2016 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARD WINNER: CAPA IMPORTS
Atakan Yilmaz of Capa Imports shows off the winning Nidge/Bor America's Magnificent Carpet Award in the hand-knotted category retailing at $30.01-$50 at the 2016 awards ceremony in Atlanta.
ATLANTA -- Capa Imports Inc of Frederick, MD was awarded an America's Magnificent Award at the January 2016 Atlanta International Rug Market featuring NORS in the hand-knotted category retailing at $30.01-$50.
2016 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARD WINNER: HRI
A detail of HRI's elaborate and fashionable hand knotted Bristol design in silk and New Zealand wool, which garnered a 2016 America's Magnificent Carpet Award at the 2016 Atlanta International Rug Market featuring NORS.
ATLANTA- Harounian Rugs International received a 2016 America's Magnificent Carpet Award for its Bristol rug, featuring an on-trend combination of sage with the Pantone Color of the Year, rose quartz.
LOLOI WINS BEST AREA RUGS MANUFACTURER AT 27TH ANNUAL ARTS AWARDS
Amir and Soussan Loloi accept Loloi Rugs' fourth ARTS Award for Best Area Rugs Manufacturer at a ceremony held on Jan. 22 during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.
DALLAS - Loloi Rugs was presented with the ARTS Award for Best Area Rugs Manufacturer, its fourth award in that category, on Jan. 22, 2016 at the 27th Annual ARTS Awards ceremonies held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market.
SURYA RECEIVES BEST OF HOUZZ AWARD FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
This room by Brooke Voss of Brooke Voss Design featuring a rug from Surya's Archive collection received 10,096 saves on the Houzz website. Surya has received Best of Houzz awards for three years running.
CALHOUN, Ga. - Surya has received a Best Of Houzz 2016 award in the Design category, marking the third year in a row that the home accessories brand has earned this prestigious distinction.
2016 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARD WINNER: AMER RUGS
The winning rug in the Outdoor category at the 2016 America's Magnificent Carpet Awards is from the Piazza collection by Amer.
ATLANTA - Amer Rugs was the recipient of the 2016 America's Magnificent Carpet Award for the growing outdoor category. Designed to be a multi-purpose rug for use indoors and out, Piazza features high style but is engineered for durability.
2016 AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPET AWARD WINNER: CREATIVE TOUCH
A detail of the intricate weave of this Sivas Silk collection rug by Creative Touch, winner of the 2016 America's Magnificent Carpet Award in the $100.01 per square foot and up category.
ATLANTA - Creative Touch, the U.S. arm of Istanbul, Turkey-based ICI International, won the America's Magnificent Carpet Award for best rug in the hand-knotted/flatweave category for rugs priced $100.01 and up per square foot. RugNews.com met with ICI execs at their IMM Cologne 2016 booth last month to discuss the intricacy and history of the winning rug.
JAIPUR LAUNCHES NEW DESIGN CAMPUS INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUGS AT JANUARY 2016 MARKETS
Standing in front of the playful new Design Campus indoor/outdoor rugs at Jaipur's AmericasMart showroom during last month's Atlanta International Rug Market are Lori Dennis (left) and Kelli Ellis of Design Campus flanking Asha Chaudhary of Jaipur Rugs.
ATLANTA - Jaipur Rugs unveiled its newest collection of indoor-outdoor rugs from Design Campus at the January 2016 Atlanta International Rug Market.
TAMARIAN DEMYSTIFIES CUSTOM RUG DESIGN WITH SEMINAR AT ATLANTA MARKET
Geoff Duckworth, Tamarian's senior designer and graphics manager, lead the company's Atlanta market seminar on custom design, telling guests, "One-third of our business is in custom rugs and it's growing."
ATLANTA - At a Tamarian Carpets seminar entitled 'The Making of a Custom Rug' Jan. 15, 2016 during last month's Atlanta International Rug Market, the high end rug company told retailers and designers to forget their preconceived notions about the difficulty of designing and producing custom rugs.
WAYFAIR INTRODUCES SIX HOME BRANDS IN LIFESTYLE THEMES FEATURING SUPPLIERS' IN-LINE PRODUCT
A room featuring products from one of Wayfair's six new lifestyle-themed brands, Three Posts, is inspired by America's heartland.
BOSTON - Wayfair Inc., one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and decor, introduced six new home brands on its consumer shopping website on Feb. 2, 2016, each offering a distinctive look and exclusively available at Wayfair.com.
ATLANTA - New Jersey-based KAS rugs chose the winter 2016 Atlanta International Rug Market for its 35th anniversary celebration, and the whole family, including the company's namesake and co-founder Kas Yarlagadda, turned out for the festivities.
BETTER QUALITY NUDGES PRICE POINTS UP; SUPPLIERS AMP UP OUTDOOR STYLE FOR 2016
Karastan unveiled Panel Kirman Granite, an update of the best-selling 50-color 717 Multi-Color Panel Kirman introduced in 1937. This Atlanta showroom vignette features original drawings, photos and desk from Karastan archives.
ATLANTA - Rug executives interviewed during the Atlanta International Rug Market last month said that they're expecting the areas of growth for this year to be in the upper end of the price spectrum, as well as gains in the indoor/outdoor category.
SUGAR VALLEY, GA--Mohawk Home, headquartered in Sugar Valley, GA, has recently won the "Best Of Customer Service" award on Houzz for the second year in a row. Houzz is currently considered the leading platform for home remodeling and design with more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz. Mohawk Home was chosen for this award by from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals competing for the award.
THE INTERNATIONAL SURFACE EVENT ANNOUNCES 2016 "BEST OF" EVENT AND PRODUCT AWARDS
The SoundWaves design from the new polyester-polypropylene Relaxed broadloom collection by Stanton Carpets received the Dealers' Choice Award for Best of Style & Design at the 2016 Surfaces show.
DALLAS--Stanton Carpet's Sound Waves from the Relaxed Collection received the Best of Style & Design award, at the 2016 edition of The International Surface Event held last month in Las Vegas. Also in the soft surface arena, Mohawk Flooring's SmartStrand Forever Clean with AllPet Technology for carpeting won for Best Of Innovation.
John Uva, vice president of Prestige Mills, said the company "is hitching its wagon" to the high end of the market.
LAS VEGAS--For broadloom and rug companies, showcasing at The International Surface Event (Surfaces) can be a mixed bag. On the one hand, the show has increasingly become a focal point for hard surfaces. However, this year at least, there was plenty of activity surrounding soft surface exhibitors to declare the show a success.
NY NOW CONTINUES TO ATTRACT NEW RUG VENDORS--VP RANDI MOHR EXPLAINS WHY
Vice president Randi Mohr of NY Now says rug vendors are a growing component of the show's mix because of its cross-category nature.
NEW YORK - Following a three year re-organization and rebranding effort competed in 2013, NY Now continues to add fresh brands to the rug category with each edition. Newcomers at the 2016 winter show, which closed on Feb. 4, included Brooklyn studio Namo Rugs, and Secaucus, N.J.-based Creative Touch, in addition to repeat exhibitors such as F.J. Kashanian, Madisons, Mastour, Nasiri, Nomadic Trading, Pasargad, Safavieh, S&H Rugs, and Summit Rugs to name a few.
Clockwise, from top left, Langdon LTD's Phoebe, left, and Delia Langdon; Mastour Galleries' Tibetan abstract metallic designs; Eliko's Ariel and Celia Basalely; Madisons tiled cowhide range; Pasargad's Mongolian fur stools and chair; Art Hide's Kura Perkins; and Auskin's gallery-like rug display.
NEW YORK - NY Now saw rug exhibitors Art Hide, Auskin, Eliko, Langdon LTD, Madisons, Mastour and Pasargad offering an assortment of metallics, furs and hides. RugNews.com takes a look at this luxurious trend in Part 1 of a three-part NY Now style series.
LOLOI'S LAVISH 600-PAGE CATALOG WOWS WITH RUG-MAKING AND PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY
The newly launched 2016 Loloi catalog features an insider look at the artistry and craft of rug making in addition to extensive product photography.
DALLAS--Loloi has infused the 2016 edition of its annual catalog with artful behind-the-scenes rug-making imagery photographed at its facilities in India. The documentary style photography depicts steps in yarn production as the well hand-knotting, hand-tufting and hand-weaving processes for retailers and designers who are hungry for background information that romances the art and craft of rug making, according to Cyrus Loloi, a company principal.
SUPPLIERS UPBEAT AFTER WINTER SHOWS--PREDICT CONTINUED RUG RECOVERY IN 2016
LAS VEGAS -- Wrapping up successful January markets in Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas, rug suppliers are looking forward to 2016 to carry forward positive trends experienced in 2015, and they forecast a bright outlook for a continuing rug industry recovery in 2016.
CAPEL REPORTS STRONG PLACEMENTS AT WINTER MARKETS; BEST-SELLERS SPAN PRICE POINTS, TRENDS AND WEAVES
A big market hit was Siam, a new Capel Rugs series hand knotted in India representing a step up in price from the company's recent hand-knotted intros. The wool Temple design retails at $1,799 in 5'6" x 8'6".
Troy, N.C.--Capel Rugs reports brisk business activity in its showrooms during the winter home furnishings markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas, as retailers responded positively to new designs in ranging from higher-end hand knots to value-priced machine wovens.
NEW YORK--NY Now, which bills itself as a barometer of the hottest trends for the middle market home furnishings sector, saw rug exhibitors showcasing an eye-catching assortment of redone Persians and updated classics.
NEW YORK--A showcase for what's hot and what's next, NY Now saw a leap in the number of rug exhibitors in general. In fact, the number of indoor-outdoor rug manufacturers grew during the winter show, held from Jan. 31 to Feb 3. These exhibitors showcased a vibrant and playful assortment of contemporary interpretations for the great outdoors.
PALM BEACH, FL -- Jerome "Jerry" Weinrib, retired chairman of ABC Carpet, died here on Saturday, Feb. 13, following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 16 at Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 W. 76th St. in New York City.
Edenton, N.C. -- The Sustainable Furnishings Council celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016, and will mark the important milestone with a series of educational events, special promotions and industry-wide celebrations throughout the year.
FEIZY INTRODUCES HAUTE TRENDS DESIGNERS IN LAS VEGAS; FIRST COLLECTION TO LAUNCH IN HIGH POINT
John Feizy (center) with the company's newly announced Haute Trends Designers (left to right); Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors + Design in Chicago; Kerrie Kelly, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab of Sacramento, Calif.; John Feizy; Jackie von Tobel of Jackie von Tobel Design in Las Vegas; and Michael Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors of Atlanta.
LAS VEGAS -- A record crowd of 300 designers and buyers turned out to learn more about Feizy's Haute Trends program, and to meet the four designers chosen to create designs for the rug maker's inaugural Haute Trends collection, at a champagne brunch held on Jan. 25 at the Feizy World Market Center showroom during last month's Las Vegas Market.
CALHOUN, GA --Delos, a manufacturer and importer of custom residential and hospitality area rugs, and producer of custom carpets for the private aircraft sector, has hired Amanda Gilley as director of sales.
SHARIF SLEIMAN JOINS WAYFAIR TO LEAD SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS
BOSTON -- Wayfair Inc., one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today announced that Sharif Sleiman has joined the company as vice president of supply chain and operations.
SUSTAINABLE FURNISHINGS COUNCIL KICKS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AT 2016 IMM COLOGNE
At the Jaipur Rugs Imm Cologne 2016 exhibit space, Abhishek Sharma and Sitara Menon flank Susan Inglis of SFC in front of a new colorway in the award-winning Project Error by Kavi collection.
COLOGNE, Germany -- Environmentally-conscious organizations from Jaipur Rugs to Textile Exchange and Sauder Woodworking participated in a unique Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) program of events held Jan. 18-24, 2016 during Imm Cologne, the annual international interior furnishings fair which this year drew 120,000 visitors from 128 countries.
STOCKHOLM -- For buyers and consumers, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which just wrapped up its 2016 edition, offers a concentrated look into the highly popular Scandinavian aesthetic and design community.
NORCROSS, GA--Jaipur Rugs Inc. has been renamed Jaipur Living Inc. The announcement comes as Jaipur celebrates more than a decade of steady growth and expansion in key categories including the award-winning rugs that have made Jaipur a global name, and textile products consisting of pillows, poufs and throws.
NOURY PEYKAR, CHAIRMAN OF NOURISON, DECEASED AT 95
Nourison chairman Noury Peykar (center) is flanked by his sons, shown from left to right: Alex Peykar, Steven Peykar, Noury Peykar, Edmund Peykar and Paul Peykar. Mr. Peykar died on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
GREAT NECK, N.Y. -- Noury Peykar, chairman of Nourison, died on Feb. 20, 2016. He was 95.
WAYFAIR CO-FOUNDERS TO SPEAK AT HIGH POINT MARKET; FAST COMPANY "MAVERICK" POLLY LABARRE KEYNOTES
"The design industry is contending with relentless change." --Polly LaBarre
High Point, NC -- The High Point Market Authority (HPMA) has partnered with Design Tech Summit to bring Fast Company "Maverick," best-selling business author and consultant Polly LaBarre, to High Point Market as the keynote speaker for a kick-off opening day event for Spring Market, April 16-20, 2016.
ATLANTA -- Outstanding design is celebrated at AmericasMart Atlanta as designers and retailers gather to source trend-making merchandise at the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings and Holiday Market (Showrooms and Temporaries, Mar. 2-Mar. 4, 2016.
RUG COMPANIES SIGN UP FOR CURATED "LUXE INTERIORS" PAVILION AT ICFF 2016
NEW YORK -- ICFF has announced the continuation of its partnership with Luxe Interiors + Design with an expanded high design pavilion during the 28th edition, May 14-17, 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
JAN KATH RUGS PREMIERE AT IWAN MAKTABI GRAND OPENING IN DUBAI MALL
Chirine Maktabi, Mohamed Maktabi and Jan Kath at the official opening of luxury retailer Iwan Maktabi in The Dubai Mall.
DUBAI--Adding to the luxury shopping experience at The Dubai Mall, high-end Beirut-based rug retailer Iwan Maktabi opened here last week with an event co-hosted by the Maktabi family and Cyril Zammit, fair director of Design Days Dubai. German carpet designer Jan Kath was guest of honor.
DOVER RUG & HOME OPENS THIRD STORE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Mahmud Jafri, CEO of Dover Rug & Home, at the new company's newest store, just opened at 3rd Ave Burlington, an upscale dining and shopping complex.
BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Dover Rug & Home opened its third store on Feb. 15, 2016 at 3rd Ave Burlington, a new dining and shopping complex in a prime location near the popular Burlington Mall. To celebrate the new outpost, Dover Rug & Home is running a grand opening sale with up to 70-percent off hand-knotted rugs and in-store carpeting at its Natick flagship, Boston Back Bay and Burlington locations.
MYERS CARPET COMPANY ACQUIRES NASHVILLE CARPET CENTER
The acquisition of Nashville Carpet Center (shown above) by Myers Carpet will result in a relocation of both Nashville stores into a much larger, combined location.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Myers Carpet Company, which has retail locations in Nashville and Atlanta and Dalton, Ga., has purchased the assets of Nashville Carpet Center and has announced plans to merge the two businesses.
JCPENNEY EMPHASIZES CUSTOMER VALUE WITH LAUNCH OF "GET YOUR PENNEY'S WORTH"
PLANO, Texas -- JCPenney announces the launch of its new value proposition, "Get Your Penney's Worth." The idea reinforces how the company is on a mission to ensure every shopping trip in stores and at jcp.com is worth the customer's time, money and effort.
STYLISH SCANDINAVIA: KRISTIINA LASSUS RUGS GIVE NORDIC SIMPLICITY AN ETHNOGRAPHIC TWIST
Lassus infuses her designs with subtle, vague cultural references culled from everything from architectural elements to stone carvings. Photo: R. Sourander.
MILAN -- Milan-based Kristiina Lassus, a trained interior architect and product designer, plans to continue to target U.S. audiences with her minimalist Scandinavian inflected modern rugs filling what she sees as a void in the market.
WAYFAIR.COM EXPANDS IMMERSIVE RETAIL EXPERIENCE WITH NEW CATALOG LAUNCH
"We will continue to raise the bar on what is possible in home retail." --Niraj Shah, Wayfair
BOSTON, Mass.-- Wayfair Inc., one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings , today announced the release of its first full spectrum catalog featuring furniture and decor for every room of the house.
LAS VEGAS--Undaunted by a fierce snow storm along the Eastern seaboard, the winter 2016 Las Vegas Market experienced an all-time high in attendance and the busiest opening day of its 10-year history. Rug exhibitors confirmed positive pronouncements by show organizers, reporting excellent showroom traffic and strong order writing throughout the week.