Rugnews.com Editorial: THE LONG-LOST ART OF ROMANCING THE RUG
By Lissa Wyman
MOOMSDAY IS COMING. Anyone who lived in New York in the 1970s knows that line. It was part of a marketing campaign that remains the most masterful example of brand building I have ever seen in the floor covering business. Nope in the entire home furnishings business.
WORLD MARKET CENTER EXPANDS GIFT AND HOME TEMPORARIES AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will house more than 75 new Gift and Home temporary exhibitors during the Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market, Aug 1 to 5, according to Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers, parent company of World Market Center Las Vegas.
CLINTON SPEECH AT LAS VEGAS MARKET MOVES TO AUGUST 2
LAS VEGAS – The Keynote Event featuring President Bill Clinton will now take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6:45 at the World Pavilions due to a last minute scheduling conflict, according to Market officials.
Early Market Birds Bob Browna, left, Carpet Mart store manager and Igor Yakovenko, right, Carpet Mart buyer, with John Shepherd, president of 828 International Trading. We caught these guys in the halls on Wednesday, where they shake a few hands and say hello to old friends before getting down to business on Thursday morning. Airbase Carpet & Tile Mart is headquartered in New Castle, DE.
The economy may be bad, but we can't ever lose our sense of humor. Here's Ali Momeni, left of Momeni having some market fun with buyer Carolyn Walsh of Rue La La in Boston. They're in front of the "Li'l Mo" rugs, which put everyone in a happy frame of mind.
THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL FURNISHINGS MONTH LAUNCHES 2011 SWEEPSTAKES
LAS VEGAS –The third annual National Home Furnishings Month will kick off at the Las Vegas Market, Aug. 1 to 5. Participants in the "Is it Home Yet" promotion include both retailers and vendors. National Home Furnishings Month is sponsored by International Market Centers and includes sweepstakes and promotions to drive in-store traffic.
Atlanta Market First Day Report: BUSINESS STILL TOUGH AT ALL LEVELS BUT RETAILERS COME TO SEE WHAT'S NEW
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- "It's tough out there." That is the unanimous observation of both wholesalers and retailers attending the Atlanta Summer Market. But everyone is putting on their best game face and actively looking for new ideas and new products to help jump start business. No one ever has high expectations for Summer markets, but the nation's top rug retailers were at AmericasMart Atlanta to make the best of the economic jitters that still plague the entire nation. (More news and quotes coming soon)
7 W DESIGNER DAY SERIES SET FOR SEPT. 12 DURING NY INTERNATIONAL CARPET FAIR
NEW YORK – 7 W New York will host Selecting the Right Carpet: From Contemporary to Classic to Custom” Monday, Sept.12 at 11:30 a.m. The Designer Day presentation will run in collaboration with the New York International Carpet Show (NYICS), Sept. 11 to 13 on the 11th floor of 7W.
DECORATOR NATHAN TURNER TO JOIN TREND SEMINAR AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – Nathan Turner, star of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators, will join co-star Jeffrey Alan Marks and Anthony Baratta for World Market Center’s Ahead of the Curve panel discussion, which will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 in Building C, Suite C-352, as well as simulcast live on the web.
A Mink never THINKS of missing a market! We caught these guys at the very end of the show, from left: Richard Kennedy, director of stores for the Mink Cos; David Mink, Jr., center, newly-named ceo for Mink, and Henry Ward, merchandise manager for Mink. The Mink organization runs all the rug lease departments in Macy's nation-wide.
DESIGNER CHIP WADE PRESENTS FRESH PERSPECTIVES ON USE OF RUGS AT ATLANTA SUMMER MARKET
ATLANTA – HGTV craftsman and designer Chip Wade helped designers and retailers attending the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings and Area Rug Markets gain fresh new perspectives on how area rugs can be utilized at a presentation during last week's Atlanta Market.
KARASTAN TO SPONSOR DESIGNER PANEL AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS -- Karastan Rugs is sponsoring a designer panel discussion Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Las Vegas World Market Center. The event will be held in suite C-176, followed by a wine and cheese reception at the new Karastan Rugs showroom, C-312.
AMERICASMART RUG AUCTION BENEFITS ORIA CHARITABLE FUND
SECAUCUS, NJ – Twenty-three donated rugs were auctioned off at the July International Area Rug Market held in conjunction with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) and the ORIA Charitable Fund.
LAS VEGAS– Rug showrooms will be on the move at the Las Vegas Summer 2011 Market Aug. 1 to 5. Six vendors are moving from the eighth floor of building C to Building B and other companies are also relocating.
SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison will host a free Apple iPad giveaway in its World Market Center showroom C-112 on Thursday, August 4 at 4 p.m. during Las Vegas Market. Registered buyers may enter to win by dropping off a business card at the company’s showroom.
FEIZY TO HOST KICK OFF PARTY DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET
DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will host a light breakfast in the World Market Center showroom C-399 on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in celebration of additions being added to both the Feizy Fine and Feizy Home collections.
Atlanta Market Business Overview: BUSINESS STILL TOUGH AT ALL LEVELS BUT RETAILERS CAME TO SEE WHAT'S NEW
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- There were few surprises at the Atlanta International Rug Market July 14 to 17. No one can ignore the fact that the economy continues to be sluggish. On top of that, Summer markets are always slower than Winter events, whether the economy is in a boom or bust cycle. Certainly a market took place, and there were bursts of activity.
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Value, Value, Value: RUG VENDORS SHOW CHAMPAGNE LOOKS FOR BEER POCKETBOOKS
Sphinx by Oriental Weavers' Emerson collection is machine-made of polypropylene. Made in the U.S. $199 in 5’3”x7’6.”
By Lissa Wyman
Major rug vendors are bringing champagne fashions to beer pocketbooks. Let's face it, that means almost everybody's pocketbook. The sweet spot at retail for 5x8 is now about $199 to $299, compared to $399 to $599 a few years ago.
EIGHT RUG COMPANIES UNVEIL NEW LAS VEGAS SHOWROOMS
Kas ribbon cutting in new B-570 showroom Monday morning as the Las Vegas World Market Center. Jeff Ryan, left, tenant improvements manager and Sheri Makransky, leasing manager for World Market Center help the Kas folks cut the ribbon on the sparking new showroom, from left, it's Raja Tummala, Wendy Reiss, Hari Tummala and Brandon Culpepper. Hiding a bit from our camera are Jim Ford and Vee Curfman of Kas. Sorry guys!
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS -- The opening of eight new rug showrooms at the Las Vegas World Market Center brought a new direction for the rug business in Las Vegas. With the move, the rug business is primarily centered on the third, fourth and fifth floors of Building B, with some major rug companies also located in the Design Center floors of Building A and C. New Showroom people pix, click here.
David Mink, Jr., center, new ceo for Mink, with management team members Patty Huang, left, and Richard Kennedy.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- David Mink, Jr. has been elected chief executive officer of the Kenneth Mink Co. He formerly held the post of president. He succeeds his father, David Mink, Sr., who has held the ceo post for over 20 years.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya People: The Art and Passion behind Surya Rugs, a new video for retailers, sales associates and industry partners, has been launched on You Tube. According to Surya, the video was made to show the craftsmanship behind its product. To view the video, click here.
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Innovations International will be showing a new web-based e-Catalog program for bricks-and-mortar retailers in space 3-E-3 at the Summer Atlanta International Rug Market, according to Scott Hayim, vice president of sales.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya has launched its in-store Design Studio. The merchandising unit holds 96 display boards featuring 275 rugs. Each display board contains an image of the rug, a room scene, additional colorways and available sizes, according to Satya Tiwari, president of Surya.
EMMA EMMA AT HOME REP NETWORK COVERS U.S. PETALUMA, CA – Emma Gardner has appointed representatives serving the majority of North America to support its Emma at Home product introductions, which will be shown in Chandra Rugs’ World Market Center showroom B-300 during the Las Vegas Market, August 1 to 5.