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2009 JANUARY

  • 01152009 Rugnews.com Celebrates 8th anniversary


    RUGNEWS.COM CELEBRATES
    EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY


    On Jan. 15, 2001, Rugnews.com made its debut
    at the Atlanta International Rug Market.

    We thank all of our readers for helping
    to make
    Rugnews.com
    the international source for rug industry news.

    Special thanks to our advertisers
    for making it all possible.



  • 01162009 Matt Blitz Guest Editorial
    Rugnews.com Guest Editorial:
    RUGS GET BOUGHT IN THE
    SHOWROOM, NOT IN THE HALL

    By Matt Blitz

    "Wow, the lobby sure is crowded!" I thought as I waited on line to get my badge. It was Friday, Jan. 9,  and I was at the AmericasMart International Rug Market, which this year coincided with the Gift &Home Furnishings market.


  • 01202009 Home Furnishings Industry Associations Join Forces for Economic Stimulus

    HOME FURNISHINGS ASSOCIATIONS
    JOIN FORCES FOR ECONOMIC STIMULUS

    HIGH POINT, NC – American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) have joined a coalition that is proposing consumer and commercial tax incentives designed to help both the housing and retail industries.


  • 01282009 Provenance of $86,000 rug

    PROVENANCE OF THAT $86,000 RUG

    Dear Readers --

    We just received an email which clarifies the provenance of that rug. Click here to read the email and see the rug:


  • 01282009 Rugnews.com Editorial: The $86,000 Rug

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    WHY I'M NOT LAUGHING
    ABOUT THE $86,000 RUG

    By Lissa Wyman

     

    David Mink, who heads the Mink Companies, which operate major lease departments in Macy's stores, called me to suggest we publish a story about that $86,000 rug. "It might be fun to see what people who are actually in the rug business think about it," he said.


Markets
  • 01012009 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 7 to 12, 2009.
     

    click here


  • 01052009 CMI to Host Grand Opening at AMC

    CMI TO HOST GRAND OPENING OF 
    EXPANDED ATLANTA  SHOWROOM

    PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. (CMI) will unveil its new, 1,700 sq. ft. showroom 6E1, 6E2 at the Atlanta  International  Rug Market January 7 to 12.  CMI will celebrate the showroom’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting Thursday, Jan. 8 at 6:00 p.m.  The event is open to all market attendees.


  • 01082009 Opening Day -Momeni Party Pic

    ATLANTA MARKET OPENS - SERIOUS
    BUYERS FACE SERIOUS CHALLENGES


    Reza Momeni, right, president of Momeni, welcomes Scott Hayim to the new 13,000 sq. ft. Momeni showroom --
    now an anchor showrooms on the Fifth Floor of AmericasMart. Hayim is president of Rug Decor stores, a division of CCA Global, St. Louis.

    More Momeni Party Pix 
    CLICK HERE

     


  • 01092009 Gil Kemp and Mike Riley
     

    RETAILERS COME TO ATLANTA MARKET LOOKING FOR FRESH IDEAS TO
    STIMULATE CONSUMER $PENDING


    Gil Kemp, left, president of Home Decorators Collection,
    St. Louis, MO, with Mike Riley, president of
    Oriental Weavers of America

    MORE PEOPLE PIX
    CLICK HERE
     



  • 01112009 Americas Magnificent Carpet Awards

    INDUSTRY FETES MAGNIFICENT CARPETS
    AT ATLANTA RUG MARKET CEREMONIES


    People's Choice: For the second straight year, a rug from Capa Imports has won the People's Choice popular vote at
    the AmericasMart Magnificent Carpet Awards ceremony
    .The rug also won top spot in the Handmade $65-plus category.
    It was hand knotted in Turkey by Cinar.

     


    FULL RESULTS OF THE MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARDS
    And People Pix of the Gala, too!
    click here


  • 01122009 Innovation in Atlanta

    DARING INNOVATIONS  BRINGS ELEMENT
    OF SURPRISE TO ATLANTA RUG MARKET


    Dynamic Rugs had a soft introduction of two machine made collections from India. The Isphahan collection is machine made of viscose and has a suggested retail price of $199. The line will ship at the end of February.

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Neither exhibitors nor retailers held high expectations for the January Atlanta Rug Market,. Exhibitors did not expect to see too many buyers, and buyers did not expect to see many innovative products.


  • 01122009 LV Reduces Hotel Rates for Feb Market

    HOTELS REDUCE RATES
    FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – Several resorts and hotels have reduced room rates in time for the 2009 Winter Las Vegas Market, Feb. 9 to 13 at the World Market Center.  Eight of the hotels are offering rates less than $100 per night.


  • 01132009 Large Turnout Expected for Domotex Hannover 2009

    Domotex Pre-Show Report:
    LARGE TURNOUT EXPECTED
    FOR
    DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2009

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – Domotex Hannover will host 1,400 exhibitors from 60 countries during the annual international  floor covering show Jan. 17 to 20.  


  • 01132009 Safavieh Party Pix Page One

    SAFAVIEH HOSTS PARTY TO CELEBRATE
    NEW COUTURE DIVISION

    Arash  Yaraghi, left, Safavieh principal; Couture Division Designer Suzanne Kasler; Richard Zolt, Stark Carpet Corp., and Cyrus Yaraghi, Safavieh principal.

     LOLOI CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
     IN  EXPANDED 7,000 SQ. FT.SHOWROOM
     
     Gracious host Amir Loloi, second left, welcome Dave Lammers of The Rug Gallery, Cincinnati, sales rep Dave Calderwood, and Sam Presnell, president of The Rug Gallery.

    LOTS MORE ATLANTA MARKET
    PARTY AND PEOPLE PIX,
    CLICK HERE


    AND MORE TO COME!


  • 01142009 Last Page Atlanta Market Party and People Pix

    WHEN PEOPLE ARE SMILING,
    THE MARKET IS ALWAYS GOOD!

    Satya Tiwari, right, president of Surya, greets  Dave Lammers ,left, and Sam Presnell of The Rug Gallery, Cincinnati.

    BUSINESS ANALYSES COMING SOON!

    To see ALL 83 Atlanta Winter
    Market Party and People Pix
    CLICK HERE

     



  • 01152009 Status Americas Showcases Norman Rockwell Collection at Domotex

    STATUS AMERICAS TO SHOWCASE
    NORMAN ROCKWELL COLLECTION
    AT DOMOTEX HANNOVER FAIR

    DALTON, GA – Status Americas, the U.S. division of Chinar Forge Limited, is introducing a licensed area rug and scatter mat collection based on iconic images from the estate of Norman Rockwell. The initial showing will be made during Domotex Hannover Jan. 17 to 20. The company’s showroom is in Hall 5, Stand E56.


  • 01152009 Wilcom to Showcase 3D Rugs During Domotex

    WILCOM TO SHOWCASE 3D
    RUGS AT DOMOTEX SHOW

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Machinery-maker Wilcom Carpet & Rug Technologies will showcase 3D multi-textural custom rugs during this week's  Domotex Hannover Fair running January 17 to 20 at the Hannover fairgrounds in Germany.  The company’s showroom is located in Hall 6, Stand E51.


  • 01162009 7W Offers Transportation Options for January Market

    7W OFFERS TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
    FOR JANUARY GIFT SHOW ATTENDEES

    NEW YORK – 7 W New York Gift and Home Textiles market is simplifying travel between 7 W New York, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Passenger Ship Terminal Piers with the offer of complimentary transportation options for the January 23 to 29 market.


  • 01162009 Balta Group to Show at Domotex 2009

    BALTA GROUP INTRODUCING
    NEW PRODUCTS AT DOMOTEX

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – The Balta Group is showcasing  its latest floor covering at the Domotex Hannover Fair, January 17 to 20.  Balta Rugs, Balta Broadloom and ITC are located in Hall 6, booth A30 and Balterio has a booth in Hall 7, booth C28. 


  • 01162009 Rug Vendors to Host Open House at LV Market

    RUG VENDORS TO HOST  LAS VEGAS
    MARKET OPEN HOUSE EVENT

    LAS VEGAS – Several rug vendors will participate in the annual 8th Floor Open House event taking place in building C at the Las Vegas World Market Center during the Las Vegas Market, February 9 to 13.


  • 01192009 Samad Shows Colors of India Film at Atlanta Market
    SAMAD FILM ON INDIAN HAND-KNOTTED
    RUGS SHOWN AT ATLANTA MARKET

    ATLANTA, GA -- The second floor of AmericasMart is usually home to fine one-of-a-kind hand-knotted Oriental rugs, accessory items such as rug underlay, and business tools such as computer software. But this January, the second floor temporaries got a bit of Hollywood glamour.


  • 01202009 Atlanta Market Business Report Story 1

    ATLANTA MARKET BUSINESS REPORT:
    PREPARE FOR BUSINESS UPTURN, AND
    DON'T WORRY YOURSELF TO DEATH,
    RUG EXECUTIVES ADVISE

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Nobody was bragging about how good business was at the recent Atlanta International Rug Market. But major rug industry executives said that worrying is not the answer to the troubles that ail the rug industry and the worldwide economy as a whole.


  • 01202009 Atlanta Market Business Report Story 2
    ATLANTA MARKET BUSINESS REPORT:
    EVERYONE FACES LOUSY ECONOMY;
    CHALLENGE  IS TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA --While the current state of the economy was on everyone's minds at the recent Atlanta International Rug Market, top executives say that the future will bring major changes in how the industry conducts business.


  • 01202009 Domotex Hannover Market Wrap-Up

    DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2009 CALLED
    SUCCESS DESPITE ECONOMIC CLIMATE

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – Organizers of the Domotex Hannover tradeshow, Jan 17 to 20, was termed a success, despite the worldwide economic climate and a decline in attendance,  according to market officials.   


  • 01212009 7W to Host Mardi Gras during January Market

     

    7W NEW YORK TO HOST MARDI GRAS
    DURING JANUARY GIFT MARKET

    NEW YORK – 7W New York will host Mardi Gras festivities Monday,  Jan, 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with smooth jazz in the lobby and cocktails and appetizers throughout the building. 


  • 01222009 Accent Rug Business Report by Janelle Lampp
    ACCENT RUG BUSINESS HOLDING UP

    DESPITE THE DOWN ECONOMY

    By Janelle Lampp

    ATLANTA -- There have always been distinct differences between the accent rug business and the rest of the rug industry,  but those differences were even more evident at the recent Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.


  • 01232009 Surya to Host Luncheon during LV Market

    SURYA TO HOST DAILY LUNCH 
    DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – In celebration of Surya’s new coordinating products for Spring 2009, the company will host a complimentary lunch daily in its showroom B-350 during the Las Vegas Market, Feb. 9 to 13.  Cocktails will also be served daily after 4 p.m.


  • 01232009 WMC to House more than 100 new Exhibitors

    WORLD MARKET CENTER TO HOUSE
    MORE THAN 100 NEW EXHIBITORS
    FOR FEBRUARY MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – More than 100 new manufacturers and suppliers will make their debuts during the Winter 2009 Las Vegas Market, being held Feb. 9 to 13 .


  • 01252009 Safavieh to Host Luncheon Screenings of Designer Videos

    SAFAVIEH TO HOST LAS VEGAS
    LUNCHEON SCREENINGS FOR
    COUTURE DIVISION VIDEOS

    Jamie Drake's video, “It all starts with a rug,”
    will be shown at the Safavieh showroom during the  Las Vegas World Market. Video presentations from all three Couture division designers will be shown at the  market.

     

    LAS VEGAS – Safavieh will host a series of luncheon screenings of videos featuring its new Couture division designers during the upcoming Las Vegas Market, according to Cyrus Yaraghi, a company principal. The events will be held daily from noon to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 to 13 at the Safavieh showroom A-101 at the World Market Center.


  • 01292009 Designer Days Series Set for LV Market

    DESIGNER DAYS SERIES
    SET FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center will host a Designer Days series featuring some of the design industry’s brightest stars during the Winter 2009 Las Vegas Market Feb. 9 to 13.


  • 01292009 Indian Knot Construction to be Introduced at Surfaces
    PROPRIETARY 'INDIA KNOT' CONSTRUCTION
    TO BE SHOWN AT SURFACES EXPO

    BHADOGHI, INDIA -- A proprietary "Indian Knot" construction has been developed for the Indian rug industry. The "Indian Knot" uses a modification of hand-loomed construction to achieve the look of hand knotted rugs. The first samples of rugs using this technique will be shown at Surfaces in Las Vegas, Feb. 3 to 5.


  • 01292009 Jaipur to Host Cocktail Party at LV Market

    JAIPUR TO HOST COCKTAIL
    PARTY AT LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – Jaipur Rugs will host a cocktail reception daily during the Las Vegas Market, Feb. 9 to 13, in the company’s World Market Center showroom C824 at 2 p.m.


  • 01292009 Loloi Celebrates 5th at LV Market

    LOLOI TO CELEBRATE 5th
    ANNIVERSARY IN LAS VEGAS

    LAS VEGAS – In celebration of Loloi Rugs 5th anniversary, the company will host happy hour daily in its World Market Center showroom B400 during the Las Vegas Market, Feb 9 to 13.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Obituaries
  • 01162009 Dallas Market Center Founder Trammell Crow Dies at 94

    DALLAS MARKET CENTER FOUNDER
    TRAMMELL CROW DIES AT AGE 94

    DALLAS – Trammell Crow, Dallas Market Center founder, died Wednesday , Jan 14, at his family farm near Tyler, TX. Crow founded Dallas Market Center in 1957 as the centerpiece of large-scale development projects including wholesale market centers and tradeshows around the world.


People
  • 01142009 ABC Chairman Jerry Weinrib Weds Bunny Podell

    ABC CHAIRMAN WEINRIB WEDS


    Jerry (Jay) Weinrib and
    Bunny Podell Weinrib

    NEW YORK -- Jerry (Jay) Weinrib, chairman of ABC Carpet & Home was married Thursday, Jan. 8 to Bunny Podell, a high school friend from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, NY. To see the New York Times Styles coverage of the Weinrib-Podell nuptials, click here


  • 01212009 Balta Names Noten

    BALTA NAMES NOTEN
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    SINT-BAAFS-VIJVE, BELGIUM – Jules Noten has been named chief executive officer of Balta, the international floor covering manufacturer.  Noten was previously chief executive officer of Partners in Lighting International (PLI) and replaces Balta’s current chief executive officer Marcus Billman who is relocating to the UK.


Products
Retailers
  • 01272009 Carpet One Relaunches Bigelow collection

    CARPET ONE RELAUNCHES
    180-YEAR-OLD BIGELOW BRAND

     

    MANCHESTER, NH – Carpet One Floor & Home is relaunching its Bigelow brand carpet collection. The line will offer classic and contemporary styles featuring artistic patterns, natural fibers, warm wools and woven styles.  The Bigelow brand is a symbol of the American Industrial Revolution. It was established  in 1825, making it one of the first US carpet mills.


  • 01282009 Home Depot Closing All Expo Stores

    HOME DEPOT CLOSING ALL
    EXPO DESIGN CENTER STORES

    ATLANTA-- The Home Depot will close all 34 of  its Home Depot Expo Design Center stores, five YardBirds stores, two Design Center Stores and seven HD Bath remodeling stores, according to the company. None of the company’s “Orange Box” core retail stores are closing.


Vendors
  • 01012009 Kalaty to Debut New Licensed Collection at AMC

    KALATY IN LICENSING DEAL
    WITH CAROL HICKS BOLTON 

    NEW YORK – Kalaty Rug Corp. has entered a licensing agreement with interior designer Carol Hicks Bolton for a collection of Carol Bolton Vintage Rugs for E.J. Victor. 
     


  • 01022009 Amir Loloi Interview on Fifth Anniversary of Loloi Rugs
     

    Rugnews.com Interview:
    LOLOI FIFTH ANNIVERSARY:
    BUILDING ON THE PAST AND
    ENVISIONING THE FUTURE


    Amir Loloi with the full-time employees of Loloi Rugs at company headquarters in Dallas.

    By Lissa Wyman

    DALLAS– Since its inception five years ago, Amir Loloi's vision for Loloi Rugs has been to continually bring innovation and value to the rug industry.


  • 01032009 Ves Levi Moves to New Showroom

    VES-LEVI OPENS NEW
    ATLANTA SHOWROOM

    E. RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Ves-Levi has opened a new 1,650 sq. ft. showroom, space  6 E 6 at AmericasMart Atlanta,  according to Paul Vesely, president of the importing company.


  • 01052009 Caravan Rug Opens Third AMC Showroom

    CARAVAN RUG UNVEILS THIRD
    SHOWROOM AT AMERICASMART

    ATLANTA– Caravan Rug Corp. will unveil its third showroom 4D5, measuring 2,000 sq. ft. at Americasmart during the International  Rug Market, Jan. 7 to 12.  The company's total exhibit area now covers 6,000 sq. ft. in the Atlanta Area Rug product center.


  • 01052009 Shaw Ranks in Top 25 in Selling Power Magazine

    SHAW RANKS IN TOP 25 LIST OF
    MANUFACTURERS  FOR SALES REPS

    DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, was recently recognized by Selling Power magazine as one of the best manufacturing companies to sell for in the United States.


  • 01162009 Obeetee Receives Nirvat Shree Trophy

    INDIAN GOVERNMENT AWARDS
    OBEETEE NIRVAT SHREE TROPHY
     

    MIRZAPUR, INDIA – Obeetee has been recognized by the Government of India and the Ministry of Commerce’s Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) for the achievements in exports of handicrafts.  The Nirvat Shree Trophy was received during a ceremony held recently in Vigvan Bhawan, New Delhi, India.


  • 01202009 Capel Celebrates New San Francisco Showroom

    CAPEL CELEBRATES OPENING OF
    NEW SAN FRANCISCO SHOWROOM

    SAN FRANCISCO –  After more than 55 years in the San Francisco Mart building, Capel's Bay Area showroom has moved to a 5,000+ sq. ft. showroom in the  Design Pavilion at 200 Kansas Street in the city's  design district.


  • 01212009 Oriental Weavers Closes High Point Showroom

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS SPHINX
    CLOSING HIGH POINT SHOWROOM

     DALTON, GA – Sphinx by Oriental Weavers will close its High Point showroom later this month, according to company officials. The showroom was located in the International Home Furnishings Center (D-319).


  • 01222009 Feizy Receives ARTS Honors and Hall of Fame

    FEIZY RUGS RECEIVES DALLAS
    ARTS AWARDS AND SPOT IN
    ORGANIZATION'S  HALL OF FAME

    DALLAS– Feizy Rugs was presented with the ARTS Award for Rug Manufacturer of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 20th Annual ARTS Awards Gala, held Jan. 17 at the Dallas Trade Mart.  This is the fifth ARTS Award win for Feizy, which landed the company  a spot in the Accessories Resource Team’s Hall of Fame.  Feizy is the first and only rug manufacturer to be named to the ARTS Hall of Fame.


  • 01242009 Natco Warehouse Expansion Complete

    NATCO COMPLETES EXPANSION
    OF MAINE WEAVING FACILITY

    WEST WARWICK, RI – Natco Home Products has completed the expansion if its 60,000 sq. ft. domestic weaving facility in Sanford, ME. The company said the expansion was necessary due to an increased demand for U.S. manufactured machine made rugs. The additional space has also allowed for more efficient storage of both raw materials and finished product.


  • 12302008 Rizzy Parent Receives ISO 9001 Certification

    RIZZY PARENT RECEIVES
    ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

    CALHOUN, GA – Sheikh Bhullan Carpets (P) Ltd., parent company of  Riztex USA, Inc., has been awarded ISO 9001: 2000 certification for meeting all requirements associated with dyeing, manufacturing and exporting handmade carpets and other floor coverings.


















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