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2008 AUGUST

  • 080608 Editorial: I Confess, I'm a Market Junkie

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    I CONFESS: I'M A MARKET JUNKIE

    By Lissa Wyman

    Markets are definitely hazardous to your mental health. When I get back home, I always get walloped by post-event withdrawal. It’s downright depressing to face an overflowing desk and sift through endless notes. My mind is running in a million directions and I can’t sit still.


  • 08182008 Leonard to Speak at LV Design Center

    TELEVISION & DESIGN PERSONALITY
    BOBI LEONARD TO SPEAK AT
    LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER SEPT 5

    LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas will host a presentation about legal and financial issues for interior designers on Friday, Sept. 5.  The event will be presented by Bobi Leonard , founder and chief executive officer of Arcara Enterprises, Inc.


     

  • 08212008 Guest Editorial How Decorating Business is Changing
     RugNews.com Guest Editorial
    HOW TIMES CHANGE : INDIVIDUALISM
    MEANS ONE SIZE NO LONGER FITS ALL

    By James Charles, ASID, BIDA

    Some time ago,  most industries (specifically the furniture and home building businesses) went along their merry way designing and building wares as they wished. For most consumers, that meant limited choices in color, size, shape and design.


Markets
  • 08042008 Balta US Awards Electric Guitar at Atlanta Rug Market

    BALTA U.S.  ANNOUNCES WINNER OF
    ELECTRIC GUITAR GIVEAWAY


    ATLANTA – Gil Kemp of Home Decorator Collections in St. Louis was the winner of an Ibanez electric guitar that was part of a major promotion in the Balta US showroom during the recent International Area Rug Market at Americasmart here.


  • 08052008 NYICS List of Exhibitors

    NYICS EXHIBITOR LIST FOR
    SEPTEMBER 16 TO 19 MARKET
    AT HISTORIC NY ARMORY


    NEW YORK – Nearly 50 rug importers and manufacturers will participate in the New York International Carpet Show (NYICS) taking place Sept. 16 to 19 in New York at the Historic 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets.


  • 08072008 NYMRA Set for Sept 08

    FIFTH ANNUAL NEW YORK
    METRO MARKET SET FOR
    SEPTEMBER 15  TO 19

    NEW YORK - New York and New Jersey area vendors are gearing up for the  fifth annual Metro Market Week, sponsored by the Metro Rug Alliance. The event is scheduled for Sept. 15 to Sept. 19 in various rug showrooms in New York and New Jersey. 


  • 08192008 7 W List of Events Lunch on Rugnews.com

    HAVE LUNCH ON RUGNEWS.COM
    AT 7 W NEW YORK THIS FALL

    NEW YORK – Buyers visiting showrooms at 7 W New York this Fall will get a free lunch from  Rugnews.com  and will relax in a buyer's lounge furnished by Surya. It's  part of a series of special events hosted by 7 W New York during the New York Home Fashions market, Sept. 15 to 18, 2008 .


  • 08192008 7W Exhibitors

    OVER 100 EXHIBITORS SET
    FOR HOME FASHIONS WEEK

    AT 7 W NEW YORK BUILDING

    NEW YORK – Over 100 importers and manufacturers will exhibit at 7 W during  the New York Home Fashions Market  Week Sept. 15 to 19, 2008. Several rug vendors will be among those showing in both temporary and permanent space. Click here for a complete list.


Vendors
  • 08192008 Karastan Retailers Meet Preston

    KARASTAN RETAILERS MEET
    ACTRESS KELLY PRESTON

    ATLANTA, GA – Actress Kelly Preston joined Karastan in celebrating its 80th anniversary and the opening of its Las Vegas showroom at the recent Summer Market at World Market Center. Preston posed with retailers attending the event and autographed photos from Karastan’s national print campaign.


People
  • 08252008 Carpet One Names Aaron

    CARPET ONE NAMES AARON
    VICE PRESIDENT OF MERCHANDISING

    MANCHESTER, NH – Jim Aaron has been promoted to vice president of merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home, according to Eric Demaree, president. Aaron has been a senior training specialist with CCA Global Partners, Carpet One Floor & Home’s parent company, since 2004. 


  • 08272008 LV Design Center Names Wells VP

    WELLS NAMED VICE PRESIDENT
    OF LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER

    LAS VEGAS – Randy Wells has been named to the new position of  vice president of the World Market Center’s Design Center. The Las Vegas Design Center is  a year-round, professional design and hospitality resource comprised of 70 WMC showrooms that are open daily. These showrooms feature fine furniture, fabric, lighting, floral, accessories, rugs and wall décor.


Products
  • 08102008 Announcer for Kewl & Unusual Feature

    VENDORS: SEND US INFO FOR
    FEATURE ON KEWL  & UNUSUAL
    NEW  RUG PRODUCTS!!

    Rugnews.com  will be developing a special feature on some of the innovative rugs coming on stream, and we need your help. If you have an extraordinary new product, send it to us now. The deadline is Aug. 20.


  • 08222008 CMI Introduces Sunbrella line

    CMI CREATES NEW SUNBRELLA
    INDOOR-OUTDOOR COLLECTION

    PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. has partnered with Glen Raven Custom Fabrics to create the Renaissance collection. The indoor-outdoor rugs are braided using a  recycled Sunbrella yarn from Glen Raven’s Renaissance Recycling program.


Retailers
  • 08022008 Recession-Busting Tips: The Rug Rack, Chattanooga

    RECESSION BUSTING TIPS:
    RUG RACK COMBINES OLD-FASHIONED
    SERVICE AND HIGH FASHION PRODUCT
    TO BECOME  DESTINATION STORE

    CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Miriam and Mike Thompson, owners of The Rug Rack here, aren't letting the current economic climate dampen their spirits. They are managing to prosper and become a destination retail operation with a single location.


     

  • 08042008 Carpet Ones Muddiest Buddy Contest Winner

    CARPET ONE UNVEILS WINNER OF ITS MUDDIEST BUDDY CONTEST AND NEW LEES CARPET SPOKES-PET

    Rody is Carpet One's New Lees Carpet Spokes-pet.

    NASHVILLE– Rody, an Australian Shepherd from Gunnison, CO, is Carpet One Floor & Home's  new Lees carpet spokes-pet and winner of the Muddiest Buddy contest. The announcement was made at Carpet One's Summer Convention in Nashville.


  • 08102008 World of Rugs & Furniture feature by Janelle Lampp


    CRAZY TIME TO OPEN A NEW STORE?
    WORLD OF RUGS & FURNITURE
    IN ATLANTA DEFIES THE ODDS


    David Lewis, left, and Abe Malla in their new rug and furniture store in Atlanta.

    By Janelle Lampp

    ATLANTA --Maybe the Spring of 2008 wasn't the best time to open a rug and home furnishings store, but surprise. With their new 80,000 sq. ft. World of Rugs & Furniture, Abe Malla and David Lewis have created a retail environment that reflects the way consumers and decorators want to shop.


  • 08132008 Macys Partners with DunnhumbyUSA

    MACY’S PARTNERS
    WITH DUNNHUMBY USA

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy's, Inc. is partnering with DunnhumbyUSA, a consumer insight firm, under a multi year agreement. Macy's will be DunnhumbyUSA's exclusive client in the department store category.


  • 08192008 SFC Name Change and New Consumer Study

     

    SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE COUNCIL
    CHANGES NAME TO REFLECT DIVERSITY

    CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC) has changed its name to the Sustainable Furnishings Council to better reflect the diversity of its growing membership. The SFC has also concluded a broad-based consumer study of awareness, attitudes and interests regarding green issues in the home furnishings industry. The report concluded that consumers would be interested in purchasing "green" products if the they liked the styling and costs were about the same as  similar "non-green" items.


  • 08262008 Mink Takes Over Rug Lease Departments in Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis

    MINK ORGANIZATION TO TAKE OVER LEASE
    DEPARTMENTS IN 15 MACY'S STORES IN
    CHICAGO, DETROIT AND MINNEAPOLIS

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK-- Kenneth L Mink & Sons, Inc. will take over the rug lease departments in 15 Macy's stores in metropolitan Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis. The move is effective Aug. 31, according to David Mink, president of  Kenneth L. Mink & Sons.


  • 08292008 Hom Furniture to Acquire Gabberts

    HOM FURNITURE SIGNS AGREEMENT
    TO ACQUIRE GABBERTS

    COON RAPIDS, MN --  Hom Furniture has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings, a high-end furniture retailer.


Vendors
  • 06192008 Obeetee Moves Headquarters
    OBEETEE TO SHOW IN NEW
    US HEADQUARTERS
    DURING
    NY METRO MARKET

    SECAUCUS, NJ  Obeetee Inc. will welcome visitors at the NY Metro Market at its new US office and showroom in the ORICA Building, suite 305 S in Secaucus, NJ. The company moved from New York City to Secaucus in July.




  • 08052008 CEPC of India Launches US Campaign

     

     
    Raja Sharma


    INDIA EXPORT GROUP
     LAUNCHES U.S. MARKETING
    CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE RUGS
    FROM INDIA

    NEW YORK – The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) of India has launched a  marketing campaign in the United States to help create awareness and appreciation of the value and quality of rugs from India. 


  • 08122008 Moheban Announces REward for Missing Zodiac Tapestries

    MOHEBAN
    OFFERS
    $15,000 REWARD
    FOR MISSING ANTIQUE
    ZODIAC
     TAPESTRIES


     

    Detail of a tapestry similar to the missing pieces

    NEW YORK -- Abraham Moheban & Son has announced a $15,000 reward for the return of  three antique tapestry panels each measuring approximately 2ft. 6in. x 11ft.. The missing tapestries are part of  a set of 12 panels representing the signs of the zodiac. Details, and a  full view of one of the tapestries in the set, click here.


  • 08132008 Shaw 2008 Fall Flooring Event Promotion

    SHAW FALL FLOORING EVENT   
    KICKS OFF IN LATE AUGUST

    DALTON, GA – The Shaw Fall Flooring Event is set to begin August 29 and will end November 28.  The national promotion is designed to assist retailers generate store traffic and increase sales through a four-phase marketing approach including national advertising, local marketing support, Shawfloors.com sweepstakes and retailer incentives.


     

  • 08142008 Martha Stewart Living Names Pollak

    MARTHA STEWART LIVING NAMES POLLACK
    EXECUTIVE VP OF MERCHANDISING

    NEW YORK – Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) has named Patsy Pollack executive vice president of merchandising.  She will report to Robin Marino, president of merchandising and co-chief executive officer.


  • 08202008 Selke Expands Home Collection

    DESIGNER ANNIE SELKE EXPANDS
    INTO NEW HOME CATEGORIES

    PITTSFIELD, MA – Annie Selke, founder and designer of Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Co. and Potluck Studios, has partnered with Vanguard Furniture, P. Kaufmann and Gelberg Braid to create the Annie Selke Home collection.


  • 08252008 Orian Celebrates Employee Safety

    ORIAN RUGS CELEBRATES
    EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY

    ANDERSON, SC – Orian Rugs honored its commitment to safety and the health of its employees with an Employee Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 23.  As part of the celebration, Orian executives thanked plant employees for 1,000 continuous days plant wide without a lost-time accident. Click here for pix of the festivities.


     


















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