'SMALL IS THE NEW BIG' AS RUG VENDORS OFFER PRODUCT COORDINATES FOR INDEPENDENT FURNITURE RETAILERS
By Lissa Wyman
HIGH POINT, NC - "Small is the new big.€VbCrLf That's how Satya Tiwari, president of Surya Rugs, describes the philosophy behind his company's new product coordinates program. Surya and several other vendors are offering a variety of rug, furniture and accessory packages that make it easier for smaller stores to coordinate multiple products and offer customers a total room.
CAPEL EXTENDS LEASE IN ATLANTA; REMODELED SPACE TO OPEN IN JANUARY
ATLANTA- Capel Rugs has signed a new five-year lease with AmericasMart Atlanta and is currently in the process of renovating its Sixth Floor showroom, according to AmericasMart. Capel will kick off its 90th Anniversary in January at its newly-renovated showroom, 6F2.
FEIZY KICKS OFF YEAR-LONG 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Paul Chapman, president and vice chairman of ABC Carpet & Home, congratulates John Feizy, founder and president of Feizy Rug as company kicks off 35th Anniversary celebration with gala dinner at High Point Market.
HIGH POINT, NC -- Rug exhibitors at High Point had some show -stopping product presentations that helped bring retailers into the showroom and gave them merchandising ideas they could use on their own sales floors.
High Point Market Business Wrap-Up: TRAFFIC CONTINUES TO DECLINE, BUT BUSINESS WAS WRITTEN AT FALL MARKET
By Lissa Wyman
HIGH POINT- Rug vendors did not come to High Point with high expectations, so it was no surprise that traffic was sparse. Most noticeably, the small independent furniture retailers were not in attendance, and even the larger stores brought less staff.
SAFAVIEH MARTHA STEWART RUG FEATURED ON TODAY SHOW SEGMENT
NEW YORK -- A Martha Stewart rug by Safavieh was featured on a segment of NBC's Today show Tuesday, Oct. 9 as Al Roker interviewed Sarah Humphreys, editor of Blueprint magazine, which is produced by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.To see a video of the Today Show segment, click here
Rugnews.com Editorial: BEWARE OF "DOWN AND DIRTY" INDUSTRY STATISTICAL DATA
By Lissa Wyman A couple weeks ago, a stranger called me and explained he was a friend of a good industry friend of mine. Could I help him? He had recently gone into the consulting business and a client of his was considering entering the wholesale rug business.
High Point Market Seminar Report: MAKING MONEY BY USING DIRECT MARKETING CAMPAIGNS
By Janelle Lampp
HIGH POINT, NC -- Direct marketing can have a direct impact on the bottom line of every retailer. That is the message delivered by David Lesniak, president of Imtek Direct Marketing, Bridgeport, NJ, at a seminar during the recent High Point market.
YORK, PA - The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. has launched a new e-commerce business which will be accessible through the websites of the company's nameplates store, including Bergner's, The Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers.
RUGNEWS.COM LAUNCHES SERIES ON INDUSTRY'S COOLEST WEBSITES
Beginning today, Rugnews.com is launching a new series on how the rug industry is harnessing the power of the Internet to bring the message of beautiful rugs to the world.
We will explore websites at every level of the business, including vendors, Internet retailers and bricks-and-mortar retailers.
If you are super-proud of your website and want it featured on Rugnews.com, please contact us today. Give us your web address and write us an e-mail telling us some details of your web strategy. Contact Lwyman@rugnews.com
High Point Seminar Report: DO-IT-YOURSELF DECORATING TREND OFFERS CHALLENGES FOR DESIGNERS; OLD MARK-UP MODELS DON'T WORK
By Janelle Lampp
The American consumer wants to do it herself. That doesn't bode well for the high-end interior design community. That was the message delivered by Lloyd Princeton, a New York-based management consultant to interior designers and architects in a seminar at the recent High Point Market.
THOMASSON TO HEAD NEW CCA GLOBAL BUSINESS TRANSITION DIVISION
MANCHESTER, NH - CCA Global Partners has formed a new business transition services division that will assist members either to sell their business or transition their business to the next generation. Ronnie Thomasson, will head the new divisions as senior vice president. Thomasson was formerly senior vice president of the CCA Global Partner University.
VENDORS: GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT FOR OUR FALL FASHION FEATURE
In the next few days, Rugnews.com will be publishing a major story on fashion trends in rugs and home furnishings. We have plenty of images in our files, which gives us a good snapshot of where the industry stands in terms of color and style. However, we can ALWAYS use more input.
Send us an image of one of your best sellers, along with information on construction, yarn content, country of origin and suggested retail price for 5x8 or 6x9. E-mail the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
Designer Thom Filicia speaking in Scottsdale on "Decorating from the Floor Up."
DALTON, GA - Designer Thom Filicia, in partnership with Karastan and Wear-Dated Carpet Fiber, recently took his interactive workshop, €˜Decorating from the Floor Up' to consumer audiences in Phoenix and Seattle.
EXHIBITION OF RARE TAPESTRIES ON VIEW AT NY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
January and February. From a set of the Allegory of Time Design by Jan van den Hoecke with Pieter Thijs and Adriaen van Utrecht, ca. 1647-50. Woven in the workshop of Everaert Leyniers III, Brussels, ca. 1650. Wool, silk, and gilt-metal-wrapped thread; 12 ft. 4 3/8 in. x 14 ft. 9 1/4 in. (377 x 450 cm). Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has mounted one of the world's first exhibitions devoted to the golden age of tapestry. Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor is on view now through Jan. 6, 2008 at the museum's second floor Tisch Galleries. For an overview of the exhibit, click here.
RENAISSANCE REVIVES TAPESTRY ART WITH FINE REPRODUCTIONS
Bergi Andonian and Jeffrey Soleimani with one of | Renaissance's antique tapestry reproductions.
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art's current exhibition of Baroque tapestries is being hailed as a re-discovery of the art of pictorial weaving. But Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries has been a champion of the art since the company's founding in 1989.
2008 DOMOTEX HANNOVER SHOW EXPECTS BOOST IN ATTENDANCE
HANNOVER, GERMANY - Domotex Hannover expects to surpass its 2007 attendance figures, according to Deutsche Messe AG, organizer of Domotex. 1,400 exhibiting companies will take part in the upcoming show, running Jan. 12 to15, 2008, at the Hannover Fairgrounds here.
FEW IN RUG INDUSTRY WOULD FEEL BIG IMPACT IF PROPOSED EMBARGO ON IRANIAN PRODUCTS GOES INTO EFFECT
By Lissa Wyman
If proposed trade sanctions against Iran are passed by the Senate, Iranian rugs will once again be barred from legal entry to the US. However, the effect on the American rug industry will be minimal, according to rug importers.
GLOBAL ATTITUDES STUDY REVEAL PEOPLE FEAR IMMIGRATION
GREENSBORO, NC - A recent study on consumer attitudes about globalization reveals that people are fearful about foreign immigration to their countries, according to the Herman Trend Alert, a trend firm based here.