Rugnews.com Editorial: WHY INDUSTRY DIVERSIFICATION TOPS OUR 2010 NEWS LIST
By Lissa Wyman
It was really a no-brainer. In 2010, the rug industry embraced the concept of diversification with the passion of true believers. Nearly every week in the year just past, we received news releases or observed evidence that rug companies were eager to grow by expanding their horizons. Click here to see the list of top stories)
Steve Roan, left, vice president of Karastan Rugs, and Maria Conrad, right, rug buyer for Bloomingdales, congratulate Lissa Wyman, center, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com at AmericasMart birthday party celebrating a decade of continuous on-line rug news.
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- Rugnews.com celebrated its 10th anniversary Friday, Dec. 14. Well-wishers came to the third floor corridor at AmericasMart to eat yummy birthday cake and congratulate us on a decade of providing continuous industry news on the Internet. Rugnews.com made its debut as a real-time, on-line business publication on Jan.15, 2001. It seems like a minute ago and also a hundred years ago.
Clowning Around: Parviz Beikzadeel of Parviz Oriental Rugs, left, and Mustafa Caglak of Grand Bazaar, Scottsdale, AZ, found themselves suddenly surrounded by Cirque clowns at reception prior to the America's Magnificent Carpet Awards ceremony.
MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARDS AN ALL-INDUSTRY FESTIVAL OF OPTIMISM
Buyer's Choice award was won by Paramount Rug for this rich tonal contemporary.
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- America's Magnificent Carpet Awards on Saturday, Jan. 15, was a celebration of optimism for the rug industry. Held on the last evening of the International Rug Market, the annual event honors the beauty and spirit of the American rug industry.
See all the winners accepting their awards: click here
AMERICASMART HOME CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH OVER 120,000 SQ. FT. OF NEW AND EXPANDED SPACE
ATLANTA – AmericasMart Building 1 marks its 50th anniversary with the premiere of 28 new exhibitors, plus the introduction of 22 expanded showrooms, all presenting more than 120,000 sq. ft. of new furniture and home furnishings product categories.
RUG MARKET TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT IN AMERICASMART YOU TUBE VIDEO
ATLANTA -- The International Rug Market is in the spotlight in a new You Tube video sponsored by AmericasMart. To view the video, complete with interviews from rug executives, click here. The International Rug Market will be held Jan. 13 to 16 in Atlanta.
PAUL BURRELL TO SPEAK ON ROYAL WEDDINGS AT KALATY PARTY DURING ATLANTA RUG MARKET
NEW YORK – Kalaty Rug Corp. will host a cocktail party Thursday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at its AmericasMart showroom, 4-G-14. The event will feature British lifestyle expert Paul Burrell, who will make a presentation on "Royal Weddings Past and Present."
LINON TO FEATURE FURNITURE COLLECTIONS AT AMERICASMART MINEOLA, NY – Linon Home Décor will feature a permanent display of furniture in its AmericasMart showroom 6-G-6 during the Jan. Atlanta International Area Rug Market. The furniture carries both the Linon branding and the Powell Furniture name.
LOLOI OFFERS GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE I-GEAR AT WINTER MARKETS
DALLAS – Loloi Rugswill offer free i-gear in a gift-with-purchase promotion for retailers who place orders during the Atlanta International Area Rug and Las Vegas Markets. Depending on the size of the order, customers may receive a free AppleiPad or MacBook Air.
SURYA CONTINUES YEAR LONG 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will continue its year-long 35th Anniversary celebration during the January Las Vegas market with a party Monday, Jan. 24 at its World Market Center showroom, B-370. The event, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music.
golden mattress to debut on americasmart 4th floor
ATLANTA – Golden Mattress will open a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom on the fourth floor of AmericasMart as part of the mart's expansion of its Home offerings. The company will show in Building One, space 4-F-1 during this week's Gift, Home and Rug Markets.
SMYRNA TRADING ADDS FURNITURE TO PRODUCT PRESENTATION
ATLANTA -- Rug vendor Smyrna Trading is launching Smyrna Home in its sixth floor showroom (6-F-9) in the AmericasMart Area Rug Product Center, according to Chas Sydney, senior vice president of AmericasMart.
Americasmart atlanta january 2011 marketS open on schedule
ATLANTA – The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market opened today, on time and on schedule for its full-week run. Showrooms were ready for business and retailers registered across all four AmericasMart buildings, according to AmericasMart management. The Jan. 12, 2011 Market Opening Day kicks off AmericasMart’s 50th-anniversary year.
Party Host Amir Loloi, left, with Dave Mink, Sr. and Keith Arlinghaus. Loloi is president of Loloi Rugs and Arlinghaus just joined the company as northeast regional sales manager. Mink is president of the Mink Co., which operates all Macy's rug departments.
More Atlanta Market Stories and Pix coming sooooon!
ATLANTA RUG MARKET IN HIGH GEAR BUYERS READY, WILLING AND ABLE
Steve Finkelstein, center, of Couristan, welcomes Penney's buyer Charlene Robnett, left, and Kay Ruffin, Penney's senior assistant buyer.
ATLANTA --After seriously bad ice and snow caused some early travel-related delays, the Atlanta International Rug Market was in full swing on Friday. Retailers were eager to buy fresh, colorful merchandise, and vendors were ready with a large assortment of new products. More market business analysis coming over the next few days.
RUG BIZ FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE -- LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS
The Rug Biz Fantasy Football League conducted a solemn Awards Ceremony honoring Steve Boodakian as the winningest make-believe owner in the league. The award is a solid wood football complete with engraved names of winners. On hand for the ceremony were, left to right: Jeff DeSantis and Chuck Cashin of Amici Imports; David Snedecker of Nebraska Furniture Mart, Omaha; Steve Boodakian of Artisan Rug Restoration, and Gary Cissell of Nebraska Furniture Mart. You can tell these guys are real Fantasy Fanatics, the ceremony was held on the first day of the Atlanta International Rug Market. We tried to be there in person, but the snow and gloom of night kinda got in the way.
More good market reports coming throughout the day!
AND THE WINNER IS! ATLANTA RUG SHOWROOMS HAVE PRIZE DRAWINGS
AMER DRAWING FOR I-PAD: Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com had the honor of drawing the winning name in Amer's I-Pad give-away. The winner was Leslie Pennington, Grigsby Rug Gallery, Tulsa, OK. Amer execs presiding over the festivities were Tanuj Gupta and Monika Chaudhry Gupta.
Click here to see Leslie accepting her I-Pad. And ALL the Atlanta People Pix.
KALEEN DRAWING FOR MINI-COOPER CAR: Joe Barkley, executive vice president of Kaleen, holds basket of entries while Kirti Rathi chooses the lucky winner: Pam Christoff of Christoff & Sons, Jackson, MI. There were nearly 400 entries in the Kaleen promotion which was kicked off July 15, 2010 and ran right up to Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
SAFAVIEH TO DEBUT RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION IN LAS VEGAS
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will debut its Ralph Lauren collection in its World Market Center showroom 101, during Las Vegas Market, Jan. 24 to 28. The company will host daily cocktail receptions in celebration of the new line at 4:30 p.m. as well as serving breakfast and lunch daily during market.
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RIZZY HOME OPENS NEW 7W NEW YORK SHOWROOM AT JANUARY GIFT MARKET
Ribbon Cutting ceremonies Sunday, Jan. 30 at Rizzy's new 7W NY Showroom, from left: Shamsu Ansari, Mark Ferullo and Sheila Altenstadter and Rizwan Ansari from Rizzy, and Chris Collins, general manager of 7W. Peeking out from the back are Deepak Bajracharya of New Horizon Carpet Industry, Kathmandu, Nepal and Sheila Charton of 7W.
NEW YORK – Rizzy Home has opened a permanent New York showroom at 7 W 34th St., suite 733. The company will have its first New York showing at the Gift & Home Textiles Market, Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, according to Mark Ferullo, vice president of Rizzy.
VEGAS IS WHERE IT'S HAPPENING! FURNITURE AND FLOORING FOLKS SHOP WORLD MARKET CENTER AND SURFACES
Sphinx Opening Night Bash at World Market Center: Sam Belak, left, OW regional manager, and Mike Riley, right, president of Oriental Weavers of America, welcome Wendy Fried, center, president of G. Fried in Westbury, NY. Wendy is in town to shop both the World Market Center and Surfaces. Sphinx and several other rug suppliers are also exhibiting at both shows.
SURFACES IS THE BIG VEGAS BASH FOR FLOOR COVERING FOLKS
Momeni returns to Surfaces with new broadloom line. Ali Momeni, left, and Reza Momeni, right, introduce broadloom carpet line to retailers Javid Hakakian and Sima Hakakian of J&S Designer Flooring, Morristown, NJ.
LAS VEGAS -- In three markets and three weeks, rug professionals have been able to get a pretty good handle on what is happening at all levels of the retail business. No one is kidding themselves that the good old days have magically returned, but almost everyone sees hopeful signs that things are at least getting better. At least it's not getting worse. Non-traditional patterns now dominate and brighter colors are giving a more cheerful look to rug showrooms.
RALPH LAUREN RUGS MAKE DEBUT AT NEW SAFAVIEH BOUTIQUE SHOWROOM
Safavieh officially kicked off its partnership with Ralph Lauren at a Thursday evening ribbon cutting in honor of the new 3,000 sq. ft. boutique showroom in AmericasMart. Big-wigs at the ceremony included, from left: Stephen Earle, senior vice president of Ralph Lauren Home; Jeff Portman, president of AmericasMart; Arash Yaraghi and Cyrus Yaraghi, principals of Safavieh.
CUMBERLAND, RI – Manny Martins has been named to the newly created position of vice president of operations for International Textile Manufacturing (ITM). He will report to Ed Pires, chief operating officer of the braided rug specialist.
CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. has begun a series of organizational expansions, totaling approximately 725 new positions over the next two years. This will help support the growth of macys.com and bloomingdales.com, according to Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the retail company.
DALLAS, TX – The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) has been formed here. The association is dedicated to advancing the art and science of rug care, educating rug care professionals, raising consumer awareness about quality rug care, and cultivating relationships with leaders in rug care-related industries.
SAFAVIEH TO KICK OFF RALPH LAUREN LINE WITH RIBBON CUTTING, COCKTAIL PARTY IN NEW 3,000 SQ. FT. LAUREN SHOWROOM
ATLANTA -- Safavieh will officially launch its Ralph Lauren licensed rug program Thursday, Jan. 13 at a 5 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at the new 3,000 sq. ft. Ralph Lauren rug showroom within Safavieh's AmericasMart showroom, 5-A-2. The ceremony will be followed by a gala cocktail party celebrating the new partnership. All retailers attending the International Area Rug Market market are invited to the event.
SURYA BEGINS YEAR LONG 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH GALA DINNER IN ATLANTA
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will kick off its year-long 35th Anniversary celebration during the January market with a party Friday, Jan. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom . The event, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will include cocktails, dinner and live music.
PORT WASHINGTON, NY--Safavieh has unveiled its newly-redesigned website. The new website incorporates state of the art technology that the company says is on par with the most innovative sites in the home furnishings industry.
DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries and HGTV will launch an exclusive flooring line labeled “HGTV Home-Flooring by Shaw.” The licensing partnership includes area rugs as well as carpet, hardwood and laminate, according to Randy Merritt, Shaw president. The new program will be officially launched at the Shaw Aligned Stores Convention in Orlando at the end of January. But retailers attending last week's Atlanta International Rug Market got a preview of the new HGTV rug collections.
CALHOUN, GA – Rizzy Home has entered into a partnership with Iconix /Waverly to produce a line of rugs. The rugs will include hand tufted, hand hooked and printed constructions. They will be aimed at the department and specialty store retail channels.
DALLAS – Loloi Rugs was presented with the ARTS Award for Rug Manufacturer of the Year at the 22nd Annual ARTS Awards Gala, held Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Dallas Trade Mart. This is the second ARTS Awards win and seventh nomination for the six-year-old rug firm, according to Steven Loloi, vice president.
LMS DESIGN GROUP TO OPEN SHOWROOM AT LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER
LAS VEGAS – LMS Design Group will open a 5,000 sq. ft. showroom inside Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas, according to LouAnn Sanoff, a company principal. The showroom will debut during the Las Vegas market, Jan. 24 to 28 and will remain open year-around.