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2014 JANUARY

  • 01212013 Rugnews.com Editorial Shaw Living Closing Commentary

    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)


  • 01232014 Atlanta Business Story #2 New showrooms, product diversification

    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.


Markets
  • 01022014 Atlanta Market Parties


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR ATLANTA RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Atlanta Area Rug market. Check out our list of party places for January 8 to 11, 2014.


    Details, click here


  • 01022014 Jaipur Partners with Designer Lourdes Sanchez to Create New Collection

    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.


  • 01072014 AmericasMart Launches New Mobile Market App

    AMERICASMART LAUNCHES NEW
    MOBILE MARKET APP

    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.


  • 01092014 First Day Intro to Atlanta Market - Couristan and OW Pix

    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.

    More People Pix, click here


  • 01102014 celeb and ribbon cutting pix

    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.

     


  • 01122014 Domotex Hannover Announces Carpet Design Awards Winners

    DOMOTEX HANNOVER ANNOUNCES
    CARPET DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS


    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.


  • 01132014 America's Magnificent Carpets Awards Winners

    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.


  • 01152014 AmericasMart Reports 53% Increase in Winter Market Attendance

    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.


  • 01152014 Domotex Hannover Has 45,000 Visitors in Attendance

     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.


  • 01152014 High Point Market Launches Video on Top Trends for 2014

    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.


  • 01162014 LV Market Reaches 96% Occupancy on Home Furnishings Floors

    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.


  • 01172014 Surya to Debut Pillow Display System at LV Market

    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.


  • 01182014 Last Atlanta Market People Pix _ Dynamic-Jordan's

    ATLANTA MARKET BRINGS OUT BIG BUYERS PLANNING HAPPY DAYS IN 2014


     Matthew Rouhanian, second right, president of Dynamic welcomes the buying staff from Jordan's Furniture, Boston. From left, Jeff Dawkins, Rhonda McMann, Tammy Whittaker, Rouhanian, and Josh Tatelman.

    Atlanta Business News and Commentary
    Coming Soon
    See ALL the Atlanta Market People Pix,
    click here

     


  • 01212014 LV Market Parties and Educational Events


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR LAS VEGAS MARKET

    LAS VEGAS - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Las Vegas market. Check out our list of party places for January 26 to January 30, 2014.

    Details, click here


  • 01212014 Oriental Weavers to host Pantone Presentation during LV Market

    ORIENTAL WEAVERS TO HOST PANTONE
    PRESENTATION DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET


    Laurie Pressman

    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. 


  • 01222014 Surya to Launch New Collection from Designer Mike Farrell during LV 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.


  • 01242014 Rizzy Home to Receive Global Goodness Award during Las Vegas Market

    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.


  • 01272014 Paul Shaper Productions to Host VIP Party during Surfaces 2014

    PAUL SHAPER TO HOST
    VIP PARTY AT SURFACES

    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.


  • 01282014 Feizy Rug Opening Day Pic Amini's

    LAS VEGAS BUYERS AND VENDORS
     GET READY FOR A GREAT YEAR

    John Feizy, center,founder and president of Feizy, welcomes this group from Amini's in Chesterfield, MO. From left: Susan Brook, Hamid Amini, Feizy, Arash Amini and Ross Anzalone.

    More Las Vegas Pix and Business News
    Coming Soon!


  • 01282014 Las Vegas Market Set for Record-Setting Attendance

    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.


  • 12312013 Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor 90% Booked

    DOMOTEX ASIA/CHINAFLOOR
    EXHIBITION SPACE 90% BOOKED

    SHANGHAI, CHINA – Exhibition space at Domotex Asia/Chinafloor is 90% booked with nearly three months remaining before show opening on March 25, 2014, according to show organizers.


People
  • 01072014 Jafri Named One of the 50 Most Influential People in New England

    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.


Products
  • 01102014 Surya Launches William Morris Collection at Atlanta Market

    SURYA  LAUNCHES WILLIAM MORRIS COLLECTION DURING
    WINTER ATLANTA MARKET

    The Morris collection is hand tufted of wool in India and will retail for $639 in 5x8.

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya has introduced a new line of rugs based upon the designs of artist, philosopher and environmentalist William Morris in a licensing  partnership with Morris & Co.


  • 01232014 Safavieh to Introduce Thom Filicia Lighting in Las Vegas

    SAFAVIEH TO UNVEIL THOM FILICIA
    LIGHTING COLLECTION AT LAS VEGAS
    WITH PERSONAL APPEARANCE,  SEMINAR


    Thom Filicia


    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.


Vendors
  • 01022014 Jaipur Joins Forces with Designer Jenny Jones to Educate Women of India

    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.


  • 01022014 Loloi Feature Celebrating Tenth Anniversary

    LOLOI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF GROWTH, DIVERSIFICATION AND CREATIVITY


    Amir Loloi

      By Lissa Wyman
     DALLAS  -- Loloi is kicking off its 10th Anniversary Year at the Atlanta Rug Market on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 with a signature bash at the company's new
    12,000 sq. ft.  showroom 4-D-2.


  • 01022014 LR Resources Feature

    LR RESOURCES ON GROWTH TRAJECTORY
    FOR RUGS AND HOME ACCENTS

    By Lissa Wyman

    DALTON, GA -- Celebrating its 11th year in business, LR Resources is now on a major growth trajectory for both rugs and home accents.


  • 01062014 Nourison to Expand Calhoun, GA Warehouse

    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. 


  • 01062014 Shaw to Exit Rug Business

     

    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.


  • 01122014 Kaleen Announces Sales Award Winners

    KALEEN ANNOUNCES 
    SALES AWARD WINNERS


    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.



  • 01212014 New Moon Rugs’ Peacock Design named Best Design in its class at Domotex Hannover

    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. 


  • 01222014 Loloi Receives “Best Vegas Showroom" Recognition from Macy’s

    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.


















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