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2007 MAY

  • 05072007 Crunching the Numbers: US Data Gathering Techniques Not Set in Stone

    Crunching the Numbers:
    GOVERNMENT DATA GATHERING
    METHODS NOT SET IN STONE

    By Lissa Wyman

    WASHINGTON, DC -- The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau are the official  sources for statistics on  domestically-made, imported and exported  carpets and rugs. The bad news is: It's not an exact science. The good news is: It can be changed.


  • 05232007 Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the High End

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    ARE THERE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED
    FROM THE ULTRA HIGH END MARKET?


    By Lissa Wyman

    The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is my once a year venture into the world of the super high end. I attend ICFF for the same reasons buyers from Target attend the couture fashion shows in Paris. I want to see what's on the cutting edge of designs, colors and materials that can be adapted to the world of regular people.The thing that struck home for me this year, however, had nothing to do with fashion.


  • 05292007 Letter to the Editor Austin Craley

    Letter to the Editor:
    COMMENTARY ON ETHAN ALLEN GOB SALE

    Dear Rugnews.com:
    Right on! To have a 'Going Out of Business' rug sale at a store that never carried rugs, when the retailer itself is not going out of business, is unethical and wrong.


Markets
  • 05022007 Report on Tibetan Rug Exhibition
    TIBETAN CARPET EXHIBITION DRAWS
    2,500 EXHIBITORS AND VISITORS

    XINING, CHINA -- Approximately 2,500 exhibitors and visitors attended the fifth  annual Qinghai Tibetan Carpets International Exhibition held here March 23, 2007 to April 2.


     

  • 05032007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Pre-Show Report

    ICFF Pre-Show Report:
    CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR
    GEARS UP FOR MAY 19-22 SHOW

    NEW YORK -- Over 23,000  design professionals are expected to attend the 19th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair May 19-22, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here.


  • 05042007 NYIGF Events

    SEMINARS, EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS
    ON TAP AT  NY GIFT FAIR

    WHITE PLAINS, NY - The New York International Gift Fair will feature educational programming, promotions and after-hours networking events. The Gift Fair is scheduled for August 11 to August 16, 2007, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 88 and 94 and Metropolitan Pavilion.


  • 05092007 GLMs Global Home Decor

    GEORGE LITTLE TO LAUNCH GLOBAL SOURCING HOME DÉCOR SHOW IN 2008

    LAS VEGAS - George Little Management  will expand its global home business to include a new sourcing show, Global Home Décor which will debut May 6 to May 8, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The home decor show will run with the  Global Home Textiles show.


  • 05112007 AMC Completing Phase I

    AMERICASMART COMPLETING PHASE I 
    CONSTRUCTION OF FOURTH BUILDING

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart is currently completing Phase One of what will become its fourth building, AmericasMart 2W, scheduled for opening in January, 2009.


  • 05112007 AmericasMart Partners with Atlanta Police Department

    AMERICASMART AND ATLANTA
    POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNER
    IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), the Mayor's Office, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta City Council, has officially opened the Atlanta Police Department's Zone Five Mini-Precinct located at the corner of Andrew Young International Blvd. and Spring St.


  • 05172007 AMC Expands Curriculum

    AMERICASMART EXPANDS
    UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM
    FOR RETAILERS, EXHIBITORS

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta continues to expand  its AmericasMart University (AMU) education initiative with classes for  rug and home furnishings retailers and exhibitors.


  • 05172007 High Point Market to Re-Instate Traditional April-October Cycle

    HIGH POINT MARKET TO RETURN
    TO TRADITIONAL APRIL-OCTOBER
    TIMING BEGINNING IN 2008

    HIGH POINT, NC -- The High Point Market will return to its traditional April-October schedule, beginning in 2008. The decision was made May 16 at a meeting of the High Point Market Authority board of directors.


  • 05182007 AMC Develops New Market Initiatives

    AMERICASMART SETS EVENTS 
    FOR JULY RUG  MARKET 

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta has developed new initiatives and expanded time for this Summer's Atlanta International Area Rug Market. The market, which also features the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS) will run from Sunday,July 15 through Wednesday,  July 18, 2007. 


  • 05202007 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Report

    Contemporary Furniture Fair Report:
    RUG EXHIBITORS AT ICFF ARE  WORLDS AWAY FROM MAINSTREAM BUSINESS

    Michael Mandapath of Warp & Weft at the ICFF


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- Rugs exhibited at last week's International Contemporary Furniture Fair come from a different planet than the rugs shown at mainstream markets such as the Atlanta International Rug Market, High Point and the Las Vegas World Market.


  • 05222007 High Point Creates New Designer Day

    RUG VENDORS TO PARTICIPATE
    IN MONTHLY DESIGNER DAY
    PROGRAM AT HIGH POINT

    HIGH POINT, NC - Capel, Inc., Feizy Rug, Due Process Stable Trading Co. and Safavieh  will participate in The High Point Design Center's new once-a-month Designer Day. More than  50 vendors will be part of the program, which will be held the first Wednesday of each month. 


  • 05242007 High Point Discount Hotels

    HIGH POINT SET DISCOUNTED
    HOTEL ROOMS FOR FALL MARKET

    HIGH POINT, NC - The High Point Market Authority has secured blocks of rooms at discounted rates for Fall Market 2007, October 1 through 7.


People
  • 05242007 Federated Names New Presidents


    NEW PRESIDENTS AT
    MACY'S EAST, MACY'S FLA

    CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores, Inc. has named new presidents for its New York-based Macy's East division and Miami-based Macy's Florida division.


  • 05302007 Sachse To Lead Macys Marketing and Online Business

    SACHSE TO LEAD MACY'S
    MARKETING AND ONLINE BIZ

    CINCINNATI - Peter Sachse, chairman and chief executive officer of macys.com, has been assigned an additional role as the company's chief marketing officer and president of Macy's Corporate Marketing, effective immediately. In this post, he succeeds Anne MacDonald.


Products
  • 05162007 EGD Releases First Licensed Fabric Design

    PALLISER FURNITURE SHOWS FIRST EMMA GARDNER LICENSED FABRIC

    LITCHFIELD, CT - High-end Rug designer Emma Gardner's first licensed fabric designs will appear on furniture made by Palliser Furniture, Ltd.


Retailers
  • 05.09.07 RugSale Eliminates Return Charges

    RUGSALE.COM ADDS NEW 
    CUSTOMER SATISFACTION POLICY

    HOLYOKE, MA - RugSale.com has inaugurated a new customer satisfaction policy which allows customers  to return the first rug and get a second with no shipping charge, according to Charlie Kaoud, chief executive officer and founder of the Internet rug retailer.


  • 05132007 ABC Introduces Limited Edition Rug Collection Based on Gee's Bend Quilts

    ABC  INTRODUCES  RUG COLLECTION 
    BASED ON GEE'S BEND QUILTS


    Original Gee's Bend
    "Work Clothes Quilt"
    was made circa 1973
    by Annie Mae Young


    Detail of Turkish rug based on "Work Clothes"  quilt. Rug retails for  $3,599
    in 6'8" x 7' 11" size


    NEW YORK -- ABC Carpet & Home has introduced a limited edition collection of hand knotted rugs based on the works of the Gee's Bend Quilt Collective in Gee's Bend, AL.


  • 05182007 Federated Becomes Macy's June 1

    IT'S OFFICIAL: FEDERATED
    BECOMES MACY'S ON JUNE 1, 2007


    CINCINNATI-- Federated Department Stores shareholder   have approved a change in the corporate name to Macy's, Inc., effective June 1, 2007. On that date, the company's shares will begin trading under the ticker symbol "M" on the New York Stock Exchange.


  • 05282007 Editorial: GOB Season Begins. Ethan Allen NY Store

    Rugnews.com Editorial
    SUMMER'S HERE --
    IT'S THE GOB SEASON!


    Ethan Allen, not known as a major Oriental rug retailer, has brought in a special shipment of rugs for its GOB sale at a New York store near the Oriental Rug District. Strangely enough, the store did not sell Oriental rugs during
    its former incarnation.

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- Memorial Day is not only opening day at the beach and pool, it's also the beginning of the Going Out of Business season.
     


    Details, click here


  • 05292007 Rug and Home Movie Rugs

    RUG & HOME PROVIDES RUGS
    FOR  'LEATHERHEADS' MOVIE

    GAFFNEY, SC -- Rug & Home is supplying rugs for the sets of the movie Leatherheads, a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920's football. 


  • 05302007 Carpet One Partners with Reality Show

    CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME
    PARTNERS WITH  €˜ON THE LOT'
    REALITY TELEVISION SHOW


     MANCHESTER, NH - Carpet One Floor & Home recently partnered with the new reality TV show, On the Lot.  With the assistance of Glendale Carpet One Floor & Home of Los Angeles, the company installed 4,800 sq. ft. of Liz Claiborne Prestige hardwood for the contestants' living quarters.


  • 05302007 Letter to the Editor Ethan Allen Responds

    Letter to the Editor:
    ETHAN ALLEN RESPONDS
    TO RUG NEWS GOB EDITORIAL

    Dear Rugnews.com:

    The store located at 32nd Street and Lexington is privately owned by Peoples Americana. Inc.
    The public corporation, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., is not going out of business and did not approve the non-Ethan Allen product that has been bought in for this sale.


Vendors
  • 05012007 Central Oriental to Show in Las Vegas

    Central Oriental TO EXHIBIT
    AT LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET

     

    WEST WARWICK, RI -- Central Oriental will be exhibiting at the Pavilions of the Las Vegas World Market Center at the upcoming World Market July 30 to Aug. 3, according to Jim Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for the rug  importer and manufacturer.


  • 05022007 Beaulieu Revamps AccessBeaulieu

    BEAULIEU LAUNCHES NEW
    VERSION OF ACCESSBEAULIEU
     

    DALTON, GA - Beaulieu of America has launched a new version of AccessBeaulieu.com, making it faster, easier and more convenient for dealers to order products and retrieve account information online. The new site debuts after more than a year of work to revise the old site with new features and functionality.


  • 05072007 Rug Vendors Explore New Avenues

    RUG VENDORS EXPLORE NEW AVENUES
    TO BRING PRODUCTS TO CONSUMERS


    By Janet Herlihy

    It's a hard world out there for rug vendors and retailers alike. Small wonder  that some rug wholesalers are re-inventing themselves in order to increase business.


  • 05092007 Claire Murray Places Marketing emphasis on Retail Stores
    CLAIRE MURRAY SWITCHES EMPHASIS
    TO LIFESTYLE RETAIL STORES

    By Janet Herlihy

    OSTERVILLE, MA  -- Claire Murray is the founder of a brand that started with hand hooked rugs made and sold at a small inn on Nantucket. Now some 20 years later, Murray describes her company's strategy as a "return to our roots.€VbCrLf


  • 05092007 EGD Retained for Three Luxury Resorts

    EMMA GARDNER DESIGNS
    TO CREATE RUGS FOR
    THREE LUXURY RESORTS

    LITCHFIELD, CT -  EgdContract has been retained to create custom rugs for Winvian Resorts, Hyatt Valencia and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. EgdContract is the hospitality division of Emma Gardner Designs.


     

  • 05102007 Odegard Design Awards

    ODEGARD TO ANNOUNCE WINNERS
    OF RUG DESIGN COMPETITION

    NEW YORK - Winners of the Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design,  will be announced June 28, 2007. The annual design competition recognizes original and innovative rug designs by students.


  • 05102007 Shaw Academy Study

    GRADS OF SHAW LEARNING ACADEMY
    SHOW HIGHER
    SALES PERFORMANCE

    DALTON, GA -  Graduates of The Shaw Learning Academy sales significantly increased their performance as a result of participation in the sales training program, according to an independent study commissioned by Shaw.


  • 05152007 Hellenic Warehouse Sale Raises Over $5,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

    HELLENIC CANADIAN EVENT  RAISES
    OVER $4,000 TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER

    TORONTO - Hellenic Rug Imports conducted its first Warehouse Sale for consumers May 10 to 13 at its Canadian distribution center here. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated  to the Breast Cancer Foundation. "The sale was a huge success, and the donaton will amount to over $4,000," said Steve Mazarakis, president of Hellenic.


  • 05242007 Thom Felicia Hosts Karastan DEcorating from the Floor Up Seminars in Chicago, Boston

    FILICIA HOSTS 'DECORATING FROM THE FLOOR UP'  KARASTAN  SEMINARS

    The Gang's All Here at recent Karastan Boston event. Courtney Jones, left, northeast regional vice president for Karastan; Thom Filicia, Karastan spokesman; Jerry Arcari, a principal of Landry & Arcari, Boston, MA; Dennis Thiets, vice president of sales for Karastan, and David Hardy, senior vice president of Mohawk Industries' Fashion Group.
     


    DALTON, GA - DesignerThom Filicia, teamed with Karastan and co-sponsor, Wear-Dated Carpet Fiber, to host two recent "Decorating From the Floor Up€VbCrLf consumer seminars. The events were held at The Field Museum in Chicago and the JKF Library in Boston.


  • 05252007 Surya Adds Cabana Joe Brand

    SURYA IS NEW LICENSEE
    FOR CABANA JOE BRAND

    KAUAI, HAWAII - Surya Rugs has become a new licensing partner of the Cabana Joe brand, according to €˜Cabana Joe' O'Brien, designer and tropical lifestyle personality.


  • 05302007 Couristan Summer Marketing Initiative

    COURISTAN LAUNCHES NEW MARKETING INITIATIVES FOR OUTDOOR/INDOOR

    Cover of Couristan's new Outdoor/Indoor Brochure


    FORT LEE, NJ - Couristan is launching several new marketing initiatives featuring Recife, the company's best-selling outdoor/indoor area rug collection.


  • 05312007 Mohawk EasyChoice System

    MOHAWK INTRODUCES NEW
    MERCHANDISING SYSTEM

    DALTON, GA - Mohawk  has introduced a new merchandising system named Mohawk EasyChoice which was designed to help eliminate the confusion of buying floor covering and simplifying the buying process.


















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