America's Research Group Report: BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS LOOKING FOR HOLIDAY BARGAINS
CHARLESTON, SC -- Shoppers rushed out early on Black Friday, many before dawn, to get advertised "Early-Bird Specials," those deeply discounted items advertised by retailers to entice Christmas bargain hunters.
Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report: HIGH POINT FURNITURE SHOWROOMS BECOMING SHOWCASES FOR MARKETING MULTIPLE PRODUCT CATEGORIES
Carpet Creation has developed a new Nicole Miller rug collection for Excelsior Designs. The collection is hand knotted in Thailand of New Zealand wool and Chinese silk in shades of gray. Suggested retail is $1,899 in 6x9.
By Arthur Douglas Thayer
HIGH POINT, NC -- High Point furniture showrooms are becoming showcases for multiple products, rather than single categories. Furniture makers are developing both formal and informal partnerships to become one-stop shops for home decor. In some cases, they are also developing their own private label rug lines.
HAS FULL ROSTER OF EXHIBITORS FOR JANUARY 18 TO 21 WINTER MARKET
ATLANTA - AmericasMart will have a full roster of exhibitors the Jan. 18 to 21 Winter Rug Market. Many new showrooms will be featured on the Area Rug Center Floors, and the second floor NORS show is completely full, according to mart management.
NY HOME TEXTILES SHOW TO RUN IN JANUARY WITH NY GIFT MARKET
NEW YORK - The New York Home Textiles Show will be held Jan. 28 to 31, 2007 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., New York, according to George Little Management, the event organizer. The show will be part of New York's Winter 2007 Gift & Home Market Week.
AMERICASMART ANNOUNCES NORS TEMP EXHIBITORS FOR WINTER MARKET EVENT
ATLANTA - AmericasMart has announced the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS) roster of exhibitors for the Jan. 18 to 21 Winter Rug Market. The second floor NORS show is completely full, according to Americasmart management.
2007 CONTEMPORARY FAIR CALLS FOR ENTRIES FROM DESIGNERS AND SCHOOLS
NEW YORK - George Little Management, producer and manager of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and sponsor Bernhardt Design are inviting product submissions from designers and schools. The items chosen will be exhibited at the ICFF in May, 2007.
Rugnews.com Fashion Week: NEW RUG TRENDS REFLECT MORE REFINED CONSUMER TASTE LEVELS
Relaxed Traditional Abbyson
Smokey Taupe Momeni
Fabric Fling Feizy
Tres French French Accents
Lively Lodge United Weavers
Blue Moon Dynamic
Brown is the New Red Couristan
World of Our Fathers Ebisons
Artist's Touch 828 International
By Lissa Wyman
Design trends emerging from this Fall's rug introductions at the New York Metro Market and High Point Market reflect continued refinement of consumer taste levels. Colors are more subtle and designs are more sophisticated at every price point. Rugnews.com has identified nine trends. For analysis and examples of the new looks, click here.
CARPET ONE TEAMS WITH MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS FOUNDATION
MANCHESTER, NH - Carpet One Floor & Home is teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation this holiday season. For the ninth year in a row, Carpet One Floor & Home stores nationwide will be donating children's books to local kids and acting as Toys for Tots drop-off locations.
SPRINGS SELLS RUG DIVISION TO CSB WORLD CARPETS; GUNTER NAMED PRESIDENT
FORT MILL, SC -Springs Industries, Inc., has reached an agreement with. C.S. Brooks World Carpets, Inc, to sell Springs Decorative Floor, Inc., its area and accent rugs business, to CSB World. Tina Gunter has been named president of CSB World.
KARASTAN TAPS 'QUEER EYE' GUY AS INTERIOR DESIGN GURU
Thom Felicia, center, interior design specialist on the popular Bravo show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, with Bill Storey, left, Karastan's senior vice president for rugs, and Tom Lape, president of Mohawk Residential.
KARASTAN EXPANDS INTO LUXURY MARKET WITH ARTISANAL WOOD FLOORS AND PATTERNED BROADLOOM IMPORTS
Mohawk execs are all smiles at last week's bi-annual convention in Colorado Springs. Seated: David Hardy, Mohawk senior vice president-fashion group and Monte Thornton, vice president of Mohawk's Flooring Group. Standing: Tom Lape, president of Mohawk's residential business; David Duncan, Mohawk vice president of marketing, and Bill Storey, senior vice president for Karastan rugs.
By Lissa Wyman
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Karastan is stepping into the luxury floor covering market with the introduction of imported patterned broadloom and hand crafted wood flooring.
NEW YORK - InnerAsia has introduced a new software package for retailers. The program allows retailers to produce customized rug images that show a customer what the rug will look like before it goes on the loom.
SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Nourison recently participated in the $52 million renovation of the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego as part of a large-scale design and production project for the hospitality industry.