Letter to the Editor: RUG INDUSTRY TOOK A LEFT TURN; NOW WE'VE GOT TO CHANGE DIRECTION
By Sy Mahfuz and Steve Boodakian MERA Consulting Group
We couldn't agree more with Bud Wyman and Melanie Hayim. As third generation rug dealers, it is obvious to us that the rug industry took a left turn somewhere along the way and now we must correct the course.
On Monday, Oct. 30, Rugnews.com will publish its Fall trend report. If you introduced new rug designs at High Point, the NY Metro Market or the NY Home Textiles Show, we want to know about your hottest designs.
Submit a pic and caption to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we must have the company name, name of the design, construction, fiber content, country of origin and suggested retail price point for 5x8 or 6x9.
Letter to the Editor: WHAT REALLY CAUSED THE INDUSTRY TO SWITCH GEARS?
In a previous letter to Rugnews.com, my distinguished colleague brought up many good points justifying the change in direction our industry has taken to switch gears and provide alternative, price point-driven products.
ASID APPOINTS COUNCIL TO EXAMINE DESIGN ISSUES FOR AN AGING AMERICA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has established a volunteer council of experts to look at how design solutions can enhance and support residents throughout their life span.
KARASTAN-MOHAWK SHOWROOM HOSTS 'THINK PINK' NETWORKING PARTY IN NYC
Elizabeth Miller, center, senior vice president of design for Karastan with son Oliver Miller-Farrell and mom Leatrice Weiss-Miller
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK -- The Mohawk Home/Karastan showroom at 295 Fifth Ave., the NY Textile Building, was the scene of a "Think Pink" party in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Details and party pix, click here.
Brenda Mcgahan, executive director of The Woolmark Co., headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, recently visited the Bholanath International showroom in New Delhi. Mcgahan, center, is flanked by Bholanath Baranwal, left, chairman and managing director of Bholanath International, and Dr. S. K. Chaudhuri, right, director of The Woolmark Co. Mcgahan visited India to attend the International Wool Textile Organization's Country Summit in India at Mumbai Oct. 11 and 12.
LAS VEGAS - World Market Center has a new marketing strategy for the Winter 2007 Las Vegas Market. The campaign launches this Fall in more than 20 publications covering all segments of the home furnishings industry, plus several major international publications.
High Point Pre-Market Business Report: AS BUSINESS PICKS UP, VENDORS GOING TO MARKET WITH NEW OPTIMISM
By Lissa Wyman
HIGH POINT - After suffering through an unusually sluggish Summer, rug executives are expressing optimism for the fourth quarter. Gas prices are coming down, consumers are going back to the stores and retailers are beginning to buy rugs again.
RISING YUAN, LABOR SHORTAGES AND RAW MATERIALS COSTS PUTTING PRESSURE ON CHINESE RUG PRICES
By Lissa Wyman AT THE MARKET - As the Chinese yuan strengthens against the dollar, there is tremendous upward pressure on wholesale prices of many products made in China. Rug importers are feeling the pinch and they say that it looks like prices will have to be passed along to retailers. Just when that will happen is not clear.
.... AND PEOPLE ARE STILL SMILING! At Trans-Ocean: Joe Browne, general manager of the 15 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in ChicagoLand; Lynn Reedy, La-Z-Boy ChicagoLand sales and merchandise manager, and Charles Peck, president of Trans-Ocean.
By Lissa Wyman HIGH POINT, NC -- It was a selling market. That was the bottom line report for last week's High Point Market. There were fewer small stores in attendance, but the big guys came to buy.
HIGH POINT, NC - Safavieh, Abbyson and Due Process Stable Trading Co. are three rug importers which recently entered the furniture business. Each company has a different approach to marketing the two categories.
Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report: HOME ACCENTS TODAY EDITOR PINPOINTS STYLES IN DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
By Janelle Lampp
HIGH POINT, NC -- Eastern influences and a return to the classics marked some of the important trends in the home accessories category, according to Becky Boswell Smith, editor in chief of Home Accents Today.
This is the first of several reports being publishing this week as part of Rugnews.com Fashion Week. Articles will cover the latest design and color trends in rugs and home furnishings presented this Fall in New York and High Point .
Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report: HOME FASHION COLOR TRENDS SHIFT INTO NEUTRAL GEAR AT HIGH POINT
By Arthur Douglas Thayer HIGH POINT, NC -- The High Point Market has shifted into neutral gear. In every style category, this season's palette was beige, oatmeal, linen, earth, travertine, grey, chalk, ice, beach or sand.
HIGH POINT OPENS WITH SLOW TRAFFIC, BUT PEOPLE ARE STILL SMILING
John Feizy, center, president of Feizy with Keith Arlinghaus, senior rug buyer for Macy's Home Store, New York, and Yoelma Kourgouzov associate rug buyer for Macy's Home Store.
By Lissa Wyman HIGH POINT, NC -- Opening day of High Point Market was a bit disappointing in terms of traffic, but rug people attending the show still find time to smile for Rugnews.com's camera. More People Pix, click here.
NO PLACE LIKE HOM'S GRAND OPENING GALA FOR NEW WORLD RUGS STORE
HOM Furniture and rug industry execs gathered Oct. 7 at Grand Opening ceremonies for HOM's new 17,000 sq. ft. World Rugs store in Plymouth, MN. From left: Ray Ehsani, vice president of Momeni; Valeri Jacobs of HOM Furniture; Karen Ellman, sales rep for Momeni and Concord Global; George Bulat, a principal of concord Global; Wayne Johanson of HOM, Gulben Aksu, principal of Concord Global, "Rug Doug" Ernewein, rug buyer for HOM Furniture; Bill Ward of Obeetee and Matt Ellman, sales rep for Concord Global and Obeetee. (photo courtesy of Gulben Aksu, Concord Global)
ROY WINNER NEW JERSEY DECORATING EXCHANGE AIMS TO BRING TOTAL HOME DECOR TO DESIGNERS AND CONSUMERS
David Greenberg, left, and Michael Fink are principals of New Jersey Decorating Exchange. The store won this Summer's Retailer of the Year award for Outstanding Merchandising.
By Lissa Wyman RIVER EDGE. NJ - New Jersey Decorating Exchange offers customers hundreds of thousands of sku's of everything that has to do with home design.
10262006BonTon Aquires 5 Store Locations from Belk BON-TON TO ACQUIRE FIVE PARISIAN DEPARTMENT STORES YORK, PA - The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. has entered into a definitive asset agreement with Belk, Inc. to purchase four Parisian department stores and the rights for the construction of a fifth Parisian store.
EXCELSIOR DESIGNS TEAMS WITH CARPET CREATION FOR NICOLE MILLER CUSTOM RUG PROGRAM
At Excelsior Designs: Nicole Miller sectional with rug from new Carpet Creation custom program.
NEW YORK -Furniture maker Excelsior Designs, in collaboration with Carpet Creation, a rug manufacturer based in Thailand, will launch a new program of custom rugs under the Nicole Miller licensing program.
KLAUSSNER FURNITURE INTRODUCES RUG COLLECTION AS PART OF NEW TOTAL HOME PRODUCT ASSORTMENT Rug specialist Steve Roan, left, with Jeff Davis, senior vice president of marketing and strategic development for Klaussner Furniture.
By Lissa Wyman
ASHEBORO, NC - Klaussner Furniture, one of the country's largest furniture makers, is expanding its product lines to offer a complete soup-to-nuts assortment of home furnishings from upholstery, case goods and casual dining to home accessories and rugs.
SANDRA LEE PAYS VISIT TO FEIZY HIGH POINT SHOWROOM TO BUILD EXCITEMENT FOR JANUARY LAUNCH
Lifestyle Guru Sandra Lee gives the thumbs-up sign to Feizy sales veep Ray Hashemi as the company prepares for the January introduction of Sandra Lee licensed rugs. The rug category is Lee's first licensing endeavor in the home furnishings field.
HIGH POINT, NC - Cooking and lifestyle guru Sandra Lee made a surprise market appearance at Feizy Rugs last week to start banging the drum for her upcoming licensed rug collections.
DELOS EXPANDS IN ATLANTA, WILL DEBUT MADE-TO-ORDER HAND-TUFTED PROGRAM
ATLANTA - Delos Rugs has expanded its AmericasMart showroom to 2,400 sq. ft. located at 6F9. Delos will also be introducing a made-to-order hand-tufted program at the upcoming January 2007 Atlanta International Rug Market.