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2012 JANUARY

  • 01012012 Top Rugnews.com Stories of 2011

    RUGNEWS.COM CELEBRATES 2012
    WITH A LOOK AT THE INDUSTRY'S MOST IMPORTANT 2011 NEWS STORIES
     
     
    By Lissa Wyman
     

     In 2011, the Great Recession continued to wreak havoc on the rug business (and the entire home furnishings business). But there were glimmers of hope that the worst is behind us. The top Rugnews.com news stories reflect the hard work of 2011 and the forward momentum that has been established for 2012. We thank all our readers who helped us make the top picks. Hope you enjoy our choices.
     
     Happy New Year!


  • 01102012 Wyman Not Attending Markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas

    WYMAN CARTED OFF TO HOSPITAL
    SO WON'T SEE YOU THIS MARKET SEASON


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- I was carted off to NYU Hospital with pneumonia on Monday night  so I won't be seeing my dear rug business friends in Atlanta and Las Vegas. I have an Internet connection at the hospital and plan to follow the fun and continue to launch news about the rug business every day.


Markets
  • 01052012 Kaleen to Host Cocktail Party at AmericasMart

    KALEEN ATLANTA COCKTAIL PARTY
    FEATURES MARIACHI BAND

    DALTON, GA – Kaleen Rugs will host a Mariachi Band and serve food, beer and wine Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13 starting at 3:30 p.m. in its AmericasMart showroom 3-C-9 during the Atlanta Area Rug Market.


  • 01082012 Atlanta Parties
     


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR ATLANTA RUG MARKET 

    ATLANTA - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Atlanta Area Rug market. Check out our list of party places for January 12 to 15, 2012.
     


    Details, click here
  • 01092012 Jaipur to Host Rug Giveaway during Atlanta Rug Market

    JAIPUR TO HOST RUG GIVEAWAY
    CONTEST AT
    ATLANTA RUG MARKET

    NORCROSS, GA – Jaipur will give away Animal Instinct, a zebra print rug of hand-tufted wool and viscose from its Midtown collection by Raymond Waites. The winner will be announced during the company’s daily “global inspirations” luncheon and cocktail event on Friday, Jan. 13 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Jaipur showroom, l3-C-15.


  • 01112012 Safavieh to Launch Jamie Drake Collection in Las Vegas

    SAFAVIEH TO LAUNCH JAMIE DRAKE
    COLLECTION IN LAS VEGAS
     

    Alhambra by Jamie Drake for Safavieh

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will introduce a new collection of eight Jamie Drake rugs at the company’s World Market Center showroom, Space A-101 during Las Vegas Market, Monday Jan. 30 to Friday, Feb 3.  


  • 01122012 Opening Day in Atlanta

    OPENING DAY IN ATLANTA

    from left to right: Vicki Rhodes, marketing director, Rug Decor and Floor Trader, Gulfport, Gautier, Mobile; Melanie Hayim, Rug Decor Partners, general manager; Debbie Plott, buying group manager, Shaw Living and Sue Ann Burke, executive buyer, Rug Decor Partners 


    Details, click here

  • 01142012 AmericasMart Honors Top Retailers and Americas Magnificent Carpet Awards

    AMERICASMART HONORS TOP
    RETAILERS AND RUG DESIGNS

    Winners of Rug Industry Awards Gala

    ATLANTA - In an expanded format for 2012, AmericasMart honored three of America's top rug retailers as well as America's Magnificent Carpets. The all-industry awards gala was held Friday, Jan 13 during the January International Rug Market.


  • 01172012 AmericasMart Announces Winter Market Visual Display Award Winners

    AMERICASMART ANNOUNCES WINTER
    MARKET VISUAL DISPLAY AWARD WINNERS

    ATLANTA - Capel (6-F-2), Marcella (5-C-10), Loloi (4-C-7) and Kaleen (3-C-9) were Rug Center winners of the Americas Mart Visual Display Awards presented during the Atlanta International Rug Market, held here Jan. 12 to 15, 2012.


  • 01192012 Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor to Offer New Programs for March Market

    DOMOTEX ASIA/CHINAFLOOR TO OFFER
    NEW PROGRAMS FOR MARCH MARKET

    SHANGHAI, CHINA – Domotex Asia/Chinafloor continues to grow with new educational programs, new exhibitors as well as an enhanced site layout and services to extend business and networking opportunities for the domestic and international trade visitors.


  • 01202012 David Harounian Receives AmericasMart's Highest Honor

    DAVID HAROUNIAN RECEIVES
    AMERICASMART PRESIDENT'S AWARD


    Jeff Portman, left, president of AmericasMart, presents David Harounian, a principal of Harounian Rugs International,  with the AmericasMart President's Award,
    the Mart's highest award. Harounian is only the third
    person to receive the Award, which was given to honor Harounian's service and dedication to the rug industry.
     



  • 01232012 Tayse Ribbon Cutting at AmericasMart New Showroom

     

    GRAND OPENING OF TAYSE SHOWROOM
    AT AMERICASMART ATLANTA

    Tayse principal Jay Dogan, third from left, does the ribbon cutting honors at Tayse's first permanent AmericasMart Showroom, space 3-E-3. Joining in the festivities are, from left: Harlee Bailee, Tayse inside sales manager, Greg Stafford. territory manager for Georgia and North and South Carolina and Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of AmericasMart.


  • 01242012 Kas 30th Anniversary Party in Atlanta

     

    KAS CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
    WITH ATLANTA PARTY


    Kas execs and staff, from left: Vee Curfman, territory manager;  Don Newton, vice president of sales; Kas president  Rao Yarlagadda; exec vp Hari Tummala; Wendy Reiss, key account manager of sales and marketing,
      and Rob McMenemy, territory manager.

     
    From left:
    Jim Ford, Kas Florida agent with  Joe and Auria Kohler, Home Fashion by Tiffany, Pompano Beach, FL


  • 01242012 Ribbon Cutting at Azra Imports

    AMERICASMART RIBBON CUTTING
    AT NEW AZRA IMPORTS SHOWROOM


    At new Azra Imports Showroom, from left, Jason Kramer and company principal Naheed Mir do ribbon cutting honors while AmericasMart vp Kevin Malkiewicz
    looks on. Azra's first AmericasMart showroom is
    located in space 4-E-10.
     


  • 01252012 Nexus Rugs Wins Best Modern Collection at Domotex

    NEXUS RUGS WINS BEST MODERN COLLECTION
    AWARD AT DOMOTEX HANNOVER
     

    From left to right: Nexus principals 
    Vikram Kapoor,
    David Samad and Malcolm Samad

    HANNOVER, GERMANY– Nexus Rugs’ Jazz collection won the award for Best Collection – Modern  Design during the January Domotex show held here Jan. 14 to 17, 2012.


  • 01252012 Pictures from Surfaces Floor Covering Expo

    SURFACES FLOOR COVERING EXPO
    KICKS OFF IN LAS VEGAS

    Couristan is always one of the busiest booths at the Surfaces event. John Motil, left, of Couristan shows carpet line to Tracey Stacey of Carroll's Carpets, Lebanon, OH.


    At Tayse:  Company principal Jay Dogan, left, and Sadi Sevimli man the booth at Surfaces Floor Covering Expo.

    Photos kindly supplied by Kim Buckner, H2B Creative, Dalton, GA.
     

     


  • 01252012 Surya to Host Mixer with Designer Angelo Surmelis in Las Vegas

    SURYA TO HOST VEGAS MIXER WITH
    DESIGNER ANGELO SURMELIS

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya will host a meet and greet mixer to kick off its new angelo:Home line from celebrity designer Angelo Surmelis.The event will take place Tuesday, January 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the company’s Las Vegas  World Market Center showroom B-370.


  • 01262012 Capel to Host Kindle Giveaway at Las Vegas Market

    CAPEL TO HOST KINDLE GIVEAWAY
    DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET

    TROY, NC – Capel Rugs will give away a Kindle Fire tablet Monday, January 30 through Wednesday, February 1 in the company’s World Market Center showroom, A-226 during Las Vegas Market.


  • 01262012 Capel to Host Meet and Greet with Gorder


    Genevieve Gorder

    CAPEL TO HOST MEET AND GREET
    WITH DESIGNER
    GENEVIEVE GORDER
     

    TROY, NC – Capel Rugs will host a meet and greet Tuesday, Jan. 31 with celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder in Capel's World Market Center showroom A-226 during Las Vegas Market. She will be in the showroom from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


  • 01262012 Feizy Renews Showroom at Las Vegas Design Center

    FEIZY RENEWS SHOWROOM LEASE
    AT LAS VEGAS DESIGN CENTER

    DALLAS – Feizy Rugs has signed a two-year renewal with World Market Center Las Vegas for its 14,300 sq. ft. showroom C-399 in the Las Vegas Design Center, according to John Feizy, president and chief executive officer. 


  • 01262012 Kas to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at LV Market

    KAS TO CELEBRATE  ANNIVERSARY
    DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET

    SOMERSET, NJ – Kas will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a cocktail party in its World Market Showroom B-570 during the Las Vegas market. The event will take place opening day of market, Monday, Jan. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


     

  • 01272012 Jaipur to Launch Designer Chayse Dacoda Collection in Las Vegas

    JAIPUR TO LAUNCH NEW COLLECTION WITH DESIGNER CHAYSE DACODA IN LAS VEGAS

    Jaipur Foundations collection designed by Chayse Dacoda

    ATLANTA – Jaipur will unveil a new contemporary collection of rugs designed by Chayse Dacoda during Las Vegas Market. Dacoda, known for her work on TLC’s While You Were Out and HGTV’s Get It Together, will join Jaipur for an official launch event on Monday, January 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jaipur's  World Market Center showroom, B-502. 


  • 01272012 Las Vegas Market 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 January 30 to February 3, 2012.


    Details, click here
  • 01272012 Linon Home Decor Expands Las Vegas Showroom

    LINON HOME DÉCOR IN NEW
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM

    MINEOLA, NY – Linon Home Décor Products, Inc. has moved to a 9,700 sq. ft. showroom located in suite A-726 at World Market Center.The move will increase the company's  space by nearly 65%.


  • 01272012 Momeni Expands Las Vegas Showroom

    MOMENI EXPANDS
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM

    CARLSDAD, NJ – Momeni has expanded its Las Vegas World Market Center showroom B-425 to 7,000 sq. ft., according to Reza Momeni, a principal of the company.


  • Nation's Top Retailers at Atlanta Rug Market

    NATION'S TOP RETAILERS
    AT ATLANTA RUG MARKET

    Cyrus Yaraghi, a principal of Safavieh, with Lucy, Jesse, and John Murse of Rugs as Art, Sarasota, FL. Rugs as Art received one of the three Retailer of the Year Awards bestowed at Friday evening's All-Industry Gala.


People
  • 01042012 Drake Named Design Icon at Winter Las Vegas Market

    DRAKE NAMED 2012 DESIGN ICON
    AT WINTER LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – Jamie Drake will be recognized as 2012 Design Icon by World Market Center Las Vegas. The award, which recognizes an interior or furniture designer who has made a significant contribution to the industry, will be presented during the upcoming Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market, Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.


  • 01201012 Shalhoup is Kaleen iPad Winner

    SHALHOUP WINNER OF KALEEN
    iPAD GIVEAWAY PROMOTION

    DALTON, GA – Toni Shalhoup of Daniels Homeport in Kitty Hawk, NC was the winner of the Kaleen iPad promotion during the Atlanta International Rug Market, held in Atlanta January 12 to 15, 2012.


Products
Retailers
  • 01042012 Robb sand Stucky to Open Under New Ownership

    ROBB AND STUCKY REOPENS
    UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

    FORT MYERS, FL – Robb & Stucky International has opened a new 60,000 sq. ft. design studio and retail showroom here, according to Steven Lush, president of Robb & Stucky.


Vendors
  • 01022012 Company Profile: Kas Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    RUGNEWS.COM COMPANY PROFILE:
    KAS CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY


    Kas 30th Anniversary Logo symbolizes the company's commitment as a forward-thinking leader.

    By Lissa Wyman

    SOMERSET, NJ -- Kas will kick off its 30th Anniversary year during the Atlanta International Rug Market with hospitality, market specials and innovative new products. In fact, it is that commitment to innovation that has established Kas's reputation as a style leader  through three decades in the tumultuous rug business.


  • 01092012 Safavieh Enters Lighting Category

    SAFAVIEH TO INTRODUCE
    FIRST LIGHTING COLLECTION

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will preview its first lighting collection to buyers attending the upcoming Las Vegas Market  Monday Jan. 30 to Friday, Feb 3. 2012 at the company’s World Market Center showroom, space A101.


  • 01102012 Feizy Launches Social Media Sites with Rug Giveaway

    FEIZY LAUNCHES SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH
    WITH TRACY PORTER RUG GIVEAWAY
     

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs has launched social media sites on Facebook and Twitter. To celebrate the launch the company is hosting a Tracy Porter rug giveaway, according to Ed Mitre, director of advertising and marketing. 


  • 01122012 Millennium Weavers Unveils TexelWeave Technology

    MILLENNIUM WEAVERS UNVEILS
    TEXELWEAVE TECHNOLOGY

    eMotion collection Effloresce design

    DALTON, GA – Millennium Weavers has unveiled an advancement in design and manufacturing of rugs called TexelWeave, according to Mike Thompson, rug division vice president.  


  • 01132012 Karastan Launches iPad App

    KARASTAN LAUNCHES
    CONSUMER iPAD APP

    DALTON, GA – Karastan has launched an iPad app to make it easier for consumers to take Karastan’s full catalog wherever they go and easily match styles, colors, textures, and patterns as they shop.


  • 01192012 Kaleen Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Dalton Facility

    KALEEN HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT NEW DALTON FACILITY

     Kaleen ribbon cutting ceremony, left to right: Grey Christie, Kaleen regional vice president; David Pennington, Mayor of Dalton, GA; Radhe Rathi, Kaleen ceo; Monty Rathi, Kaleen coo; family members Kirti Rathi, Gaurav and Ruchicka Rathi, and Joe Barkley, Kaleen executive vice president.

    DALTON, GA – Kaleen celebrated its new 125,000 sq. ft. Dalton facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The new state of the executive office and distribution center will house the North America management team along with customer service and distribution.


  • 01242012 Kas Announces Atlanta Drawing Winners

    KAS ANNOUNCE WINNERS
    OF ATLANTA GIVEAWAYS

    SOMERSET, NJ – Kas has announced the winners of its Kindle Fire and Amazon Gift Card giveaway. The drawing was part of Kas Rugs' 30th anniversary celebration held during the recent January Atlanta International Area Rug Market.


  • 01252012 Oriental Weavers Expands Hospitality Segment

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS EXPANDS
    PRODUCTION IN HOSPITALITY DIV. 

    LONDON– Oriental Weavers Hospitality has invested an estimated $30 million in expanding Axminster production in three international locations, according to  Michael Riley, chief executive officer and managing director for OWH.  


  • 09012012 Safavieh to Introduce Hand Hooked Ikat Rugs during AT Market

    SAFAVIEH TO INTRODUCE HAND HOOKED
    IKAT RUGS DURING ATLANTA RUG MARKET

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh will introduce a group of hand hooked ikat  rugs, the company’s first ikat designs  in this construction. To be marketed in Safavieh’s Chelsea hooked collection, the new series will debut at the Atlanta International Rug Market at the company’s AmericasMart showroom, 5-A-2.


















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