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2006 JULY

  • 07132006 Say Hi At Market

    SEE YA
    AT MARKET!
    SAY HI TO RUGNEWS.COM
    IN ATLANTA AND
    GET A
    WAY-KOOL
    GIFT!


    Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of rugnews.com


  • 07242006 LSW and KathyIreland

    TOP MODELS GATHER IN LAS VEGAS

    Famous baseball cap model Lissa Wyman, also editor and publisher of Rugnews.com, with Kathy Ireland, the top model who now heads the extensive Kathy Ireland Home  lifestyle licensing umbrella. Kathy was gracious enough to share a picture with us at the Las Vegas Standard Furniture showroom, which also featured the  Kathy Ireland Home rug collection by Shaw Living.
     

    More people pix and news from Las Vegas World Market Center coming soon!


Markets
  • 06082006 AmericasMart Roy Nomination

    ROY AWARDS TO BE ANNOUNCED
    AT JULY 17 ALL-INDUSTRY GALA

    ATLANTA -- The annual Roy Awards honoring the nation's top retailers will be held Monday. July 17 at Atlanta's new Georgia Aquarium. For a list of nominated stores, click here.


  • 07052006 Las Vegas Summer Market Events

    LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET OFFERING
    SEMINARS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

    LAS VEGAS-- Seminars on the design trends and  innovative business approaches will highlight the Las Vegas Market July 24 to July 28, 2006, according to the Las Vegas World Market Center.


  • 07102006 Wolfgang Puck to Cater ROY Awards

    WOLFGANG PUCK TO CATER
    GALA FOR ROY AWARDS

    ATLANTA --  Wolfgang Puck will be the banquet caterer for the 2006 Rug Retailer of the Year (ROY) Awards, July 17 at the Georgia Aquarium. 


  • 07142006 Atlanta Pre Market Business Report

    LIGHT NUMBERS AND PLENTY OF QUALITY TIME WITH CUSTOMERS EXPECTED
    AT ATLANTA SUMMER RUG MARKET

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA - Buyers and vendors  are expecting few surprises on the eve of the Summer International Rug market. They predict light attendance, moderate numbers of  new products, and a plenty of quality time to meet with major customers.


  • 07172006 First Day Shaw Picture


    WHO SAYS THE BIG GUYS
     DON'T COME TO MARKET?


    Industry biggies (well over 6'3") Jeff Meadows, vice president of the Shaw Living division of Shaw Industries, with Gary Cissell, head of the floor covering division of Nebraska Furniture Mart, Omaha.
     

    more pix, click here


  • 07182006 Roy Awards


    INDUSTRY HONORS TOP RETAILERS AT  GEORGIA AQUARIUM ROY AWARDS GALA

    Winners All: Roy Award recipients stand by one of the dramatic big-fish tanks at the Georgia Aquarium. From left: John and Lucy Murse, Vicky and John Kammeyer, Elaine Minter, Randy Kremer and David Craig and Chas Sydney of AmericasMart.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Winners of the rug industry's Retailer of the Year Awards were announced July 17, 2006 at a gala dinner at the new Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Details and ALL  the ROY Gala pix, click here.


     

  • 07202006 Shaw to Open New 13,000 sq. ft. showroom in Atlanta

    SHAW LIVING TO MOVE TO NEW
    13,000 SQ. FT. ATLANTA SHOWROOM

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Shaw Living is making a major showroom move and  expansion at AmericasMart Atlanta, according to Jeff Meadows, vice president of the Shaw Industries division.


  • 07242006 Atlanta Business Wrap Up

    Atlanta Market Business Wrap-Up:
    ATLANTA MARKET TERMED GOOD IN SPITE OF LIGHT ATTENDANCE, RETAIL SOFTNESS

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA - The Summer International Rug market July 16 to 19 held no surprises for both vendors and attendees: Light attendance, moderate numbers of  new products, and a plenty of quality time to meet with major customers.


  • 07242006 Las Vegas Opening Day Business Story

    LAS VEGAS MARKET GIVES RUG
    EXHIBITORS  A JOLT OF NEW ENERGY

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS - This Summer's Las Vegas World Market Center event , which opens today, is giving rug exhibitors a jolt of new energy.  Undaunted by lackluster sales in the retail sector, many rug vendors are expecting Las Vegas to attract new faces and fresh business.


  • 07262006 Las Vegas Press Conference

    LAS VEGAS BUILDING B
    NEARS COMPLETION;
    MOVE-IN BEGINS IN NOVEMBER


    Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com with Las Vegas Mart founding partner Jack Kashani at Tuesday  press conference at the top of Building B
     

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Tenants will begin moving into the 1.6 million sq. ft.  Building B at the Las Vegas Market Center in November in preparation for the building's official opening January 29 to Feb. 2, 2007.


  • 07262006 Las Vegas Summer Wrap Up

    LAS VEGAS MARKET WRAP-UP
    PIONEER RUG EXHIBITORS REPORT STRONG  RESULTS AT LAS VEGAS EVENT

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS - Rug exhibitors at this week's Las Vegas World Market Center Summer event reported strong results.


  • 07302006 Beautiful Rugs in Beautiful Settings

    HOW TO SELL BEAUTIFUL RUGS?
    PUT THEM IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING

    Mohawk Select windows put together trends in
    upholstery, paint and home accents, but rugs remain the center of attention

     By Janelle Lampp

    ATLANTA -- It takes more than just pretty product to sell pretty product.


  • 08012006 Rugs Direct Honors Vendors
    RUGS DIRECT HONORS VENDORS
    AT ATLANTA SUMMER MARKET

    ATLANTA -- Rugs Direct, the multi-channel rug retailer based in Winchester, MA. honored outstanding vendors at the recent Atlanta International Rug Market.


People
  • 07142006 Alliance Names Manning

    ALLIANCE FLOORING GROUP NAMES
    MANNING TO HEAD RUG  MARKETING

    CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Kelly Manning has been named marketing manager-area rugs and decorative products for Alliance Flooring.


  • 07202006 People Pix last teaser


    NEW PEOPLE PIX FROM ATLANTA MARKET

    At Surya: Gary Lester, Lester & Associates, Scottsdale, AZ; Nick Motlagh, Pearl Rug Co. Oriental Rug Outlet, Bedford Heights, OH, and Satya Tiwari, president of Surya Rugs. 

    See ALL the Atlanta Market People Pix.
      click
    here


  • 07272006 MIchelle Lamb Shares Insights

    TREND FORECASTER MICHELLE LAMB SHARES INSIGHTS AT
    LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET

    LAS VEGAS -- Home trend forecaster and TrendCurve publisher Michelle Lamb shared her home fashion insights at a seminar held this week at the Las Vegas World Market.


  • 07272006 ORIA Silent Auction

    ATLANTA SILENT RUG AUCTION RAISES
    $17,000 FOR ORIA FUND

    ATLANTA -- The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA), in partnership with AmericasMart, raised more than $17,000 for its Charitable Fund during the inaugural Summer market silent rug auction. 


Products
Retailers
  • 07112006 Federated Sells Filene's Boston store to Vornado

    FEDERATED TO SELL DOWNTOWN BOSTON FILENE'S STORE TO VORNADO

    CINCINNATI-- Federated Department Stores has finalized an agreement for the sale of its downtown Boston Filene's store to Vornado Realty Trust for approximately $100 million.


  • 07222006 CCA Global to Have Summit for All Members
    CCA GLOBAL PARTNERS TO HOLD
    GLOBAL SUMMIT FOR ALL DIVISIONS

    MANCHESTER, NH -- CCA Global Partners will hold its first Global Summit Aug. 16 with business owners and executives from all of its 14 divisions this August in Denver, CO. 


  • 07222006 Federated Sells Philadelphia Store
    FEDERATED TO SELL DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA STRAWBRIDGE'S STORE

    CINCINNATI OH -- Federated Department Stores, Inc. has signed an agreement for the sale of its downtown Philadelphia Strawbridge's store to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).


  • 07282006 Federated to Sell Columbus Kaufman Store

    FEDERATED TO SELL
    KAUFMANN'S IN COLUMBUS

    CINCINNATI -- Federated Department Stores, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell its Kaufmann's store location in Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, OH.


  • 07282006 Rugs Direct Chooses Coremetrics

     

    RUGS DIRECT CHOOSES COREMETRICS FOR WEB
    ANALYTICS AND SERVICE

     

    WINCHESTER, VA -- Rugs Direct has selected Coremetrics to help improve its understanding of customer behavior.


Vendors
  • 07062006 Safavieh to Distribute LDP Rugs
    SAFAVIEH TO DISTRIBUTE LDP
    RUGS IN NORTH AMERICA

    NEW YORK --  Safavieh has signed an agreement with Louis De Poortere of Mouscron, Belgium to become the exclusive distributor of LDP wool rugs throughout the US and Canada.


  • 07102006 Hellenic Expands Atlanta Showroom

    HELLENIC EXPANDS ATLANTA SHOWROOM;
    ANNOUNCES RUG MARKET FESTIVITIES

    ATLANTA -- Hellenic Rug Imports, Inc. will unveil an expanded showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta when the July Rug Market kicks off on Sunday, July 16 at AmericasMart Atlanta.


  • 07122006 Vendors Develop Private Label Programs with Key Customers

    RUG PRODUCERS DEVELOPING EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS FOR KEY CUSTOMERS

    By Lissa Wyman

    In an effort to strengthen partnerships with key customers, some rug vendors are developing private label programs that  give customers exclusive rights to custom-designed rug collections.


  • 07132006 Amer Rugs Feature
    AMER RUGS BUILDING BRAND
    AWARENESS AS RUG IMPORTER

    By Janelle Lampp

    NORCROSS, GA -- Amer Rugs may not yet be a familiar name in the rug business, but that is about to change.


  • 07132006 Ebisons Harounian Feature
    EBISONS HAROUNIAN EVOLVES OVER 37 YEARS; NEXT MOVE IS NAME CHANGE
    TO HAROUNIAN IMPORTS

     
    Ebi Harounian, seated; Maurice Harounian, left,
     and Michael Harounian, right.

    By Janet Herlihy

    NEW YORK -- Ebisons Harounian Imports has evolved in the past 37 years from a hand-knot Persian specialist to a full-line rug importer. The next step  will be changing its name to Harounian Imports, according to company principal Michael Harounian.


  • 07142006 Feizy New B2B Site

    FEIZY  LAUNCHING B2B
    PROGRAM ON WEBSITE

    DALLAS -  FeizyRugs is launching a Business-to-Business (B2B) Program on the Feizy website.

    Demonstrations of the capabilities offered on the site will be given during the July 2006 Atlanta Market.


  • 07202006 Robert Shaw to Step Down as ceo of Shaw

    ROBERT SHAW TO STEP DOWN,
    BELL AND MERRITT MOVE UP TO
    TOP POSTS AT SHAW INDUSTRIES

    DALTON, GA - Robert E. Shaw, co-founder and chief executive officer of Shaw Industries, Inc., has announced his plan to step down as CEO effective Sept. 1, 2006. 

     

  • 07232006 Kas to Expand NY Showroom
    KAS ORIENTAL RUGS MAKES
    BIG EXPANSION WITH NEW
    SHOWROOM AT 295 FIFTH AVE.

    SOMERSET, NJ -- KAS Oriental Rugs, inc. is moving to a 3,500 sq. ft. showroom, suite 906, at New York's Textiles Building at 295 Fifth Ave.


  • 07252006 Martha Stewart and FLOR Inc Agreement

    MARTHA STEWART LIVING SIGNS WITH FLOR FOR CARPET TILES

    NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) and Flor, Inc. have signed a multiyear agreement to manufacture a new line of Martha Stewart-branded carpet tiles.


  • 07272006 New Feizy New York Showroom

    FEIZY  ENTERS HOME TEXTILES ARENA
    WITH PERMANENT NY SHOWROOM


    DALLAS, TX --  Feizy Rugs, best known as an importer and manufacturer of room size rugs, is making a major move into home textiles with the opening of  permanent New York showroom.


  • 07272006 Nourison-Liz Claiborne

    LIZ CLAIBORNE AND NOURISON
    SIGN LICENSING AGREEMENT

    NEW YORK -- Liz Claiborne Inc. has reached an agreement in principle with Nourison to design, manufacture and market area rugs and accent rugs under the Liz Claiborne Home brand name.


  • 07282006 New Sarna Showroom in India

    INDIAN EXPORT AGENT SARNA OPENS
    ONE-STOP MULTI-SOURCE SHOWROOM

    Panoramic view of new Sarna showroom near New Delhi

    GURGAON, INDIA-- Sarna & Associates is opening a one-stop export showroom here to exhibit rugs, carpets and home furnishing products from multiple Indian and Nepalese manufacturers.


















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