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2007 FEBRUARY

  • 01242007ARG Report

    America's Research Group Report:
    CONSUMERS NIX SPENDING
    FOR BIG TICKET ITEMS

    CHARLESTON, SC - Over 40% of shoppers  say that they "don't want to spend the money€VbCrLf when asked why they are putting purchases of $500 or more on hold, according to a survey conducted by America's Research Group (ARG).


  • 02232007 11th ICOC Update

    INTERNATIONAL ORIENTAL RUG PARLEY SET FOR ISTANBUL

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY - The 11th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC), scheduled in Istanbul for April 19 to April 22, 2007, will be showcasing hundreds of examples of carpets and textiles fromTurkey's institutional and private collections. 


Markets
  • 02032007 Surfaces-LVWMC Rug Show

    WORLD MARKET CENTER OR SURFACES?
    MANY RUG VENDORS SHOWING AT BOTH


    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- To show at World Market Center? Or to be at Surfaces? Why not  both?


  • 02062007Woolmark Inspection Service at Surfaces

    WOOLMARK INTERNATIONAL CARPET INSPECTION SERVICE AT SURFACES

    LAS VEGAS - Woolmark  International will showcase the International Carpet Inspection Service at Surfaces, Las Vegas from February 7 to 9 2007. The service offers product and technical expertise in the production, management, pre-delivery inspection and quality control of wool carpet and rugs. 


  • 02072007 Markets: Madness or Genius? Editorial

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    WINTER MARKETS AT MID-POINT
    SHEER MADNESS OR SHEER GENIUS?

    By Lissa Wyman

    The Winter Market season is at it's mid-point. We've had the big hoopla in Atlanta and Las Vegas World Market. Now we're going into the end game at Surfaces and next week's New York Home Textile Market. Are we all nuts? Or are multiple markets a genius way to build our businesses and penetrate new distribution channels and geography?


     

  • 02072007 Surfaces Opening Day Picture and Report

     

    FLOOR COVERING WORLD COMES
    OUT IN FORCE AT VEGAS SURFACES SHOW


    Mark Ferullo, vp of 828 International,right, greets Ron Beyer Sr., vice president of the Century Tile stores headquartered in Lombard, IL.

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- The flooor covering world was out in force at the Surfaces floor covering show, which opened Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center here. Even though many rug vendors had shown last week at the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas, the Surfaces show still attracted a respectable number of rug exhibitors. Full report coming soon.

    People Pix, click here


  • 02142007 Winter Market Wrap Up Surfaces and New York
    SURFACES AND NEW YORK WRAP UP
    SUCCESSFUL WINTER MARKET ROUND


    In New York's Oriental Weavers showroom, Kristin Burr, assistant buyer for JCPenney-Direct Soft Home with Merle Johnson, vice president of national accounts for Oriental Weavers USA.


    By Lissa Wyman

    The Winter market season has ended on a strong note Rug vendors reported good showings at last week's Las Vegas Surfaces and this week's New York Home Textiles Market.


  • 02152007 New York Textiles Market Report
    REPORT FROM NEW YORK:
    BIG BUYERS COME  OUT IN FORCE;
    MASS MARKET OUTLOOK VERY GOOD


    At Orian: Barry G. Kelley, vice president of marketing and merchandising for Orian, with Bob Wilson, buyer and Heather Tabor, allocation analyst, for Fred's, headquartered in Memphis.

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK-- The art of the deal is more important than the art of the rug at the New York Home Textiles Market. Mass market stores were flexing their buying muscles this week as they looked for items to fill specific price points and get the best pricing on volume purchases.


  • 02152007 Nourison Wins Best in Show Award in Wools of New Zealand Surfaces Competition

    NOURISON BROADLOOM LINE WINS
    BEST OF SHOW AWARD IN
    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND COMPETITION

    Nourison accepting Fashion Dynamics award for Best Overall Woven Product, from left:  Nourison Principal Alex Peykar; Wes Connelly, North American area manager for Wools of New Zealand, and Alistair Coleman, chief executive of Wools of New Zealand
     

    Details, click here


  • 02212007 Domotex China Expects 35,000
     

    DOMOTEX ASIA/CHINAFLOOR
    EXPECTS 35,000 VISITORS

    SHANGHAI, CHINA - Over 35,000 floor covering  professionals from more than 50 countries are expected to attend Domotex Asia/China Floor, scheduled for March 28 to 30 at the Shanghai International Exhibition Centre.  


  • 02262007Global Home PreShow Report

    GLOBAL HOME TEXTILES
    SET FOR ORLANDO IN MAY

    ORLANDO, FL - The Global Home Textiles show will take place May 8 to10, 2007, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, according to George Little Management, the show's organizer.


Products
  • 01302007Afghan Impressions Success at AMC

    AMERICAS MART EXHIBIT
    ON AFGHAN RUGS, CRAFTS 

    HAILED AS BIG SUCCESS

    ATLANTA - The AmericasMart exhibit, Afghan Impressions: Area Rug Artistry & Inspiration was one of the big successes of the recent  International Rug Market, according to AmericasMart.


People
  • 02082007Martha Stewart Living Names Talerman

    MARTHA STEWART LIVING NAMES TALERMAN VP SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING 

    NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has named Elizabeth Talerman vice president, senior director of marketing for the merchandising  division.


Retailers
Products
  • 02282007 Miresco to Introduce Trump Home Collection

    MIRESCO SIGNS WITH DONALD J TRUMP
    FOR TRUMP HOME RUG COLLECTION

    Design from the Westchester collection from the new
     Miresco Trump Home licensed program.

    NEW YORK -- The Trump Organization has partnered with Miresco Decorative Rugs to produce a collection of rugs based on the lifestyle of  real estate and television entrepreneur Donald J. Trump.


Vendors
  • 02222007Capel Celebrates 90th Anniversary

    CAPEL CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF RUGS WITH 2007 CATALOG


    TROY, NC - Capel is celebrating its 90th anniversary with the release of a special catalog, which will feature new products for the company's 90th year and a top 90 series featuring the company's 90 best-selling rugs.


Retailers
  • 02142007Carpet One 2nd Retail Sales Convention

    CARPET ONE TO HOLD 
    CONVENTION IN MARCH
    FOR RETAIL SALES PEOPLE


    MANCHESTER, NH - Carpet One Floor & Home will hold its second annual Retail Sales Professional (RSP) Convention in conjunction with its member convention March 5 to 7 in Dallas. 


  • 02222007Carpet One Partners with Reality TV Apprentice

    YOU'RE HIRED! CARPET ONE
    PARTNERS WITH NBC'S
    THE APPRENTICE SHOW
     

     MANCHESTER, NH - Carpet One Floor & Home has partnered with The Apprentice, the  NBC reality TV show. With the assistance of Los Angeles retailer Alpine Carpet One Floor & Home, the company provided 3,600 sq. ft of carpet for the boardroom, where Donald Trump "fires" a contestant each week. 


  • 02272007 Federated to Change Name to Macy's Group

    FEDERATED TO CHANGE CORPORATE
    NAME TO MACY'S GROUP, INC.

    CINCINNATI -- The board of directors of Federated Department Stores, Inc. will ask shareholders to change the company's name to Macy's Group, Inc.


Vendors
  • 02012007Obeetee Appoints Woolmark
     

    OBEETEE APPOINTS WOOLMARK 
    AS CARPET INSPECTION AGENCY

    NEW DELHI, INDIA - Obeetee Pvt. Ltd. has selected The Woolmark Co. as provider of third party Carpet Inspection Services, according to V. R. Sharma, managing director of Obeetee.


  • 02082007Natco Opens Second Overseas Factory

    NATCO TO OPEN SECOND 
    FACTORY IN CHINA

    New Natco factory in China


    WEST WARWICK, RI - Natco Home Fashions will open its second factory in Ningbo, China, according to Michael Litner, president.


  • 02182007Miresco Moves HP Showroom

    MIRESCO TO MOVE HIGHPOINT
    SHOWROOM AND OFFICES

    HOUSTON - Miresco Decorative Rugs is relocating its High Point showroom and offices from 305 North Main St., High Point, NC, to the newly renovated Mill, at 126 Centennial St. The Mill is a companion building to the Hamilton Square complex.


  • 02192007 AICO Enters Rug Business

    FURNITURE IMPORTER AICO
    ENTERS DECORATIVE RUG FIELD

    PICO RIVERA, CA -- Case goods importer AICO (Amini Innovation, Corp.) has introduced a decorative rug program.  Initial designs in the program were introduced at the recent Las Vegas World Market.


People
  • 02112007Nourison Names Russo

    NOURISON NAMES RUSSO
    NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Joe Russo has been promoted to national account executive for Nourison's New England sales department.  He will handle select regional and national accounts, as well as non-traditional retailers and some mass merchants.


















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