Rugnews.com Editorial SHAW'S EXIT FROM RUG BUSINESS TAKES RUG WORLD BY SURPRISE
By Lissa Wyman
The announcement Jan.6 that Shaw Industries is closing its Shaw Living operation was seismic. No matter how optimistic retailers were who attended the January 8 to 11 Atlanta Market, the fact that our industry will soon lose one of its most important made-in-America vendors saddened everyone. Read the original story, click here)
Part Two: Atlanta Market Business Analysis PRODUCT DIVERSITY, ADJUNCT SHOWROOMS, NEW SHOWROOMS, CHANGING FACE OF ATLANTA MARKET
By Lissa Wyman ATLANTA -- Last year, the big news at Atlanta Market was the introduction of home accents showrooms on the traditional rug floors.. This year, the big news is that rug companies have opened adjunct showrooms for specialized rug and non-rug products and new and existing showrooms are showing a multi-category product mix. The result is a market that remains true to its rug roots, but is also reaching out to a new audience for home accessories.
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JAIPUR PARTNERS WITH DESIGNER LOURDES SANCHEZ FOR NEW COLLECTION
ATLANTA, GA – Jaipur has signed on artist/designer Lourdes (Luli) Sanchez who is known for her over scaled watercolor paintings. The new collection will be showcased in Jaipur’s AmericasMart showroom 3-C-15 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 8 to 11, according to Jaipur’s president and chief executive officer, Asha Chaudhary.
SURYA TO HOST WORKSHOP WITH JANSDOTTER DURING ATLANTA MARKET
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will host an interactive session with designer Lotta Jansdotter in its AmericasMart showroom 11-A-1 during Atlanta International Area Rug Market on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
ATLANTA – AmericasMart Atlanta has launched a new mobile market app designed to give its customers easier access to exhibitors, categories, lines and products and to make note of Market events and promotions, according to Jeffrey Portman, president and chief operating officer. The app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
ATLANTA RUG MARKET KICKS OFF WITH BRIGHT NEW PRODUCTS, OPTIMISM FOR 2014
Ron Couri, left, and Emma Gardner, at Market Party introducing Couristan's Emma at Home licensed collection.
The folks from Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha join the festivities honoring the new Tommy Bahama licensed collection at Oriental Weavers, from left: Steve Riley and David Snedecker, Nebraksa Furniture Mart; Craig Johnson of Oriental Weavers; Pattie Wojtkiewicz, NFM rug buyer and Butch Rives of OW.
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- Exhibitors and retailers attending the Atlanta International Rug Market arrived with a new enthusiasm for business in 2014 and they were wowed by the colorful new products being introduced.
CELEBS, NEW SHOWROOM OPENINGS ADD EXCITEMENT TO ATLANTA MARKET
Execs from The Mink Organization with Nourison Licensing partner Kathy Ireland. From left, David and Dutch Mink; Kathy Ireland, Fred Mink and Richard Kennedy. The Mink Organization operates Macy's rug department which operates Macy's rug departments coast to coast.
Donny Osmond and wife Debbie Osmond do the ribbon cuting honors at Kas's new Fourth Floor showroom while the Kas exec team and cheers them on. The Kas Donny Osmond Home collection will make its debut in April.
Loloi ribbon cutting, from left: Amir and wife Susan Loloi; Chas Sydney, retired AmericasMart exec; Cyrus Loloi, Steven Loloi, AmericasMart president Jeff Portman and Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing for Home and Rug.
By Lissa Wyman
The second day of the Winter Atlanta Market kept building in terms of traffic and buying activity as buyers prepared for a strong 2014 selling season. Most buyers and exhibitors agreed the dark days are behind us as th economic climate warms up and rug colors become clear and bright. More news and people pix coming soon.
Winners of Domotex Hannover Carpet Design Awards 2014
HANNOVER, GERMANY – A total of 11 manufacturers received awards for their design work during the Carpet Design Awards ceremony at Domotex Hannover, Sunday, January 12, 2014.. An additional award – for the carpet most favored by the public – will be presented at the end of the show.
AMERICA'S MAGNIFICENT CARPETS CELEBRATED AT CEREMONY AT ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL MARKET
Winners of Saturday night ceremony honoring America's magnificent Carpets at Atlanta International Market.
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- The annual America's Magnificent Carpets Awards was the culmination of the Atlanta International Market Jan. 8 to 11, 2014 as Chas Sydney, retired senior vice president of and Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of AmericasMart presented awards to rugs in 10 categories. Independent judges were Annette Joseph, Darcy Adler and Sharian Garner. Click here to see winners and people having fun at gala party.
AMERICASMART REPORTS 53% INCREASE IN WINTER MARKET ATTENDANCE
ATLANTA – AmericasMart reported a 53% increase of on-site registrations for the January 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings and Area Rug Markets. Preliminary hotel occupancy results indicated an increase in the average length of stay per attendee to 4.2 days, the highest recorded since 2006, according to Market officials.
45,000 VISITORS IN ATTENDANCE| AT DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2014
HANNOVER, GERMANY – Domotex 2014 was host to approximately 45,000 visitors from more than 80 nations, according to Jochen Köckler, board member at Deutsche Messe. the show's organizer.. The event showcased 1,350 companies from 57 different nations at the Hannover Exhibition Center, January 11 to 14.
HIGH POINT MARKET LAUNCHES VIDEO ON TOP TRENDS FOR 2014
HIGH POINT, NC – High Point Market has launched a new video tracking the home fashion trends of 2014. Hosted by Kelly Edwards, the video showcases what to look for in the coming year, such as matte gold and antique brass, deep blues and natural textures, and contrasting contemporary with antique elements. To view what designers and experts, Eric Davis, Denise McGaha, Danielle Colding, Lauri Jones, Paul Pavlak, Tracy Hiner, Shannon Koszyk and Laura Kirar have to say of the new trends, click here.
LV MARKET REACHES 96% OCCUPANCY ON HOME FURNISHINGS FLOORS
LAS VEGAS – International Market Centers has announced that Las Vegas Market has achieved 96.4% occupancy on the 21 floors that carry furniture and mattress lines—the highest occupancy levels for permanent floors since the opening of Building C in 2008. Moreover, the upcoming Winter Market, January 26 to 30. 2014 will feature a sold-out floor of temporary exhibits on B2.
SURYA TO INTRODUCE PILLOW DISPLAY SYSTEM AT LAS VEGAS MARKET
Surya's Pillow Tower Display
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will debut a new pillow display rack designed to give retailers and designers a space-conscious and visually engaging way to showcase their Surya pillow offerings according to Satya Tiwari, president. The tower display will be available at at Surya's World Market Center showroom C-400 during Las Vegas Market.
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ORIENTAL WEAVERS TO HOST PANTONE PRESENTATION DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET
DALTON, GA – Oriental Weavers will host Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Color Institute at its World Market Center showroom C-395, January 27 at 4 p.m. Pressman will discuss how Pantone chose the 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Part one: Atlanta Market Business Analysis BRIGHT, FRESH PRODUCTS AND UPTURN IN ECONOMY GIVE ATLANTA MARKET A BOOST
By Lissa Wyman
The recent Atlanta Rug & Home Market was one of the most successful in years. The new products were bright and beautiful. The new showrooms elegant. The parties and personal appearances added a note of glamour to the recent January Atlanta Rug Market.
SURYA TO LAUNCH NEW COLLECTIONS FROM DESIGNER MIKE FARRELL IN LV
Surya Mike Farrell rug from Peer Pressure rug collection is hand tufted in India of wool. $399 in 5x8.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya will introduce several collections from designer Mike Farrell at the Las Vegas Market, January 26 to 30 at its World Market Center showroom, C-400. The introductions will build upon the designer’s 2011 debut of hand tufted rugs, and will include a range of indoor-outdoor rugs, new hand tufted designs and coordinating pillows.
RIZZY HOME TO RECEIVE GLOBAL GOODNESS AWARD DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – Rizzy Home is one of five vendors being honored for Global Goodness by the Las Vegas Market Center in recognition of its socially responsible products and business practices. Blue Mountain Arts, Chairtech, Palecek and Phillips Collection will also be presented with this award during Las Vegas Market, January 26 to 30, 2014 at World Market Center.
LAS VEGAS – Paul Shaper Productions in association with Dusty Roberts from the Rugbadger, will host its second annual Rug Lovers party Wednesday, January 30 at 4:45 p.m. in its Mandalay Bay Convention Center booth B-4443. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the company’s 2014 Woven Treasures rug wall calendar.
LAS VEGAS MARKET ONE OF BEST EVER, SAYS MART MANAGEMENT
LAS VEGAS – The current Las Vegas Market, is set to be one of its most successful markets in its eight-year history due to an influx of new exhibitors and record high pre-registrations among buyers, according to Robert Maricich, chief executive officer of International Market Centers. The market is being held here Jan. 26 to 30, 2014.
DOMOTEX ASIA/CHINAFLOOR GOES GREEN WITH GREENSTEP ASIA AWARDS
SHANGHAI, CHINA – Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor has joined forces with Floor Covering Weekly to bring the GreenStep Environmental Awards program to Asia during the Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor show March 25 to 27, 2014.
JAFRI NAMED ONE OF THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN NEW ENGLAND
NATICK, MA – Mahmud Jafri, chief executive officer of Dover Rug and Home, has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in New England, an annual award presented by INDIA New England. The honorees were chosen based on community nominations and input from the editorial staff.
SAFAVIEH TO UNVEIL THOM FILICIA LIGHTING COLLECTION AT LAS VEGAS WITH PERSONAL APPEARANCE, SEMINAR
PORT WASHINGTON, NY -- Safavieh has teamed with celebrity interior designer Thom Filicia to expand their licensing partnership into the lighting category. The international debut of the first lighting collection under the Thom Filicia Home brand will be held on January 27, 2014 at Safavieh’s World Market Center showroom, A-101.
JAIPUR JOINS FORCES WITH DESIGNER JENNY JONES TO EDUCATE WOMEN OF INDIA
ATLANTA, GA – Jaipur Rugs, in support with designer Jenny Jones began a program in 2010 with the objective to provide a certain level of functional literacy among rural women of India to instill a sense of self-confidence in them, according to Jaipur Rugs.
NOURISON TO EXPAND CALHOUN, GA WAREHOUSE BY 132,000 SQ. FT.
Nourison's Calhoun, GA warehouse
SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison is expanding its 305,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Calhoun, GA with an additional 132,000 sq. ft. The expansion is expected to come online in early spring and will include state-of-the-art machinery, advanced logistics, office space as well as expanded shipping and receiving capabilities, according to Andrew Peykar, vice president.
SHAW TO EXIT RUG BUSINESS; CONVERTING PLANT TO LUXURY VINYL
DALTON, GA. --Shaw Industries has announced that it is exiting the rug business and will convert the current Ringgold, Ga. rug facility into a new state-of-the-art luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing facility.
Pictured from left are, Kevin Blaine, Kaleen Key Associate of the Year, Monty Rathi, chief operating officer, John McCaul, Kaleen Salesperson of the Year, Blake M. Dennard senior vice president and Tim Boylan Kaleen New Rep of the Year.
NEW MOON RUGS’ PEACOCK DESIGN NAMED BEST DESIGN IN ITS CLASS AT DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2014
New Moon's Peacock design
WILMINGTON, DE – New Moon Rugs was named "Best Modern Design Superior 2014," at Domotex Hannover 2014 for its Peacock design. The announcement came at the international conference held in Hanover, Germany. Industry leaders chose the "Peacock" design from New Moon Rugs out of 329 other international rug designs.
MINK HONORS LOLOI WITH AWARD FOR “BEST VEGAS SHOWROOM”
DALLAS – Loloi was presented with a recognition award for having the “Best Vegas Showroom” at the July 2013 World Market. The presentation was made during the recent January Atlanta market by the Kenneth L. Mink & Sons management team from Macy’s Department Stores.