NEW AND REMODELED LV SHOWROOMS REFLECT BRIGHT, FRESH APPROACH TO 2014 RUG BUSINESS
Kaleen has a lot of Vegas pizzazz at company's new 3,700 sq. ft. showroom C-407 at the Las Vegas International Market Center. The gang gathers for ribbon cutting from left: Boyd Tasker of the World Market; Blake Dennard, senior vice president of Kaleen; Rhadhe Rathe, ceo;Ty Strader, director of marketing for Kaleen; Monty Rathi, Kaleen coo; Kevin Blaine, Kaleen regional vp, and Lee Hershberg, World Market.
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS – Several rug and home vendors moved to new showrooms or expanded and remodeled existing space for the International Market Center January 2014 show. The new spaces reflect the industry's new emphasis on light and bright presentations of rugs and home accents. The new showrooms now create the effect of being in an elegant home, rather than in a place where it's all business and no fun.
ABDALLA TO AUCTION 250,000 SQ. FT. OF ZARNEGIN ONE-OF-A-KIND COLLECTIONS ON THURSDAY, FEB. 20 IN LONG ISLAND CITY
LONG ISLAND CITY, NY -- Abdalla Auctions will auction 250,000 sq. ft. of the one-of-a-kind collections of the late Nasser Zarnegin and the contents of Zarnegin International Rug Corp. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at 47-61 Pearson Place, third floor, Long Island City, NY.11101
LAS VEGAS WINTER MARKET BREAKS PREVIOUS ATTENDANCE RECORDS
LAS VEGAS – The winter 2014 Las Vegas Market hosted its biggest and best attended market in its nine-year history. The event was host to 21% more buyers and 850,000 more sq. ft. of resources than last winter, according to Bob Maricich, chief executive officer, International Market Centers.
Las Vegas Business Story #!: RUG AND HOME PEOPLE FINALLY SMILING LIKE THEY MEAN IT
Kyle Johansen, second left,, merchandise manager for HOM Furniture/Gabberts, Coon Rapids, MN, joins from left, Tom Perraud, Capel midwest regional manager; Allen Robertsen, Capel vp of sales and John Magee, president of Capel.
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS -- Rug and Home professionals are finally confident that business is going through sustained growth after a period of deep recession, followed by up-and-down swings that didn't build real momentum.
THE RUG SHOW IN LA OFFERS DISCOUNT ROOM STAY DURING MARCH MARKET
LAS ANGELES – Organizers of The Rug Show have teamed up with The Ritz Carlton LA to offer Market-goers a two-night stay at The Ritz during the March 1 to 3 Market for the discounted price of $99 per night.
RIZZY HOME RECEIVES VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM HOM FURNITURE
Rizwan Ansari, second left, ceo of Rizzy Home, receives Vendor of the Year Award from Kyle Johansen, merchandise manager of Hom Furniture/Gabberts, Coon Rapids, MN. Taking part in the ceremony is Doug Ernewein, left, vice president of product development, and Kevin Welch, national sales manager. The award is granted to only one vendor and covers all the home furnishings categories sold by Hom Furniture.
FULL COVERAGE OF LAS VEGAS MARKET -- BUSINESS ANALYSIS AND PEOPLE PIX NOW ON RUGNEWS.COM
Thom Filicia, left, and Jonathon Yaraghi enjoy the excitement of introducing the new Thom Filicia lighting collection for Safavieh. The mid-range price points and designs that coordinate with rugs are part of the philosopy for design and marketing the new line, according to Filicia.
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOW SEPT. 7 TO 9 AT METROPOLITAN PAVILION
NEW YORK -- The tenth annual New York International Carpet Show will take place Sunday, Sept 7 to Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., New York, according to Dennis Dodds, founder and owner of the show.
HIGH POINT MARKET RELEASES ACCENTS ON ACCESSORIES VIDEO
HIGH POINT, NC –High Point Market has released it new video feturing home accessories, according to Editor at Large host Kelly Edwards. The video features perspectives from home fashion leaders Timothy Corrigan, Erin Davis, John Gidding, Jeanine Hays, Lauri Jones, Alexander Julian, Shannon Koszyk, Denise McGaha, Jason Oliver Nixon, and Paul Pavlak on the importance of home accessories. To view the video, click here.
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOW CELEBRATES 10 YEARS SEPT. 7 TO 9
NEW YORK -- From the first event 10 years ago, the New York International Carpet Show has grown steadily and redefined the trade show experience for vendors and buyers of high-end handmade carpets in a changing marketplace, according to Dennis Dodds, founder and owner of the show.
ATLANTA – Jeffery Portman has been named vice chairman of AMC, Inc., the parent company of AmericasMart Atlanta, according to the AMC, Inc. board of directors. Portman has served as president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based AMC Inc. for the past 13 years, and he will continue to serve in these capacities in addition to his new responsibilities.
DALLAS – Sandra Standefer has been named director of textiles for Loloi. With more than two decades of industry experience, Standefer will be responsible for overseeing sales and operations of the company’s textile categories, supporting Loloi with branding and showroom events and helping plan and coordinate Loloi’s presence at Market.
NAHFA ANNOUNCES RETAILER OF THE YEAR 2014 NOMINEES
ROSEVILLE, CA – The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) has announced the nominees for its 2014 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers. Winners will be announced during the April High Point Furniture Market and awards will be presented June 1 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS SURVEY REVEALS HOW MILLENNIALS ARE CHANGING HOME MARKETPLACE
Las Vegas – Better Homes and Gardens has released the findings from its sixth-annual exclusive survey on the attitude and spending trends of home buyers. This year’s research focused on Millennials’ preferences for their next home, and asked more than 3,200 prospective home buyers to share their thoughts on home improvement spending, the importance of personalization, and technology in home value.
DOVER RUG & HOME TO HOST HUSAIN HAQQANI PRESENTATION
NATICK, MA – Dover Rug & Home and the Boston Globe Insiders will host a presentation and book signing by Husain Haqqani, author of Magnificent Delusions Sunday, February 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 721 Worcerster Rd., here.
Ernie and Ingrid Harazim of World of Rugs in Phoenx with Jonathon Witt, vice president of Oriental Weavers
LAS VEGAS -- World of Rugs, based in Scottsdale, AZ, has long been known as one of the most prestigious and popular rug retailers in the Southwest. But bad recessions can happen to good companies. So when the economy headed south back in 2007, owners Ernie and Ingrid Harazim immediately began to revamp, renew and reinvent their company.
MACY’S REPORTS INCREASES IN SALES AND EARNINGS CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. has reported continued sales and earnings growth in the fourth quarter and full year 2013, ended Feb. 1, 2014. For the full year 2013, earnings were $3.86 per diluted share, or $4.00 excluding items described below. This represents an increase of 19%, or 16% excluding items described below, over fiscal 2012. The $4.00 per share exceeds management's initial guidance provided at the beginning of the year for earnings per share, excluding items described below, to be in the range of $3.90 to $3.95 per share in fiscal 2013. For the 52 weeks of 2013, Macy's, Inc. sales totaled $27.931 billion, up 0.9% from total sales of $27.686 billion in the 53 weeks of fiscal 2012. On a comparable sales basis, Macy's, Inc.'s 2013 sales were up 1.9% in 2013 over 2012. Together with sales from departments licensed to third parties, 2013 sales on a comparable basis were up 2.8%.
SURYA TEAMS WITH PROJECT MALA TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN IN INDIA
CALHOUN, GA – Surya, has partnered with Project Mala, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an education, healthcare, nutrition and other benefits to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school due to lack of resources and access to facilities. Through an ongoing financial contribution, Surya will sponsor 160 students in four classes at two schools.
SURYA ANNOUNCES WINNER OF HAWAIIAN VACATION GIVEAWAY
CALHOUN, GA – A buyer from Wisconsin-based Steinhafels was announced the winner of Surya’s winter market Hawaiian vacation giveaway. Chosen by random from qualified entries, the winner received a four-day/three-night vacation package for two to the island of Oahu with roundtrip airfare and premium hotel accommodations. To be eligible to win, market attendees had to complete a brief online entry form and stop by the Surya showroom in Atlanta, Dallas or Las Vegas.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya has been awarded Best of Houzz in the Design category by Houzz, a platform for home remodeling and design. Surya was recognized because some of the most frequently “saved” images within the Houzz community in 2013 were designer projects showcasing Surya products. In recognition of the award, Surya will receive a Best of Houzz 2014 badge on its profile.
DALLAS â€“ Loloi is set to launch its new 2014 Spring Catalog. With an all-new larger, landscaped layout, Loloiâ€™s 142 rug collections and nearly 200 pillows, including those making their debut at Januaryâ€™s Atlanta and Las Vegas markets, are prominently featured throughout the 500-plus page book, according to Amir Loloi, chief executive officer.
SAFAVIEH LAUNCHES DREAM ROOMS MICROSITE AND MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Safavieh's Microsite Country Manor Living Room
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh has launched a microsite to offer consumers a complete range of home decorating possibilities with the company’s expanding range of home furnishings products. The site features 10 curated lifestyle room photos for Spring 2014, all furnished in Safavieh furniture, rugs and decorative accessories.
COMPANY C TO HOST DREAM IN FULL COLOR CONTEST ON PINTEREST
CONCORD, NH – Company C will host its Dream in Full Color Pinterest contest from February 28 to March 28, 2014. Consumers are invited to choose any room in their home that they would like to make over and pin it onto the company’s Pinterest site for a chance to win $10,000 in Company C products.
SAFAVIEH HOME FURNISHINGS STORES LAUNCH SAFAVIEH STYLE MAGAZINE
Safavieh's new magazine cover
NEW YORK – Safavieh Home Furnishings, a chain of 10 stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has premiered Safavieh Style, its first consumer-targeted magazine. The magazine made its debut at a launch party on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the retailer’s flagship store at 902 Broadway in Manhattan.