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2007 JULY

Markets
  • 07142007 Atlanta Pre-Market Business Story

    Atlanta Market Business Report:
    SLUGGISH ECONOMY NOT ENOUGH
    TO DIM HOPES OF RUG VENDORS

    By Lissa Wyman

    ATLANTA - The sluggish state of home furnishings retailing was not enough to dim the hopes of vendors going into this week's International Rug Market. The semi-annual event runs July 15 to 18 at AmericasMart Atlanta.


  • 07182007 Market Movie - AMC2
     

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES!

    Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com, with Roz Rustigian of Rustigian's, Providence, RI

    RETAILERS AT MARKET SAY
    BUSINESS  IS NOT SO BAD
    To see and hear what these retailers are saying,
    click here



    Bill Doyle of Bradford's Interiors, Nashville, joins us for Market Movies



  • 07182007 Market Movie - Couristan

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES:
    COURISTAN EXECS DISCUSS BUSINESS
    PLANS AND DESIGN OUTLOOK

    Kelly Watson, Couristan director of sourcing and are rug product development and Ron Couri, company ceo.
    See the movie. Click here


  • 07182007 Roy Award Winners


    RUG INDUSTRY HONORS RETAIL
    EXCELLENCE WITH ANNUAL ROY AWARDS


    Winners gather with Mart officials by the dramatic fish
    tanks of the Georgia Aquarium.


    ATLANTA -- The Georgia Aquarium was the scene of the annual Retailer of the Year Awards on Monday, July 16. This year's ROY winners came from all sections of the country and included floor covering stores, rug specialists and furniture stores. All were exemplars of retail excellence in terms of integrity, creativity and community service.


  • 07202007 Jaipur Market Movie
     

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES:
    IN THE JAIPUR SHOWROOM

    Asha Chaudhary, left, ceo of Jaipur, discusses new
    directions for the company with Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com.
    In this market movie, retailers also talk about what's up on the selling floor.
    To see the movie,
    click here

     



  • 07202007 Surya Market Movie
     


    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIE:
    SURYA EXPANDS MIX TO INCLUDE RUGS, PILLOWS, WALL ART...AND MORE TO COME


    Satya Tiwari, president of Surya,  with Lissa Wyman,
    editor and publisher of Rugnews.com
    Tiwari  unveils plans and showroom visitors comment.
     click here

     



  • 07232007 Hellenic Market Movie
     


    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIE:

    HELLENIC DISCUSSES MARKETING PLANS; CANDICE OLSON CONSUMER AD CAMPAIGN


    Lissa Wyman of Rugnews.com with Ankush Gupta,
    chief sales officer of Hellenic Rug Imports.
    Hear and see the market movie,including a
    retail interview,  click here

     


  • 07232007 Kas Market Movie
     

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES:
    A VISIT TO THE KAS SHOWROOM


    Lissa Wyman, center, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com, with Hari Tummala, left, and Rao Yarlagadda of Kas
    To see and hear our conversation, plus retailer interviews, click here
     



  • 07242007 Market Movie - Feizy 2
     


    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES
    SWEARY TALKS ABOUT NEW FEIZY POST;
    RETAILERS TALK ABOUT BIZ OUTLOOK



    Dale Sweary, recently named senior vp of sales for Feizy, with Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com
    To see the movie, click here

     



  • 07242007 Market Movie - Mohamed Farid
     

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIE:
    FARID OF ORIENTAL WEAVERS DISCUSSES
    GLOBAL OUTLOOK FOR RUG INDUSTRY

    Mohammed Farid, chairman of Oriental Weavers, Cairo, Egypt, joins Lissa Wyman of Rugnews.com to talk about the international rug business.

    To see this Market Movie,
    click here

     



  • 07242007 Rugs Direct Honors Vendors

    RUGS DIRECT HONORS TOP VENDORS
    AT ATLANTA SUMMER RUG MARKET

    ATLANTA -- Rugs Direct honored three top suppliers and there sales staff in a series of showroom ceremonies at the Atlanta International Rug Market.


     

  • 07252007 Kaleen Cocktail Party for new Showroom

    KALEEN HOSTS COCKTAIL PARTY FOR
    NEW 3,200 SQ FT ATLANTA SHOWROOM

    At Kaleen Ribbon Cutting ceremony to honor new showroom (space 3-C-9) From left, Chas Sydney, senior vice president of AmericasMart Atlanta; Monty Rathi, chief operating officer of Kaleen's American operations; Radhe Rathi, president of Kaleen; Joe Barkley, executive vice president of Kaleen; Blake Dennard, Kaleen vice president of sales, and Jeff Portman, president of AmericasMart Atlanta.


    More Kaleen Pix, click here


  • 07262007 16th Persian Rug Exhibition

    ANNUAL PERSIAN RUG EXHIBITION
    SET FOR AUG. 23 TO 29 IN TEHRAN
     

    TEHRAN, IRAN - The 16th Annual Persian Rug Exhibition, sponsored by the Iran International Exhibitions Company (IIEC), is scheduled for Aug 23 to 29 at the Tehran Permanent Fair Ground in Tehran, Iran.  The exhibition organizers are expecting more than 300 manufacturers and retailers. 


  • 07262007 MRA Getting Ready for Metro Market Week

    FOURTH ANNUAL NEW YORK
    METRO MARKET SET FOR SEPT 17 - 21

    NEW YORK - The fourth annual Metro Market Week, sponsored by the Metro Rug Alliance (MRA),  is scheduled for Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, 2007 in rug showrooms in New York and New Jersey. 


  • 07272007 Market Movies -- Hellenic 2
     

    RUGNEWS.COM MARKET MOVIES:
    PARTYING AT HELLENIC


    O, You Kid! Steve Mazarakis, president of Hellenic, with Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com
    To see the Fun...and Serious Retail Commentary,
    click here



  • 07292007 Las Vegas Market Preview

    Las Vegas World Market Preview:
    THE HOTTEST PLACE IN THE WORLD?
    RUG VENDORS SAY IT'S THE PLACE TO BE

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS - Rug vendors are gearing up for a fresh approach to business as they prepare for the World Market here. The recent Atlanta International Rug Market got  rug executives back into the market mood and provided a  dose of optimism after a slow start to the year.


  • 07302007 High Point Redesigns Website

    HIGH POINT MARKET 
    REDESIGNS WEBSITE

    HIGH POINT, NC - The High Point Markets website has undergone a transformation designed to enhance functionality and ease of use, according to Brian Casey, president and chief executive officer of the High Point Market Authority.


  • 07312007 Trend Watch Rugs Coordinate with other Products

    TREND WATCH: RUG VENDORS ADD NEW COORDINATING PRODUCT CATEGORIES

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS - Rug vendors are getting into the home coordinates business with new programs which combine rugs with other accessories such as pillows, throws, top-of-the-bed items and wall art. The programs are aimed at both furniture and rug specialty stores.


  • 08012007 Rising Costs, Plummeting Doillar: Prices Going Up?

    DOLLAR PLUMMETS, COSTS RISE
    ARE PRICE INCREASES COMING?

    By Lissa Wyman

    LAS VEGAS -  The plummeting dollar and increasing costs of raw materials, are putting the squeeze on profits for  importers. But now is not the time to raise prices, say rug exhibitors at this week's World Market.  With the current soft market for home furnishings, executives say they will be holding off the sorely-needed price adjustments until January, 2008.


Products
  • 07202007 Sphinx to Celebrate New Warhol Rugs

    SPHINX TO CELEBRATE NEW
    WARHOL RUGS IN LAS VEGAS

    DALTON, GA - Sphinx by Oriental Weavers will kick off its new Andy Warhol Home rugs at a cocktail party during the  Las Vegas World Market July 30 to August 3, 2007.


People
  • 07012007 AWFB Logo Receives Awards

    AFGHAN MARK LOGO RECEIVES
    MARKETING DESIGN AWARDS

    NEW YORK - The Afghan Women's Business Federation's (AWFB) brand logo design for the recently launched AfghanMark  brand has received four awards in three national and international marketing and design competitions.


  • 07182007 Macys Names Harper

    MACY'S HOME STORE NAMES HARPER
    PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    CINCINNATI, OH - John Harper has been named president and chief operating officer of the  Macy's Home Store division of Macy's, Inc., effective Aug. 6, 2007. He succeeds Michael Osborn, who retires Aug. 3 after more than 33 years of service with the company.


  • 07272007 Ireland to Speak at Design Conference

    KATHY IRELAND TO GIVE
    KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT 
    DESIGN CONFERENCE

    AUSTIN, TX - Kathy Ireland, chief executive officer and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide (KIWW) will deliver the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Business of Design Conference, Sept. 6 and 7, 2007 at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.


Markets
  • 07202007 Stein to Speak at IDC

    COLOR TREND EXPERT STEIN
    TO SPEAK AT FLORIDA  IDC

    ESTERO, FL - Catherine Stein, founder and creative director of the Color Council will be the featured speaker July 26 at the International Design Center (IDC).


Retailers
  • 07102007 Pre-Market Retail Roundup

    Pre-Market Retail Round-Up:
    RUG BUYERS HEADING TO ATLANTA
    LOOKING FOR TRANSITIONAL STYLING


    By Janet Herlihy

    Despite softness in the retail market,  rug buyers from
    around the U.S.will be headed to Atlanta
    next week to attend the AmericasMart  International Rug
    Market, July 15 to18.


  • 07132007 Rugsale.com Reduces Checkout Time

    RUGSALE.COM REDUCES
    CUSTOMER CHECK-OUT TIME

    HOLYOKE, MA -RugSale.com, an online  rug retailer, has changed its checkout process to reduce the number of steps it takes for consumers to buy a rug on the site, according to Charlie Kaoud chief executive officer of RugSale.com


  • 07132007 The Rug Gallery Celebrating 35th Anniversary

    RUG GALLERY CELEBRATING 35TH YEAR

    Momeni sales people pay a call on The Rug Gallery in Cincinnati. From left: Jim Swan Momeni area sales manger; Ray Ehsani vice president of Momeni ; Sam Presnell president of Rug Gallery, and Beau Presnell,  son of owners Sam and Arlene Presnell.
     


    CINCINNATI -- The Rug Gallery is celebrating its 35th year in retailing during 2007.


  • 07252007 Abbyson Power of Home Store Grand Opening
    ABBYSON POWER OF HOME STORE
    OPENS AT TOPANGA SHOPPING CENTER


    At the Abbyson Power of Home Grand Opening: Shannon Breidinger, Abbyson sales department; Michelle King, Las Vegas showroom manager; AlexandraDeCicco, sales and marketing manager; Yavar Rafieha, vice president of marketing and sales; Samantha Freidman corporate accountingand Doddy Rafieha, furniture director. 

    CANOGA PARK, CA - A day-long grand opening celebration was held June 23 at The Power of Home store in the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center.


  • 07262007 CCA Global is Going Green

    CCA GLOBAL TO LAUNCH
    GREEN SELECT  INITIATIVE 

    ST. LOUIS - CCA Global will launch a "Green Select€VbCrLf initiative this Fall as part of the company's pledge to be an environmentally-conscious company.  The program involves a commitment  to create a better environment  through relationships with member communities, suppliers and employees.  The initiative was announced at the recent CCA convention in Cincinnati.


  • 07202007 Icovia Launches Room Planner at LV Market

    ICOVIA TO LAUNCH ROOM PLANNER
    FOR RUG INDUSTRY AT VEGAS SHOW

    LONDONDERRY, NH - Icovia, an online room planner provider, will launch a room planner for rug retailers and manufacturers during  Las Vegas Market in showroom A536. Company C is the first rug manufacturer to incorporate Icovia's online interior design room planning tool on its website.


Vendors
  • 07012007 Kaleen Moves to New AMC Showroom

    KALEEN MOVES TO NEW
    ATLANTA SHOWROOM

    DALTON,GA - Kaleen has moved to a new and expanded showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta, according to Joe Barkley, executive vice president of the rug manufacturer and importer.


  • 07022007 Amer Rugs Moves to New Warehouse

    AMER RUGS MOVES
    TO NEW WAREHOUSE

    NORCROSS, GA - Amer Rugs has moved to a new and expanded warehouse and corporate office according to Celeste Casales, director of sales, marketing and product development.


  • 07022007 Odegard Award Winners Announced

    ODEGARD PRESENTS AWARDS
    FOR EXCELLENCE IN RUG DESIGN

    At Odegard awards ceremony, left to right: Silver Award winner Jason Neufeld; Stephanie Odegard, president of Odegard; Gold Award winner Laura Valentine, and Bronze Award winner Beth Taylor.


    NEW YORK - The annual  Odegard Awards for Excellence in Rug Design were presented at a gala ceremony here June 28. The top Gold prize award went to Laura Valentine, a student at Virginia Tech.


  • 07032007 Karastan Legacy on Made in America Television Show

    KARASTAN'S LEGACY OF INNOVATION
    FEATURED 
     ON "MADE IN AMERICA"
    TELEVISION SHOW

    DALTON, GA - Karastan's legacy as an American innovator was recently featured on Made in America, a Travel Channel television show that honors American inventors and manufacturers.  


  • 07172007 Shaw Living Exits High Point

    SHAW LIVING CLOSES
    HIGH POINT SHOWROOM

    ATLANTA -- Shaw Living, the rug division of Shaw Industries, has closed its High Point showroom in Historic Market Square, Kim Barta, brand manager, has confirmed.


  • 07272007 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at India's Home Deco Park

    RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT INDIA'S
    INTERNATIONAL HOME DECO PARK

    NEW DELHI --Gil Kemp, founder and president of Home Decorators Collection, the catalog retailer based in St. Louis, did the ribbon cutting honors at the recent soft opening of The International Home Deco Park (IHDP) here.


  • 07272007 Safavieh Adds Rugs to Loft Home Furnishings Program

    SAFAVIEH LOFT PROGRAM WILL DEBUT WITH RUGS AND FURNITURE IN LAS VEGAS

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY -- Safavieh Home Furnishings has added a rug component to its new Safavieh Loft program. The furniture and rug program will  be introduced at next week's Las Vegas World Market, showroom A-101.


  • 07242007 Milliken to Show during Domotex

    MILLIKEN TO SHOW AT
    DOMOTEX ASIA IN 2008

    SHANGHAI, CHINA - Milliken will be showing its Carpet Tile product line during Domotex-Asia/ChinaFloor 2008 (DACF), March 11 to 13, 2008 in at the New International Expo Centre.


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