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2006 NOVEMBER

  • 11022006 Guest Editorial Mark Keshishian ORRA

    Rugnews.com Guest Editorial:
    THE CHANGING WORLD

    By Mark Samson Keshishian
    President, Oriental Rug Retailers of America, Inc.

    The world is changing around us. But we, the rug industry, seem to be stuck in the 80's.


  • 11082006 Michelle Lamb Forecast

    Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report:
    LAMB PREDICTS NINE TRENDS TO DEFINE
    HOME DECOR THROUGH DECADE'S END



    Today's wired generation is
     "always on and alone together."

    By Janelle Lampp

    HIGH POINT, NC --  Michelle Lamb, senior editor of the Trend Curve, predicted nine trends that will define home décor through the end of the decade. She summarized her vision for home fashions at a seminar held at the recent High Point International Market.


  • 11102006 Furniture.com 2007 Home Decorating Trends

    Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report:
    FURNITURE.COM SAYS 2007 DECORATING TRENDS COME FROM 'A LA CARTE' MENU 

    WALTHAM, MA - Home decorating trends for 2007 continue to be offered on an  "a la carte" menu, according to Davis Remignanti, lead design consultant at Furniture.com.


  • 11102006 Trend Forecast from Sherwin Williams

    Rugnews.com Fashion Week Report:
    TECHNOLOGY DRIVES HOME TRENDS
    SAYS SHERWIN WILLIAMS SPECIALIST

    By Janelle Lampp

    HIGH POINT, NC --  Modern technology -- and our love-hate relationship with it  -- is the driving force behind  today's trends in home  designs and color.


  • 11272006 Black Friday Shopping Report

    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.


  • 11272006 LVDC Decorates Trees for Charity

    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOMS/DESIGNERS
    DECORATE TREES TO BENEFIT CHARITIES

    LAS VEGAS - Victor Pedraz, director of the Las Vegas Design Center at the World Market Center, has organized the Design Center's first tree decorating contest.


Markets
  • 11042006 High Point Furniture Makers Becoming One Stop Shops

    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.


     

  • 11102006AMC Exhibitor List

    AMERICASMART ATLANTA

    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.


  • 11142006NY Textiles Show Moves to Metropolitan Pavilion

    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.  


  • 11152006 Dates and New Name Set for NY Home Textiles Market

    NEW YORK  TEXTILES MARKET
    CHANGES NAME; SETS
    SCHEDULE THROUGH 2010

    NEW YORK  - The Home Fashion Products Association has announced market dates through 2010 for the New York Home Textiles Market. The next market will be Feb. 12 to Feb. 16.


  • 11152006AMC NORS Exhibitors
     

    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.


Products
  • 11082006 ICFF Calls for Designer Entries

    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.


Vendors
  • 11082006Lofty and Sons to Return to AMC

    LOTFY & SONS RETURNING
    TO AMERICASMART IN ATLANTA

    SECAUCUS, NJ - Lotfy & Sons is returning as an exhibitor at AmericasMart Atlanta with a new 1,600 sq. ft. showroom, space 3 E 9.


  • 11142006Three AMC Exhibitors Renovate Showrooms

    AMERICASMART EXHIBITORS
    RENOVATE SHOWROOMS

    ATLANTA - Amici Imports (6F11), Ebison Harounian Imports (5F5) and Dynamic Rugs (3C5)  will each debut newly designed showrooms at Atlanta International Rug Market January 18 to 21, 2007.


  • 11172006AMC to show Martha Stewart for Safavieh

    AMERICASMART TO HOST INTRODUCTION
    OF MARTHA STEWART RUGS BY SAFAVIEH 
    DURING ATLANTA WINTER RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA
    - AmericasMart will host the January 2007 introduction of Martha Stewart Area Rugs for Safavieh set to debut Friday, January 19 during the Atlanta International  Rug Market.


     

People
  • 11152006Nourison Names Forman

    NOURISON NAMES FORMAN
    MARKETING DIRECTOR;
    BLITZ CREATIVE DIRECTOR


    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - David Forman has been named director of marketing and Matt Blitz has been given additional duties as creative director for Nourison.


Products
  • 11012006 Rug Fall Fashion Trends

     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.
     


     

Retailers
  • 11062006Carpet One Teams with Toys for Tots

    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. 


  • 11102006Federated Signs Agreement with Belk

    FEDERATED AND BELK 
    AGREE TO SWAP TWO STORES

    CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores, Inc. has signed an agreement with Belk, Inc. to exchange its Macy's store in Wilmington, NC, for a Parisian store in Collierville, TN.


  • 11132006Packards West Bought

    COLES-CHRISTENSEN OPENS
    STORE IN SANTA FE

    SANTA FE, NM -- Gary Coles-Christensen, manager and founding partner of Packards West,  has purchased the store and its assets. The new company is known as G. Coles-Christensen, Rug Merchants.


Vendors
  • 11032006 Nourison Calvin Klein Rug Wins Home Magazine Award

    NOURISON WINS 2006 HOME MAGAZINE
    AWARD FOR CALVIN KLEIN RUG DESIGN


    Award winning Calvin Klein "Crackle" rug is part of the CK New Patina collection. Power-loomed of wool, the suggested retail price is  $1,400 in 5'6" x 7'5" size.
     

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - A Calvin Klein rug design by Nourison Rug Corp.  was chosen as a top winner for Home Magazine's 12th Annual American Furniture Awards.


  • 11032006 Springs Sells Rug Operations to CSB World Carpets

    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.


  • 11072006 Trans Ocean Feature Story

    TRANS OCEAN'S GUIDING PRINCIPALS:
     FASHION, VALUE...AND QUICK DELIVERY


    Charles Peck and Liora Manne of
    Trans-Ocean Imports

    By Janet Herlihy
     
     WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Operating as a wholesale distributor since 1906, Trans-Ocean Import Co. provides a wide and deep stream of rugs from around the world.


  • 11142006Nourison Wins 2006 Expo Design Award

    NOURISON WINS 2006 EXPO DESIGN CENTER PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
     
    SADDLE BROOK, NJ - Nourison Rug Corp. has been selected for a 2006 Partner of the Year Award by Expo Design Center.


  • 11152006Shaw to Hold 6th SFA Convention

    SHAW TO HOST SIXTH CONVENTION
    FOR SHAW FLOORING ALLIANCE

    DALTON, GA - the sixth convention for Shaw Flooring Alliance (SFA) dealers, themed "Explore," will be held Jan 14 to 17, 2007 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts in Orlando, FL


  • 11202006 Queer Eye Guy to Represent Karastan

     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.


    Details, click here


  • 11212006 Shaw to Show in Las Vegas

    SHAW LIVING TO SHOW
    AT LAS VEGAS MARKET

    DALTON, GA - Shaw Living will be showing its rug collections at the Las Vegas World Market in January. The showroom will be located in the  Pavilions Space P10004. 


  • 11252006 Karastan Expands Into Luxury Market with Artisanal Wood Floors, Imported Broadloom

     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.


  • 11272006 Amer Rugs Expands

    EXPANDING AMER RUGS GIVES ATLANTA SHOWROOM NEW LOOK FOR MARKET

    NORCROSS, GA - Amer Rugs is giving its Atlanta showroom a new look for market and expanding its product line to emphasize contemporary as well as  traditional styling. 


  • 11282006InnerAsia Introduce New Rug Software

    INNERASIA INTRODUCES
    CUSTOM RUG SOFTWARE

    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.


  • 11302006 Dynamic Rug Feature


    Matthew Rouhanian

    DYNAMIC RUGS OPENS
    NEW SHOWROOM, LARGE PRODUCT PRESENTATION


    By Janet Herlihy

    FREDERICK, MD -- Dynamic Rugs opens new showroom in Atlanta's AmericasMart.


     

People
  • 11102006 Nourison takes part in US Grant Hotel Renovation

    NOURISON TAKES PART IN 
    HISTORIC HOTEL RENOVATION

    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. 


Retailers
  • 1132006Safavieh Teams Up With CarpetsPlus

    SAFAVIEH BEGINS PROGRAM
    WITH CARPETSPLUS/COLOR TILE

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY  - Safavieh has begun its first program with Alliance Flooring's CarpetsPlus and ColorTile stores, a retail flooring group with a membership of over 450 stores.


















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