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2009 MAY

  • 05132009 ORIA Industry Think Tank Report - Session 2

    ORIA THINK TANK PARTICIPANTS
    DISCUSS HOW TO EDUCATE RETAILERS
    AND IMPROVE RUG INDUSTRY'S IMAGE


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- How can the industry improve training and product knowledge at the point of sale?  How does the industry improve its image with consumers?


  • 05262009 Editorial: High Point Vendor Exodus Reflects Marketing Strategy

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    EXIT FROM HIGH POINT SIGNALS
    MORE THAN COST-CUTTING

     

    By Lissa Wyman

    Leaving High Point signifies much more than cost-cutting. It is marketing strategy. Rug vendors who have left High Point have, by their actions,  decided they are not interested in the independent furniture/designer channel of distribution or that they will pursue those stores in other ways.


Markets
  • 05112009 Events Set for Home Textiles Market Week

    HOME TEXTILES / GIFT MARKET OFFERS
    SEMINARS, EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS

    NEW YORK – Seminars and events have been scheduled for Home Textiles Market Week, August 14 to 20. The Home Textiles Market Week is conducted by George Little Management and runs concurrently with the NY Gift Market.  More than 500 suppliers of luxury home textiles will participate.


  • 05142009 Surya Honors Gil Kamp

    GIL KEMP HONORED AT SURYA

    Surya hosted a farewell party at the recent High Point market for Gil Kemp, founder and president of Home Decorators Collection, the St. Louis-based home decor catalog and on-line retailer now owned by Home Depot. Kemp is retiring this Summer. Wishing him God-Speed at the Surya showroom were, from left: Joan Catello of Surya, Kim Nyman and Alison Vandenvender of Home Decorators, Satya Tiwari, president of Surya; Gil Kemp of Home Decorators, and Renee Killian and Chuck Cioffi of Home Decorators.  

     



  • 05182009 ICFF Show Report Introductory pic

     

    CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR
    IS INCUBATOR OF NEW IDEAS


    Legendary retailer Judy George, second right,  founder  Domain, one of the first  lifestyle home furnishings chains, stops to say hello to old chum and fellow-legend, textile designer Liora Manne, second left. On the left is industry consultant Mitch Bobkin and on the right is Charles Peck, president of Trans-Ocean Imports. Part of the fun at the ICFF is running into familiar faces embarking on new adventures. George has a new concept for home retailing that will launch in 2010.

     Full Report and lots of pix from the ICFF, click here



  • 05222009 Report on ICFF Show

    CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR
    IS SMALLER THIS YEAR, BUT STILL
    AN INCUBATOR FOR NEW IDEAS

    Michael Pourvakil, right, president of Weavers Art, Toronto-based retailer, with Ali Nikrooz, US representative for Cadrys Designed Rugs, Sydney, Australia. Cadrys was making its US debut.
     


    By Lissa Wyman


    NEW YORK -- Even the heady word of ultra-haute contemporary design has been affected by the world-wide recession. This year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held May 16 to 19 at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, did not have as many exhibitors as in the past. And many long-time exhibitors pared down on the size of their booths.


People
Retailers
  • 05112009 Oriental Weavers Broadloom Featured in New Rug Boutiques in ABC Carpet & Home


    ABC CARPET & HOME SETS UP
    BOUTIQUES DEVOTED
    TO SPHINX BROADLOOM
     
    Inside the new OW-Sphinx broadloom boutique: Paul Chapman, left, president and vice chairman of ABC; Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers of America, and Andy Brumlow, vice president of Oriental Weavers broadloom.
     


    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- ABC Carpet & Home is featuring the Oriental Weavers patterned broadloom line in 600 sq. ft. boutiques in the retailer's Bronx and Manhattan stores, according to Mike Riley, president of Oriental Weavers of America and Paul Chapman, president and vice chairman and president of ABC Carpet & Home.


  • 05152009 Internet Analysis Part Three: Interview with Koorosh Yaraghi of Rugs USA

    Rugnews.com Internet Analysis, Part Three:
    INTERNET SPECIALIST OFFERS CANDID
    COMMENTS ON HIS SIDE OF THE FENCE

     

    By Matthew Blitz

    The Internet rug business is still a touchy subject, but there are several sides to this sometimes thorny issue. In this article, Rugnews.com interviews Koorosh Yaraghi, president of RugsUSA.com who offers candid comments from the Internet retailer's point of view.


Vendors
  • 04212009 Fabrica Adds More Styles to its Wool Collections

    FABRICA ADDS STYLES
    TO WOOL COLLECTIONS

    SANTA ANA, CA – Fabrica, a Wools of New Zealand Brand partner, is adding five tufted styles to its collection of wool products.  All have been tested and approved to carry the Wools of New Zealand Brand.


  • 05072009 Emma Gardner Debuts New Designs During ICFF

    EMMA GARDNER TO SHOW RUGS
    AND NEW FURNITURE PROGRAM AT ICFF

    LITCHFIELD, CT – Emma Gardner Design, LLC will debut its new designs, Cascade, Fire Island and Whisper as well as introduce prototypes of a new graphics program, a collaborative effort between Emma Gardner Design and furniture company Wendell Castle Collection, during the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, May 16 to 19.


  • 05112009 Couristan Publishes Chic Shag Brochure

    COURISTAN PUBLISHES 14-PAGE
    'CHIC SHAG' BROCHURE

    FT. LEE, NJ --Couristan has created a new  14-page full- color brochure to showcase its fashion-forward shags in a range of casual-chic styles.  In total, the brochure features 65 different shags from eight collections, including Focal Point, Haight Street, Scintilla, Luxus, Visionnaire, Lagash, Moonwalk and Epics.


  • 05182009 Trans Ocean Closes Atlanta Mart Showroom

    TRANS-OCEAN CLOSES SHOWROOM
    AT AMERICASMART ATLANTA

    WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Trans-Ocean Imports has closed its sixth floor showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta, according to Charles Peck, president of the importing company.


  • 05212009 The Rug Market Receives 2 ADEX Awards

    RUG MARKET RECEIVES
    TWO ADEX AWARDS

    LOS ANGELES – The Rug Market has received two Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) in recognition of superior product design and quality, according to the company. ADEX Awards are presented annually by Design Journal for superior product design, furnishings and building materials that are marketed to the design trade.


















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