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2011 JANUARY

  • 01012011 Top 25 Rugnews.com News Stories of 2010

    Rugnews.com Top News Stories of 2010:
    RUG INDUSTRY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF
    TOUGH TIMES WITH DIVERSIFICATION

    By Lissa Wyman

    As the Great Recession lingered through 2010, "Diversify or Die" became more than just a slogan for the rug industry.


  • 01142011 Rugnews.com Celebrates 10 Years


    RUGNEWS.COM CELEBRATES
    10TH ANNIVERSARY

    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.


  • 01162011 Americas Magnificent Carpet Awards


    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


Markets
  • 01052011 AmericasMart Home Celebrates 50 Years with New and Newly Expanded Space

    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.


  • 01052011 Kalaty Rug to Host Cocktail Party at Americasmart

    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."


  • 01052011 Linon to Feature Powell Furniture at Americasmart

    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.


  • 01072011 Linon to host Greek Party at Atlanta Rug Market

    LINON TO HOST GREEK PARTY
    EVERY DAY AT ATLANTA MARKET

    MINEOLA, NY – Linon Home Décor will host a Greek party every evening during the Atlanta Market in its AmericasMart showroom 6-G-6 . The market takes place Jan. 13 to 16, 2011.


  • 01072011 Loloi Offers Gift with Purchase Promotion at AT and LV Markets

    LOLOI OFFERS GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE
     I-GEAR AT WINTER MARKETS

    DALLAS – Loloi Rugs will 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 Apple iPad or MacBook Air. 


  • 01102011 Surya Continues Year Long Celebration in Las Vegas

    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.


  • 01112011 Golden Mattress to Make Debut on Rug Floor at Atlanta Market

    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.


  • 01112011 Smyrna Trading Diversified Product Mix

    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.


  • 01122011 AmericasMart Atlanta Jan. Markets Open as Scheduled

    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.


     

  • 01142011 Atlanta People Pix Loloi-Mink-Arlinghaus

    PARTY TIME AT AMERICASMART!

    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!



  • 01152011 Couristan -Penney People Pic

     

    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.


  • 01172011 Fantasy Football Awards Goes to Steve Boodakian


    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!

     



  • 01201011 Prizes Awarded in Amer and Kaleen Showrooms in Atlanta

    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.

     


  • 01202011 Safavieh to Debut Ralph Lauren Collection at LV Market

    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.


  • 01212011 AmericasMagnificent Carpets Pictures


    MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARDS:
    PEOPLE PIX


    Oriental Weavers' Jonathon Witt, Pat Muschamp and
    Butch Kives enjoy industry fellowship at Americas Magnificent Carpet Awards reception.


    Winners All!

    See Magnificent Carpet Award
    People Pix AND Winning Rugs

    Click here 

     


  • 01212011 Las Vegas Parties


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET 

    LAS VEGAS - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Las Vegas market. Check out our list of party places for Jan. 24 to 28, 2011.
     


    Details, click here
  • 01212011 Rizzy Home Opens New York showroom

     

     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.


  • 01252011 Las Vegas Opening Night Party OW Sphinx-Fried

    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.

    Click here
    For ALL the Las Vegas People Pix
     


  • 01262011 Surfaces Intro Pic Momeni

    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.

    For ALL the Las Vegas People Pix,
    Click here


     

    By Lissa Wyman

    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.


  • 1142011 Opening Day Atlanta Pictures Safavieh Ribbon Cutting

    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.

    More Atlanta Pix and news coming soooon!
     


People
  • 01052011 ITM Names Martins VP of Operations

    ITM NAMES MARTINS
    VP OF OPERATIONS 

    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.


  • 01122011 Arlinghaus Joins Loloi as Northeast Sales Manager

    LOLOI APPOINTS ARLINGHAUS
    NORTHEAST REGIONAL SALES MGR.

    DALLAS -- Keith Arlinghaus has been named northeast regional sales manager for Loloi Rugs, according to Amir Loloi, founder and president . The appointment is effective immediately.


Products
Retailers
  • 01042011 Macy's to Expand ECommerce Organization

    MACY’S, INC TO EXPAND
    E-COMMERCE ORGANIZATION

    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.


  • 01112011 Rug Care Specialist Launch New Trade Assoc

    RUG CARE SPECIALISTS
    LAUNCH NEW TRADE ASSOCIATION
     

    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.   


Vendors
  • 01052011 Kas Kicks off New Marketing Programs for 2011

    KAS KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH
    NEW MARKETING PROGRAMS 

    SOMERSET, NJ -- Kas is taking an aggressive marketing stance for 2011 with the introduction of several new programs including Facebook, an updated website and a new catalog.


  • 01062011 Safavieh Kicks Off Ralph Lauren Partnership with Ribbon Cutting and Cocktail Party

    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.


  • 01082011 Surya Begins Year-Long 35th Anniversary Celebration

    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.


  • 01122010 New Safavieh Website

    SAFAVIEH UNVEILS NEWLY
    REDESIGNED WEB SITE
     

    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. 


  • 01182011 Shaw to Introduce HGTV Collection

    SHAW TO INTRODUCE
    HGTV HOME COLLECTION
     

    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.


  • 01192011 Rizzy Enters into Partnership with Waverly

    RIZZY HOME ENTERS INTO
    PARTNERSHIP WITH WAVERLY 

    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.


  • 01242011 Loloi Rugs Wins Annual ARTS Award

    LOLOI RUGS WINS 
    DALLAS ARTS AWARD

    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.


  • 01702011 LMS to Open Showroom at LV Design Center

    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.


















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