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2008 JUNE

  • 06252008 Guest Editorial: Traditional Sales Training Must Go Through Major Overhaul

     

    Rugnews.com Guest Editorial:
    TRADITIONAL SALES TRAINING TECHNIQUES

    MUST GO THROUGH MAJOR OVERHAUL

    By Conrad Elnes

    Sales training, as we currently know it, must die and be reconstituted to prove it can make a long-term positive difference in the bottom line. Fortunately, the basic tools are at hand, but the philosophy and content must change dramatically.


  • 06262008 Wyman, Other Floor Execs Discuss Trends at IFDA Design Meeting

     

     INDUSTRY EXPERTS  DISCUSS
    FLOOR COVERING STYLE TRENDS
    AT NEW YORK DESIGN MEETING


    Lissa Wyman, left, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com,
    with Tom Morris, vice president of sales for 828 International. Morris came to cheer us on.

    NEW YORK -- Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com,  discussed trends in rugs and carpets for 2009/2010 at a recent meeting of The New York Chapter of The International Furnishings and Design Association.


Markets
  • 06022008 ICFF Show Report: ICFF Shows Products with Cutting-Edge Flair
     

    CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR SHOWS PRODUCTS WITH CUTTING-EDGE FLAIR

    AND DOT'S THE TRUTH! When Liora Manne starts running with scissors, the holes from one product become the dots in another.


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- No one plays it safe at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. But there was something for everyone at the show, which ran recently  at the Javits Center in New York.


  • 06022008 Pakistan Handknotted Exhibition set for August

    PAKISTAN HAND KNOTTED CARPET EXHIBITION SET FOR AUGUST 2008

    LAHORE, PAKISTAN – The Pakistan Hand Knotted Carpet Exhibition will be held August 28 to 31, 2008 at the Expo Center Fortress Stadium here, according to the Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association.


  • 06062008 AMC Showcases EcoFriendly Product and Seminars

    AMERICASMART TO SHOWCASE
    ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND SEMINARS

    ATLANTA – AmericasMart will spotlight eco-friendly products and feature environmentally friendly educational programs during the July 8 to16, 2008, Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.


  • 06062008 ORIA and AMC Host Third Annual Silent Auction

    ORIA AND AMERICASMART
    TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL
     SILENT RUG AUCTION

    ATLANTA – The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) and AmericasMart will host the third annual silent auction featuring 20 to 30 hand crafted rugs. The silent auction will be held  in conjunction with the Summer Atlanta International Area Rug market, July 13 to 16, 2008.


  • 06062008 Rod Stewart Performs for WMC building C Opening

     

     ROCKER
    ROD STEWART
    TO HEADLINE
    GRAND OPENING
    OF BUILDING C
    AT LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET

     
    Rod Stewart

    LAS VEGAS – Rod Stewart, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, songwriter and multi-platinum solo artist, will take center stage during the World Market Center’s building C Grand Opening celebration July 28, 2008.


  • 06102008 Las Vegas WMC to Showcase EcoFriendly Products and Seminars

    LAS VEGAS MARKET TO SHOWCASE ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND SEMINARS DURING SUMMER MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – The Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market will showcase an eco-friendly assortment of home furnishings and seminars in the World Market Center’s new 12,000 sq. ft. Living Green Pavilion located on the fifth floor of new  building C.


  • 06202008 Domotex Middle East Market Report

    OVER 6,000 VISITORS
    AT DOMOTEX DUBAIR 

    DUBAI, U.A.E. –  A total of  6,430 visitors from 91 nations attended the recent Domotex  Middle East floor covering exposition here, according to the show's organizers. The international trade fair for carpets and floor covering featured  280 exhibitors from 36 nations during the May 25 to 27 event.


  • 06222008 WMC Forecast Seminar Series for July Las Vegas Market

    SEMINAR SERIES AT VEGAS MARKET
    TO FOCUS ON HOME TRENDS

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas is sponsoring a series of seminars focusing on  home furnishings trends, color as an influencer for product purchases and the many uses of home lighting. The seminars will be conducted during the Las Vegas Market, July 28 to August 1.


  • 06232008 Domotex Hannover 2009 set for January

    CARPET DESIGN AWARDS
    TO HIGHLIGHT DOMOTEX
    HANNOVER JAN 17 TO 20

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – The fourth annual Carpet Design Awards will be featured during the Domotex Hannover 2009 market  according to Deutsche Messe AG, the show's organizer. The international exhibition will take place Jan 17 to 20, 2009 at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds.


  • 06232008 Pakistan Hand Knotted Carpet Exhibition Set for August
    PAKISTAN HAND KNOTTED CARPET
    EXHIBITION SET FOR AUGUST 2008

    LAHORE, PAKISTAN – The Pakistan Hand Knotted Carpet Exhibition will be held August 28 to 31, 2008 at the Expo Center Fortress Stadium here, according to the Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers & Exporters Association.


  • 06252008 ORRA Events set for Atlanta Rug Market

    ORRA SCHEDULES  EVENTS  FOR
    ATLANTA SUMMER RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA– The Oriental Rug Retailers Association has scheduled a series of events for the International Area Rug Market at Americasmart Atlanta, July 13 to 16.


  • 06252008 WMC to Showcase Italian Furniture Exhibit

    WORLD MARKET CENTER LAS VEGAS
    TO HOST ITALIAN FURNITURE EXHIBIT

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas and Fiera Milano, Italy’s Furniture Exhibition Center, will collaborate for the first time this summer to showcase an Italian furniture exhibit named Design Italiano at the Las Vegas market, July 28 to August 1. The exhibit will feature Italian designs from 1956 through 2008.


  • 06272008 Abbyson Opens Second WMC Showroom

    ABBYSON  TO OPEN SECOND 
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM
    TO LAUNCH LIFESTYLE BRAND

    CHATSWORTH, CA – Abbyson will open a second Las Vegas World Market Center showroom  inside the atrium of the new building C July 28, 2008. The 15,000 sq. ft. showroom  will be the platform for the launch of the company's new lifestyle brand, Abbyson Living. The company's flagship showroom will remain open on the ground floor of Building A, space 133.


  • 08122008 High Point Changes April Schedule

    HIGH POINT MARKET TO RUN
    SATURDAY-THROUGH-THURSDAY
    BEGINNING IN APRIL 2009


    HIGH POINT,NC – The International Home Furnishings Market will change from a Monday-through-Sunday format to Saturday-through-Thursday, beginning in 2009, according to  the High Point Market Authority. In April, 2009, the High Point Market will run from Saturday, April 25 to Thursday, April 30. The October, 2008 dates will not change.


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Retailers
  • 06192008 Unraveling E-Mystery Shopping

    MYSTERY SHOPPER CONCEPT
    SPREADING TO INTERNET RETAILING


    CAMBRIDGE, MA – The concept of mystery shoppers is spreading to the Internet, according to Leslie Carothers, president of of The Kaleidoscope Partnership (TKP), a Boca Raton, FL internet consulting firm.


Vendors
  • 06042008 KAS Opens LV Showroom
    KAS TO OPEN NEW
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM
     
    SOMERSET, NJ – Kas will open its new showroom C-612  in building C of the World Market Center during the Las Vegas Market, July 28 to August 1, 2008. 

     
  • 06042008 Safavieh Supports Martha Stewart Rug Dealers

    SAFAVIEH CONSUMER  MAGAZINE ADS
    FOR MARTHA STEWART RUGS 
    WILL FEATURE  RETAILER LISTINGS 

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh is advertising in consumer magazines this Summer and Fall to support its Martha Stewart Rugs retailers.  


  • 06062008 Abbyson Opens Second Power of Home Store

    ABBYSON TO OPEN SECOND
    POWER OF HOME STORE

    AGOURA HILLS, CA – Abbyson Living will open its second Power of Home home furnishings specialty retail store in the Agoura Design Center here.The opening is scheduled for early November 2008.


  • 06062008 Canada's Artistic Innovations Teams with Orian and Rugs America

    CANADA'S ARTISTIC INNOVATIONS
    TEAMS WITH ORIAN, RUGS AMERICA
    FOR CO-ORDINATED HOME ACCENTS


    Orian Patio collection


    Rugs America-Jane Seymour

    By Lissa Wyman

    TORONTO, CANADA -- Artistic Innovations, a Canadian-based producer of framed wall art and decorative mirrors, is teaming with Orian and Rugs America as part of the company's plan to present a fully coordinated home accents line.


  • 06092008 Interview with Satya Tiwari of Surya

    SURYA MAKES COMMITMENT TO FUTURE WITH AGGRESSIVE GROWTH PLANS

    Satya Tiwari, president of Surya


    By Lissa Wyman

    CALHOUN, GA -- "It's not about the dollars you spend. It's about the RETURN on those dollars." That is the philosophy of Satya Tiwari, president of fast-growing Surya.


  • 06132008 Kaleen Feature Story

    KALEEN ON GROWTH PATH WITH PAULA DEEN LINE, DIVERSIFICATION, EXPANSION

    Lissa Wyman, standing center, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com, visits the folks at Kaleen. Seated, center is Monty Rathi, coo of Kaleen. Standing are Blake Dennard, vice president of sales, left; and Joe Barkley, executive vice president.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    DALTON, GA -- Kaleen has been a quiet participant in the US rug business since 1996, but now the company is starting to make a lot of noise.


  • 06172008 Shaw HGTV Sponsorship Successful

    SHAW SPONSORSHIP OF  HGTV
    GREEN HOME GIVEAWAY A SUCCESS

    DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries, a presenting sponsor of the 2008 HGTV Green Home Giveaway, said the promotion was a success. The event ended and a winner was announced in a live television special on June 8.


  • 06182008 Chandra Rug Bases Growth on Boutique Concept


    CHANDRA RUGS BUILDS REPUTATION
    BASED ON BOUTIQUE THEORY


    Ravi Tiwari, left,  and Chandra Tiwari in front of the
    temple on the grounds of Chandra Rugs headquarters in Adairsville, GA.


    By Janet Herlihy

    ADAIRSVILLE,  GA -- While many rug vendors want to be all things to all people, Chandra Rugs has established its reputation based on the "boutique" philosophy of doing business.


  • 06192008 Karastan Donates Red Carpet for Celebrity Gala

    KARASTAN DONATES RED CARPET
    FOR CELEBRITY BENEFIT GALA 

    NEW YORK – Karastan donated the red carpet for the  May 20 Joyful Heart Foundation’s first Benefit Gala hosted by founder Mariska Hargitay. Hargitay is the Emmy award-winning actress and Karastan 2007 “Statement Maker.”   Co-host of the event was Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.  Approximately  350 celebrities, business leaders and philanthropists attended the event.


  • 06202008 Dynamic Rug to Open in Las Vegas Building C

    DYNAMIC RUGS TO OPEN
    NEW LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM

    FREDERICK, MD -- Dynamic Rugs will open a new showroom this summer in the World Market complex in Las Vegas.  The Dynamic showroom is located on the eighth floor of  Building C, space 887.


  • 06252008 Rizzy Rugs Is New Kid on the Rug Block

    RIZZY RUG & HOME READY TO ROLL
    AS NEW KIDS ON THE RUG BLOCK



    Rizzy Rug & Home executives Shamsu Ansari,
    left, and Doug Ernewein. We think the headgear
     is especially kool.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    CALHOUN, GA. -- Rizzy Rug & Home, the newest rug kids on the block,  is in the process of getting its new 105,000 sq. ft. distribution center stocked up and ready to roll for the Fall season.


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