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2015 NOVEMBER

  • 11042015 Jaipur Launches Fashionable Kate Spade Collection

    JAIPUR LAUNCHES FASHIONABLE KATE SPADE HOME COLLECTION


    A boutique vignette featuring Kate Spade New York  rugs and furniture greeted visitors to the Jaipur Rugs showroom during High Point Market.  Rugs on walls were (l to r) Woodgrain, Marble, and Find the Hidden Meaning; Woodgrain was also chosen for the seating area. 


     
    HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Kate Spade New York Home collection was among the most buzzed-about licensed product debuts at the October market, featuring a marriage of furniture from EJ Victor, rugs from Jaipur and lighting from Visual Comfort. 


  • 11062015 Jena Hall Designs Thomasville's Blockbuster Elements & Origins Furniture Collection with Companion Trans-Ocean Rugs

    JENA HALL DESIGNS THOMASVILLE'S BLOCKBUSTER ELEMENTS & ORIGINS FURNITURE COLLECTION WITH COMPANION TRANS-OCEAN RUGS


    Jena Hall stands on her Scandia Mitered Stripe rug by Trans-Ocean ("which everyone loves") at the High Point Market launch party for Thomasville's Elements & Origins by Jena Hall collection at the Thomasville showroom.


    HIGH POINT - As much marketing strategist as product designer, Jena Hall is no stranger to capturing consumer hearts and minds with themed cross category home collections. Nonetheless, when asked by Thomasville to create a line that would resonate with Millennials and garner success on par with the brand's record-breaking Hemingway and Bogart collections, the challenge was a tall order, even for Hall, an interior designer and American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame inductee.

     
  • 11082015 Feizy Announces Haute Trends Collection Finalists

    FEIZY ANNOUNCES HAUTE TRENDS COLLECTION FINALISTS


    Erin Smidt and Kim Vance of Feizy flank Jackie Von Tobel of JVT Design, one of eight finalists chosen to submit designs for the Haute Trends collection set to debut at High Point Market in spring, 2016.


    DALLAS - Feizy has announced the finalists for its new Haute Trends collection following a national search that was launched at Las Vegas Market in August, 2015. The company has spent the last three months looking for what it considers "the best of the best" for Haute Trends, a unique concept in rug collections. The line will be designed entirely by rising stars in design from across the U.S.   


  • 11102015 J. Namnoun Owner Taps Perrachon for Gallery's First Book-Signing Event

    J. NAMNOUN OWNER TAPS PERRACHON FOR HARTFORD GALLERY'S FIRST
    BOOK-SIGNING EVENT

    Owner Marianne Donahue was inspired to hold J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery's first book-signing event after reading The Decorative Carpet by Alix G. Perrachon.

     


    HARTFORD, CT - J. Namnoun Oriental Rug Gallery held a presentation headlined by rug expert and author Alix G. Perrachon on Oct. 22 at its showroom here. "This was our first in-store book signing event, and we attracted a great blend of consumers and designers. We are a small boutique and it brought a buzz to our company," explained owner Marianne Donahue, who says she read Perrachon's book, The Decorative Carpet: Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors, when it was first published. "Alix succeeded in writing the book I always dreamed of writing myself," added Donahue, an interior designer by trade.

     



  • 11102015 Rug Dealers Report Robust Results
    RUG DEALERS REPORT ROBUST RESULTS

    Rug sales are up 15 percent in the last 12 months at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

    Despite a dip in sales for some flooring dealers in the August-September time frame, 2015 has been a relatively healthy year for area rugs, with some merchants reporting high single-digit to low double-digit gains over 2014. In many cases, rugs outperformed other flooring categories.

  • 11112015 Oriental Weavers Names Susan Holley Vice-President of National Accounts

    Susan Holley
    ORIENTAL WEAVERS NAMES SUSAN HOLLEY VICE-PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

    DALTON, GA - Oriental Weavers has tapped seasoned sales professional, Susan Holley, as its new vice president, national accounts. In her new role, Holley will be responsible for overseeing and managing the growth of key national accounts for the company. 


     
  • 11132015 Domotex 2016 Adds U.S. Rug Exhibitors

    DOMOTEX 2016 ADDS U.S. RUG EXHIBITORS

    Known for its international flavor, Domotex 2016 is attracting the attention of an increasing number of U.S. attendees and exhibitors. 




    HANNOVER - Rug buyers and designers attending DOMOTEX 2016 will see three U.S.-based exhibitors for the first time at the show, along with returning American companies spanning the gamut from high-end hand-knotteds to machine made offerings.

    These exhibitors are among a roster of close to 400 in the soft-surface floor covering category from around the world.  In addition to NuLOOM (read more here), high-end rug makers Rug & Kilim and Rug Art International will debut at the 2016 edition of DOMOTEX, to be held January 16-19.
  • 11132015 Nuloom Will Exhibit at Domotex 2016

    NULOOM WILL EXHIBIT AT DOMOTEX 2016


    At its debut exhibit at DOMOTEX 2016, NuLOOM will premiere a machine made printed wool collection from India. 


    NEW YORK - With an eye toward expanding European market share, NuLOOM has signed on as an exhibitor at DOMOTEX 2016 to be held January 16 to 19 in Hannover, Germany. 


  • 11152015 Haig Pedian Adds Carpet Galleries at Oscar Isberian Stores

    HAIG PEDIAN ADDS CARPET GALLERIES AT OSCAR ISBERIAN STORES


    Haig Pedian, Sr. and his son Haig Jr. now run broadloom carpet galleries within all the three Chicago-area Oscar Isberian Rug stores.


    Haig Pedian, Sr., 91-year-old industry icon, sold Pedian Rug Company in 2003 and retired--unsuccessfully. "I missed the interaction with people. I couldn't stay home," says Pedian Sr. "I have to be doing something." Fortuitously, his nephews, Sarkis and Oscar Tatosian, owners of Isberian Rugs, had been planning to add carpeting to their rug business, and tapped Haig's expertise. 



  • 11162015 Oscar Isberian Rugs Celebrates 95 Years Lots of Change

    OSCAR ISBERIAN RUGS CELEBRATES
    95 YEARS, LOTS OF CHANGE 



    To commemorate the company's 95 anniversary, owners Sark and Oscar Tatosian commissioned this custom wool rug which replicates an early photo of the Oscar Isberian Rugs store at 1028 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, IL.


    EVANSTON, IL - Oscar Isberian Rugs, high-end Chicago rug purveyor to retail customers and designers, celebrated its 95th anniversary by commissioning an 8' x 9' hand-woven wool rug that depicts the company's original store, built by brothers Oscar and Megerditch Isberian in suburban Evanston, Ill. Woven in Jaipur, India, the rug represents the retailer's storied history, which intertwines legendary Chicago rug families, now working together at the three Isberian stores.  


  • 11172015 5 Minutes with Celebrity Couturier Bob Mackie
    5 MINUTES WITH CELEBRITY COUTURIER BOB MACKIE


    Costume designer Bob Mackie made a personal appearance at the KAS Rugs showroom during the October 2015 High Point Market to launch his new Vintage rug collection at a meet and greet party with customers. Photo by Jim Spellman.

    HIGH POINT, NC -- Before ET or social media existed, fans followed Bob Mackie's every move as he dressed Hollywood and Broadway stars for the stage and screen. Now they're following him from L.A. to High Point, where RugNews.com met with Mackie--the man who created Liza Minelli's wedding dress and costumes for the likes of Cher, Madonna, J. Lo, Beyonce and PINK--to discuss his debuting second collection for KAS at the rug maker's showroom.


  • 11182015 Pantone Color of the Year 2016 to Premier at AmericasMart

    PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2016
    TO PREMIER AT AMERICASMART



    ATLANTA -- The 2016 Pantone Color of the Year will come to life in its global premiere presentation at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market this January. The color, and PantoneView home + interiors 2016 color forecast, will be the inspiration for the Pantone Design Exhibition, to be unveiled at the Atlanta show. The January 2016 Market's signature event, the Color of The Year Launch Party, will take place Friday, January 15 at 7 p.m.  


  • 11182015 Safavieh Donates Furniture to Salvation Army for Thanksgiving

    SAFAVIEH DONATES FURNITURE TO SALVATION ARMY FOR THANKSGIVING



    The Salvation Army and Safavieh staff load new furniture at the Safavieh Home Furnishings warehouse in Port Washington, NY.        


    Port Washington, N.Y.--Rug and furniture retailer Safavieh Home Furnishings has donated a truckload of sofas, tables, consoles and chairs (retail value $45,000)  to The Salvation Army  in time for the holidays. "Thanksgiving is a very special time to spend with friends and families, and Safavieh donated furniture to help bring families and friends together for these special celebrations," said Michael Yaraghi, president of Safavieh Home Furnishings.


  • 11182015 Stanton’s New Feature Display Highlights New and Best-Selling Products

    STANTON'S NEW FEATURE DISPLAY HIGHLIGHTS BEST-SELLING PRODUCTS


    Stanton has launched its first feature display system showcasing best-selling styles from the company's brands and new products.  Displays can showcase single brands or a combination of Stanton, Rosecore and Antrim products.

    SYOSSET, NY -- Stanton Carpet Corporation, a leading manufacturer and importer of premium decorative carpet and custom rugs, has launched its first ever feature display to showcase and merchandise the best-selling styles from the company's Stanton, Antrim and Rosecore brands.


  • 11192015 Nourison's New Brand for Furniture Stores: The Skinny on Nico Home
    NOURISON'S NEW BRAND FOR FURNITURE STORES: THE SKINNY ON NICO HOME


    A transitional room features an updated damask motif from the new Kinetic collection from Nico Home by Nourison. Kinetic rugs are power loomed of polypropylene in fashion colors.

    HIGH POINT, N.C. - Over a year in the making, Nico Home, Nourison's new rug and accessories brand focusing on furniture stores, debuted last month at High Point Market. After identifying the segment ripe for the picking, the company kept its plans under wraps while undergoing a major realignment of existing rug and pillow collections to be rebranded as Nico Home, developing marketing strategies and merchandising materials, and building a sales team of 40 furniture pros.



  • 11232015 Thomas Pheasant Named 2016 Design Icon by Las Vegas Market

    THOMAS PHEASANT NAMED 2016 DESIGN ICON BY LAS VEGAS MARKET
     

    Designer Thomas Pheasant will be honored as 2016 Design Icon during the winter Las Vegas Market. The award and presentation on Jan. 26 will be followed by a book signing.


    LAS VEGAS -- Thomas Pheasant, award-winning interior designer recognized internationally for his interior designs and furniture collections, will be honored as the 2016 Design Icon during Winter Las Vegas Market, January 24-28, 2016. Pheasant will share his experiences working with an impressive array of high-profile clients, as well as impart his design wisdom and philosophies.


  • 1123205 Rug Company Appoints New CEO, Sells Majority Stake to Private Equity Investor
    THE RUG COMPANY APPOINTS NEW CEO, SELLS MAJORITY STAKE TO PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR


    Suzanne and Christopher Sharp, co-founders of The Rug Company, have sold the majority stake in their firm to London-based Palamon Capital Partners. 

    LONDON - As of Dec. 14, 2015, luxury handmade rugs brand The Rug Company, known for its collaborations with fashion icons such as Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, will have a new chief executive officer. 


  • 11242015 Karastan Creates Limited Edition Update of All-Time Hit, Multi Panel Kirman

    KARASTAN CREATES LIMITED EDITION UPDATE OF ALL-TIME HIT, MULTI PANEL KIRMAN


    Karastan's 50-color 717 Multi-Color Panel Kirman design in the Karastan Original collection was introduced in 1937 and is still the company's all-time best seller. A limited edition remake will be unveiled at Atlanta Rug Market in a granite colorway.


    SUGAR VALLEY, GA -- Karastan has taken the Multi Panel Kirman, the most popular rug it has ever made, and recreated it in a trendy fashion colorway.  The new limited edition rug, the latest addition to the Artisan Collection, is called Panel Kirman Granite, and will debut at the Atlanta Rug Market in January, 2016.


  • 11292015 NFR SURVEY: Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Brings Big In-Store and Online Crowds
    NFR SURVEY: THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SHOPPING BRINGS BIG IN-STORE AND ONLINE CROWDS

    WASHINGTON -- Holiday shoppers were on their feet and online early over the Thanksgiving weekend as millions of people grabbed their friends and family and made the trek to their favorite stores, or sat down with their lists ready for some serious online shopping. According to the National Retail Federation's Thanksgiving Weekend Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, more than 151 million people said they shopped either in stores and/or online over the weekend.
     

     
Markets
  • 11022015 Best of HP Market:Top Sellers and Trends to Watch


    High Point best sellers include fresh new pinks, updated tribals, abstracts and reworked classics.


    HIGH POINT, NC - As the fall 2016 home fashion season draws to a close, design directions in the rug industry take a new spring-like turn with the introduction of pinks to a rug palette still dominated by blues, grays and creams. This welcome pop of color appeared in everything from contemporary graphics to distressed traditional designs and flatweave Mazandaran kilims for fun, feminine twists to the floor. Dusty pink was even the trend color of the season at the much-anticipated Kate Spade New York's debuting home furnishings range.


     

Vendors
  • 11/30/2015 Creative Matters to Present Two New Collections at Domotex 2016

    CREATIVE MATTERS TO PRESENT TWO NEW COLLECTIONS AT DOMOTEX 2016


    Shortlisted for a Domotex 2016 Carpet Design Award, Crystallize from Creative Matters' new Arctic collection is hand-knotted of wool and silk and inspired by the frost that forms on glass in winter.  


    TORONTO, CANADA -- Creative Matters will present its new Arctic and Perennial rug collections to the world's key interior design decision makers at Domotex 2016 in Hannover Germany from Jan. 22-26.


  • 11032015 Capel Rugs Wins Top Design Award for 2015 Product Catalog

    CAPEL RUGS WINS TOP DESIGN AWARD FOR 2015 PRODUCT CATALOG


    Launched at High Point Market in April, Capel's 2015 catalog titled Adventures in Color & Texture features inspirational photography, news styles, decorating tips and QR codes throughout.


    TROY, NC - Known for nearly a century as a top designer of rugs in numerous categories, Capel Rugs was recognized for outstanding design in a new field this week as the company received a Gold Davey Award for its 2015 product catalog.


  • 11032015 Sneak Peek at Orley Shabahang's Animal Carpets in Advance of SOFA Expo Premiere

    SNEAK PEEK AT ORLEY SHABAHANG'S ANIMAL CARPETS IN ADVANCE OF SOFA EXPO PREMIERE


    Orley Shabahang will officially unveil its new 30-piece Animal Carpet collection at Chicago's SOFA Exhibition on Nov. 5, following a preview at the rug maker' East 58th Street showroom.


    NEW YORK - High-end rug gallery Orley Shabahang hosted a preview of its Animal Carpet line at its 58th St. showroom here last week before the collection's official debut at the International Sculptural Objects and Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA), which runs in Chicago from Nov. 5 to 8.  At the New York City event Bahram Shabahang, co-founder of the company told RugNews.com that he chooses to exhibit at SOFA because of the exclusivity of the event and its emphasis on craftsmanship.


  • 11182015 Rug Art Lends Domotex an Innovative, American Twist

    RUG ART LENDS DOMOTEX AN INNOVATIVE, AMERICAN TWIST


    New York-based Rug Art International debuts its cutting-edge, high-end rugs at Domotex 2016 this Jan. 16-19.


    NEW YORK - Fine rug atelier Rug Art International is exhibiting for the first time at international floor coverings fair, Domotex 2016 this Jan. 16-19. It has been years since Rug Art participated in a trade show event, said co-founder Vidal Sasson, who works alongside his wife, Sigal, the designer behind the contemporary range offered by the studio. 


     

  • 11292015 Creative Matters' Sebert to Present Story of Canada House Rugs at IIDEX

    CREATIVE MATTERS' SEBERT TO PRESENT STORY OF CANADA HOUSE RUGS AT IIDEX


    The British Columbia room at Canada House in London features a hand-tufted cut pile wool rug by Toronto-based Creative Matters from original artwork Natural Vision by LessLIE.  Photography copyright Ben Blossom.


    TORONTO, CANADA--Carol Sebert, owner and president of Creative Matters, will be part of a presentation on the refurbishment of Canada House in London at this week's IIDEX Canada show in Toronto. 


  • 11302015 100 Percent Growth in AmericasMart Int'l Temporaries for January 2016 Market
    100 PERCENT GROWTH IN AMERICASMART INT'L TEMPORARIES FOR JANUARY 2016 MARKET


    ATLANTA -- AmericasMart Atlanta's January 2016 Market Temporaries will post 100 percent year-over-year growth in international exhibiting companies with globally sourced product presented across all 35 collections, according to JoAnn Miller Marshall, executive vice president of AmericasMart trade shows. The growth in international exhibiting companies parallels continuing expansion for the AmericasMart temporaries mix, which will showcase more than 2,000 exhibiting companies at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Showrooms, Jan. 12-19; Temporaries, Jan. 14-18). 



  • 11302015 Domotex 2016 Announces Innovations Jury Selections in Hard Surface, Textiles, Yarns
    DOMOTEX 2016 ANNOUNCES INNOVATIONS JURY SELECTIONS IN HARD SURFACE, TEXTILES, YARNS


    HANNOVER -- The stars of the upcoming Innovations@DOMOTEX showcase have been chosen in the categories of resilient and textile floor coverings including fibers and yarns, parquet and laminate flooring, and application and installation technology. An expert jury headed by German industrial designer Stefan Diez has decided which products will receive premium exposure at DOMOTEX 2016, which runs in Hannover, Germany, from Jan. 16 - 19.  


     

















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