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LAS VEGAS – With the opening of Building C at the Las Vegas World Market Center, all exhibits, showrooms, social events and seminars will be on one central campus for the Summer World Market, July 28 to August 1.
When Atlanta Market opens, major league rug buyers are always there and always smiling. On Saturday afternoon, Ivan Phillips, center, president of Delos, welcomes Scott Hayim, left, and Jon Womak of the Rug Decor franchize chain, headquartered in St. Louis.
AMERICASMART WELCOMES NEW SHOWROOMS AT RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONIES
AmericasMart welcomes Imperial Rugs (4-E-1). Left to right: Nivedita Maurya; Tushar Maurya; retailer Ali Inal of Designer Rug Warehouse, Atlanta; Urmilla Maurya; regional sales manager Cem (Jim) Arinik; Imperial president Lalla Maurya doing the ribbon cutting honors; Annat Maurya, and Chas Sydney and Kevin Malkiewicz of AmericasMart. Mom and Dad Urmilla and Lalla Maurya are headquartered in India while the younger generation is based in Georgia.
AMERICASMART HONORS INDUSTRY'S TOP RETAILERS WITH ROY AWARDS
AmericasMart's Chas Sydney, left, with winners Dan Holloway, Bill Farr and Donna Farr of The Carpet Shop, Augusta, GA; Jamie Metrick and Abe Jahromi of Elte Carpets & Home, Toronto, and Ray Albed of Albed Rugs, Wayne, PA.
RIZZY INTRODUCING CUSTOM SIZE PROGRAM IN NEW VEGAS SHOWROOM
CALHOUN, GA -- Rizzy Rug & Home will introduce a new Custom Size rug program at the Summer Las Vegas World Market. The program will make its debut in Rizzy's new Building C eighth floor showroom, C-886, July 28 to Aug.1.
Atlanta Rug Market Business Wrap-Up: MAYBE IT'S CORNY, BUT THE OLD CLICHE IS TRUE: THOSE WHO CAME BOUGHT
By Lissa Wyman
ATLANTA -- "Those who came bought." "People who are serious about business came to market." "Winners come to market." "Hard times separate the pros from the amateurs." "We had a lot of time to work closely with our customers." "Good businesses get stronger when things are bad, marginal businesses drop by the wayside."
INDIA CARPET EXPO SET FOR OCT. 17 TO 20 IN VARANASI
Shri Ashok Jain
By Lissa Wyman
VARANASI, INDIA -- The semi-annual India Carpet Expo (ICE) will be held at the Hotel Taj Ganges in Varanasi from Oct 17 to 20, 2008, according to Shri Ashok Jain, chairman of the Carpet Export Promotion Council and Shiv Kumar Gupta executive director-cum-secretary of the trade organization.
NY INTERNATIONAL CARPET SHOW SHIFTS DATES FOR ARMORY SHOW; BUYER PREVIEW SET FOR SEPT. 16
NEW YORK – The Fourth Annual New York International Carpet Show (NYICS) has changed its dates to September 16 to 19. The event will open with a special Buyers' Preview on Tuesday Sept. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Historic 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Ave. between 25th and 26th Streets.
Las Vegas World Market Business Report: LOOK TO THE FUTURE IS MOTTO FOR LAS VEGAS RUG EXHIBITORS
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS– Rug exhibitors at this week's World Market say they are investing in the future, rather than dwelling on the present. So, although hallway traffic was termed "typical Summer market," rug people remain upbeat about the potential of Las Vegas as a market venue.
NY-NJ METRO RUG ALLIANCE EXHIBITOR LOCATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 15 TO 19 MARKET
NEW YORK – Over 80 rug importers and manufacturers will participate in the New York Metro Rug Market, which will be held Sept. 15 to 19 in New York and New Jersey. Click here for a complete list of locations and websites or email addresses.
MOMENI CO-SPONSORS STUDENT ART CONTEST WITH FINE RUGS OF CHARLESTON
CARLSDADT, NJ – Momeni with co-sponsor Fine Rugs of Charleston have named Cassie Schmitt the winner of the first annual Student Art contest. Schmitt, a first semester Interior Design student at the Art Institute of Charleston, took home the honor with her nature-inspired design.
LAS VEGAS HAS THE SIZZLE - AND IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE TEMPERATURE
RETAIL CELEBRITY: The buying team from Home Decorators Collection, St. Louis, were on hand for ribbon cutting ceremonies at Couristan’s new Building C Showroom (C-854). From left: Ron Couri, president of Couristan; Gil Kemp, president of Home Decorators, and Kathy Leffler and Kim Nyman, merchandisers for Home Decorators, and Steve Codella, senior vice president of Couristan.
LIFESTYLE CELEBRITY B. Smith, center, was the hostess of a Monday luncheon served at the Surya showroom (B-350). Smith has also formed her first rug licensing partnership with Surya with the introduction of the new Mosaic collection of hand-tufted rugs. Smith is shown with Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, and Shauna Snyder, vie president of product development.
THE GANG'S ALL HERE FOR CARDIS FURNITURE GRAND OPENING
Reps from top rug vendors were on hand to celebrate the recent Grand Opening of Cardis Furniture store in Braintree, MA. From left: Mark Ferullo Rizzy Rugs, Lynne Manning Rizzy Rugs, Mike Burnham Dalyn, Lynn Dunn Couristan, George Sharp Nourison.
Dimitri Verhoye, vp sales and marketing for area rugs
Mark Ford, director of product development
By Lissa Wyman
DALTON, GA. -- This Summer, Balta US is introducing a new rug collection with a uniquely American identity , according to Dimitri Verhoye, vice president of sales and marketing and Mark Ford, director of product development for Balta US, Inc.
ATLANTA – Imperial Rugs, a 30 year veteran in the industry, will showcase a blend of old techniques and cutting-edge technology in the company’s new 1,600 sq. ft. showroom 4-E-1 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 13 to 16.
SPARTANBURG, SC – Milliken & Co has increased prices up to15% for all of its products and services effective immediately, citing unprecedented increases in raw materials, energy, freight and other costs.
SHAW FLOORING ALLIANCE CONVENTION SET FOR JAN. '09
DALTON, GA – Retail Revolution is the title of the Shaw Flooring Alliance 2009 convention for aligned Shaw dealers. It will be held at The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL, January 11 to 14, 2009. Three days of educational discussion sessions, networking opportunities and entertainment are planned for the retailers.
COURISTAN TO CELEBRATE NEW LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM WITH RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
FORT LEE, NJ – Couristan will host a ribbon cutting event on Monday, July 28th at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening of its new showroom C854/856 located in Building C of the World Market Center Las Vegas. Following the ribbon cutting will be a champagne toast and a catered lunch.
RUG VENDORS TO CO-HOST GRAND OPENING PARTY ON EIGHTH FLOOR OF LAS VEGAS BUILDING C
LAS VEGAS – Several rug vendors are getting together to co-sponsor a grand opening celebration on the 8th floor of the Las Vegas World Market Center’s new Building C. The celebration will take place July 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the vendors’ individual showrooms.
CALHOUN, GA – Surya Rugs will host two special events in the company’s Las Vegas World Market Center showroom B350 at next week's Las Vegas World Market. The parties will feature personal appearances by Lifestyle guru B. Smith and fashion designer Bob Mackie.
LOLOI INTRODUCES NEW B2B WEBSITE WITH REAL-TIME INFO
DALLAS -- Loloi Rugs has launched a new B2B website which includes technology that allows customers real time access to check stock, enter orders, obtain tracking information and view their account history.
CARLSTADT, NJ – Momeni is hosting Invite Momeni Home, a room setting photo contest giving retailers and designers the opportunity to win cash and prizes for showcasing Momeni products in various living spaces. The winner will be announced during the International Home Furnishings Market, October 20 to 26 in High Point, NC
MOMENI LEASES 13,500 SQ. FT. SPACE AT AMERICASMART
CARLSTADT, NJ – Momeni, Inc. has leased a 13,500 sq. ft. space as an anchor tenant on the fifth floor of AmericasMart. The new space, located next to the elevators and escalators, is the largest rug showroom in the building, according to AmericasMart officials.
CMI TO HOST GRAND OPENING PARTY TO CELEBRATE NEW LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM
PAWTUCKET, RI – Colonial Mills, Inc. (CMI) will host a grand opening party Tuesday, July 29 in celebration of the company’s new World Market Center showroom, C-860. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the company will offer refreshments and gift baskets.
ORIENTAL WEAVERS INTRODUCING RUG UNDERLAY FAMILY OF PRODUCTS
By Lissa Wyman
DALTON, GA. -- Oriental Weavers will introduce its first rug underlay collections at the Atlanta International Rug Market July 13 to16. The launch will introduce a new concept for the padding business: Marketing.