By Umair Usman Usman Carpet House Lahore, Pakistan
LAHORE, PAKISTAN --Usman Carpet House, a producer of hand knotted rugs here, is re-orienting production toward higher end and finer carpets. As the coordinator of a large programmed production of Afghan rugs in the region, the company’s efforts will have far reaching impact on the industry.
By Joe Cecere President and Chief Creative Officer of Little
Reprinted with permission from Retail Customer Experience.com
It turns out that what was true 100 years ago in retail is still true today. Don't believe it? Check out Masterpiece Classic's Mr. Selfridge, which returned to PBS on Sunday, March 30 for its second season.
CALHOUN, GA --Surya has released its Spring 2014 catalog featuring 752 pages. The catalog highlights the brand’s full range of coordinating product offerings, including rugs, pillows, throws, art and accent furniture, as well as recently introduced lighting and mirror categories.
In this age of Social Media and instant digital gratification, it's still important for both vendors and retailers to go to market. I had to miss the recent round of Spring markets and I feel like I have lost touch -- the Human Touch.
The money guys agree that the economy may be on the road to recovery, but until the housing market and employment bounce back, growth will still lag. And we all know that until new households are formed and people start buying homes again, the home furnishings business will be sluggish.
AMERICASMART ATLANTA EXPANDS FURNITURE AND ACCENTS PRESENCE
ATLANTA – AmericasMart Atlanta has added another 100,000 sq. ft. of globally branded furniture and accents with the launch of the Building 1 Floor 15 development program leading to a January 2015 opening, according to David Savula, executive vice president of leasing.
HIGH POINT, NC– Surya will unveil an expanded lighting collection in its Showplace showroom 4100 during the Spring High Point Market, April 5 to 10. The latest additions bring the total number of products in the lighting collection to 150, according to the company.
KAS MAKES SPLASH WITH INTRODUCTION OF BOB MACKIE LICENSING PROGRAM
And a good time was had by all. left to right: Marc Schwarz and Joe McFate of Bob Mackie; Santhi Yarlagadda of Kas, Bob Mackie, and Rao Yarlagadda, Raja Tummala, Wendy Reiss, Hari Tummala, and Vee Curfman from KAS.
By Gary James
HIGH POINT, NC -- Kas Oriental Rugs introduced its first Bob Mackie designed rugs at High Point Market, celebrating the company's first licensing program in 15 years. The program was kicked off with a launch party featuring a personal appearance by Mackie.
High Point Rug Business Report RUG EXHIBITORS CALL HIGH POINT ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE MARKET
By Gary James
HIGH POINT, NC —Active and productive —that’s how rug vendors described this Spring’s market here as a steady stream of buyers kept many showrooms hopping even before the market’s official opening day on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
DESIGN STARS SHINE AT SAFAVIEH'S HIGH POINT CENTENNIAL PARTY
Interior design stars turned out in force at the Century of Style party to celebrate Safavieh’s 100th anniversary on Monday, April 7. Left to right John Loecke, Jason Oliver Nixon, Michelle Workman, Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, Libby Langdon, Corey Damen Jenkins, Lisa Mende, Greg Vargo and Jamie DrakeThe event, attended by 285, was sponsored by IMC.
AMERICASMART ATLANTA SET FOR SUMMER 2014 JULY MARKETS
ATLANTA – AmericasMart Atlanta will offer a comprehensive home furnishings, rug and gift market that will showcase new and newly expanded showrooms in more than 35 trade show categories during both the Home and Gift Market, July 8 to July 15 and the Area Rug Market, July 9 to July 12, 2014.
WORLD MARKET CENTER OPENS REGISTRATION FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – Registration for the upcoming Summer Las Vegas Market, running Sunday, July 27, through Thursday, July 31, 2014 at World Market Center, is now open. Hotel reservations also are available, with “early bird” discounts offered at four select partner hotels throughApril 23 and June 4at eight partner properties.
One of the hand-made carpet exhibits at Domotex Asia ChinaFloor.
SHANGHAI -- Domotex Asia ChinaFloor, the annual Shanghai-based event for the floor covering industry set records in terms of attendance and exhibitors during its run at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center Marchh 25 to 27, 2014.
HOM FURNITURE NEW BARGAIN SHOP TO FEATURE LOWER PRICE POINTS
COON RAPIDS, MN – HOM Furniture has added a new department called the Bargain Shop that will feature furniture at lower price points. HOM Furniture developed the Special Buy category to appeal to consumers who may not be able to purchase entire room sets, according to Jerry Underwood, HOM’s director of marketing.
DOVER RUG AND HOME TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION IN BOSTON
NATICK, MA – Dover Rug & Home will open its second location in Boston at 390 Stuart St. in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood which is closely located to Copley Square, public transportation and in the heart of what is being coined Boston’s Home Furnishing district. An opening date has not yet been determined.
TROY, NC – Capel Rugs has released a new printed catalog showcasing its entire 2014 line. The catalog opens with a look inside Capel's licensing partnerships, including Biltmore For Your Home, CoCoCozy, Genevieve Gorder, Hable Construction, Kevin O'Brien and Williamsburg.
SURYA ADDS FLEXIBLE REWARD OPTIONS TO CUSTOMER LOYALTY PROGRAM
CALHOUN, GA – Surya has launched an enhanced version of its Surya Rewards customer loyalty program. The expanded program builds upon the company’s existing rewards program, which provides customers with free Surya samples and displays, product discounts and other benefits as they reach key sales milestones.
SAFAVIEH AUBUSSON RUG CHOSEN FOR OPRAH MAGAZINE COVER
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – One of Safavieh’s Aubusson rugs was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s May 2014 cover of O, the Oprah magazine. The delicate floral rug was chosen from a selection of pink and beige designs submitted by Safavieh to the stylist for the cover shoot.To view the video of Oprah’s photoshoot, click here.