MOWCOW, RUSSIA – Domotex Russia 2015 will take place April 1 to 3, 2015 at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center here. The event is organized by Deutsche Messe RUS, Deutsche Messe’s Russian subsidiary.
CHANGES AT AMERICASMART INCLUDE SHOWROOM UPDATES AND NEW MARKET CLUB
ATLANTA – Kaleen has completely renovated its AmericasMart showroom 3-C-9, Rizzy Home has returned to AmericasMart in showroom 6-G-2, and Couristan has expanded its showroom 6-D-11, according to Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for home and rug. In addition, updates to Floor 3 of the design center include new showroom for Neman International, Inc. and expanded space for Pasargad Carpets. Floor 6 features the new Market Club.
10TH NY INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOW SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 7 TO 9, 2014
NEW YORK -- The 10th New York International Carpet Show is scheduled for Sunday Sept 7 to Tuesday, Sept.9, 2014, According to Dennis Dodds,owner and manager of the show. NYICS will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. near Sixth Ave.
ATLANTA -- Mary Welch, a freelance writing professional based in Atlanta, will report on the Atlanta International Rug Market on behalf of Rugnews.com, according to Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of the online business publication.
LAS VEGAS SUMMER MARKET PRE-REGISTRATION SETS RECORD
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Market announced that overall pre-registrations for the Summer Las Vegas Market, July 27 to 31, 2014 is 7% ahead of Winter 2014, setting the stage for a potentially record-setting Summer Market attendance, according to Scott Eckman, chief market and strategy officer, International Market Centers.
SAFAVIEH TO ENTER LIGHTING FIXTURE CATEGORY AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
PORT WASHINGTON, NY- Safavieh will launch its first collection of lighting fixtures at Las Vegas Market, July 27 to 31, 2014 at the company’s World Market Center showroom A-101. Developed by wholesale division vice president Jonathan Yaraghi, the 65-piece collection includes chandeliers, pendants, ceiling lights and coordinating sconces.
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOST AHEAD OF THE CURVE DESIGN SEMINAR
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center will host Ahead of the Curve, a design trend panel discussion, Tuesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. in Building B’s WorldView Ballroom with designers Thom Filicia, Michelle Nussbaumer and Timothy Corrigan. The event will be moderated by Today show contributor and design author Susanna Salk.
SAFAVIEH TO SPONSOR LUNCH AND BOOK SIGNING FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET ‘AHEAD OF THE CURVE’ DESIGNERS
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will host a buffet lunch and book signing event for Las Vegas Market’s 2014 Ahead of the Curve designers following the 10 a.m. trend presentation and panel discussion on Tuesday, July 29 in the Worldview Ballroom. The meet and greet, book signing and lunch will be held in the Safavieh showroom, A-101, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nourison's Julie Rosenblum, executive director of brand licensing, with Giovanni Marra, recently appointed Nourison director of marketing and digital strategy. Photo by Grady McGill
By Mary Welch
As the economy tanked and the rug market adjusted to a downturn, gray, tellingly, became the most popular color in rugs. As the economy slowly improves, rug vendors are seeing blue skies ahead -- and ironically, blue is fast becoming the lead color. And, for those who want to carry the analogy even further, yellow is following close behind. Does that mean the rug economy may see a sunny bottom line soon?
RUGS DIRECT HONORS SUPPLIERS AT ATLANTA SUMMER MARKET
Rugs Direct Supplier of the Year goes to Oriental Weavers. Left to right: Jonathan Witt, vice president of OW; Billl Martin, and Adrienne Wooddell of Rugs Direct, Winchester, VA.,; Sam Belak, eastern regional sales manager for OW, and Pat Muschamp, vp of sales for OW
KAS TO HOST MEET-AND-GREET WITH DONNY OSMOND IN LAS VEGAS
SOMERSET, NJ – Kas will host a meet-and-greet launch party with Donny and Debbie Osmond during Summer Las Vegas Market Monday, July 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the company’s World Market Center showroom B-175 in celebration of the new Donny Osmond Home rugs collection. The event will include music, food and drinks as well as raffles and giveaways.
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WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOST RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONIES
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center will celebrate new showrooms, relocations or expansions of existing brands with ribbon-cutting ceremonies Sunday, July 27. Rug showroom changes include Amer Rugs (B-431), Dalyn Rug Corp. (A-325), Kalaty Rug (B-455) and TransOcean Import Co. (C-475).
FEIZY RUGS TO HOST ARABIAN NIGHTS PARTY AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
DALLAS – Feizy Rugs will host an Arabian nights-themed party on Tuesday, July 29 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its Las Vegas World Market Center showroom C-399. The event will include henna tattoo artists, a belly dancer, themed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
LAS VEGAS MARKET HONORS SURYA AND OTHERS WITH GLOBAL GOODNESS AWARD
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Market will honor Surya ad several other international companies with the Third Annual Global Goodness Awards. In addition to Surya, the other honorees include Banded, Distinctly Himalayan, Naturepedic and Phillips Collection.
LAS VEGAS MARKET OPENING DAY DRAWS GROWING NUMBER OF BUYERS
LAS VEGAS – Summer Las Vegas Market, which opened July 27 and runs through July 31, welcomed a growing number of buyers from an increasingly diverse range of U.S. regions and countries, according to Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. Overall Market pre-registrations ran 7% ahead of Winter 2014 and 32% ahead of Summer 2013.
LAS VEGAS MARKET UNVEILS PHASE THREE OF GROWTH PLAN
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Market announced that phase three of its strategic growth plan will be implemented at the Summer 2015 Market, scheduled for Sunday, August 2, to Thursday, August 6, 2015. Highlights of the phase three transformation include the launch of two new showroom floors in Building C - C5 for boutique home décor, textiles and accessories, and C11, for gourmet housewares, tabletop and gift and the relocation of temporary exhibits from those floors to a dedicated, free-standing venue on the Market campus.
SAFAVIEH HOSTS LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF LAS VEGAS DESIGN PANELISTS
Following the Las Vegas Market's seventh installment of its popular trend presentation, Ahead of the Curve on Tuesday July 29, Safavieh sponsored a luncheon in honor of the panelists shown here at the Safavieh showroom. Left to right: Designer Timothy Corrigan (Timothy Corrigan, Inc.); Safavieh principal Cyrus Yaraghi; celebrity designer Thom Filicia (Thom Filicia, Inc.;Susanna Salk, designer Michelle Nussbaumer (principal of Ceylon et Cie), and Safavieh principal Arash Yaraghi..Safavieh licensing partner Thom Filicia signed copies of his most recent book, American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat.Signings were also done by designer Timothy Corrigan for his book, Chateau de Grand Luc, and by Today show contributor Susanna Salk for her new book, Decorate Fearlessly.
AMER CELEBRATES RIBBON CUTTING AT FIRST LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM
Tanuj Gupta, center, president of Amer Rugs, does the ribbon cutting honors at the company's first permanent Las Vegas showroom. Others in the picture are, left to right, Lee Hershberg, vice president, Gift+Home Decor @ IMC;Chris Busher, Northern California regional manager for Amer; Dileep Singh, Amer warehouse manager, Norcross, GA; Tanuj Gupta, Amer president; Bart Gilleland, director of operations; Hailey Marshall, Amer senior account specialist and Vernon Singleton, Atlanta showroom manager.The new 2,500 sq. ft showroom is located at World Market Center, building B, suite 421.
GREG JORDT OF HAROUNIAN RUGS INT'L IS A WINNER OF LAS VEGAS HOTEL PROMOTION
LAS VEGAS -- Greg Jordt, vice president of sales and marketing of Harounian Rugs International, was one of the winners of the Las Vegas Market's first “Book the Block” hotel reservation promotion, sponsored by International Market Centers and Connections Housing.
HOM FURNITURE TO OPEN 185,000 SQ. FT. FURNISHINGS COMPLEX IN MINNESOTA
COON RAPIDS, MN – HOM Furniture is set to build its newest retail furnishings complex in Little Canada, MN. When completed in early 2015, the 185,000 sq. ft. complex will be the largest of its kind in the state of Minnesota, according to Jerry Underwood, executive director of marketing for HOM Furniture Brands. It will contain all three of the company's retail brands.
EDINA, MN – Gabberts Design Studio and Fine Furniture has been honored with two awards from L. & J.G. Stickley. The first was the Gold Award in recognition for store volume, followed by Most Inspiring Visual Merchandising for Gabberts’ on-trend window displays and showroom vignettes showcasing Stickley furniture.
NORTH AMERICAN HOME FURNISHINGS ASSOCIATION RALLIES MEMBERS TO SUPPORT MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT
ROSEVILLE, CA – The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) sent a letter to Representative Robert Goodlatte, (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, again this week reminding him why home furnishings retailers support the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), according to Sharron Bradley, NAHFA's chief executive officer. This is the second such letter the Association has sent in its support of the online sales tax.
HOME DEPOT NAMES DECKER EXECUTIVE VP OF MERCHANDISING
ATLANTA – Ted Decker has been promoted to executive vice president of merchandising for The Home Depot, effective August 4, 2014. In his new role, Decker will report to Craig Menear, president of U.S. retail and be responsible for all aspects of merchandising strategy and operations.
LOST PINES ART BAZAAR EXPANDS AND LAUNCHES ONLINE STORE
BASTROP, TX – Lost Pines Art Bazaar, a retailer of fine Persian rugs and art, bronze sculptures and artisan home goods has expanded its merchandise offerings at its flagship store. The company will also launch its first online store in late Summer 2014.
JAIPUR ENTERS NEW LICENSING PARTNERSHIP WITH JENNIFER ADAMS
ATLANTA – Jaipur has entered into a new licensing partnership with designer Jennifer Adams to create the Livable Luxury collection, according to Asha Chaudhary, president and chief operating officer of Jaipur. The new collection will be showcased at the company’s World Market Center showroom B-424 during Las Vegas Market, July 27 to 31.
SURYA EMPLOYEES PARTICIPATE IN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOME BUILD
CALHOUN, GA – Twenty Surya employees and their family members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity home build in the Calhoun, GA area. The Surya team helped landscape the new home, which is scheduled to be completed by early fall. The project is part of an initiative by Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County, GA.
AMER RUGS UNVEILS NEW CATALOG Amer Rugs' 2014 product catalog
ATLANTA, GA – Amer Rugs has launched its 2014 product catalog. The 280-page catalog features basic catalog information such as color-correct photography, content, material, country of origin, and available sizes and shapes. It also includes editorial spreads, information on constructions, techniques, care instructions and Amer’s company story, according to Bart Gilleland, vice president of operations and director of e-commerce and catalog sales.
SURYA RECEIVES ICON HONORS AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS AT ATLANTA SUMMER MARKET
CALHOUN, GA – Surya received an Icon Honors award for Technology Innovation during the recent Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market. The award was given in recognition of the home accessories brand’s comprehensive social media presence and strategy.
SAFAVIEH'S MICHAEL YARAGHI TO BE HONORED BY GREATER METROPOLITAN FURNISHINGS ASSOCIATION
CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ -- Michael Yaraghi, a principal of Safavieh, will be presented with the Jerry Gans Memorial Award at the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association’s Gala Dinner and Dance to be held Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2014 in Cliffside Park, NJ.
C.H. ROBINSON BRINGS LOGISTICS SHIPPING SOLUTIONS TO MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES
ATLANTA—C.H. Robinson may not be a household name in the rug business, but with more than 11,000 employees and 2013 gross revenues of $12.8 billion, it is one of the largest third party logistics providers in the world, and specializes in global transportation logistics services.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT, CANADA – Hellenic Canada has launched its 2014 Supplement to coincide with the Summer Las Vegas Market, July 27 to 31. The company will showcase its new products as well as its new catalog at its World Market Center showroom C-200.