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.
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.
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.
OPENING OF BUILDING C HERALDS NEW ERA IN LAS VEGAS FOR RUG INDUSTRY
Kas was one of the many rug companies hosting Building C ribbon cutting ceremonies. From left: Don Newton, senior vice president of sales and marketing; Brandon Culpepper, national sales manager; Wendy Reiss, marketing manager; Rao Yarlagadda, president; Kranthi Yarlagadda, coo, and Hari Tummala, executive vice president.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.