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.
RESTORATION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION TRANSFERS RUG SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION TO ASSOCIATION OF RUG CARE SPECIALISTS
DALLAS, TX – The boards of directors of the Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS) and the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) have agreed to transfer ownership of the Certified Rug Specialist certification program (CRS) from RIA to ARCS effective January 4, 2012.
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.
JAUNTY TO HOST DAILY SPECIALS AT NEW ATLANTA SHOWROOM
LOS ANGELES – Jaunty will celebrate the grand opening of its new AmericasMart showroom with several market specials and events during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, set for Jan. 12 to Jan .15. The new showroom is located at AmericasMart showroom 5-F-1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
JAIPUR AND LOLOI ARE RUG DESIGN WINNERS OF DALLAS ARTS AWARDS DALLAS – Jaipur Rugs and Loloi Rugs were winners of the Dallas Market Center Arts Award gala event held Saturday, January 21 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HARRISBURG, PA – Shauna Snyder has been named to the newly-created position of director of accents and accessories for Furniture First. She will report to Tony Moretti, vice president of merchandising.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.