NEW YORK - To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry.HX: The Hotel Experience - Rooms to Restaurants (HX), debuts November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction.
TRENDCAST BY RUGNEWS.COM: "DESIGN INTELLIGENCE FOR THE
trend forecasting editorial service announces Trendcast 02: Rorschach Revival, insight into the
re-emergence of ink blot designs in interior textiles, rugs and couture
fashions. From Andy Warhol prints and Doris Leslie Blau rugs by Eskayel, to
newly introduced designs by Lindstrom Rugs and Emma Gardner, these mind-bending
looks are conversation starters. Read more.
CAMPAIGN FOR WOOL BECOMES NATIONAL INDUSTRY PARTNER OF
ASID AND PLATINUM SPONSOR OF ANNIVERSARY GALA
Patron of theThe
Campaign for Wool, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales issued
a video message to the ASID members attending the organization's
celebration on July 18th in
The Campaign for Wool announced their
National Industry Partnership and Platinum sponsorship of the 40th
Anniversary Celebration of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID),
at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston on Saturday, July 18.
ATLANTA - A
flurry of activity characterizes the lead up to next week's Atlanta
International Rug Market, with rug importers and manufacturers going wide and
deep in their assortments and price points. Fashion looks are up to the minute
with a democracy of design that allows retailers to present their customers with
the latest colors, patterns and weaves in all channels of distribution. As in
European and fashion-forward U.S. shows, the grey and blue color palettes are
particularly strong in debuting lines, though RugNews.com editors are beginning
to see movement toward deep saturated jewel tones. Distressed and erased looks
continue in importance and new iterations push the envelope in recreating
heirloom patinas. Many of the geometric and abstract art patterns that made news
at Domotex 2015 in Hannover have influenced new collections at AmericasMart
showrooms as well, but in designs and palettes geared to American consumers.
AMERICASMART ENHANCES MARKET EXPERIENCE
WITH NEW BUYER AMENITIES
ATLANTA - AmericasMartAtlanta enhances the market experience with new and newly expanded customer amenitiesatThe Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market(Showrooms:Tuesday, July 7 to Tuesday, July 14, Temporaries:Thursday, July 9 to Monday, July 13) andThe Atlanta International Rug Market(Wednesday,July 8 to Saturday, July 11).
AMER TO PRESENT 29 NEW COLLECTIONS IN ATLANTA, ALL BACKED
The debuting Kanoka collection, hand-tufted of New Zealand wool
and art silk retails for $299.
NORCROSS, GA -
Amer Rugs has announced that 29 collections introduced in 2015, including 10 collections to premiere this week at the Atlanta International Rug
Market, will be backed with inventory. The 29 collections are featured in a new
catalog to be unveiled during market at the company's AmericasMart showroom
5-D-2 in Building 1.
OPTIMISTIC: GO WIDE AND DEEP AT ATLANTA MARKET
ATLANTA - Rug
suppliers preparing for this week's Atlanta International Rug Market are
outfitting showrooms with a broad swath of product introductions targeting
buyers from the full spectrum of retail channels and a growing number of
interior designers. Indeed, all of the importers RugNews.com spoke with agreed
that in an increasingly demanding back to back trade show circuit, the
semi-annual Atlanta market is
by far the best place to see the largest variety of rugs nationwide.
AMERICASMART'S INTEGRATION OF HOME AND RUG SECTORS MIRRORS RETAIL BUYING
PATTERNS AND VENDOR EXPANSIONS
manufacturers are expanding their market and product lines and
are also bringing more designers into the rug arena."
ATLANTA - The push by AmericasMart to integrate the rug and home decor
sectors continues to gain traction and is "creating a new dynamic as more home
interior buyers are finding their way to the rug showrooms," says Kevin
Malkiewicz, Vice President of Leasing, Home & Rug, at AmericasMart. In an
exclusive pre-market interview with Rugnews.com Malkiewicz said the integration
is a "natural as more rug manufacturers are getting into throws, pillows and
furniture while more furniture and home accents manufacturers are adding rugs to
Announcing she comes to AmericasMart a day before
the rug show opens "because I want first pick" Roz Rustigian of
Rustigian Rugs in Providence perches upon a stack about to be
opened with Akbar Azad of Azad USA in California.
HAROUNIAN RUGS INTERNATIONAL AMERICASMART RIBBON CUTTING
David Harounian, chief executive, cuts the ribbon to commemorate
the opening of HRI's showroom. From left: Kevin Malkiewicz of
AmericasMart, and HRI's Deo Jugmohan, Bob Ball, Lee Harounian
Greg Jordt, David Harounian and Bobby Shamsian.
The Rizzy team turns out for a ribbon-cutting photo-op
with AmericasMart's Kevin Malkiewicz (left), joined by Mark Ferullo,
Marlene Trejo, Rizwan Ansari and Shamsu Ansari in the front row, and
Emmaline Hyde, Denton Robertson and Jeff Reeves in the second row.
ATLANTA - The
Atlanta International Rug Market officially opened on July 8, 2015 with four
ribbon cuttings - and lots of buzz centered on new showrooms of Harounian Rugs
International, Rizzy Home, Caravan and Radici. The consensus for suppliers was
that attendance at AmericasMart was typical for a summer market, and that the
twice-yearly event is increasingly more appointment driven. Buyers in Building
One shopped for the latest colors, patterns and designs, and also firmed up
fourth quarter programs at all the major showrooms.
SAFAVIEH REPORTS STRONG
RESPONSE TO VINTAGE LOOKS AT ATLANTA MARKET
The Evoke collection exemplifies the erased-weave
look in machine-loomed high-twist polypropylene.
Safavieh reported a strong showing of key customers at the Atlanta International
Area Rug Market last week, and increased demand for the company's diverse
offering of vintage-look erased-weave collections. "Atlanta is always a strong
market for us because we book appointments in advance," said Safavieh CEO Arash
Yaraghi. "We had a great response from buyers to our deconstructed Persian
designs that look faded and vintage; the trend is becoming popular in all price
points, and in every category from hand-knotted to machine loomed rugs."
AmericasMart's semi-annual Visual Display Awards celebrated outstanding
visual merchandising at The Atlanta International Gift and Home
Furnishings Market and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 7
to 14, 2015. The at-Market adjudication yielded the following winners
for outstanding visual presentation in permanent showrooms, temporary
exhibits and showcase window displays. Rug showrooms receiving awards
include Jaipur, Karastan, Loloi and Surya. Click for the complete list
KAS CELEBRATES DONNY OSMOND HOME "ESCAPE" IN FACEBOOK
CONTEST AND VEGAS MARKET PARTY
Donny and Debbie Osmond
SOMERSET, NJ -
KAS Rugs has announced a Facebook contest promoting its Donny Osmond Home Escape
Indoor/Outdoor collection and will hold an "Outdoor Deck Party" with Donny and
Debbie Osmond during Las Vegas Market. The party will be held at the Kas
showroom, B-175 on August 2, 2015 from 4 to 6 p.m., and will provide an informal
social setting for retailers and members of the press to talk with Donny and
Debbie about their product.
JAIPUR AND SADDLEMANS RUGS STAR IN PORTMAN WHITE
Brian Patrick Flynn of Flynnside Out Productions
used a geometric rug from Jaipur in his Portman White Vignette.
The room and rug pull together fashion's newest indigo, white
and grey tones.
AmericasMart unveiled the Portman White Vignette Gallery at The Atlanta
International Gift and Home Furnishings Market this July, featuring seven
acclaimed interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Michelle Workman, Stan Topol,
Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulos, Melanie Turner and Kerry Howard. Each designer
started with a blank 10 foot by 10 foot vignette painted Portman White, and all
accessed products from AmericasMart showrooms. A tour of the inspiration rooms
revealed rugs by Jaipur and Saddlemans. Click for a photo review.
KARASTAN LIMITED-EDITION AXMINSTER RUG A HIT IN ATLANTA
Tracy Pruitt, Karastan's vp of design, shows off
the limited edition Mystic Garden wool and silk Axminster rug at
Atlanta market. The 9x12 rug will retail at about $5,000.
Karastan brought the glamour of signed and numbered fine art prints to area rugs
last week with the unveiling of Mystic Garden, its first limited edition design
at the Atlanta International Rug Market. The debut created a buzz that retailers
like Dave Snedeker, division merchandise manager of flooring for Nebraska
Furniture Mart plan to carry through to point of sale. "We are going to buy it
[Mystic Garden] and use it as a promotional piece," said Snedeker, who
RugNews.com later learned had snared rug number 1/75 - the first of only 75 rugs
to be made in the Artisan series edition.
STARCHITECT WOLF PRIX IS SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER AT DOMOTEX
Award-winning deconstructivist architect Wolf D. Prix of
renowned Coop Himmelb(l)au will speak on the impact of floor
covering trends on design at Innovations@Domotex.
HANNOVER - At the
next edition of Domotex, running from Jan. 16 to 19, 2016, star architect Wolf
D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au, will be the show's star speaker, leading a
discussion of the role of floor coverings in design. The multiple award-winning
Prix, who heads the Viennese architecture practice Coop Himmelb(l)au, earned
worldwide recognition for his cutting edge structures and he, along with a
roster of other celebrities in the field of international design and
architecture, will discuss the latest floor covering trends and their impact on
the work of designers on 16 January at the Innovations@Domotex area in Hall 6.
Jaipur Rugs has announced a licensing agreement with celebrity interior and
fashion accessory designer Nikki Chu. The Norcross, GA-based rug and home
accents producer will introduce its first collection of rugs, pillows, poufs and
throws by Nikki Chu at the Aug. 2 to 6 Las Vegas Market at Jaipur's World Market Center
ALL LAS VEGAS INTROS BACKED BY INVENTORY
Coordinated by color, rugs and accessories from
Surya's new Graphic trend will be shown at the upcoming LV
CALHOUN, GA -
Surya announced it will unveil at Las Vegas Market hundreds of new designs, all
of which will be readily available to buyers and designers soon after market.
The company plans to display only rugs and accessories that are in stock or on
the water to ensure that all market orders can be fulfilled during the current
season, regardless of whether the products are in line, or freshly debuted.
DISPLAY AWARDS FROM AMERICASMART FETE CREATIVITY FROM FIVE RUG COMPANIES
The new Petit Collage licensed rug collection
unveiled by Jaipur at The Atlanta International Rug Market
displayed the rugs with playthings from Petit Collage mixed with
ATLANTA - Five
permanent rug showrooms, including Jaipur, Loloi, Surya, Karastan and ABC
Industries were recipients of AmericasMart's semi-annual Visual Display Awards
celebrating outstanding visual merchandising at The Atlanta International Area
Rug Market, July 7 to 14, 2015. The judges, who are independent visual
merchandising experts, selected winners based on several criteria, including
compelling vignettes, staging of props, product presentations, lighting, window
displays and signage. Click for a photo review of the winners receiving their
awards and snapshots of their showrooms.
Omaha, NE - It has been a big year for Nebraska Furniture Mart, which on May 7
officially opened a massive
Texas-sized home furnishings store in The Colony that stretches across 100 acres
and features a 560,000 square foot retail showroom, including 40,000 feet of
PROPRIETARY NEW JUTE COLLECTION PART OF RECORD-BREAKING ROLL OUT IN LAS
The exclusive new jute Casual collection at Dynamic Rugs
presents an innovative space dyed Spanish tile pattern against a
crisp white ground.
ATLANTA - Dynamic
Rugs introduced a space dyed jute collection in a proprietary construction at
the Atlanta International Rug Market earlier this month, and unveiled 12 new
collections making it the largest launch in the company's history. A record-breaking
500-plus designs are included in the new offerings, which will be introduced to
retailers attending Las Vegas market next week at World Market Center showroom
LAS VEGAS MARKET SPOTLIGHTS
LUXURY MERCHANDISE AND EVENTS
LAS VEGAS - Luxury suppliers and upscale merchandise are experiencing exponential growth at Las Vegas Market across its furniture, gift and home décor categories, led by top luxury suppliers Christopher Guy, Global Views, Michal Aram and Phillips Collection who are expanding, remodeling, launching new products and hosting special events for the Summer Market, running August 2 to 6, 2015.
LAS VEGAS -
Retailers shopping for fresh designs and creative new textures will find updated
traditionals in exciting new modern color ways, innovative approaches to
distressed vintage looks, and news in fibers and yarns from softened
polypropylene to colorful space dyed jute. Gleaned from buyer and rug company
reports at The Atlanta International Rug Market, this guide to product
introductions by Las Vegas Market exhibitors gives you a fashion-at-a glance
summary of the "it rugs" of summer 2015. Rug importers and manufacturers are
going wide and deep in their assortments and price points, creating fashion for
consumers of every budget. Consumers want grey and blue color palettes, and rug
companies oblige with a spectrum of new tones from teal to slate. But the market
is moving toward jewel colors, and emerald is making its way into the rug
scene. Click to read Part 1 of this two-part story.
LAS VEGAS - As rug
companies get ready to usher in the summer 2015 edition of Las Vegas
Market, the mood is upbeat and the designs and weaves focused on new
textures, a return to classic traditional motifs and an abundance of
transitional styles. The brands featured in our summer new product
roundup are already adapting the newest trends from Europe for 2016 and
beyond. If you missed Part 1 of our Las Vegas Fashion Preview, clickhere.
CAPEL TAKES SUCCESS STORY FROM ATLANTA TO LAS VEGAS
Eloquent Garden a hand-tufted wool
neo-traditional collection and a Capel Rugs classic, is
refreshed with a fashion-right grey colorway.
ATLANTA--Capel Rugs introduced a broad range of new looks and weaves at Atlanta
International Rug Market earlier in July, which it will bring forward to Las
Vegas Market this week at its World Market Showroom, A-226. The company also
expanded existing collections with refreshed colors and additional patterns. In
Atlanta, Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts told RugNews.com,
"Sales have really gone on an uptick in the last few months. We had our best
April High Point market ever, and the trend is also very good for July markets."
NOURISON APPOINTS LUMPKIN
AND WOPPERT AS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES
NJ - Lucky Lumpkin and Melissa Woppert have been appointed to the position of
Account Executives for Nourison. As new sales team members, they will work
with new and existing customers to help extend Nourison's presence in their
assigned territories. Lumpkin will be responsible for managing and developing
business for MS, KY and TN and will report to David Appelt, Regional Manager,
while Woppert will handle Northern California up through Reno, NV and report to
Regional Manager Owen Baker.
CAPEL RUGS PROMOTES SWEETERS TO NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
TROY, NC -
Capel Rugs has promoted Jake Sweeters to National Sales Manager. In his
new position, Sweeters will be responsible for the management of Capel's
national sales force, working with the regional sales managers to drive sales in
their territories. He will be based in Norwalk, CT.
LANE SALES NAMES PANAKOS TERRITORY MANAGER FOR NORTHERN
LONG ISLAND, NY -
Larry Lane, president of Lane Sales announced the appointment of Chrysoula (Chrys)
Panakos to fill the position of territory manager for northern New Jersey, and
Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York State.
ABC CARPET &
HOME UNVEILS LOUIS DE POORTERE BOUTIQUE
The just-completed Louis De Poortere Deco shop at
ABC Carpet & Home in New York City features rugs and
coordinating broadloom in designs like the distressed purple
kilim pattern shown.
NEW YORK - Larry
Chiprut, senior executive vice president, broadloom, for ABC Carpet & Home has
committed to the vintage look in a major way, and with a major difference. The brand new Louis De Poortere boutique on the expansive second floor of the
retailer's carpet and rug annex in Manhattan showcases vintage-look kilim
designs and Persian motifs in broadloom as well as rugs. All are woven on Wilton
looms that are programmed to recreate the distressing and, in patchwork designs,
the effect of seams that would be visible in hand-sewn rugs.
IRG CONSULTANCY LAUNCHES; ANNOUNCES GALLERIES AT KITTLE'S
International Rug Group opened its first licensed rug gallery at
the Kittle's Furniture Castleton Superstore in Indianapolis in
SIMSBURY, CT -
International Rug Group, LLC (IRG) formally announced its July 1, 2015 launch as
a consultancy offering unique and comprehensive programs of products and
services for the home furnishings and rug industries.
AMERICA/FLOORING CANADA OFFER STRATEGIES FOR "WOW" CONSUMER EXPERIENCE
"It's imperative to remain relevant at retail, so we
encourage product diversification." - Keith Spano
Dallas, TX -
Flooring America/Flooring Canada, a division of CCA Global Partners (the
nation's largest floor covering cooperative) met with 350 of its more than 500
independent floor covering retailers July 13 to 15, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan
Resort in Grapevine, TX. Dubbed conneXtion, the bi-annual national meeting
convened entrepreneurs from across North America to provide actionable steps to
drive profitability and help them to improve their businesses.
TRENDY MILLENNIALS DRIVE DORM ROOM FURNISHINGS SPENDING UP 30%
fully expect families to take advantage of retailers'
unique promotions on home furnishing items." Matthew
WASHINGTON - Although back-to-school spending is projected to be down
this year over 2014 for grades K-12, the drop will be slightly less for
back to college spending. In fact, the one bright spot in NRF's 2015
Back-to-College Spending Survey is dorm room furnishings - with positive
implications for the rug and home textiles industries.
WASHINGTON - While paid search and email marketing still top retailers' list of effective customer acquisition channels, social media has moved up the ranks to become an important tool for engaging with and attracting new customers. According to the State of Retailing Online 2015, conducted by Shop.org, Forrester Research Inc. and Bizrate Insights, 25% of retailers surveyed cite Facebook as a top acquisition platform.
LOWE'S CANADA EXPANDS TO 54 LOCATIONS;
TARGET ACQUISITION ACCELERATES GROWTH
TORONTO - Lowe's Canada announced that in addition to completing the acquisition of 12 former Target sites, the company also plans to open two more locations in Ontario. Construction is currently underway in Ancaster and Mississauga, representing an additional investment in excess of approximately C$50 million.
BAKER BROS. GOES
ALL IN FOR RUGS; REPORTS BANNER YEAR
When asked recently what product category he was most excited about, Phil
Koufidakis, owner of Baker Bros., with seven flooring stores in the Phoenix
area, could have said hardwood flooring or LVT, the current hottest product in
the flooring business. Instead, Koufidakis said "area rugs," and there was good
reason for that.
OUTDOOR FURNITURE GIANT AGIO, USA EXPANDS NULOOM PROGRAM
TO INCLUDE INDOOR RUGS
its Las Vegas showroom launch Agio USA will display 15 furniture
vignettes with coordinating NuLOOM rugs.
- Adding to the hype of its behemoth new 22,000-foot anchor showroom debuting at
Las Vegas Market, outdoor furniture giant Agio USA of Virginia Beach, VA.,
announces an expanded outdoor rug partnership with New York-based NuLOOM, and
the addition of a new indoor rug program for furniture stores. Both companies
are first time Las Vegas Market exhibitors with an eye to reaching an
incremental retailer base of traditional furniture and lifestyle stores, big
box, catalog and Internet retailers. Agio is the largest supplier of outdoor
furniture in the U.S.
The supplier of the year award presented annually at summer market by Rugs Direct, went to Nourison for several reasons, among them significant sales growth in double digits, Nourison's product, programs, and a dedicated regional sales person on the Rugs Direct account. Left to right: David Craig of
Rugs Direct with Nourison's Jeff Forwood, regional sales manager; Alex Peykar, president, Gerard O'Keefe, vice president of sales, and Gina Falsetti, Nourison
sales agent; with Rugs Direct execs Randy Kremer, Adrienne Wooddell and Bill Martin, right.
A whopping 65% increase in sales
over the previous year earned Surya its second consecutive
'Partner of the Year' award from Rugs Direct at the Atlanta
International Rug Market on July 10. Surya's Kristen Bowen
received the Rugs Direct award for 'Representative of the Year.'
From left: Brandon Gavic of Surya; David Craig and Randy Kremer
of Rugs Direct; Satya Tiwari and Kristen Bowen of Surya;
Adrienne Wooddell and Bill Martin, Rugs Direct.
SURYA SPACES CONTEST TO
SHOWCASE DESIGN PROJECTS USING SURYA ACCESSORIES
A room by Brook Voss Design of Minneapolis featuring the Archive rug by Surya for The Smithsonian.
CALHOUN, GA - Suryais inviting its customers to submit photos of their best design projects
featuring Surya rugs and accessories for the chance to win up to $1,000. The
Surya Spaces Contest, which runs through August 15, is intended to promote the
design talent of Surya customers while also highlighting the creative ways in
which the brand's products can be coordinated to build inspired spaces. This is
the second round of the contest, which was first held in 2012.
KALEEN PRESENTS NEW BROADLOOM AND RUGS
TO FLOORING AMERICA/FLOORING CANADA DEALERS
Kevin Blaine (left) and Blake Dennard of Kaleen show the
company's handmade broadloom at the Flooring
America/Flooring Canada Summer 2015 connexion event,
July 13 to 15 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. The
only rug company exhibiting, Kaleen showed rugs and the
new broadloom line featuring flatweave, heavy berbers
and natural looks, all made of 100% seasonal wool.
"We've been a CCA partner for several years, and have
attended the shows for the last two years," said Dennard,
adding that the company wrote orders and met several new
FA/FC members this week.
DALTON, GA -
Kaleen has announced a decision to donate 10% of all sales to help support the
families of four U.S. Marines and one Navy officer killed as a result of the
tragic shooting targeting military personnel on July 16 in Chattanooga. The
company today notified all of its dealers that the donation will apply to sales
made from July 20 through August 3, 2015, and will be made to a fund established
to directly support the victims' families.
TUFENKIAN REPORTS $46,000 DONATION
FOR NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
NEW YORK -
James Tufenkian, founder of Tufenkian Carpets, has announced a total donation in
excess of $46,000 in support of the company's fundraising efforts for emergency
relief in Nepal. The Tufenkian Foundation matched donations of $23,085 to its
Mercy Corps fundraiser to achieve the total number.
AT LAS VEGAS MARKET; LAUNCHES NEW "VIVID SILK" RUGS
The vintage design aesthetic of NuLOOM's Vivid
Silk collection ranges soft pastels and neutrals to vivid
over-dyed looks machine made of polyester ($199).
NEW YORK - Rug
and home furnishings resource NuLOOM is expanding its reach to a broader
audience of brick and mortar retailers with the debut of its first World Market
Center showroom next week at Las Vegas Market. The new 2,900-square-foot
showroom, space A-406, will highlight three 2015 rug collections: Vivid Silk,
Chloe, and Jardin, the newest of its 125 running line series. "Our push this
year is re-creating old world patterns with a bold and fresh twist," explained
Nicole Yaraghi, who founded the company with her husband Koorosh Yaraghi in
KICKS OFF TALENT SEARCH FOR DESIGN STARS TO CREATE 'HAUTE
Program Launches with Invitation to Designers at Las
Feizy is launching a search for emerging design talent nationwide, and
the program kicks off at Las Vegas Market. As thousands of talented
interior designers head to Las Vegas, Feizy - one of the country's
largest rug manufacturers - is looking to find the best of the best for
a unique concept in rug collections. The company has announced that a
new "Haute Trends" collection will be entirely designed by fresh talent
from all over the U.S. With the launch, the company offers interior
designers a canvas to showcase their imaginative designs to the entire