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2010 JANUARY

  • 01082010 Opening Day short Market Report

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET REPORT:
    ATLANTA OPENS ON UP-BEAT NOTE;
    STORE INVENTORIES DOWN, SALES UP

     

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- The Atlanta International Rug Market opened on an extremely up-beat note. The free-fall of the recession seems to be over, inventories seem to be whittled down and retailers are a bit more confident. Consumers were trickling back into the stores through the fourth quarter and the normal December lull did not materialize, retailers were relieved to note. Many retailers closed the year with fourth quarter sales slightly ahead of the same period in 2008. More market reports coming soon.

     


  • 01192010 ORIA Collecting Donations for Haitian Relief Fund

    ORIA CHARITABLE FUND RAISES MONEY
    FOR  HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORT

    SECAUCUS, NJ -- The Oriental Rug Importers Association  is collecting funds to assist in relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims, according to Lucille Laufer, executive director of the ORIA.


  • 01252010 High Point Scraps Controversial ReZoning Plan; Safavieh Plans to Build 'High Point Pavilion'

    CONTROVERSIAL HIGH POINT REZONING SCRAPPED; SAFAVIEH PLANS TO BUILD

    Proposed 'High Point Pavilion' showroom building
     Safavieh plans to build on property it owns at the intersection of Lindsay St. and Kivett Dr. in High Point.
     


    HIGH POINT -- The recent defeat of the High Point "Market Overlay District"  opens opportunities for Safavieh to erect a showroom building on property it owns at the intersection of Linday St. and Kivett Dr. in High Point.


  • 01262010 One Good World ECongress Set to Take Place at World Market Center

    ‘ONE GOOD WORLD ECONGRESS’ 
    TO TAKE PLACE IN VEGAS JAN. 31

    LAS VEGAS –World Market Center Las Vegas and the Sustainable Furnishings Council, in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund, Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council and numerous other leading governmental, environmental, academic and trade organizations is launching the first cross-disciplinary ECOngress on legal and sustainable wood sourcing in the home furnishings industry.


Markets
  • 01012010 Surya to Host Cocktail Party at Americasmart

    SURYA TO HOST COCKTAIL PARTY
    DURING JANUARY ATLANTA MARKET

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya will host a cocktail party at its Americasmart showroom, 6-A-7 at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 7.  Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.  An authentic henna tattoo artist will also be present during the party and daily during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 7 to 10, in the Surya showroom.


  • 01022010 India Carpet Expo set for February

    INDIA CARPET EXPO AND MEETING
    SET FOR NEW DELHI AND JAIPUR

    NEW DELHI – The India Carpet Expo is scheduled for Feb. 23 to 26 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Following the Expo, an  Exhibition-cum Buyer-Seller Meet will be held in Jaipur on Feb. 27 to 28. The events are organized by the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) under the aegis of the Government of India.  


  • 01042010 Americasmart Parties


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR ATLANTA RUG MARKET 

    ATLANTA - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Atlanta market. Check out our list of party places for January 7 to 10, 2010.
     


    Details, click here
  • 01062010 Atlanta Market Opening Day Picture - Mink Group at Karastan

    THE GANG'S ALL HERE!
    ATLANTA MARKET HERALDS
    FRESH START FOR THE NEW DECADE

    Mink merchants make an early-bird visit to Karastan. From left: Dorothy Mink, Patty Huang, David Mink, Sr.; David Mink, Jr., Richard Kennedy, and Henry Ward from Kenneth L. Mink & Sons, and Steve Roan of Karastan. It's a time of new beginnings. Mink recently took over all of Macy's rug departments. Steve Roan is making his debut as Karastan Rugs' new vice president.

    The Official Market Fun Begins Tomorrow -
    Don't miss a minute of it.  Keep clicking on to www.Rugnews.com
     


  • 01092010 Safavieh Party Pic

    PARTIES AND CELEBS
    AT ATLANTA MARKET!

    Host Arash Yaraghi, left, and design super-star Thom Filicia, right welcome rug industry stars Paige Ward of Shades of Light/Rugs Underfoot, Richmond, Va., and Randy Kremer, president of RugsDirect. Winchester, VA. Safavieh celebrated the grand opening of its new showroom and licensing partner Filicia was on hand for a Friday evening
    meet-and-greet.

     


    More People Pix, click here


  • 01102010 Atlanta Market Magnificent Carpet Awards article

     

    MAGICAL, MAGNIFICENT  EVENING
    AS MAGNIFICENT CARPETS ARE HONORED


    Winners All
    People's Choice Award


    Buyer's Choice Award went to Capa Imports. Market attendees voted on their favorite rug entered in the Magnificent Carpet Awards program. The guards didn't allow pictures to be taken of winning rugs, but
     our spy camera caught this shot.

     


    PICTURES OF ALL THE WINNING RUGS, CLICK HERE

  • 01122010 Atlanta Market People Pix Opening photo

     REAL SMILES AND REAL BIZ
    AT ATLANTA RUG  MARKET

    At Oriental Weavers: Sales manager Pat Muschamp, left, and marketing manager Aaron Gray, right, welcome Kyle Johansen and Janet Throne from Hom Furniture, Minneapolis. Johansen and Throne were undaunted by
    the Atlanta snow and ice. They're used to much worse.


    More People Pix, click here


  • 01122010 Jaipur Rugs Opens Dallas Showroom

    JAIPUR RUGS OPENS
    DALLAS SHOWROOM

    ATLANTA – Jaipur Rugs will open a Dallas Market Center showroom 523-WTC during the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market, January 13 to 19.  Jaipur has partnered with regional sales team, Elle Home & Lifestyle, to develop the new space.


  • 01132010 Intro to Atlanta Market People Pix page 3

    ATLANTA MARKET PEOPLE
    WERE FULL OF OPTIMISM
    (REMEMBER THAT FEELING?)


    Nancy London, center, soft flooring buyer for Sears, Chicago, with Rizzy Rugs' regional manager Kevin Welch, left, and Rizzy vice president, Mark Ferullo.

    Check Out Atlanta People Pix
    Click Here


  • 01182010 2010 Contractworld Award Winners Announced

    2010 CONTRACTWORLD AWARD
    WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    HANNOVER, GERMANY – Entrants from Spain, Austria, Japan and Germany took home the 2010 Contractworld Award, an international architecture award, during the official prize-giving ceremony, January, 16, here. The 623 projects submitted comprised of four categories, Offices, Hotels, Shops and Education/Healthcare.


  • 01182010 Domotex Carpet Design Award Winners Announced

    DOMOTEX HANNOVER ANNOUNCES
    CARPET DESIGN AWARD WINNERS


    HANNOVER, GERMANY – Domotex Hannover presented its Carpet Design Awards o
    n Sunday, Jan. 17. Prize money totalled 10,000 Euros, ($14,373.90).   The prize-winners were announced by Stephan Kühne, member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG, and Sebastian Ghandchi, managing director of Hali Publications.


  • 01192010 Atlanta Market Business Report, Part I: Retail Report

    Atlanta Market Business Report Part I:
    RETAILERS SAY 4TH QUARTER
    GAINS SPUR CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM

     

    By Lissa Wyman


    ATLANTA -- A slight increase in fourth quarter 2009 retail business is giving rug dealers hope that the business free- fall is over, according to buyers attending the recent Atlanta International Rug Market. But they are cautious. No one is saying that the "good old days" are back.


  • 01202010 Atlanta Market Business Report 2: Vendor Innovations
    Atlanta Market Business Report 2:
    RUG VENDORS DEVELOP BIG IDEA
    PRODUCTS WITH VALUE, EXCITEMENT

     

    By Lissa Wyman

     

    ATLANTA -- Vendors exhibiting at the recent Atlanta International Rug Market have responded to retailer requests to bring fresh new rug ideas -- at a price -- to the post-recession retail landscape.


  • 01212010 Sphinx to Host Las Vegas Party

    SPHINX TO HOST 'VEGAS NIGHT' PARTY
     AND PROMOTION AT WORLD MARKET

     DALTON, GA – Sphinx by Oriental Weavers will host a “Vegas Night with Sphinx” party at the company's World Market Center showroom B-580.  The party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.  Monday, Feb.1


  • 01222010 Atlanta Market Business Report 3: Vendors Optimistic for 2010

    Atlanta Market Business Report 3:
    RUG VENDORS SAY ATLANTA MARKET
    A SUCCESS - PREDICT 2010 REC0VERY
    BUT OPTIMISM IS REALISTIC

     

    By Lissa Wyman

     

    ATLANTA -- After two years of extremely tough business  rug vendors are predicting some recovery in 2010. However, their optimism is tempered with a large dose of realism.


  • 01222010 Azra Home Furnishings to Show new Rug Line in Las Vegas

    AZRA RUGS TO MAKE  DEBUT
    AT  LAS VEGAS MARKET

    HAGERSTOWN, MD – Azra Home Furnishings will  make its initial rug launch in North America with the introduction of  a new hand-knotted rug collection  at the Las Vegas Market. The showroom is located at WMC C-599.  


  • 01222010 Capel Rugs to Host Jane Seymour in Las Vegas

    CAPEL TO HOST JANE SEYMOUR 
    MEET-AND-GREET/BOOK SIGNING
    AT LAS VEGAS MARKET

    TROY, NC – Actress/artist/designer Jane Seymour will  make a personal appearance Feb. 1 at Capel Rugs' World Market Center showroom A-226.  She will meet-and-greet customers and sign copies of her latest book, Open Hearts,  from noon to 1:30 p.m..


  • 01252010 Feizy Rugs to Offer Showroom Specials in Las Vegas

    FEIZY RUGS OFFERS SHOWROOM
    SPECIALS DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will have several showroom specials for buyers placing orders at Feizy Rugs’ World Market Center showroom C-399 during the Las Vegas Market, Feb. 1 to 5, 2010.


  • 01262010 Nourison to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas

    NOURISON TO CELEBRATE 30th
    ANNIVERSARY IN LAS VEGAS

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison will host a Happy Hour to celebrate its 30th anniversary during the Las Vegas Market.  The event will take place in the company’s World Market Center showroom, C-112 Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m.


  • 01262010 Shaw Living to Host Kathy Ireland in Las Vegas

    SHAW LIVING TO HOST KATHY IRELAND
    DURING FEBRUARY LAS VEGAS MARKET

    DALTON, GA – Designer and Super-Model Kathy Ireland will meet and greet customers in Shaw Living’s World Market Center showroom C-807 Tuesday, Feb. 2


  • 01262010 World Market Center Launches Smartphone Application

    WORLD MARKET CENTER LAS VEGAS
    LAUNCHES SMARTPHONE APPLICATION

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas has launched a free, downloadable application to enhance the experience of those attending Winter Las Vegas Market, February 1 to 5 and Inspiredesign, February 1 to 3, according to World Market Center officials.


  • 01292010 Capel Jane Seymour Rugs to be Shown in Aicos Las Vegas Showroom

    CAPEL’S JANE SEYMOUR RUGS
    SHOWCASED IN 
    AICO SHOWROOM

    LAS VEGAS – Capel Rug’s Jane Seymour collection will be shown along with products from Jane Seymour’s other licensing partners in the Aico showroom C-1601 during the Las Vegas Market, February 1 to 5 at World Market Center.


People
  • 01062010 Karastan Rugs Appoints Roan Vice President

      ROAN NAMED
    VICE PRESIDENT OF KARASTAN RUGS


    Steve Roan


    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Steve Roan has been named vice president of Karastan Rugs, according to Jim Quist,  vice president of sales for Mohawk Home, a division of Mohawk Industries. Roan will report directly to Quist.


  • 01272010 Capel Rugs Names Watras Merchandising Director

     CAPEL  NAMES WATRAS
    DIRECTOR OF MERCHANDISING


    Tami Watras

    TROY, NC – Tami Watras has been promoted to director of merchandising for Capel Rugs.  In her new post, she will report directly to John Magee, president and chief executive officer. 


Products
  • 01112010 Shaw Begins Production of Woven Broadloom Carpeting

     

    SHAW BEGINS PRODUCTION OF
    WOVEN BROADLOOM CARPETING


    One of the 30 initial designs in Shaw's new Wilton-woven
    patterned broadloom collection.

    RINGGOLD, GA. -- Shaw Industries has begun manufacturing Wilton-woven patterned olefin broadloom for the residential market. Production began in early January at the  Shaw Living manufacturing facility here, according to Jeff Brown, vice president of Shaw Living.


     

Retailers
  • 01212010 Macy's to Open Four Bloomingdales Outlets

    MACY’S TO OPEN FOUR
    BLOOMINGDALE’S OUTLET STORES

    CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. plans to open four Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores, each with approximately 25,000 sq. ft, in the summer or fall of 2010, according to the company.


Vendors
  • 01012010 Art Resources to Launch New Website

    ART RESOURCES TO LAUNCH
    NEW WEBSITE IN 2010

    LOS ANGELES – Art Resources will launch a new website in early 2010, designed to bring retailers and consumers closer together, according to the company.


  • 01022010 Surya to Offer Atlanta Market Discounts

    SURYA TO OFFER SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL
    DISCOUNTS DURING ATLANTA MARKET

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya will offer customers special promotional discounts at the company’s Americasmart showroom 6-A-7 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 7 to 10, 2010.


  • 01042010 Amici Imports Opens Showroom in Australia

    AMICI  OPENS IN AUSTRALIA; 
    ADDS DUTIES FOR DIADAMO

    WESTFIELD, NJ – Amici International, the overseas operation of Amici Imports has opened a showroom in Melbourne, Australia, according to Jeff DeSantis, president. In addition, Eva Diadamo, senior vice president of merchandising and design for Amici imports USA has been named a partner in the Amici International operation.


  • 01042010 Feizy to Exhibit in J Douglas Showroom at Americasmart

    FEIZY TO EXHIBIT AT J DOUGLAS
    SHOWROOM IN ATLANTA

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will showcase additions to its Home Collection at the J. Douglas showroom, suite 13-A-1 at Americasmart Atlanta during the Atlanta International Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show, January 7 to 10.


  • 01122010 Robertex Carpet Acquires Carousel Carpet Mills

    ROBERTEX CARPET ACQUIRES
    CAROUSEL CARPET MILLS

    CALHOUN, GA – Robertex carpet, a wool carpet and rug manufacturer, has acquired assets and the brand of Carousel Carpet Mills, Inc., a custom carpet manufacturer located in Ukiah, CA.  Robertex is preparing to move the Ukiah based company to Calhoun.


  • 01172010 Shaw Living Display/Interactive Kiosk

    SHAW LIVING INTRODUCES
    IN-STORE DISPLAY/KIOSK;
    LOTS OF RUGS IN SMALL SPACE



    Shaw Living Display/Kiosk has a 25 sq. ft. footprint and features an interactive video component showing the company's complete rug line and 68 live
    in-store sample boards.


    DALTON, GA. -- Shaw Living has launched a new rug display/kiosk that shows 68 sample boards in 12 x 19-inch samples. The new merchandising system has a 25 sq. ft. footprint.


  • 01192010 Loloi Rugs Wins Arts Award in Dallas

    LOLOI RUGS WINS 
    DALLAS ARTS AWARD 
     

    DALLASLoloi Rugs was presented with the Arts Award for Rug Manufacturer of the Year at the 21st Annual Arts Awards Gala, held Saturday, Jan. 16  at the Dallas Trade Mart.  This is the company’s first Arts Award win.


  • 01222010 Dalyn Raises Marketing Profile

    DALYN RAISES MARKETING PROFILE
    WITH NEW PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS
    AND CORPORATE IDENTITY


    By Lissa Wyman

    DALTON, GA. -- For years, Dalyn has flown under the radar screen. The company's showrooms have always been active and customers are loyal, but Dalyn has not seemed overly interested in sharing its marketing strategies and products with the industry at large. But that's beginning to change.

     


  • 01262010 Loloi Moves to New Las Vegas Showroom

    LOLOI MOVES TO NEW SHOWROOM
    AT LAS VEGAS  WORLD MARKET

     

    DALLAS -- Loloi is moving to an expanded Las Vegas World Market Center showroom  The new space (B-480) is nearly 6,500 sq. ft., which is considerably larger than Loloi’s previous showroom (B-400).


  • 01272010 Rodeo Carpet Mills Closes

    RODEO CARPET MILLS
    CEASES OPERATIONS

    MARIETTA, GA – Rodeo Carpet Mills, a Wools of New Zealand partner, closed its doors and ceased production on January 15, according to Carmen Murray, owner and president.


  • 01292010 Kalaty Rug to Open Permanent High Point Showroom

    KALATY RUG TO OPEN
    HIGH POINT SHOWROOM

    NEW YORK – Kalaty Rug Corp. will open a 1,700 sq. ft. permanent showroom in High Point's Market Square ,space 202. Kalaty will show in the new space during the High Point International Home Furnishings Market, April 17 to 22. 


  • 12292009 Dalyn Establishes New Corporate Identity

    DALYN INTRODUCES NEW
    CORPORATE BRAND IDENTITY
     
     DALTON, GA. --  Dalyn has introduced a new brand identity, reflecting the experience, innovation and passion of the company, according to David Adams, executive vice president. 


  • 12302009 Renaissance to Introduce New Modern Collection

    RENAISSANCE  MAKING MAJOR MOVE
    INTO CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
    WITH RENAISSANCE MODERN COLLECTION

     

    By Lissa Wyman

     

    NEW YORK -- Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries is expanding into the domain of contemporary design with the introduction of the Renaissance Modern collection.


















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