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2008 SEPTEMBER

  • 09072008 Charles S Mussalem obituary

    CHARLES MUSSALEM, 57, DIES
    RETAILER AND UNDERLAY MAKER

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Charles S. Mussallem, III, died on August 24, 2008.  He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes. He was 57 years old.


Markets
  • 08252008 NYIGF Changes Winter Date and Location

    NY GIFT SHOW CHANGES 
    JANUARY 2009 DATE, LOCATION
     

    NEW YORK – The Winter 2009 edition of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) has been re-scheduled for  Sunday, January 25 to Thursday, January 29, 2009, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 90, 92 and 94, according to George Little Management, the show's organizers.


  • 09012008 Update on Indian October Market

    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FOR
    OCT. INDIA CARPET EXPO IS SEPT. 15

    VARANASI, INDIA -- The deadline for registration for the October  India Carpet Expo (ICE) is Sept. 15. The semi-annual international event will be held at Maharaja Lawn of the Hotel Taj Ganges in Varanasi from Oct. 17 to 20, 2008. The ICE is sponsored by the Carpet Export Promotion Council under the aegis of the Government of India.


  • 09052008 Domotex Hannover Announces Carpet Design Comeptition

    CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR DOMOTEX
    2009 CARPET DESIGN AWARDS 

    HANNOVER – Deutsche Messe is inviting exhibitors to submit entries to compete for the 2009 Carpet Design Awards. The designs will be judged in 10 categories in the handcrafted carpet segment. A total of 10,000 euros (approx. $14,273) will be awarded to the winners.


  • 09092008 Showplace Offers new Venue Sunset on 3

    SHOWPLACE OFFERS NEW
    AFTERNOON SOCIAL: SUNSET ON 3
     

    HIGH POINT, NC – The International Home Furnishings Market will have a new social venue for exhibitors and their customers  during the upcoming High Point Market, Oct.  20 to 26. Sunset on 3 will be located on the Third Floor Balcony of Showplace.


  • 09142008 NY Metro Market Pre-Show Report and New Products

    THREE NEW YORK EVENTS
    OPEN FALL  MARKET SEASON;
    ALL THINGS TO ALL RETAILERS

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- The rug industry is gearing up for a much-needed shot of optimism as approximately 150 rug vendors exhibit at three New York City market events this week.


  • 09182008 Afghanistan Carpet Fair Set for October

    APPLICATIONS FOR DELEGATES TO
    AFGHANISTAN INTERNATIONAL FAIR
    NOW BEING TAKEN  

    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Applications are now being taken for an official US delegation to attend the second annual Afghanistan International Carpet Fair is set for October 26 to 28, 2008 at the Kabul Serena Hotel, here.


  • 09192008 Americasmart Launches Logistics Program

    AMERICASMART LAUNCHES
    LOGISTICS PROGRAM

    ATLANTA, GA – Americasmart Atlanta has launched Americasmart Logistics, a new transportation and warehousing service offering exhibitors door-to-dock product shipping, storage and delivery.


  • 09202008 NY Market Home Textiles People Pix II Page One

    NY HOME FASHION WEEK HOSTS
    GIANTS OF MASS MERCHANDISING


    Vive La France! France Chouinard, buyer of Winner's stores headquartered  in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, pays a visit to Orian showroom. Here she is with Paul Sullivan, Orian's senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Pat O'Farrell, head of Orian's Canadian operations.

    Enjoy ALL the NY Textiles Market People Pix,
    click here

     


  • 09212008 Armory Show Pic Page one

    AUTUMN IN NEW YORK:
    HIGH END SPECIALISTS
    EXHIBIT AT ARMORY SHOW

    Show organizer Dennis Dodds, left, was the amiable host of the Fourth Annual NYICS at the Historic Armory on Lexington Ave. He is shown here with George Haroonian,The Rug Warehouse, Los Angeles.
     

    Enjoy ALL the  NY Market People Pix
    click here
     



  • 09232008 New York Market Week Business Wrap Up
    NY Fall Market Week Wrap-Up:
    THREE DISTINCT NY MARKETS HELP
    GENERATE RUG INDUSTRY ENTHUSIASM

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK --When the dust cleared and the parties were over, it was generally agreed that last week's New York Market Week helped rekindle a lot of enthusiasm for the rug business.


Obituaries
People
  • 09232008 Lumpkin to Speak at LV Design Center

    ART MUSEUM EXPERT TO SPEAK
    ON CONTEMPORARY ART AT
    LAS VEGAS MARKET CENTER EVENT

    LAS VEGAS – O. Libby Lumpkin, Ph.D., consulting executive director of the Las Vegas Art Museum will speak on "Collecting Contemporary Art" at the Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008.


Products
  • 09012008 Kewl and Unusual Rugs

    KEWL & UNUSUAL DESIGNS OFFER A WAY
    TO REKINDLE CONSUMER'S IMAGINATION

    By Lissa Wyman

    Over the years, my vendor friends have told me that business downturns are actually GOOD for the industry.The quiet time can be used to develop truly unique products that will capture the consumer's imagination and renew  the public's "Gotta-Have-It" cravings. In the past, that has largely been a lot of Blah-Blah rhetoric. But this time around, they really seem to mean it.


  • 09072008 Safavieh Introduces Hand Hooked Rugs and Broadloom with Look of Classic Wiltons

    SAFAVIEH DOES A SWITCHEROO WITH NEW HAND-HOOK RUG AND BROADLOOM LINE
    WITH  LOOK OF  CLASSIC WILTONS 

    Safavieh Wilton collection will retail for $575 in 5'6" x 6'6." Broadloom will retail at $12 sq. ft.


    PORT WASHINGTON, NY -- Historically, power-loomed rugs have sought to emulate the look of hand-made rugs. But Safavieh is taking the opposite approach in its new Wilton collection, a line of coordinated rugs and broadloom that re-create classic Wilton patterns in a proprietary hand-hooked construction.


Retailers
  • 09102008 Bloomingdales To Open Three New Stores

    BLOOMINGDALE'S TO OPEN
    THREE NEW STORES

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy's, Inc.  plans to open three new Bloomingdale's stores including two that will feature the store design concept launched at the Bloomingdale's SoHo store in lower Manhattan.


  • 09112008 Rugsale Improves Live Help Link

    RUGSALE.COM IMPROVES LIVE HELP LINK
    BY ADDING A PERSONAL SHOPPER

    HOLYOKE, MA – Rugsale.com, the online rug retailer, has upgraded its standard Live Help link with a Live Help Personal Shopper. The interface  allows customers and the RugSale staff  look at products of interest together and chat about various options. The upgraded system creates  an in-store experience in a virtual setting.

  • 09222008 Bloomingdales to Open in Dubai in 2010

    BLOOMINGDALE’S TO
    OPEN TWO STORES
    IN DUBAI IN 2010

    CINCINNATI, OH – Macy's, Inc. will open its first two Bloomingdale's stores outside of the United States in February 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). One of the stores will be a Bloomingdales Home Store.


  • 09282008 Nepal Prime Minister Visits ABC Carpet & Home

    PRIME MINISTER OF NEPAL, TRADE MISSION VISIT ABC FLAGSHIP STORE
    Nepalese officials visit ABC. From left: Kush Kuma Joshi, president of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry; Prashant K. Pokharel of AMI Apparel and head of the Nepal Garment Association; Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda," Prime Minister of Nepal; Anup B. Malla of Nepal Kangri Carpet Industry P.Ltd. and executive committee member of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, and Alex Kimia, vice president of ABC Carpet & Home, New York.


    NEW YORK -- ABC Carpet & Home was the host to Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal "Prachanda" Dahal, who paid a visit to ABC's flagship store on Sunday, Sept. 28. Dahal made the visit as part of a fact-finding mission to discover how Nepalese products are marketed in the United States.


Vendors
  • 09022008 Kas Feature Story
    IN CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE,
    KAS TAKES POSITIVE ACTIONS

    Hari Tummala

    Rao Yarlagadda

    By Lissa Wyman

    SOMERSET, NJ -- There's no doubt that the current economic downturn is getting on everyone's nerves, but some companies are taking action rather than just standing on the sidelines waiting for the storm to pass.


  • 09032008 Couristan Enhances Website

    COURISTAN EXPANDS AND
     UPGRADES CORPORATE WEBSITE


    FORT LEE, NJ --  - - Couristan, Inc. is expanding the capabilities of its corporate website with new sales features and dynamic product content. 


  • 09052007 WONZ Add Five New Partners

    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND
    ADDS FIVE BRAND PARTNERS

    ATLANTA, GA - Wools of New Zealand Brand has signed with five new partners.  With the new additions of Bentley Prince Street, Eclipse, Fabrica, Masland and Woolstreet Designs, Wools of New Zealand has 60 partners that supply branded contract and residential floor covering products to the North American market.


  • 09102008 Couristan Closes High Point Showroom

    COURISTAN CLOSES
    HIGH POINT SHOWROOM

    FT. LEE, NJ -- Couristan has closed its High Point showroom, according to Ron Couri, chief executive officer of the rug and broadloom manufacturer and importer.


  • 09112008 Jaipur Nearly Doubles Space at Showplace in HIgh Point

    JAIPUR NEARLY DOUBLES
    HIGH POINT SHOWROOM

    HIGH POINT, NC – Jaipur Rugs, Inc. has nearly doubled its showroom at Showplace here. Located on the third floor is space 3415, the expanded facility measures 2,304 sq. ft. Jaipur formerly occupied a 1,254 sq ft. space at the same location.


  • 09162008 Company C goes Pink in October

    COMPANY C GOES PINK TO BENEFIT
    BREAST CANCER AWARENESS IN OCTOBER


    Company C's Sachi Pink accent rug.

     

    CONCORD, NH – Company C retailers will participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In October, the retail co-operative will raise funds to benefit breast cancer awareness and community outreach with the sale of its new accent rug Sachi Pink.


  • 09182008 Capel Gallery Program Expands with Two New Locations

    CAPEL IN-STORE GALLERY PROGRAM
    EXPANDS WITH TWO NEW LOCATIONS

    TROY, NC – Capel Rugs has opened two new in-store galleries, one in Edmond, OK and the other in El Paso, TX.  The openings mark the one-year anniversary of Capel's gallery expansion program. Capel has opened a total of four new galleries across the nation within the past year.


  • 09182008 Shaw Floors Selected for Good Housekeeping Green House

    SHAW FLOORS SELECTED FOR
    GOOD HOUSEKEEPING GREEN HOUSE

    DALTON, GA – Shaw’s recyclable Anso nylon carpet and recycled Grand Canyon hardwood are featured in Good Housekeeping magazine’s Good Housekeeping Green House, the first LEED-certified single-family home in New York's Harlem neighborhood.


  • 09192008 Karastan Participate in Be EcoChic Runway Show

    KARASTAN PARTICIPATES IN 
    'ECOCHIC' RUNWAY SHOW

    DALTON, GA – Karastan was one of the participating companies in the Be EcoChic runway show Sept. 4 at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The company donated an eco-friendly Plum Blossom rug from the Studio by Karastan Artworks collection to be used in the VIP lounge during the event.


  • 09192008 Momeni Grand Opening Page one

     MOMENI CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF  HEADQUARTERS AND WAREHOUSE


    The Momeni family celebrates the Grand Opening of its new warehouse, left to right: Reza Momeni, president; Ali Momeni, vice president; Ali Akbar (Haji) Momeni, founder and chairman; Aria Momeni, executive vice president, Narges Momeni (Mrs Haji),  and Will Roseman, mayor of Carlstadt, NJ.

    Momeni pix, click here
    Other New York Market Pix, click here


  • 09282008 Shaw Living Enters Partnership with Angela Adams

    SHAW LIVING ENTERS PARTNERSHIP
    WITH ANGELA ADAMS; RUGS TO BE
    INTRODUCED IN JANUARY 2009

    DALTON, GA. -- Shaw Living has entered a new partnership and licensing agreement with Angela Adams. The rugs will be introduced at  the International Rug Market in Atlanta Jan. 7 to 12, 2009.


  • 09292008 Shaw Announces 2009 Winter Market Events

    SHAW ANNOUNCES 2009
    WINTER MARKET EVENTS

    DALTON, GA – Shaw has announced the location and dates of the company’s 2009 Winter Market Events. According to Reggie Newton, Shaw’s vice president of residential marketing, the events will introduce soft and hard surface products, displays and competitive programs to the market as well as provide a positive relationship-building and networking forum for Shaw associates and retailers.


















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