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2008 JULY

  • 07122008 Editorial: Whiners Never Win

    Rugnews.com Editorial
    SUMMER MAY BE A BUMMER, BUT
    WHINERS ARE NEVER WINNERS


    By Lissa Wyman

    Last week, Sen. Phil Gramm committed political suicide by calling Americans a "nation of whiners."  For a smart guy, it was a bone-head thing to say.


Markets
  • 07072008 Feizy Revamps Designer Series

    FEIZY REVAMPS
    DESIGNER SERIES
    SAMPLE PROGRAM

    DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs will introduce a new and improved version of its Designer Series Sample Program during the Summer Las Vegas Market. 


  • 07082008 AMC Parties
     


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR ATLANTA RUG MARKET 

    ATLANTA - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Atlanta market. Check out our list of party places for July 13 to 16, 2008.
     


    Details, click here


  • 07082008 LV Parties
     


    RUGNEWS.COM PARTY CENTRAL:

    MAKE YOUR PARTY PLANS
    FOR LAS VEGAS RUG MARKET 

    LAS VEGAS - Make Rugnews.com your party planning headquarters for the Las Vegas market. Check out our list of party places for July 28 to August 1, 2008.
     

    details, click here.


  • 07082008 WMC Summer 2008 Highlights

    SUMMER 2008 LAS VEGAS
    MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

    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.


  • 07122008 Atlanta Market Saturday Pic
     


    MAJOR LEAGUE BUYERS DESCEND
    ON ATLANTA RUG MARKET


    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.

    More People Pix
    Click Here
     


  • 07142008 Atlanta Opening Day Market Report

    Market Opening Day Report:
    SUMMER MARKET TRAFFIC IS SLOW,
    BUT VENDORS STILL POSITIVE ABOUT FUTURE

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA – There were few surprises as Atlanta’s Summer International Rug Market officially opened on Sunday, July 13.  It was sloooooooow. But vendors are philosophical.


  • 07142008 Ribbon Cutting picture page

    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.

    Click Here for More Ribbon Cutting
    and People  Pix

     


  • 07152008 Atlanta Market ROY Awards
     

    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.
     


    Details, and lots of pix, click here


  • 07172008 Rugs Direct Honors Outstanding Vendors

    RUGS DIRECT HONORS
    OUTSTANDING VENDORS

    ATLANTA --Rugs Direct, the multi-channel retailer headquartered in Winchester, VA, presented three vendors with awards for outstanding service during the Atlanta International Rug Market.


  • 07182008 Rizzy to Introduce Custom Size Program in Las Vegas

    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.


  • 07212008 Atlanta Market Business Wrap-Up

    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."


  • 07212008 Surya Doubles LV Showroom

    SURYA MOVES TO LARGER 
    LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya has doubled its Las Vegas showroom space at the World Market Center by moving to a 6,000 sq. ft. showroom at B350.    


  • 07222008 Shaw Partners with Museum of NM in LV

     

    SHAW LIVING AND FURNITURE VENDORS
    PARTNER WITH MUSEUM OF NEW MEXICO
    FOR STYLE PRESENTATION AT LV MARKET

    DALTON, GA – Shaw Living and several furniture vendors have partnered with the Museum of New Mexico for a special style presentation at  the Las Vegas Market on Tuesday, July 29.


  • 07232008 Rizzy Rugs LV Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    RIZZY RUGS TO HOST RIBBON
    CUTTING CEREMONY IN LAS VEGAS

    CALHOUN, GA – Rizzy Rugs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the World Market Center Las Vegas on Monday, July 28 at noon to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new showroom C-886.


  • 07242008 Chandra to Host Ribbon Cutting in Las Vegas

    CHANDRA TO HOST LAS VEGAS
    SHOWROOM GRAND OPENING

    ADAIRSVILLE, GA – Chandra Rugs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company's new showroom C-864 at the World Market Center Las Vegas C-864. The event will take place Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m.


  • 07242008 Indian Carpet Expo Set for Varanasi Oct 17 to 20
     

    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.


  • 07242008 WMC Names Laslo Design Icon Series Honoree

    WORLD MARKET CENTER NAMES
    LARRY LASLO SUMMER 2008
    DESIGN ICON SERIES HONOREE

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas is honoring Larry Laslo of Larry Laslo Designs as a Design Icon during the Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market, July 28 to Aug 1.


  • 07292008 NYICS Armory Show Changes Market Date

    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. 


  • 07312008 Las Vegas Market Business Report

    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.


  • 08072008 NYMRA Exhibitor List

    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.


People
  • 06302008 Momeni CoSponsors Student Art Contest

    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.


  • 07282008 Las Vegas People Pix First Day

    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.


    LOTS MORE LAS VEGAS PIX
    COMING SOOOON!
     



Products
Retailers
  • 07012008 Pic of Cardis Furniture Store Grand Opening Braintree, MA

    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.
     



Vendors
  • 04282008 Balta to Introduce First Products Designed Specifically for US Market
    BALTA EMERGES FROM UNDER THE RADAR
    WITH DESIGNS TAILORED TO U.S. MARKET


    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.


  • 07022008 Imperial Rugs to Show at AMC

    IMPERIAL RUGS TO SHOW
    AT AMERICASMART

    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.


  • 07032008 Kane Opens WMC Showroom

    KANE CARPET TO OPEN WORLD
    MARKET CENTER SHOWROOM

    CALHOUN, GA – Kane Carpet will open a new showroom C-691 at the Las Vegas World Market, July 28 to August 1.  The company will showcase an assortment of rugs, broadloom and roll runner programs.


  • 07072008 Milliken Raises Prices

    MILLIKEN RAISES PRICES
    UP TO 15 PERCENT

    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. 


  • 07072008 Nourison Introduces Comprehensive New Catalog

    NOURISON LAUNCHES  CATALOG
    FOR ALL RUG AND RUNNER LINES

    SADDLEBROOK, NJ – Nourison, a  manufacturer and importer of rugs and broadloom, has  launched its first all-inclusive catalog organizing more than 60 active rug collections into a single source book. 


  • 07082008 Shaw Set to Host Shaw Flooring Alliance Convention 09

    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.


  • 07092008 Jaipur Has Aggressive Plans for Sales Growth, Diversity

    JAIPUR
    HAS AGGRESSIVE PLANS FOR
    SALES GROWTH, PRODUCT DIVERSITY


    Asha Chaudhary, ceo of Jaipur


    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA -- Jaipur, once a tiny importer of fine hand knot rugs, is on an aggressive trajectory of sales growth and product diversity, according to Asha Chaudhary, chief executive officer.


  • 07172008 Couristan LV Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    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.


  • 07182008 Grand Opening Celebration on Eigthth Floor of Building C Set for LV

    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.


  • 07182008 Surya to Host Parties in LV

    SURYA HOSTS  LV PARTIES
    WITH B. SMITH, BOB MACKIE

    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.  


  • 07192008 Loloi New B to B Website is Unveiled

    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.


  • 07212008 Hellenic Expands Business Ventures

    HELLENIC EXPANDS
    BUSINESS VENTURES

    BROOKLYN, NY – Hellenic Rug Imports is introducing a new catalog, launching a re-designed website and diversifying into new floor covering categories.


  • 07222008 Momeni Sponsors Room Setting Contest

    MOMENI SPONSORS
    ROOM SETTING PHOTO CONTEST

    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


  • 07252008 Momeni Leases 13,500 sq. ft. Atlanta Showroom

    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.


     

Markets
  • 07012008 CMI to Host Party during LV Market

    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.


  • 07072008 Hellenic to Host Party during LV Market

    HELLENIC TO HOST PARTY
    DURING LAS VEGAS MARKET

    BROOKLYN, NY – Hellenic will host its Big Fat Greek Party in celebration of the company's 20th anniversary during the Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center.


Products
  • 07102008 Oriental Weavers Introduces Rug Underlay Collections


    Maria Metropolous Ward

    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.


















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