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2008 MAY

  • 05062008 Recession Busting Tips: Jordan's Furniture

    RECESSION BUSTING TIPS:
    NEW ENGLAND JORDAN'S FURNITURE:
    NOT JUST A STORE -- AN EXPERIENCE

    By Janet Herlihy 

    BOSTON -- Lots of retailers talk about becoming a destination and making shopping a fun experience, but few have been as successful reaching those goals as Jordan’s Furniture with two locations in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire.


  • 05072008 Rugnews.com Fashion MOnth: Trend Bible Predicts HOme Fashion Trends for 2009/10
    Rugnews.com Fashion Report:
    TREND BIBLE FORECASTING FIRM
    SEES HOME FASHIONS DRIVEN
    BY MULTI-CULTURAL FACTORS

    By Lissa Wyman

    NEW YORK -- Home Fashions styles and colors for Fall/Winter 09/10 will be driven by worldwide cultural and social trends. That is the word from the editors of Trend Bible, the forecasting company headquartered in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.



    This is the first in a series of articles celebrating Rugnews.com Fashion Month. As the month progresses, look for more stories focusing on cutting-edge rug trends and the world of contemporary furniture.
     


  • 05122008 Laplink Offers PC Recycling Service

    LAPLINK OFFERS COMPUTER
    RECYCLING SERVICE TO AID DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

    BELLEVUE, WA – Laplink, in partnership with InterConnection Seattle, is offering a way to recycle old computers with little or no shipping costs, according to Thomas Koll, chief executive officer of Laplink.  Rugnews.com strongly supports this initiative.


  • 05292008 Study Shows U.S. Not in Recession

    HERMAN TREND REPORT:
    ECONOMY NOT IN RECESSION

    GREENSBORO, NC – While economic growth in the U.S. has been sluggish in the first part of 2008, the country is not in a recession, according to a recent study by The Herman Trend Report.


Markets
  • 05092008 ABC Carpet Debuts at ICFF

    ABC CARPET MAKES
    DEBUT AT ICFF 2008

    NEW YORK – ABC Carpet, the floor covering and home furnishings retailer, will exhibit for the first time at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), May 17 to 20 in booth 2252 at the Jacob K . Javits Center, here.


  • 05092008 ROY Award Nomination Forms Available

    AMERICASMART CALLS FOR
    NOMINATIONS FOR ROY AWARDS 

    ATLANTA, GA – Americasmart  has opened nominations from Area Rug Center exhibitors for this year's Retailer of the Year (ROY) Awards, the prestigious industry event which takes place during the Summer Atlanta International Rug Market.


  • 05122008 NYICS Set for September 14 to 16

    NY CARPET SHOW SET FOR
    LEXINGTON ARMORY SEPT. 14 TO 16

    NEW YORK – The fourth annual New York International Carpet Show (NYICS) will be held Sept. 14 to16 at the historic 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Ave. at 26th St. in New York City. The show, which focuses on fine hand knotted rugs, is an integral part of Market Week in New York City.


  • 05122008 Rare Carpet Exhibited during Domotex Middle East
    RARE CARPET TO BE EXHIBITED
    AT DOMOTEX MIDDLE EAST 

    DUBAI, UAE – A rare carpet valued at more than $1 million  will be on display during Domotex Middle East at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 25 to 27, 2008.


  • 05162008 AMC July Seminars and Events

    SEMINARS AND EVENTS SET FOR
    ATLANTA SUMMER RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA, GA – AmericasMart will host several specialized seminars and events  during the Atlanta International Rug Market July 13 to 16, 2008.


  • 05232008 WMC Plans for yearAround Hospitality Marketplace

    LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET CENTER PLANS 
    ENTIRE FLOOR FOR HOSPITALITY SPECIALISTS

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas has dedicated an entire floor in building C of the Las Vegas Design Center to hospitality manufacturers.  The Hospitality Marketplace is set to open in 2009.


People
  • 05092008 Palmer Joins the Annie Selke Companies

    ANNIE SELKE COMPANIES
    NAMES PALMER CEO

    PITTSFIELD, MA – Tonio Palmer has joined the Annie Selke Companies as chief executive officer, according to Whit Selke, co-owner and head of sourcing and distribution for the Annie Selke Companies.


  • 05282008 Khan Receives Honorable Citizenship Award

     

     
    Cooki Khan

     KHAN NAMED HONORARY
    CITIZEN OF
    XINING CHINA


    XINING, CHINA – Akhtar Nazir Khan (Cooki), has been awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Xining, China, in recognition of his efforts for the global carpet industry and his interest and attention towards the development of  Xining handmade carpet.


  • 05292008 Company C Names Deveau

    COMPANY C NAMES DEVEAU
    NORTHEAST SALES REP

    CONCORD, NH – Michael Deveau has been named to the newly created position of northeast sales representative, according to Walter Chapin, president of Company C.


Products
  • 05122008 Flat Weave Fashion Story

    Rugnews.com Fashion Feature:
    SHARP LOOKS IN FLAT-WEAVES BRING FRESH ENERGY TO STYLE CATEGORY

    By Lissa Wyman

    Everyone is talking about flatweaves these days. Again. It's a style category that has had its ups and downs over the past 20 years, and now the pendulum is swinging back to the upside.



    This Fashion Feature is part of
    Rugnews.com Fashion Month.
    More trend stories coming soon!


Retailers
  • 05022008 RugSale Introduces Shop with Friend Feature

    RUGSALE.COM ADDS 
    "SHOP WITH A FRIEND" FEATURE

    HOLYOKE, MA – RugSale.com has partnered with DecisionStep Inc., a technology company, to develop a new site feature which allows customers to shop and chat with a friend from separate computers.


  • 05092008 Rug & Home Expands Asheville Store
    ASHEVILLE'S RUG & HOME TACKLES
    RECESSION WITH MAJOR EXPANSION

    ASHEVILLE, NC  -- While many retailers are scaling back during the current recession, Rug & Home  is in the process of a major expansion.


Vendors
  • 05012008 CMI Collections Receives Awards

    CMI  RUG COLLECTIONS
    WIN ADEX DESIGN AWARDS

    PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. (CMI) has received the Design Journal’s 2007-’08 ADEX (Awards for Design Excellence) gold and silver awards for its Bamboozle twill and Oak Harbor dusk rug collections.


  • 05092008 Couristan to Open Showroom at Las Vegas Market Center

    COURISTAN TO OPEN LAS VEGAS
    SHOWROOM IN BUILDING C
    OF WORLD MARKET CENTER

    FORT LEE, NJ -- Couristan, Inc. will open a permanent showroom for rugs and broadloom carpeting on the 8th Floor of Building C at the Las Vegas World Market Center. The showroom, C-854/856, will be open for the Summer Home Furnishings Market,  July 28 to Aug. 1, 2008.


  • 05092008 Posh Opens Brugges Showroom

    POSH FASHIONATION OPENS
    BRUGGES SHOWROOM


    BRUGGES, BELGIUM – Posh Fashionation, an international design firm, has opened a showroom here following a successful launch at the Domotex Floorforum Trendhall, according to Virginie Blanckaert, president.


  • 05162008 Hellenic to Show during ITMA Show

    HELLENIC TO SHOW AT
    SHOWTIME IN HIGHPOINT

    BROOKLYN, NY – Hellenic Rug Imports will show for the first time during the International Textiles Marketing Association (ITMA) Showtime Trade Show in High Point, NC, June 1, to June 4, 2008.  The Hellenic High Point showroom, located in Market Square  M-57 will be open during the duration of the ITMA show.


  • 05162008 Karastan and Mohawk LV Showroom

    KARASTAN AND MOHAWK SELECT OPEN
    PERMANENT SHOWROOM IN LAS VEGAS  

    DALTON, GA – Karastan and Mohawk Select will  open a permanent showroom on the 8th floor of the new building C at World Market Center in Las Vegas.


  • 05192008 RI Design Students Honored by Merida Meridian

    MERIDA MERIDIAN HONORS RISD STUDENTS
    FOR CREATIVE FLOOR COVERING CONCEPTS

    NEW YORK – Merida Meridian, a designer of natural fiber floor coverings,  recognized several students  at a May 19 reception at Aronson's Floor Covering store here. The students,from the Rhode Island School of Design, were honored for their creative and  floor covering concepts developed for the Fusion 2008 Competition.


  • 05202008 Green World Rugs Introduces Jute Rugs

    GUPTA FORMS GREEN WORLD
    RUGS; INTRODUCES JUTE BRAIDS


    TUCKER, GA – Green World Rugs has been formed by Junior Gupta, president of Homespice Decor. The new manufacturer will offer a new line of introductory-priced braided rugs made of jute. The company is targeting the mass market channel of distribution and offers several direct-import options.  


  • 05212008 Chandra Expands AMC Showroom

    CHANDRA RUGS MOVING TO 
    LARGER ATLANTA SHOWROOM

    ADAIRSVILLE, GA – Chandra Rugs is moving to a new  and expanded AmericasMart showroom 5A7. The new facility covers more than 3,300 sq. ft. and will be unveiled at the upcoming Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 13 to 16, 2008.


  • 05212008 Safavieh Releases Updated Online Virtual Ordering System

    SAFAVIEH UPDATES ONLINE
    VIRTUAL ORDERING SYSTEM

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh has introduced an updated  online virtual ordering system. The new system features an inventory and search capability, shopping cart with various shipping options including drop-shipping to the consumer, and account history.


  • 05222008 Oriental Weavers to Offer Broadloom Carpeting in July

     ORIENTAL WEAVERS SET TO INTRODUCE
    MADE-IN-USA PATTERNED BROADLOOM

    Oriental Weavers will introduce wilton-woven residential patterned broadloom at the Summer markets. Suggested retail price will be in the $35 to $70 per sq. yd. range.

    By Lissa Wyman

    DALTON, GA -- Oriental Weavers will enter the residential patterned broadloom arena this Summer with the introduction of Wilton-woven polypropylene collections made in the US at the Oriental Weavers manufacturing facility here.


  • 06082008 Shaw Living Interview with Jeff Brown, Jim Curtin

    SHAW LIVING EXECS TARGET SPECIFIC RETAIL CHANNELS TO GAIN MARKET SHARE


    Jeff Brown


    Jim Curtin

    By Lissa Wyman

    RINGGOLD, GA -- Shaw Living, the rug-making arm of giant Shaw Industries,  is targeting specific channels of retail distribution to gain overall market share.


















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