NEW YORK - Safavieh will introduce a new ladder merchandising system during Metro Market week Sept. 17 to 21, 2007. The display system will be shown at the Safavieh showroom, 153 Madison Ave. at 32 St.
OPENING DAY PANEL DISCUSSION SET FOR DALTON OCTOBER CONFAB
DALTON, GA - The American Floorcovering Alliance will sponsor an opening-day panel discussion at the Floor Tek rug and carpet manufacturing show set for Oct. 23 to 25 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center here.
BROOKLYN, NY - Hellenic Rug Imports has launched a new website dedicated to Candice Olson Rugs. The new website was developed to support the 50-plus in-store Candice Olson Rug Galleries in the US and Canada, according to Steve Mazarakis, president of Hellenic.
DALTON, GA - The Fifth annual Kathy Ireland "Fall Flooring Days€VbCrLf event from Shaw is running from Aug. 31 to Oct. 15, 2007. All Shaw Kathy Ireland flooring brands including carpet, ceramic, laminate, hardwood and area rugs will be a part of the promotion.
Rugnews.com Editorial: WHY ARE CONSUMERS STILL SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THE RUG BUSINESS?
A couple weeks ago, I visited a physical therapist and in the get-acquainted conversation that preceded the ensuing torture, she asked me about my line of business. There was a short pause after I told her that I wrote about rugs. "I really love rugs,€VbCrLf she said. I'm just afraid to buy one. I keep thinking that somehow I'll be cheated ."
SINT-BAAFS VIJVE, BELGIUM - Balta Rugs, a rug division of the Balta Group, has opened a newly expanded international showroom in Sint-Baafs Vijve, Belgium. The new modernized deco-center has been expanded to 350 sq. m. (3,767 sq. ft).
LOLOI INTRODUCES INDOOR-OUTDOOR LINE UNDER HEMINGWAY LICENSING
Loloi Atrium line is part of the Ernest Hemingway Collection. Suggested retail price is $299 in 5x8.
DALLAS -- Loloi Rugs will introduce a collection of indoor-outdoor rugs under a licensing arrangement with The Ernest Hemingway Collection. The rugs will make their debut at the High Point Market at the Loloi Showroom, 224 E. Kivett Dr.
DALTON, GA - FloorTek Expo, the bi-annual trade show sponsored by the American Floorcovering Alliance, will host an opening-night reception and awards dinner on Oct. 23 at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center here.
NYICS ARMORY SHOW ADDS DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS TO NY MARKET MIX
By Lissa Wyman
The New York International Carpet Show will feature approximately 25 exhibitors at the Historic Armory building on 26th Street and Lexington Ave. as an adjunct to next week's New York Metro Market event.
ATLANTA, GA-Brintons, a manufacturer of woven Axminster carpet, has implemented a new marketing and distribution strategy for its residential carpet operations in the US and Canada, according to Steve Depport, group residential sales manager for the company.
DALTON, GA - Karastan will launch its "Holiday Accents€VbCrLf rug promotion on Oct. 1 at participating stores across the US. The limited-time event will include two accent rug designs in woven wool construction.
Metro Market Business Wrap-Up HAND-MADE RETAIL SPECIALISTS MAKE NY METRO MARKET EFFECTIVE
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK - Last week's New York Metro Rug Market was a quiet but effective event geared primarily to independent hand-made rug retailers who came to touch base with vendors and enjoy the fine New York autumn weather.
METRO MARKET PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT GALA EVENT
Renate Halpern accepts Grand Prize certificate from David Samad, a principal of Samad.
NEW YORK -- Renate Halpern of Halpern Galleries, New York City, was the Grand Prize winner of a 50-inch plaza television. A total of 19 prizes were awarded at last week's Metro Market Gala held Tuesday, Sept. 18 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
HIGH POINT, NC -- Rug exhibitors are establishing new partnership programs aimed at the furniture store channel of distribution. They are also introducing new merchandising programs that help furniture stores display rugs with a minimum investment in both inventory and floor space.
COURISTAN RECEIVES AWARD FROM HOME DECORATORS CATALOG
FT LEE, NJ -- Home Decorators has presented Couristan with an award for the lowest return rate among all area rug vendors. The award was announced during Home Decorators' Annual Vendor Conference, held recently in St. Louis.
Letter to the Editor: BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR RUG BIZ? PRICES ARE TOO LOW!
This is in response to your recent editorial, Why Are Consumers Still Suspicious About the Rug Business? (see the original, click here) . It's something like, "Why does this industry have so many problems?€VbCrLf That is a question I have been asked very often recently -- by our vendors, customers, sale agency, etc. Considering labor costs and shrinking labor pool, Chinese currency and export tax rebate problems in China, the most important problem I think for now is WE ARE SELLING RUGS TOO LOW. The price is too low -- both our prices and retail prices in the U.S. and Europe!