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with analysis gleaned from our exclusive coverage of important trade shows,
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direction that has been building momentum in Europe and made a bold statement at
ICFF in May.
RELOCATES TO FIFTH FLOOR AMERICASMART SHOWROOM
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.
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.
- 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.
KASHEE TO DOUBLE AMERICASMART SPACE; INTROS FIRST MODERN
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.
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.
KALATY DEBUTS FIRST ACCENT PILLOW COLLECTION AT ATLANTA
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.
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
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
DOMOTEX TURKEY 2015 DRAWS INTERNATIONAL VENDORS AND
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).
RIZZY HOME MAKES ITS MOVE: TAKES
PRIME 6,000-FOOT AMERICASMART SPACE
Atlanta Rug Market, Rizzy Home will unveil an expansive new
showroom (6-C-8) and offer full color coordination of rug and
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.
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.
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.
PRESENT SEVERAL EVENTS DURING JULY 2015 MARKET
ATLANTA - AmericasMartAtlanta 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 andThe Atlanta International Area Rug Market July 8 to 11, 2015.
GLOBAL VIEWS ANNOUNCES COLLECTION WITH DESIGNER JULIA
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
EXHIBITS "AFGHAN CARPET PROJECT" RUGS
contemporary artists for the Afghan Carpet Project exhibition on
display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
SURYA TO LAUNCH RUG DESIGNS BY ARTIST ALEXANDER WYLY AT
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
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 atThe
Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Marketthis
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.
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.
RUGS AMERICA APPOINTS NEW
MARKETING MANAGER AND ECOMMERCE DIRECTOR
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.
ATLANTA - Howard Henschel, president and chief executive officer of The Norman Group, will receive the celebratedICON HONORS 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honorin ceremonies marking the sixth annualICON HONORSscheduled for Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.ICON HONORSis created, produced and staged exclusively by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media.
ADL HONORS NOURISON'S ALEX PEYKAR WITH AMERICAN HERITAGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 monthlyGlobal Port Trackerreport released today by theNational Retail FederationandHackett Associates.
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.
RESTORATION HARDWARE HAS BIG PLANS FOR NEW RH MODERN
Rendering of free-standing RH Modern gallery set to open this
fall in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SURYA RECEIVES VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM FURNITURE
Eric Nyman of Surya accepting Vendor of the Year
award from Lark Shirley-Stevens of Furniture First.
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.
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.
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.