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2006 February

  • 02222006 Wyman Speaks to Indian Export Group
    RUGNEWS.COM  ADDRESSES INDIA CARPET EXPORT GROUP AT DELHI CARPET FAIR
     


    Dr. S.K. Chaudhuri, directorof the India/Southeast Asia division of The Woolmark Co., with Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com, at the India Carpet Expo in New Delhi.

    PEOPLE PIX FROM DELHI, CLICK HERE
     


    NEW DELHI -- "There are no official figures on the size of the U.S. rug market, but it is probably much smaller than you think it is." That was the message brought to the Indian Carpet  Export Promotion Council  by  Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com.


Markets
  • 02022006 Las Vegas Market Rug Biz
    TWO LAS VEGAS EVENTS PUT RUGS
    IN A UNIQUE MARKETING POSITION


    At Surfaces: Taylor Hastie, director of design and trend analysis and Jeanne Love, product merchant for soft flooring of Expo Design Center; Rita Karmiol, sales vp for Nourison, and Stephen Peykar, Nourison principal.


    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- The rug industry was in a unique marketing position this week, with showrooms at both the Las Vegas World Market Center and the annual Surfaces floor covering expo at the Sands Convention Center.

  • 02032006 Mohamed Farid and LSW Las Vegas Pic
     

    VIVA LAS VEGAS MARKETS

    Mohamed Farid, left, chairman of Oriental Weavers Worldwide joins Rugnews.com's Lissa Wyman at Las Vegas Surfaces event on Thursday.
    MORE PEOPLE PIX LATER! 


  • 02032006 Safavieh Opens Thomas Obrien Showroom Addition
     

    SAFAVIEH EXTENDS ATLANTA SPACE
    FOR PERMANENT GALLERY SETTING  
    OF THOMAS  O'BRIEN COLLECTION

    Safavieh's new collection of Thomas O'Brien rugs are now exhibited in a permanent gallery setting in Atlanta.Participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Safavieh's 2,000 sq. ft. showroom addition  included. from left, Chas Sydney, AmericasMart senior vp; designer Thomas O'Brien; Ahmad Yaraghi and Arash Yaraghi of Safavieh; Keith Kancar of Thomas OBrien,  and Cyrus Yaraghi of Safavieh.
     


  • 02042006 Bulletin on Las Vegas Markets
     

    First Report on Las Vegas Surfaces and WMC:
    SEPARATE SHOWS, SEPARATE AUDIENCES,
    BOTH BIG WINNERS

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Surfaces and the new World Market Center both scored solid victories at separate events here this week.

    Floor covering people came to Surfaces. Furniture and accessories people came to the World Market Center. Some Surfaces attendees made the $15 cab ride to check out  the downtown Las Vegas World Market Center, but there was little cross-over between the two shows.

    Many rug vendors want to reach both channels of distribution, so the future of both shows could be quite interesting for the rug industry.

    A full report on  what exhibitors have to say about  all the Winter markets will appear on www.rugnews.com in the coming days.

    Stay tuned.

     


  • 02142006 Wools of New Zealand Contest Winners
    STANTON, RODEO AND TISCA TIARA WIN WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND'S FASHION COMPETITION

    LAS VEGAS -- Stanton, Rodeo and Tisca Tiara were the winning vendors in  Wools of New Zealand's Fashion Dynamics Competition held at the recent Surfaces Floor Covering Exposition.  Nearly 500 retailers  voted for Best Overall Product in both tufted and woven constructions and Best Color Line.


  • 02262006 ICFF to Hold Juried Event

    ICFF CALLS FOR NEW DESIGNS  FOR JURIED EVENT AT CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR

    WHITE PLAINS, NY -- ICFF Studio, a juried addition to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, will be inaugurated at the annual home furnishings design event.


People
Products
  • 02202006 Market Design Trends
    Winter Market Style Trends:
    VENDORS TAKING  BIG DESIGN RISKS
    TO BE ON CUTTING EDGE OF  FASHION

    By Lissa Wyman

    As rugs spread through every retail price point and selling channel,  vendors are relying on  creativity to set their products apart from the competition. This season, producers are taking greater design risks to achieve the winning combination of beauty, salability and value.
     
    Click here for an analysis of the new looks of Winter Markets.



Retailers
  • 02052006 Buy Rugs Direct Expands into Catalog Sales

    BUY RUGS DIRECT EXPANDS
    INTO CATALOG SALES

    SUDBURY, MA - Buy Rugs Direct, Inc. has expanded its sales channels to include catalog sales.  The company will be releasing its first catalog in the first quarter of this year. 


  • 02142006 Boscovs Buys Some Federated Stores
    BOSCOV'S TO ACQUIRE 10 FEDERATED STORES IN PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND AND NEW JERSEY

    CINCINNATI -- Federated Department Stores, Inc. and Boscov's, Inc. of Reading, PA,  announced they have signed an agreement for Boscov's to acquire 10 mall department store locations from Federated. 


  • 02172006 Carpet One to Debut Convention for Sales Professionals
     

    CARPET ONE TO DEBUT CONVENTION
     FOR RETAIL SALES PROFESSIONALS

    MANCHESTER, NH -- Carpet One will conduict its  first Retail Sales Professional (RSP) Convention this month in conjunction with its bi-annual member convention in Anaheim, CA, Feb. 22 to 24.


  • 02172006 Westfield to Acquire 15 Federated Stores

    WESTFIELD GROUP TO ACQUIRE 15
    MALL STORES FROM FEDERATED

    CINCINNATI--The Westfield Group has signed an agreement to  acquire 15 mall department store locations from Federated Department Stores, Inc.


Vendors
  • 02092006 Loloi Rugs Feature
    PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION A PRIORITY
     AS LOLOI ENTERS NEW RETAIL CHANNELS 

    DALLAS -- Product development and diversification are top priorities as Loloi Rugs branches into a variety of retail distribution channels.


     

  • 02122006 Hand Knot Colors Becoming More Fashion Oriented

    HAND KNOT COLORS BECOMING
    MORE FASHION ORIENTED


    Bashian


    Ebisons


    Feizy

    By Arthur Douglas Thayer

    ATLANTA -- Hand knotted rugs are considered to be the ultimate in quality and  fashion, yet getting the right colors for the high end market continues to be a challenge.


     

  • 02162006 Couristan Honored with Two IDG Awards

    IDG HONORS COURISTAN WITH AWARDS
    FOR PARTNERSHIP AND PRODUCT
    FT. LEE, NJ --Couristan  has been named Partner Supplier of the Year and has also received the Dabbieri award from  the International Design Guild and its affiliated member showrooms.


  • 02262006 Shalom Introduces Volume Buying

    SHALOM BROTHERS INTRODUCES
    VOLUME BUYING PROGRAM

    NEW YORK -- Shalom Brothers has introduced a new volume buying program for retail customers buying in large quantities.


  • 02282006 OW Group Expanding Worldwide

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS GROUP EXPANDING
    PRINTING AND AXMINSTER CAPACITY

    CAIRO, EGYPT -- Oriental Weavers Group, Ltd., is significantly expanding production worldwide,  according to Mohamed Farid, chairman.


















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