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2008 JANUARY

  • 01012008 Top News Stories of 2007

    TOP 20  NEWS STORIES FOR 2007 MARK
    MAJOR CHANGE FOR THE RUG INDUSTRY

    By Lissa Wyman

    The top 20 news stories of 2007 reflect a major shift in direction for the rug industry. This year, vendors began to experiment with new ways to attract business by developing innovative approaches to marketing, merchandising and product coordination.


  • 01092008 Decorating Trends for 2008

    HGTV'S LANGDON GIVES
    DECORATING TRENDS
    TO LOOK  FOR IN 2008

    NEW YORK – With more people becoming more environmentally conscious, the "Green" movement in the home furnishings business is in to stay, according to interior designer Libby Langdon, host of HGTV’s Small Space, Big Style.


Markets
  • 01052008 Peel & Co To Host Party at AMC

    PEEL AND COMPANY TO HOST
    LUNCHEON AT AMERICASMART

    METAIRIE, LA – Peel and company will host a luncheon party Thursday, Jan 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company’s showroom 5D1 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market.


  • 01072007 AMC List of Ribbon Cuttings, events

    EVENTS, RIBBON CUTTINGS
    ON TAP FOR ATLANTA MARKET

    ATLANTA – Ribbon Cutting ceremonies at 10 new and remodeled rug showrooms will be a major part of the excitement at next week's International Rug Market at Americasmart.  


  • 01072007 Special Events Scheduled for January Rug Market

    AMERICASMART RUG BUYERS
    TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EVENTS

    ATLANTA – A full series of special events has been set for The Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS),  Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2008 at Americasmart.


  • 01072008 AMC Parties


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR ATLANTA RUG MARKET 

    ATLANTA - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Atlanta market. Check out our list of party places for January 17 to 20, 2008.
     

    Details, click here. The list keeps growing, so keep checking it out!


  • 01072008 Paul Burrell to Make Appearance at Kalaty

    BRITISH LIFESTYLE EXPERT
    PAUL BURRELL TO MAKE PERSONAL
    APPEARANCE AT KALATY

    NEW YORK – Paul Burrell, English lifestyle expert and former butler to the British Royal Family, will be on hand to meet and greet customers at the Kalaty showroom, 4-G-14, during the January Atlanta International Area Rug Market.


  • 01092008 Hannover Domotex Events and Exhibitors

    DOMOTEX OFFERS SPECIAL EVENTS
    AT 2008 HANNOVER EVENT

    HANNOVER, GERMANY - Domotex Hannover is gearing up for the opening of the annual European floor covering market, running Jan 12 to 15.


  • 01142008 Loloi Unveils New Collections at AMC

    LOLOI NEW COLLECTIONS
    TO BE UNVEILED IN ATLANTA

    ATLANTA – Borrowing a page from  Hollywood tradition, Loloi Rugs will have an official "Premier" of three new collections on Wednesday,  Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loloi showroom, 4C7. The unveiling of the new lines will take place during Loloi's pre-market party, held from 4:30  to 7:30 p.m. Rugnews.com will be on hand to film a Market Movie of the event.


     

  • 01152008 Atlanta Pre Market Business Report

    Pre-Market Business Report:
    RUG VENDORS  RACE TO CREATE
    THE BIGGEST MARKET BUZZ

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA – Retailers are heading to the Atlanta International Rug Market looking for excitement that will help lift their businesses out of the doldrums. Now, more than ever, the vendors that generate the most excitement will be the ones who prosper, even in a challenging business climate, say rug executives.


  • 01152008 Domotex 2008 Sets Record

    DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008
    SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – The 20th Domotex Hannover set new records this week, drawing more than 47,000 visitors to the international showcase of floor coverings.


  • 01182008 Party Pic Intro_PaulaDeen-SandraLee
     


    RUG PEOPLE MEET THE FOOD PEOPLE
    AT ATLANTA MARKET PARTIES


    Food Network Super-Star Paula Deen, left, with Rug Biz Super-Star Elaine Minter, rug buyer for FurnitureLand South, High Point, NC. Paula Deen was in Atlanta to introduce new collections for Kaleen


    John Feizy, founder and president of Feizy, with Food Network Super-Star Sandra Lee. Lee was at Feizy showroom to meet and greet and autograph books.

    More pix, more celebrities, more parties...coming soon!
     


  • 01202008 Americas Magnificent Carpet Awards

    INDUSTRY SALUTES AMERICA'S
     MAGNIFICENT CARPETS

    Buyer's Choice Award from Capa Imports

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Retailers at the International Rug Market here voted a boldly designed Turkish hand knotted rug from Capa Imports as their favorite rug among over 200 entrants in the annual Magnificent Carpet Awards event.


  • 01212008 Las Vegas WMC Partners with US Dept of Commerce for Afghan Exhibit

    SHOWCASE OF AFGHAN RUGS
    ON TAP FOR LAS VEGAS
    WORLD MARKET CENTER

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center officials will welcome a delegation of Afghan rug producers to the United States for a special showcase on Afghanistan’s economic and cultural revival. The exhibit will be featured at the January Las Vegas Market, January 28 to February 1.


  • 01222008 Market Movie at Loloi - segment three Loloi Unveils new lines

    MARKET MOVIES: LOLOI OFFICIALLY
    UNVEILS THREE NEW COLLECTIONS

    Amir Loloi, founder and president of Loloi Rugs shares a moment with Lissa Wyman of Rugnews.com at the unprecedented  market unveiling of three new collections. We said these rugs are Loloi's first entry into machine made goods, but oops, we were misinformed. Nevertheless, Loloi calls these three collections the best ever!
    Click here to watch the movie and see why.

     


  • 01232008 Visual Merchandising Awards

    VENDORS HONORED FOR
    VISUAL MERCHANDISING

    The entry of Momeni's showroom was transformed into a tropical rainforest to underscore Momeni's commitment
    to the environment. Momeni won the Visual Merchandising Award for the Fifth Floor of the AmericasMart Rug Center.

     


    ATLANTA --  AmericasMart Atlanta singled out vendors on each floor of the Rug Center for excellence in showroom design.


  • 01242008 Rug Marketing Goes Green

    Market Business Wrap-Up:
    RUG BUSINESS GOING GREEN AS VENDORS INTRODUCE NEW MARKETING PLANS

    By Janet Herlihy

    The growing interest in the environment has many rug suppliers considering the potential of green marketing.


  • 01242008 Woolmark Inspection Services at Surfaces

    WOOLMARK INSPECTION
    SERVICE IN INDIA
    OFFERED AT SURFACES

    LAS VEGAS  Woolmark Company, based in New Delhi,  will showcase its new Carpet and Rug Inspection and Sourcing Services in booth 6728 of the Surfaces Floor Covering Expo.  


  • 01252008 Feizy to Host Party during LV Market

    FEIZY TO HOST PARTY
    AT LAS VEGAS MARKET

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a daily cocktail party every evening during the Las Vegas market, January 28 to February 1, in the company’s showroom B 165.


  • 01252008 MOVIE - Kaleen Teams with Paula Deen

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES:
    KALEEN TEAMS WITH PAULA DEEN

     
    Ain't she cute? Over 500 Atlanta market visitors came to
    see Food Network Superstar Paula Deen.

    click here to see Rugnews.com
    Market Movies of the event.

     


    More links to Kaleen/Paula Deen Movies, click here


  • 01272008 Atlanta Business Wrap Up by Janet Herlihy

    ATLANTA MARKET WRAP-UP:
    BUSINESS BETTER THAN EXPECTED ;
    BUT '08 ECONOMY LOOKS SOFT

    By Janet Herlihy

    ATLANTA -- Despite a faltering economy and snowy Winter weather, the Atlanta Rug Market was better than many expected. While the official Rug Market ran January 17 to 20, many rug vendors opened their showrooms early to take advantage of the Gift & Home Furnishings Market, which was held January 8 to16.


  • 01272008 Las Vegas Pre Market Business Story

    ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN LAS VEGAS,
    SAY RUG VENDORS AT WORLD MARKET
    AND SURFACES FLOOR EXPO

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -- Rug vendors are coming to Las Vegas with an “anything can happen” attitude, after a surprisingly strong Atlanta Market.


  • 01312008 MARKET MOVIE Feizy and Sandra Lee
     

    Rugnews.com Market Movies:
    SANDRA LEE VISITS FEIZY FOR
    LOTS OF LAUGHS AND BEAUTIFUL RUGS


    Dynamic Duo at Atlanta Market: Sandra Lee interviews
    John Feizy. See what these people are laughing about,
    click here

     

    More links to Feizy movies, including an interview with Wayne Bentley of Jordan's Furniture in Boston,  click here


  • 02042008 Final LV Picture announcer

     


    PEOPLE KEEP SMILING AT
    LAS VEGAS SURFACES EXPO


    At Couristan: George Couri, chairman, left, and Steve Codella, vp of east coast sales, right welcome Paul Chapman, president of ABC Carpet & Home, New York, and Larry Chiprut, vice president of broadloom for ABC. Paul remarked that "Couristan is at the top of its form."

    SURFACES AND LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET PIX
    CLICK HERE



     

     

  • 12172007 Magnificent Carpet Awards Preview Movie

    LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL:
    MOVIE PREVIEW OF INDUSTRY'S
    MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARDS

    ATLANTA --  America's  Magnificent Carpet Awards, the industry's biggest and best-loved event,  is sponsored by Architectural Digest and AmericasMart.
    Click here for a movie preview of the big night.



People
  • 01112008 OW Names Higgins

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS NAMES HIGGINS
    HOME DEPOT BUSINESS MANAGER

    DALTON, GA – Scott Higgins has been named Home Depot business manager for Oriental Weavers USA, according to Sam Belak, senior vice president of sales.


  • 01122008 Carpet One Pictures Introduction

    THEY KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN
    AT CARPET ONE

    Looking like idiots for a good cause.
    Carpet One retailers paid for the privilege of seeing their favorite corporate execs get dunked. Getting ready to get wet were Sandy Mishkin, front, who earned top dollars as the most dunkable exec, with runner up Evan Hackel a close second. Dunkin' Dollars were donated to the Floor Covering Industry Fund in memory of the late Alan Greenberg, a co-founder of Carpet One.


    More Carpet One Convention Pix, click here


  • 01182008 OW Names Brumlow

    BRUMLOW JOINS ORIENTAL WEAVERS
    IN NEW BROADLOOM POST


    Andy Brumlow, left, newly named vp of broadloom, and
    Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers USA


    ATLANTA -- Andy Brumlow has been named to the newly created position of vice president of Oriental Weavers Broadloom, according to Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers USA. The appointment is effective Feb. 1.


     

  • 01242008 Couristan Appoints Elliott

    COURISTAN APPOINTS ELLIOTT WESTERN
    REGIONAL MANAGER OF RESIDENTIAL

    FORT LEE, NJ – Couristan has appointed Ron Elliott as its western regional manager, where he will oversee the growth and development of residential broadloom and rug accounts west of the Mississippi.


Products
  • 01212008 Pantone and X-Rite Color Seminar

    X-RITE AND PANTONE SET 
    SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR
    'COLOR FREAKS'

    Grand Rapids, MI – Pantone and the color experts at X-Rite Color Services has scheduled a series of one-day “Color Control Freak” at several major US cities.  The Color Control Freak '08  seminar offers an in-depth understanding of color, its value in the design process, and techniques for proper reproduction.


Retailers
  • 01122008 Carpet One Names Amy Lynn Pastor as Spokesperson

    AMY WYNN PASTOR NAMED
    CARPET ONE SPOKESPERSON

    Amy Wynn Pastor, center, at Carpet One Winter convention with Evan Hackel, left, president, and Eric Demaree, chief operating officer of Carpet One Floor & Home.


    HOUSTON -- Remodeling Guru Amy Wynn Pastor has been named the new spokesperson for Carpet One Floor & Home, according to Evan Hackel, president of the floor covering retail cooperative.


Vendors
  • 01032008 Hellenic Celebrates 20th at AMC

    HELLENIC CELEBRATES 20th
    ANNIVERSARY AT ATLANTA MARKET

    BROOKLYN, NY – Hellenic will celebrate its 20th anniversary and the introduction of 150 new rugs in the company’s showroom 6G12, during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Jan. 17 to Jan. 20. 2008.


  • 01032008 Peel & Co Partners with Versailles Foundation


    PEEL & COMPANY PARTNERS WITH
    THE VERSAILLES FOUNDATION

    METAIRIE, LA – Peel & Company will unveil its first rugs under The Court of Versailles licensing program. The collection of hand woven Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs will be introduced during the Atlanta International Area Rug market, Jan. 17 to Jan 20, 2008.


  • 01042008 CMI Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    CMI CELEBRATES
    30TH ANNIVERSARY

    PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. (cmi), a manufacturer of braided-texture area rugs and accessories, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2008. 


  • 01042008 Safavieh Dedicates Space for Martha Stewart Rugs

    SAFAVIEH DEDICATES ATLANTA
    SHOWROOM TO MARTHA STEWART

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will introduce an all-new 2008 collection of Martha Stewart Rugs at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Jan 17 to Jan 20, 2008. The entire line of 33 original designs will be presented in a 1,000 ft. showroom dedicated to Martha Stewart Rugs within Safavieh’s 10,000 sq. ft AmericasMart space, 4C1.


  • 01072008 Capel to Unveil Redesigned Atlanta Showroom

    CAPEL TO UNVEIL NEWLY
    REMODELED ATLANTA SHOWROOM


    TROY, NC – Capel will welcome customers to its newly-redesigned Atlanta showroom, 6F2, during the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, Jan. 8 to Jan. 16, 2008. The new showroom will feature new presentations for better traffic flow, state-of-the-art lighting and display systems, according to the company.


  • 01082008 Liora Manne Signs with Walker Co

    JOHN R WALKER COMPANY
    TO REPRESENT LIORA MANNE

    NEW YORK – The John R Walker Company has been signed to represent the Liora Manne Lifestyle collection in its Dallas showroom 209 at the World Trade Center, according to designer Liora Manne.


  • 01102008 Couristan Develops Two New Display Units
    COURISTAN DEVELOPS 
    NEW MERCHANDISING  UNITS
    FOR HIGH END PRODUCTS

    ATLANTA, GA – Couristan has developed two new merchandising units for the handmade  rug and premiere residential broadloom categories,  the company’s premium quality products. 


     

  • 01102008 Safavieh Doubles Warehouse Capacity

    SAFAVIEH MORE THAN DOUBLES 
    DISTRIBUTION CAPACITY

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh has more than doubled its warehouse space with the purchase of a 320,000 sq. ft. facility in Easton, PA to supplement the company’s existing 250,000 sq. ft warehouse in Allentown, PA.


  • 01122008 Paramount Rugs Opens in Atlanta

    PARAMOUNT RUGS  OPENS
    AMERICAS MART SHOWROOM

    NEW YORK -- Paramount Rugs, the manufacturer and importer of hand-made rugs, is opening its first permanent AmericasMart showroom, space 3-C-1 at next week's Atlanta International Rug Market.


  • 01212008 CMI 2008 Direct Mail Campaign

    COLONIAL MILLS ANNOUNCES
    NEW DIRECT MAIL CAMPAIGN

    PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. (CMI) is celebrating its 30th year by embarking on a new direct mail campaign in 2008 designed to encourage retailers to take a closer look at braided-texture rugs. 


     

  • 01252008 Feizy Receives Arts Award

    FEIZY WINS DALLAS MARKET CENTER'S
    ARTS AWARD FOR AREA RUGS

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs was honored Jan 19 with the Dallas Market Center's  Arts Award for Excellence in Area Rug Manufacturing.  The 19th annual awards ceremony and gala recognizes decorative accessory manufacturers and retailers as well as sales representatives. The Arts Awards were presented at the Dallas Total Home & Gift market.   


  • 01302008 Oriental Weavers Enters Rug Underlay Business

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS TO DIVERSIFY
    INTO RUG UNDERLAY BUSINESS

    DALTON, GAOriental Weavers USA  plans to expand into the  area rug underlay business. The rug padding will be available in an assortment of sizes, shapes and sizes, according to Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers USA.


  • 12192007 Homefires to Release 2008 Catalog

    HOMEFIRES RELEASES
    2008 PRODUCT CATALOG

    ATLANTA – Homefires, a division of Cresc Corp., has published its 68 page 2008 product catalog. It showcases 40 new Carefree by Cresc designs and four new Costal/Nautical themed designs in the company’s Living collection.


















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