been in the news constantly in the last few weeks, and these are two issues that one would think would directly affect the home furnishings business.


  • 02272008 New Government Ruling Proposed that will Affect All Imports

    ORRA  ALERTS MEMBERS TO
    PROPOSED NEW IMPORT VALUATION

    WASHINGTON, DC  -- The Oriental Rug Retailers Association has alerted members to a proposal by  US Customs & Border Protection that would eliminate a longstanding rule of import valuation and could result in increased prices down the entire sales chain.


Markets
  • 02042008 LV World Market Business Wrap-Up

    Las Vegas World Market Business Wrap-Up:
    NO DOOM AND GLOOM AT WORLD MARKET
    AS RUG VENDORS REPORT GOOD SHOWING

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS– No gloom and doom at the Las Vegas World Market last week, where rug exhibitors were pleased with both traffic and buying activity, despite the reports of doom and gloom in the general economy. In fact, several vendors said they don't plan to participate in any recessionary activity.


  • 02062008 Surfaces Post-Show Report

    Report from Surfaces Floor Covering Expo:
    ONLY A HANDFUL OF RUG VENDORS AT
    SURFACES, BUT  RESULTS ARE STRONG

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- There was only a handful of  rug exhibitors  showing  at last week's Surfaces Floor Covering Expo, but all those booths were hopping.


  • 02082008 Report of the Afghan Inspirations Exhibition at Las Vegas World Market

    AFGHAN INSPIRATIONS EXHIBIT
    BRINGS AFGHAN ARTS MESSAGE
    TO LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET


    Mary Lynn Landgraf, left, of the US Department of Commerce office of Textiles & Apparel; Khalil Rahimi of Choobi Oriental Rugs, Raleigh, NC, and Noor Alam of the  Afghanistan Investment & Reconstruction Task Force
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    . Alam was a principal developer and organizer of the exhibition.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- The art of Afghan hand woven rugs and that country's rich heritage of handicrafts was the subject of Afghan Inspirations: Rug Renaissance Coveted Traditions, a special exhibition at the Las Vegas World Market Center during last week's Winter market.


  • 02112008 NYIGF Set for Summer 2008 Edition

    NY GIFT FAIR SET FOR
    AUGUST 16 TO 21

    WHITE PLAINS, NY –  The Summer 2008 edition of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) will run Saturday, August 16, through Thursday, August 21, 2008, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Metropolitan Pavilion and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.  


  • 02182008 NY Home Textiles Market Business Report

    NY Home Textiles Market Business Report:
    NATIONAL CHAINS AND LOCAL RETAILERS
    TURN OUT FOR HOME TEXTILES MARKET


    From left: Kurt Von De Bur, vice president of sales for Orian; Mindy Barker, assistant buyer of domestics for Fred Meyer Stores, Portland, OR;
    Jacque LeMay, rug buyer for Fred Meyer Stores; Jeff Huges, vice prsident of product development and design, Orian and David Oppenheimer, northwest territory rep for Orian.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- Rug exhibitors showing at last week's Home Textiles Market  were a little market-weary, but fairly pleased with results this event, which caters for the most part to mass-market retailers.


  • 02202008 RFI Alumni dinner in Las Vegas
    FORMER DIRECTORS OF RETAIL
    FLOORCOVERING INSTITUTE
    STAGE REUNION IN LAS VEGAS

    By Pat Terry

    LAS VEGAS -- Nearly a dozen former directors of the Retail Floor Covering Institute (RFI) gathered for a reunion dinner at Hooters during the recent Las Vegas Surfaces event.


  • 02292008 Letter to the Editor

    Letter to the Editor:
    RETAILERS WHO GO TO MARKET ARE
    THE ONES WHO  STAY IN BUSINESS

    Dear Rugnews.com,

    I really appreciated your column about the upbeat markets in light of dismal economic news. (To read the editorial again, click here).  I think you and your husband are on to something.  I had made a similar observation, but not as eloquently – I noted that those people who were determined to stay in business were at market and those who weren’t going to stay in business weren’t investing any more into the business, such as the expense for attending market. 


  • 1102008 India Carpet Expo Set for March

    INDIA CARPET EXPO SET FOR
    MARCH 2 TO 5 IN NEW DELHI

    NEW DELHI, INDIA – The India Carpet Expo will be held March 2 to 5, 2008 in hall 12A at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.  The event will coincide with Tex-Styles India and will be followed by an Exhibition & Buyer Seller Meet in Jaipur on March 6 to 7.  Both events have been organized by the Carpet Export Promotion Council of India.


People
  • 02012008 Prestige Mills Names Uva

    PRESTIGE MILLS NAMES
    UVA DIRECTOR OF SALES

    LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Prestige Mills Inc. has named John Uva director of sales.  Uva will be responsible for managing the entire sales force in the United States and Canada.


  • 02062008 Palmer Retires from WMC

    PALMER RETIRES FROM
    WORLD MARKET CENTER

    LAS VEGAS – Dave Palmer, general manager of World Market Center, retired following the January 2008 Las Vegas Market, according to World Market Center officials. 


  • 02062008 Study Shows Employees on the Move

    MORE  EMPLOYEES PLAN
    TO JUMP SHIP IN 2008


    PRINCETON, NJ – A global survey of 4,500 workers conducted by BlessingWhite Consultants, indicated that more people anticipate leaving their employers this year than last.  In last year's BlessingWhite study, 65% said that they expected to 'definitely' remain with their employers through the year. In the current study, that number was down to 58%.


  • 02282008 Bloomingdales Names Spring

    SPRING NAMED PRESIDENT
    OF BLOOMINGDALE'S

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy's, Inc. has named Tony Spring as president of its New York-based Bloomingdale's division, effective immediately. Since 2005, Spring has served as Bloomingdale's senior executive vice president and director of stores, with additional responsibility for Bloomingdale's shopping services and creative services.


Products
  • 02062008 Style and Color Trend Seminar from Michelle Lamb

    THE COLOR PURPLE WILL
    BE HOT IN 2009 LAMB TELLS 
    WORLD MARKET SEMINAR

    LAS VEGAS – Purple will be the color of the year for 2009, according to a trend-watcher Michelle Lamb. Speaking to attendees at the recent Las Vegas World Market, Lamb described hot 2009 colors ranging from lilac mauve to cool olive, and patterns varying from groovy psychedelic to crisp country. Metallics and neutrals will still be in, but soft contemporary is out, and pink as well as purple will be new banner colors.


Retailers
  • 02012008 Ethan Allen Consolidates Select Retail Locations

    ETHAN ALLEN TO CONSOLIDATE
    SELECT RETAIL LOCATIONS

    DANBURY, CT – Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. plans to consolidate the operations of approximately  12 of its retail design centers and two service centers. Businesses currently serviced by these locations will be transferred to other locations serving the same general market areas.


  • 02062008 Lord & Taylor Owner to Buy Fortunoff

    LORD & TAYLOR OWNER
    TO BUY FORTUNOFF

    WESTBURY, NY – Fortunoff, a retailer of  jewelry and home furnishings, has agreed to sell the Fortunoff business to an affiliate of NRDC Equity Partners, the owner of the Lord & Taylor department store chain. To effect the transaction, Fortunoff has filed a voluntary petition under chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code.


  • 02072007 Macys Consolidates Three Divisions

    MACY’S TO CONSOLIDATE
    THREE DIVISIONS, STRENGTHEN
    REGIONAL MANAGEMENT

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy’s, Inc. is consolidating three of its divisions as well as strengthening its local market focus and enhancing customer service. The moves, which involve the lay-offs of 2,550 workers will  enable Macy's to both accelerate same-store sales growth and reduce expenses, according to Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer.


  • 02082008 Rug Decor Holds Winter Convention

    RUG DÉCOR HONORS VENDORS AND
    STORES AT WINTER CONVENTION


    ATLANTA – Rug Decor, the franchize rug retail chain, held its winter convention in conjunction with the January Atlanta Market.  Managers and Owners met for two days of meetings and then held a Round Robin showroom visit with  key vendors.


  • 02082008 Rugs Direct Honored by VA Business

    RUGS DIRECT HONORED
    BY VIRGINIA BUSINESS MAG
      

    WINCHESTER, VA –  Virginia Business magazine has named Rugs Direct  the Northern Virginia finalist  in its Small Business Success Story of the Year competition.


  • 02142008 Bloomingdales to Open Store in Phoenix

    BLOOMINGDALES TO OPEN
    PHOENIX  STORE IN 2009

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy's, Inc. plans to open a Bloomingdale's department store in the new City North development in the Northeast Valley area of Phoenix in Fall 2009.This will be Bloomingdale's first store in Arizona and its 10th store in the western United States. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2008.


  • 02212008 Dancing with the Stars Presented to National Retail Federation

    ‘DANCING WITH THE STORES’
    ENCOURAGES RETAILERS TO
    IMPROVE PERFORMANCE LEVELS

    NEW YORK – Retailers were encouraged to push constantly to improve performance levels in a presentation called  ‘Dancing with the Stores,’ at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention & Expo in New York last month.


  • 02252008 IDG Poised for 2008 Growth

    IDG POISED FOR GROWTH IN 2008
    DESPITE ECONOMIC CONCERNS

    MANCHESTER, NH – Posting record sales of $400 million in retail revenues in 2007, the  International Design Guild (IDG) and its members have continued to show growth in a diminishing economy, according to Krista Eliason, president of the high-end retail floor covering co-operative.


Vendors
  • 02012008 New Zealand Wool Strategic Initiative

    NEW BRANDING PROGRAM SET
    FOR NEW ZEALAND WOOL

    MARBLE HLL, GA –  A new marketing initiative has been established for New Zealand strong wool, which will affect the Wools of New Zealand branding programs in the US.  


  • 02012008 Safavieh Martha Stewart Catalog
    SAFAVIEH INTRODUCES LIFESTYLE
    CATALOG FOR MARTHA STEWART RUGS


    NEW YORK – Safavieh  has  introduced its first lifestyle catalog for Martha Stewart Rugs. The 44-page color brochure features 12 environmental photographs  that showcase the rugs in rooms reflecting the brand’s styling. 


  • 02112008 828 Intl Runner Display Promotion
    828 INTERNATIONAL TO OFFER
    RUNNER DISPLAY PROMOTION

    GREENVILLE, SC -- 828 International is offering a runner display promotion from now through April. It comes fully stocked with 75 styles in 18" x 27" samples.


  • 02112008 Kaleen Honors Sales Associates

    KALEEN HONORS
    SALES ASSOCIATES

    DALTON, GA – Michael Podoba and Don Baker were recently honored during Kaleen's sales convention held at the Dalton Golf and Country club, according to Joe Barkley, executive vice president of Kaleen.


  • 02112008 Nourison Participates in Oscar Decor

    NOURISON CK RUGS 
    AT ACADEMY AWARDS

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison has been selected to participate in the décor of the Architectural Digest Green Room at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA.  Feb. 24, 2008.


  • 02202008 Jade Introduces EcoNet

    JADE INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES
    ECO-FRIENDLY RUG UNDERLAY;
    PLANTS A TREE FOR EVERY PAD

    CONSHOHOCKEN, PA – Jade Industries, Inc.  has introduced EcoNet, an eco-friendly rug underlay line.  In addition, through Jade’s partnership with Trees for the Future, a tree will be planted for every EcoNet pad sold.


  • 02282008 Industry's Coolest Websites: Karastan


    Industry's Coolest Websites:
    KARASTAN OFFERS MULTI-LEVEL ONLINE SERVICES FOR CONSUMERS, RETAILERS


    Karastan website offers easy access for both
    consumers and retail customers.


    By Janet Herlihy

    DALTON, GA --Karastan was launched in 1928, making it  one of the longest-running names in the rug and carpet industry. But the company doesn't rest on its laurels.


















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