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2015 JUNE

  • 06262015 Introducing TrendCast by Rugnews.com

    INTRODUCING TRENDCAST BY RUGNEWS.COM: "DESIGN INTELLIGENCE FOR THE RUG INDUSTRY"

    RugNews.com announces TRENDCAST, a new trend forecasting and intelligence editorial service with analysis gleaned from our exclusive coverage of important trade shows, markets and showrooms at home and abroad.  Click here for the series debut edition: 2015 Trendcast 01: Cubist Angles, a direction that has been building momentum in Europe and made a bold statement at ICFF in May.


     

Markets
  • 06012015 HRI Relocates to 5th Floor AmericasMart Showroom

    HRI RELOCATES TO FIFTH FLOOR AMERICASMART SHOWROOM


    Lee Harounian

    NEW YORK - Harounian Rugs International (HRI) has announced it will relocate into a new AmericasMart showroom in time for the the upcoming Atlanta International Rug Market.  One of the most senior rug tenants at AmericasMart, HRI will be permanently located on the 5th floor, space 5-C-10.


  • 06092015 Radici Takes New AmericasMart Showroom

    RADICI TAKES NEW AMERICASMART SHOWROOM; UNVEILS FIRST MACHINE WOVENS FROM TURKEY


    At its new AmericasMart showroom, Radici USA will premiere the machine woven Pisa collection retailing at $149.97.

    SPARTANBURG, SC - Radici USA, a subsidiary of Radici Pietro Industries & Brands S.p.A., will unveil a new AmericasMart showroom, space 3-C-3, and its first imported rugs from Turkey during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market July 8 to 11, 2015. All other Radici USA rugs will continue to be produced at the parent company's manufacturing facilities near Bergamo, Italy, the country's prestigious textile producing region.  


  • 06102015 Kashee to Double AmericasMart Showroom

    KASHEE TO DOUBLE AMERICASMART SPACE; INTROS FIRST MODERN HAND-KNOTTED COLLECTION

    ATLANTA - Kashee & Sons has announced that it has doubled the size of its AmericasMart showroom and will introduce its first collection of hand-knotted wool rugs in modern designs at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 8 to 11, 2015. The Kashee space 4-E-8 in Building 1 is 3,165 square feet.  "We have been developing and expanding our product lines to the point where we needed more space to show them effectively," said Bob Kirby, executive V.P. of Kashee. 


  • 06112015 Karastan to Debut Limited EditionAxminster Rug at Atlanta Market

    KARASTAN TO DEBUT LIMITED EDITION
    AXMINSTER RUG AT ATLANTA RUG MARKET

    SUGAR VALLEY, GA - Karastan has created a limited edition Axminster rug called Mystic Garden that will be revealed at the Atlanta International Rug Market in July.  Part of the Artisan Collection, only 75 of Mystic Garden rugs will be produced, making it a collector's item from the beginning, the company says.


  • 06122015 Kalaty Debuts First Accent Pillow Collection at AT Market

    KALATY DEBUTS FIRST ACCENT PILLOW COLLECTION AT ATLANTA MARKET

    Eight wool Soumak designs featured in Kalaty's new pillow program retail at $175 in both square and rectangle covers. 

    HICKSVILLE, NY - Kalaty Rug Corporation will launch a new accent pillow program designed to coordinate with the company's popular flatweave Soumak area rugs at summer markets. This pillow program is the company's first home accent introduction outside of high-end handcrafted area rugs.


     

  • 06132015 American Rug Craftsmen Intros Berkshire Shag Collection

    AMERICAN RUG CRAFTSMEN INTROS BERKSHIRE SHAG COLLECTION


    American Rug Craftsmen pushes the design envelope with shag in 11 patterns like Paxton (shown) set to debut at Atlanta Rug Market.

    SUGAR VALLEY, GA - American Rug Craftsmen will introduce Berkshire, a new super-plush shag collection at the Atlanta International Rug Market in July. The collection's 11 contemporary designs are colored in a palette of soft neutrals accented with sun-washed hues. Berkshire rugs are woven in .9-inch pile height on Van De Weile looms of EverStrand recycled polyester fiber that utilizes the highest-grade plastic from recycled beverage bottles. The retail price for a 5x8 Berkshire rug is $278.


  • 06132015 Domotex Turkey 2015 Draws Int'l Vendors and Attendees

    DOMOTEX TURKEY 2015 DRAWS INTERNATIONAL VENDORS AND ATTENDEES


    Exhibitors from 33 countries joined Turkish rug companies targeting nearly 9000 visitors at DOMOTEX Turkey.

    HANNOVER/GAZIANTEP - Organized in Gaziantep, the center of Turkey's machine-made carpet manufacturing, DOMOTEX Turkey brought industry leaders together from May 25 to 28, 2015 with the support of the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (GTO), Southeastern Anatolia Carpet Exporters' Union (GAIB) and Gaziantep Chamber of Carpet Producers (GHO).


     

  • 06152015 Rizzy Home Makes Its Move at AmericasMart

    RIZZY HOME MAKES ITS MOVE: TAKES
    PRIME 6,000-FOOT AMERICASMART SPACE


    At Atlanta Rug Market, Rizzy Home will unveil an expansive new showroom (6-C-8) and offer full color coordination of rug and textile lines.

    ATLANTA - Rizzy Home will move into half of the giant 12,000-foot space once occupied by Shaw on the sixth floor of AmericasMart Building 1 at the upcoming Atlanta International Area Rug Market. Golden Oldies, a vintage decorative accessories and furniture company will take the remaining 6,000 feet.  The new Rizzy Home showroom (6-C-8) is still undergoing construction, but when market opens, the company will have reached a major milestone in its strategy to integrate rugs and home textile products into seamless fashion concepts for retailers.


  • 06152015 Rug Companies at Chicago Mart Open Doors to NeoCon Attendees

    RUG COMPANIES AT CHICAGO MART
    OPEN DOORS TO NEOCON ATTENDEES


    The award-winning Luminance Rusty Slate rug will be a feature at Tufenkian Artisan Carpets' Merchandise Mart showroom during NeoCon this week.

    CHICAGO - The 47th annual edition of NeoCon (June 15 to 17, 2015) opens today at the Chicago Merchandise Mart to showcase commercial products from 450 exhibitors to an audience of contract design professionals. But as commercial design continues to evolve, area rug and custom broadloom companies located in the Mart's Design Center aim to entice this audience to their floors with a packed schedule of educational programs, special events and new product launches. 


  • 06162015 Loloi to Launch Decorative Throws

    LOLOI TO LAUNCH DECORATIVE THROWS; ENTERS CATEGORY WITH SEVEN COLLECTIONS


    Loloi will unveil Aida, a new collection of decorative throws featuring unique craftsmanship and design at Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets.

    DALLAS - Loloi is entering a new category of home decor with seven collections of decorative throws to be launched at summer markets. The company's first collections include Aida, Demi, Nika, Romy, Rosa, Thea and Zora, and come in varying styles, colors, constructions and materials. Loloi will introduce the new throws at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 7 to 14 and the Las Vegas Market, August 2 to 6.


     

  • 06182015 AmericasMart to Present Several Events during July 2015 Market

    AMERICASMART TO PRESENT SEVERAL EVENTS DURING JULY 2015 MARKET

     

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta celebrates the home, gift and rug industry with a series of events, presentations and festivities during the The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, July 7 to 14 and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market July 8 to 11, 2015.


  • 06182015 Global Views Announces Collection with Designer Julia Buckingham

    GLOBAL VIEWS ANNOUNCES COLLECTION WITH DESIGNER JULIA BUCKINGHAM


    Designer Julia Buckingham will preview her Global Views collection, which includes rugs, at Dallas and Atlanta Markets.

    DALLAS - Home accessories and accent furniture company Global Views has begun a teaser campaign focused on its new licensed collection with Chicago-based interior designer Julia Buckingham, scheduled for its full official launch during High Point Fall Market in October.  Headquartered in Dallas, Global Views will unveil selections of Buckingham's 100-piece collection next week at Dallas Market.  Buckingham will appear at the company's showroom on June 27th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


  • 06182015 Surya to Debut Expanded Bedding and Lighting Collections in Dallas

    SURYA TO DEBUT EXPANDED BEDDING AND LIGHTING COLLECTIONS IN DALLAS


    The Evelyn bedding ensemble in linen with crochet edge,  Duxbury table lamp and Bahama, a hand loomed rug of undyed wool ($550) are among the hundreds of new home accessories Surya will introduce at Dallas Market.

     

    CALHOUN, GA - Surya will unveil a diverse selection of home accessories at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, highlighting added depth and breadth in its product offering while also focusing on ease of coordination across categories.


  • 06222015 ICFF Rug Exhibits: A Tour of Trends

    NEW YORK - At the 2015 International Contemporary Furniture Fair held May 16 to 19, rug exhibitors based in Europe, Turkey and across the U.S. converged with dramatic displays, innovative new products and an art gallery-style ambience that drew heavy traffic.


     

  • 06232015 Domotex Exhibitor Zollanvari Produces Amaleh Carpets for G7 Summit Hotel

    DOMOTEX EXHIBITOR ZOLLANVARI PRODUCES AMALEH CARPETS FOR G7 SUMMIT HOTEL


    Amaleh carpets by DOMOTEX exhibitor Zollanvari adorn the 5-star Hotel Schloss Elmau's companion Retreat Hotel, which hosted the G7 Summit.

    HANNOVER, GERMANY - As the world's leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, DOMOTEX (January 16 to 19, 2016) showcases the latest trends and developments from every segment of the floor coverings universe. They announced today that a long-time star exhibitor at DOMOTEX, Zollanvari, has achieved added prominence this year due to its involvement in a design project for the prestigious hotel Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, and its new companion "Retreat" hotel which hosted the G7 Summit in early June, 2105.


  • 06242015 Hammer Museum Exhibits Afghan Carpet Project Rugs

    HAMMER MUSEUM EXHIBITS "AFGHAN CARPET PROJECT" RUGS


    Rugs by contemporary artists for the Afghan Carpet Project exhibition on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

    LOS ANGELES - The just-opened "Afghan Carpet Project" exhibition, which runs now through September 27, 2015 at the Hammer Museum in L.A., features six contemporary 6x8 rugs designed by Los Angeles-based contemporary artists and handmade by weavers in Afghanistan.  High-end rug studio Christopher Farr Rugs has underwritten the production, which is part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness of Afghanistan rug makers and weavers.  


     

  • 06252015 Loloi Debuts Nine New Rug Lines; Adds Throws at Atlanta Market

    LOLOI DEBUTS NINE NEW RUG LINES; ADDS THROWS AT ATLANTA MARKET


    Loloi will introduce the power-loomed microfiber polyester Torrance collection, one of nine new lines to debut at the Atlanta International Rug Market.


    DALLAS - Loloi will introduce nine new rug collections at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and launch a new category: throws.  The company will unveil seven vibrant and versatile throw collections that vary in style and construction and also expand its offerings in home textile. All new products can be seen in Loloi's showroom 4-D-2 at AmericasMart.


     

  • 06252015 Nourison Launching New Collection and Designs during Atlanta Market

    NOURISON LAUNCHING NEW COLLECTION AND DESIGNS DURING ATLANTA MARKET


    The new Barclay Butera Prism Collection to be launched by Nourison features loop pile wool flatweave designs with a play on texture.

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Nourison will introduce the Barclay Butera Prism Collection and new Silk Shadows styles during Atlanta Market in July. 


  • 06252015 Record Breaking Opening Day for Dallas Market

    RECORD BREAKING OPENING DAY
    FOR DALLAS MARKET

    DALLAS - Dallas Market Center today announced that July 24, 2015, the opening day of its Total Home & Gift Market saw record-setting increases in store attendance from across the country as well as attendance by new stores attending Dallas market for the first time.


  • 06262015 Surya to Launch Rug Designs by Artist Alexander Wyly at Atlanta Market

    SURYA TO LAUNCH RUG DESIGNS BY ARTIST ALEXANDER WYLY AT ATLANTA MARKET


    Lockhart LKH 9000

    CALHOUN, GA - Surya has partnered with Asheville, N.C.-based artist and textile designer Alexander Wyly to introduce an inspired new line of hand-crafted rugs. Intended to add a modern touch to traditional spaces, the spirited designs play upon the dynamic harmony between simplicity and complexity, the organic and geometric, ancient and contemporary.


  • 06292015 AmericasMart Announces New Leases and Expanded Showrooms

    AMERICASMART ANNOUNCES NEW LEASES AND EXPANDED SHOWROOMS

     

    ATLANTA - AmericasMart's product mix continues to expand with more leading lines occupying new and newly expanded showrooms opening for business at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market this July.


     

People
  • 0602015 Rizzy Home Hires Reeves as National Account Manager


    Jeff Reeves

    RIZZY HOME HIRES REEVES AS NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER

    CALHOUN, GA - Jeff Reeves has been named national account manager for Rizzy Home, a new position, according to an announcement by Mark Ferullo, Rizzy Home vice president. Reeves will lead the development and execution of retail sales strategies for the company's brick and mortar accounts.  He will also help manage dealer relationships and strengthen customer service within the rug and textiles division.


  • 06022015 Yervant Varjabedian Retires from Safavieh

    RUG INDUSTRY VETERAN YERVANT
    VARJABEDIAN RETIRES FROM SAFAVIEH


    At the retirement party for Yervant Varjabedian (second from right), are brothers Michael, Ahmad and Darius Yaraghi, Safavieh principals.

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY - Yervant Varjabedian, international sales manager for Safavieh is retiring after 40 years in the rug industry, according to Michael Yaraghi, Safavieh principal.  "Yervant has been a tremendous asset to our company. He is one of the most knowledgeable sales people in our industry. I met Yervant for the first time when he was doing training on rugs for our staff. His training was so beautiful and easy to understand, that just listening to him made me want to buy the rug he was describing - even though I already owned so many," Yaraghi said.


  • 06032015 Rugs America Appoints New Marketing Mgr and eCommerce Director

    RUGS AMERICA APPOINTS NEW MARKETING MANAGER AND ECOMMERCE DIRECTOR


    Josie Muniz


    Andrew Brave

     

    FARMINGDALE, NY - Rugs America has recently made key appointments which the company says will help accommodate increased demand across all market platforms. Josie Muniz has been named business development and marketing manager, responsible for digital and print marketing.  Andrew Brave has been appointed director of e-commerce, and has helped build Rugs America programs with several major online clients.


  • 06042015 Henschel to Receive Icon Honors 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor
    HENSCHEL TO RECEIVE ICON HONORS 2015
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR
     
    ATLANTA - Howard Henschel, president and chief executive officer of The Norman Group, will receive the celebrated ICON HONORS 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor in ceremonies marking the sixth annual ICON HONORS scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. ICON HONORS is created, produced and staged exclusively by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media.  
     

     
  • 06232015 ADL Honors Peykar with American Heritage Award

    ADL HONORS NOURISON'S ALEX PEYKAR WITH AMERICAN HERITAGE AWARD


    Alex Peykar


     

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - The National Home Furnishings Industry Anti-Defamation League presented Alex Peykar with the prestigious American Heritage Award at their Annual Awards Tribute on June 18, 2015. The event was attended by over 500 and raised over $750,000 for the ADL. Robert Levin president of Levin Furniture and Robert Maricich CEO of International Market Centers were also honored at the event. Kathy Ireland introduced Peykar and spoke about Nourison, its commitment to community and family, and the company's positive impact on the home furnishings industry.


Products
  • 06032015 Karim Rashid Expands His Footprint in Rugs

    KARIM RASHID EXPANDS
    HIS FOOTPRINT IN RUGS


    Karim Rashid is bringing his color energy to new mass market and high end designer rugs.

    NEW YORK - With non-stop architectural and interior design commissions across the globe, product designs by Karim Rashid have grown to over 3,000 items from manufacturers across all lifestyle categories. On the heels of his keynote speech at Maison & Objet Americas in Miami in May, and appearances at ICFF and Wanted Design in New York, news is breaking about Rashid's new floor covering designs for several companies in a range that covers the mass and high end designer markets.


  • 06052015 Ayka Design Stages Two Rug Exhibits in CA

    AYKA DESIGN STAGES TWO
    RUG EXHIBITS IN CALIFORNIA


    K. Michelle Evans' award-winning Reflections rug of hand spun silk for Ayka Design.

    SANTA BARBARA, CA - Award-winning interior designer K. Michelle Evans of Ayka Design is mounting two private shows of her rugs in California beginning June 6, 2015.  The London- and Dubai-based Evans, who rocked the rug industry when her nascent rug company launched at Domotex 2014, will exhibit at the Santa Barbara Design Center in Santa Barbara, CA from June 6 to 18, and at the Fresh Paint Art Gallery in Culver City, Los Angeles from June 10 to 13, 2015.


  • 06052015 ICI Int'l Introduces Rug in Package Program at ICFF

    ICI INTERNATIONAL INTRODUCES 'RUG IN PACK' PROGRAM AT ICFF


    The new Rug in Pack program from ICI International launched in the U.S. at ICFF.

    NEW YORK - ICI International of Istanbul, Turkey and its U.S.-based Creative Touch in Secaucus, N.J. presented a Rug in Pack program as well as new additions to the parent company's 20-collection patchwork rug program at the May, 2015 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.  First unveiled at the January 2105 Domotex fair in Hannover, Germany, the Rug in Pack program  provides the company's Patchwork collection rugs in a pre-packaged format that will now be warehoused in the U.S. and shipped directly to the retailer customer's shelf or rack.


Retailers
  • 06092015 Imports at Normal Levels After Ratification of Contract

    IMPORTS AT NORMAL LEVELS AFTER
    RATIFICATION OF CONTRACT
     

    WASHINGTON - Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
     

     
  • 06112015 High End Moroso Furniture to Distribute Golran Rugs in US

    HIGH END MOROSO FURNITURE TO DISTRIBUTE GOLRAN RUGS IN U.S.


    Moroso, the luxury Italian furniture company, launched Golran rugs in the U.S. in May 2015.

    NEW YORK - Moroso, the Italian furniture maker known for its stable of prestigious designers, has become the exclusive distributor of Golran, a fourth generation carpet and rug company headquartered in Milan.  With its U.S. operations based in New York, Moroso will distribute all Golran contemporary collections though its existing network of about 30 Moroso retailers and designer showrooms across the country.


  • 06182015 Restoration Hardware has Big Plans for New RH Modern Brand

    RESTORATION HARDWARE HAS BIG PLANS FOR NEW RH MODERN BRAND


    Rendering of free-standing RH Modern gallery set to open this fall in Los Angeles.

    CORTE MADERA, CA - Gary Friedman, chairman and CEO of RH (Restoration Hardware), has announced the new RH Modern brand of furniture and lighting. The brand will formally launch this fall with a 300-page source book, a dedicated website and what Friedman termed "a significant retail presence." A freestanding RH Modern store will debut this fall in Los Angeles. The entire ground floor of the RH Flatiron gallery in New York City will be dedicated to RH Modern, and a floor in the company's next-generation Design Gallery RH Atlanta will be devoted to the new modern brand.


  • 06242015 Golden Rugs Patriarch Passes Torch to Son

    GOLDEN RUGS PATRIARCH PASSES TORCH TO SON


    Micheal Mikaeli

    San Diego - Houchang "Michael" Mikaeli, who founded the Golden Rugs Gallery in 1992, is retiring after 47 years in the rug business. But southern California customers of this long-time gallery need not worry - Michael's son, Jason, is taking over the business, continuing a legacy that extends over three generations. Father and son have worked side by side over the years, offering a comprehensive assortment of fine rugs in multiple weaves and styles.


  • 06252015 Rug Gallery Tests Luxury Hard Surface Flooring

    THE RUG GALLERY TESTS LUXURY HARD SURFACE FLOORING


    The Rug Gallery of Cincinnati will test luxury vinyl plank flooring in its 21,000-foot retail showroom.

    CINCINNATI - The award-winning Rug Gallery of Cincinnati has decided to expand into hard surfaces with a test of luxury vinyl plank flooring. Owner Sam Presnell has chosen to start with USFloors' COREtec XXL, the best-selling LVT product in the flooring market today.


  • 06292015 Furniture First Welcomes Three New Members in June

    FURNITURE FIRST WELCOMES
    THREE NEW MEMBERS IN JUNE

    HARRISBURG, PA - The Furniture First Board of Directors approved three new members last week. The newest members include Esprit Decor Home Furnishings in Chesapeake, VA, Jensen Furniture in Luck, WI and Matlock Furniture in Durango, CO. Their inclusion was preceded by the additions of Darsey's Furniture in Grapeland, TX, Dungey's Furniture & Floors in New Hampton, IA, Larrabee's Furniture & Design in Littleton, CO, Mountain Comfort in Frisco, CO, and Siker's Furniture & Carpet in Eau Claire, WI this past February. Turner Furniture in Avon Park, FL was approved for membership in April. These additions bring the membership member rolls to 219 stockholders, with 459 storefronts in 47 states.


Vendors
  • 06012015 Nourison Lauches Five New Designs in Luminance Collection

    NOURISON LAUNCHES FIVE NEW DESIGNS IN LUMINANCE COLLECTION


    Nourison's new ivory and black Luminance design interprets the high fashion erased-weave look and retails for $1,529 in 5'3"x7'5".

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Leading floor covering and home accents manufacturer Nourison has added five new styles to Luminance, one of the company's best-selling collections since its release in early 2014. 


  • 06022015 Surya Receives Vendor of the Year Award from Furniture First

    SURYA RECEIVES VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM FURNITURE FIRST


    Eric Nyman of Surya accepting Vendor of the Year award from Lark Shirley-Stevens of Furniture First.

    NASHVILLE - Furniture First Buying Group honored three of their supplier partners with Vendor of the Year Awards, presented June 1, 2015 during the group's Symposium in Nashville, TN.  Surya received the Accents & Accessories Vendor of the Year award, which was accepted by Eric Nyman, Surya's national sales manager.


  • 06052015 Loloi Receives Design Award for 2015 Catalog

    LOLOI RECEIVES DESIGN AWARD
    FOR 2015 CATALOG


    The award-winning Loloi catalog includes 142 rug collections and nearly 200 pillows.

     

    DALLAS - Loloi's 2015 product catalog has been recognized with a "Best Catalog" award from Graphic Design USA.  The 2015 American In-house Design award recognizes the company's innovative visual merchandising and the catalog as an effective resource for retailers and designers seeking the ideal rug or accent pillows.  This is the second consecutive year that Loloi has won the award.


  • 06102015 Surya Announces SpottedwithSurya Contest Winners

    SURYA ANNOUNCES #SPOTTEDWITHSURYA CONTEST WINNERS


    The first place $1000-prize went to Whitney Reed of Hutson's Fine Furniture for her Surya tote bag photo.

    CALHOUN, GA - Whitney Reed of Hutson's Fine Furniture in Cape Girardeau, MO, took first place honors in Surya's second #SpottedwithSurya Instagram contest for her photo of a Surya tote bag at the Color Me Cape 5K Run in Cape Girardeau. Second place was awarded to Terri Pastor of Dallas-based Terri Pastor Interiors for her image captured in front of the Alamo in San Antonio. Megan Filzen of Roseville, MN, received third place for her photo next to the "giant boot" at L.L.Bean's store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.


















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