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2009 DECEMBER

  • 12012009 Beemer Says Cyber Monday's a Hoax

    ONLINE VIDEO REPORT:
    RETAIL ANALYST BRITT BEEMER 
    SAYS CYBER MONDAY’S A HOAX

    CHARLESTON, SC – In an interview on Fox Business News,  retail analyst Britt Beemer, said that Cyber Monday is a hoax, nothing more than a marketing tool. But Beemer also states Early Bird Specials on Black Friday were very successful especially for Flat Screen TV’s which outsold toys by 7.3%. To view the video of this interview, click here.


  • 12282009 Rugnews.com Top Stories of 2009

    Rugnews.com Top 20 Stories of 2009:
    TOP RUG STORIES REFLECT INDUSTRY'S
    DETERMINATION TO CREATIVELY
    OVERCOME ECONOMY'S CHALLENGES

     

    By Lissa Wyman

     

    Desperate times require unusual and daring solutions. Our choices for the top 20 events reflect those daring and unusual moves and a willingness to take chances. 2009 was not a year for the faint of heart. To see the Rugnews.com Top 20 news stories of 2009, click here.


     

  • 12302009 Reader Provides Images of 1776 Commemorative Rug

    READER PROVIDES RUGNEWS.COM WITH IMAGE OF COMMEMORATIVE 1776 RUG

    Responding to a recent commentary in Rugnews.com, reader Neil D. Ammerall has kindly provided us with images of the 1776 Commemorative Rug made by Alexander Smith, a division of Mohasco Industries. Details, click here.


  • 12312009 Rugnews.Com Editorial: Decade in Review

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    DECADE IN REVIEW: FROM HEIGHTS TO
    DEPTHS IN 10 YEARS -- WHAT A RIDE!

     

    By Lissa Wyman


    People often say the rug business is like a roller coaster ride. But in the last few years, there haven't been many "ups" from which to plummet. If we must go to amusement parks to get our analogies, I'd say the rug business is more like a Tilt-A-Whirl. That's the ride that jostles you against your riding mates 'til you turn black and blue and spins you around until you throw up. No matter how much you cry, it won't stop and let you off.


     

     

Markets
  • 12132009 Thom Filicia to Appear at Grand Opening of New Safavieh Atlanta Showrooms

    CELEBRITY DESIGNER THOM FILICIA TO
    APPEAR AT GRAND OPENING PARTY FOR NEW SAFAVIEH ATLANTA SHOWROOM

     
    Thom Filicia with new Jasper Crackle rug in Vanguard
    Furniture’s High Point Showroom. The rug is inspired
    by the artisanal pottery-making  tradition of upstate
    New York, where Filicia was raised.
    (Photo courtesy of Vanguard Furniture)

     

    PORT WASHINGTON, NYCelebrity designer Thom Filicia will appear at the Grand Opening of Safavieh's  new 13,000 sq. ft. showroom  (5-2-A) during the upcoming Atlanta International Rug Market.  The festivities will take place Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m.


  • 12142009 Bashian and Ebisons Renew Leases at AMC

    BASHIAN AND EBISONS RENEW
    SHOWROOM LEASES IN ATLANTA 
     
     
    ATLANTA – Bashian and Ebisons Harounian have renewed their fifth floor showroom leases at AmericasMart here, according to Chas Sydney, senior vice president of area rugs at Americasmart.

  • 12162009 Loloi to Host Cocktail Party during Atlanta Market

    LOLOI TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY
    DURING JANUARY ATLANTA MARKET

    DALLAS, TX – Loloi Rugs will host a cocktail party in its Americasmart showroom, 4-C-7, during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market to celebrate its new products and line additions. 


  • 12192009 World Market Center and Surfaces Form Strategic Appliance
    WORLD MARKET CENTER LAS VEGAS
    AND SURFACES FORM PARTNERSHIP

    LAS VEGAS --World Market Center Las Vegas and Surfaces, the annual floor covering exposition, have announced a strategic partnership. The two shows will take place during the first week of February, 2010.


  • 12212009 AmericasMart to Host Project Social during January Market

     

    AMERICASMART TO HOST
    PROJECT SOCIAL SEMINARS
    DURING JANUARY RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA – AmericasMart will introduce Project Social, a series of educational seminars covering all aspects of social media, during the Atlanta International  Rug Market, January 7 to 10.  


  • 12222009 Zollanvari to Host Cocktail Party during Jan Market

    ZOLLANVARI TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY
    DURING JANUARY ATLANTA MARKET

    Secaucus, NJ – Zollanvari will host a 10th anniversary cocktail party in its Americasmart showroom 5-D-2 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Thursday, January 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


  • 12272009 The Creative Touch to Host Daily Cocktails during Atlanta Market

    CREATIVE TOUCH TO HOST DAILY
    COCKTAILS DURING ATLANTA MARKET

    SECAUCUS, NJ – The Creative Touch will host daily cocktails and refreshments in its Americasmart showroom 5-F-2 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 7 to 10. The events celebrates the debut of the company’s new Sal collection.


  • 12302009 WMC to Launch Green Campaign during Feb Market

    WORLD MARKET CENTER TO LAUNCH
    NEW GREEN INITIATIVES DURING 
    LAS VEGAS WINTER  MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center will launch an effort to forward green initiatives with the introduction of its ‘One Good World’ campaign during the Winter Las Vegas Market, February, 1 to 5, 2010.


People
Products
  • 12022009 Oriental Weavers Sphinx to Introduce New Reversible Tufted Rugs
    SPHINX TO INTRODUCE UNIQUE
    TUFTED REVERSIBLE RUGS IN ATLANTA 



    One side of this Options design features a floral transitional design while the opposite side has a contemporary look.


    DALTON, GA – Sphinx by Oriental Weavers will  introduce a collection of hand-tufted reversible wool pile rugs during the January 2010 Atlanta area rug market. 


     

  • 12022009 Samad Introduces Rex Ray Collection

    SAMAD INTRODUCES
    REX RAY RUG COLLECTION

     
    Samad president David Samad, left, with artist Rex Ray and one of the paintings that have been transformed into a rug.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Samad has entered into a licensing agreement with artist Rex Ray in a mutual collaboration to produce the Rex Ray rug collection.  Consisting of 18 designs, the hand knotted group made its debut in November at the Index Show in Dubai, UAE.


Retailers
  • 12052009 Hom Furniture to Enter Discount Furnishings Retailing with Dock 86

    HOM FURNITURE TO ENTER DISCOUNT FURNISHINGS RETAILING IN MIDWEST

    LITTLE CANADA, MN---HOM Furniture will enter the discount home furnishings business with the opening of Dock 86  in early 2010. Located on the site of a former Levitz Furniture store, the  74,000 sq. ft showroom and 91,000 sq. ft. distribution center will service the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. 


  • 12082009 Kush Opens Second Showroom in Portland, OR

    KUSH CARPETS OPENS
    SECOND SHOWROOM

    PORTLAND, OR – Kush Hand-Knotted Carpets has opened a second showroom inside Rejuvenation, a 38,000 sq. ft. high end furniture retailer and lighting manufacture here.


  • 12212009 HOM Launches Contract and Commercial Sales Division

    HOM FURNITURE LAUNCHES NEW
    CONTRACT AND COMMERCIAL  DIVISION

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – HOM Furniture has development a new contract and commercial sales division to help eliminate brokers and second-tier sales organizations, according to the company.  The new sales division, which will capitalize on HOM’s inventory strength and the resource of a global buying team, will be led by Judy Lucas.  


Vendors
  • 06252009 Dalyn to Double AmericasMart Showroom in January 2010

    DALYN TO EXPAND AMERICASMART
    SHOWROOM FOR JANUARY 2010 MARKET

    ATLANTA – Dalyn Rug Co. will double the size of its sixth floor AmericasMart showroom to 6,000 sq. ft., effective with the January, 2010 Atlanta International Rug Market, Jan. 6 to 11.


  • 12012009 Safavieh Relocates Atlanta Showroom

    SAFAVIEH TO RELOCATE TO
    13,000 SQ. FT. ATLANTA SHOWROOM

     ATLANTA—Safavieh will relocate its AmericasMart showroom in Atlanta to a new 13,000 sq. ft anchor space (5-A-2) on the Fifth Floor of the Area Rug Center, according to Arash Yaraghi, a principal of the company. 


  • 12012009 Shaw Sponsors 2010 HGTV Home Giveaway

    SHAW SPONSORS 2010 HGTV
    GREEN HOME GIVEAWAY

    DALTON, GA – Shaw will be the exclusive flooring provider and sponsor for the HGTV Green Home Giveaway set for spring 2010. HGTV will build its third annual “green” home in The Pinehills, a community located in Plymouth, MA.


  • 12042009 Nourison Kicks Off 30th Anniversary with Atlanta Market Party

    NOURISON KICKS OF 30TH ANNIVERSARY
    WITH ATLANTA SHOWROOM PARTY


    SADDLE BROOK, NJ  -- Nourison will mark its 30th anniversary in 2010 with celebrations throughout the year. The kick off party will be held in Nourison's Atlanta showroom (3F2) on Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.


  • 12082009 Woolrich Launches Website for Home Division

    WOOLRICH CONSUMER WEBSITE
    DEDICATED TO HOME FURNISHINGS

    WOOLRICH, PA – Woolrich has launched its new consumer website for its home furnishings division> it has been designed to support its licensing brand partners and for increased sales opportunities.


  • 12112009 Shaw Introduces Anso Campaign Jan 2010

    SHAW TO LAUNCH PREMIUM
    ANSO
    FIBER BRAND CAMPAIGN  

    DALTON, GA – Shaw will launch a new ad campaign for its premium Anso nylon fiber in January, 2010. “Anso? Hope so.” will include extensive retailer support and incentives.


  • 12162009 Surya is First Flip-Through Catalog on www.rugnews.com

    RUGNEWS.COM POSTS FLIP-THROUGH
    CATALOGS FOR READERS TO BROWSE


    Rugnews.com has introduced a new flip-through catalog program. Surya's 400-page book is the first. Click here to see the full catalog. Flip-through catalogs are the latest way for vendors to easily and economically  interface with customers and potential customers.

    Retailers can browse the catalog and immediately log on to the vendor's website to order. It's  a quick and seamless process and we will be introducing new catalogs to the library during early 2010.


    For more information on how to launch your flip-through catalog on Rugnews.com, contact lwyman@rugnews.com.

     



     

  • 12302009 Nourison Renews AmericasMart Showroom Lease

    NOURISON RENEWS SHOWROOM
    LEASE WITH AMERICASMART

    ATLANTA – Nourison has renewed the lease for its 18,500 sq. ft. AmericasMart showroom 3-F-2.  2010 will mark Nourison’s 27th year exhibiting in Atlanta and the company's 30th anniversary. 


















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