Report from Domotex Asia ChinaFloor: RISING COSTS OF RAW MATERIALS, LABOR AND ENERGY AFFECTING CHINESE RUG PRODUCTS
From left: Sy and Jonathan Cohen of Stanton Carpet with Visky Li, account manager of RugMax.
Shanghai, China—While the Chinese market is still attractive for American importers, the advantages they once had in being able to source quality products at low prices are fading away as the country’s economy continues to explode.
For the first time in umpteen years, I had to sit out the April High Point Market. At home in New York, sporting a new titanium hip, I tried to fill the terrible void by compulsively checking online reports. I felt miserable and lonely and out of it.
WASHINGTON, DC -- As a military campaign, Afghanistan is in the news every night. But beyond the human suffering of war, the U.S, Department of Commerce is waging another serious campaign: the development of the Afghan rug industry into a truly vertical business.
CALIFORNIA CARPET RECYCLER AIMS FOR 60 MILLION POUNDS OF RECYCLING IN 2011
FULLERTON, CA – The Carpet Recyclers expects To recycle over 60 million pounds of carpet in 2011, according to the company. The company has collected and recycled 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since beginning operations in 2009. California Carpet Stewardship Law.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The value of U.S. imports of wool and man made fiber carpets and rugs rose 19% in 2010 compared to 2009, according to recently released figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration office of Textiles and Apparel.
CAPEL TO HOST TWITTER CONTEST DURING HIGH POINT MARKET
TROY, NC – Capel Rugs will host a Twitter contest during High Point Market, April 2 to 7. The contest invites market goers to express what creative style means to them. By tweeting their answers, participants can enter to win a 5x8 Creative Concepts custom border rug.
KENNY LOGGINS TO PERFORM DURING ATLANTA ICON HONORS 2011
ATLANTA – Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins will take center stage during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market’s Icon Honors event, July 14. To get into the mood, check out Kenny Loggins' original Footloose video If you ain't dancing after 30 seconds, you must be dead. Click here.
LAS VEGAS -- The Douglas Wilson Cos. of San Diego has been named receiver for Buildings A and B of the Las Vegas World Market Center, according to an article today (April 8, 2011) in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
DOMOTEX ASIA CHINAFLOOR ATTRACTS ASIAN VISITORS AS WELL AS WESTERNERS
SHANGHAI -- Domotex Asia/Chinafloor, the Asian floor covering market held here last month, attracted more Asian buyers as well as its traditional audience from the US and Europe, according to the show's organizers.
JAIPUR LAUNCHES RAYMOND WAITES COLLECTION WITH SHOWROOM BASH AT HIGH POINT MARKET
Asha Chaudhary, center, Jaipur ceo, with designer Raymond Waites, left, and Jaipur chairman NK Chaudhary, right. The Jaipur showroom was the scene of the launch of the Raymond Waites Man About Town collection on Sunday, April 3, at the High Point Furniture Market.
WORLD MARKET CENTER OFFERS QUICK REGISTRATION OPTION AND HOTEL DISCOUNTS
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center has included a ‘Quick Reg’ option on its website that allows returning attendees to register for the upcoming Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market with one click, according to market officials.
LAS VEGAS – The 2011 Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference (HD Expo) will take place May 18 to 20 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here. OW Hospitality, Nourison and Couristan are among the floor covering exhibitors at the show.
WORLD MARKET CENTER TO EXPAND DESIGN & LIVING SHOW AT SUMMER LAS VEGAS MARKET
LAS VEGAS – World Market Center Las Vegas will expand and relocate its Design & Living show section at the Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market. The showcase will move from its current location in Building B to the fully-dedicated fourth floor of Building C.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ORIENTAL RUGS SET FOR EUROPEAN VENUES IN JUNE
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The 12th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) will take place June 16 to 19, 2011 in Stockholm. Pre- and Post- conference tours will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark and St. Petersburg, Russia. The educational event is held every four years.
ATLANTA – Todd Figi, founder of Figi Giftware, will be the posthumous recipient the Icon Honors 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Jeffrey Portman, president and chief operating officer AmericasMart Atlanta, Icon founding sponsor.
SHAW LIVING PROMOTES HEGWOOD TO NATIONAL FURNITURE CHAIN MANAGER
DALTON, GA – Valerie Hegwood has been promoted to the newly created position of national furniture chain manager for Shaw Living, according to Jim Curtin, vice president of sales. Hegwood was previously a territory manager in Atlanta for the Shaw Contract division.
SHAW LIVING SIGNS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH BOB TIMBERLAKE
DALTON, GA – Shaw Living and Bob Timberlake have partnered to produce a collection of rug designs inspired by the classicTimberlake themes of everyday rural southern living. Shaw will introduce new products from the collection at its IHFC showroom 371, during High Point Market April 2 to 7.
ANAHEIM, CA. -- Sam Presnell, owner of The Rug Gallery, the Cincinnati-based rug and floor covering retailer, has received the Gold Standard Award for excellence from the World Floor Covering Association.
DALTON, GA – Pam Christoff of Christoff & Sons, Jackson, MI was the winner of the 2011 Mini Cooper convertible giveaway sweepstakes held during Kaleen’s Open for Business promotion, according to Joe Barkley, executive vice president.
SAFAVIEH AND IFDA ANNOUNCE 2011 WINNER OF RUG DESIGN CONTEST
Deirdre Cimino's design, Konichiwa Spring, was the winning design in the Safavieh-IFDA competition
PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Safavieh and the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) named Deirdre Cimino, a member of the Philadelphia Chaper, winner of the 2011 rug design competition sponsored by Safavieh. She will receive a check for $500 from Safavieh and will be presented with a 6x9 rug fabricated in her design.
DALTON, GA – Karastan has launched a new video series called Perfect Pairings featuring experts sharing their recipes, tips and ideas for living beautifully. The videos combine many lifestyle elements including rugs, carpeting and entertainment.
DESIGNER DAVID SHAW NICHOLLS LAUNCHES PROCESS UNLIMITED DEDICATED TO ARCHITECTURAL TEXTILES
NEW YORK – Designer David Shaw Nicholls has launched Process Unlimited, a new online company dedicated to the design, manufacture and sale of architectural textiles worldwide. In addition to introducing new collections and categories by Nicholls, Process Unlimited will continue to produce his signature HandKnot and FlatWeave floor coverings.
SHAW, HGTV AND SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CELEBRATE HGTV HOME COLLECTIONS
DALTON, GA – Shaw Floors, in partnership with HGTV and Sherwin-Williams, recently hosted a launch event in New York to celebrate the introductions of the HGTV Home Flooring by Shaw collection and the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams collection.