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OUTDOOR FURNITURE GIANT AGIO, USA EXPANDS NULOOM PROGRAM TO INCLUDE INDOOR RUGS


At its Las Vegas showroom launch Agio USA will display 15 furniture vignettes with coordinating NuLOOM rugs.


LAS VEGAS - Adding to the hype of its behemoth new 22,000-foot anchor showroom debuting at Las Vegas Market, outdoor furniture giant Agio USA of Virginia Beach, VA., announces an expanded outdoor rug partnership with New York-based NuLOOM, and the addition of a new indoor rug program for furniture stores.  Both companies are first time Las Vegas Market exhibitors with an eye to reaching an incremental retailer base of traditional furniture and lifestyle stores, big box, catalog and Internet retailers.  Agio is the largest supplier of outdoor furniture in the U.S.


 

FEIZY KICKS OFF TALENT SEARCH FOR DESIGN STARS TO CREATE 'HAUTE TRENDS' COLLECTION

Program Launches with Invitation to Designers at Las Vegas Market


DALLAS - Feizy is launching a search for emerging design talent nationwide, and the program kicks off at Las Vegas Market. As thousands of talented interior designers head to Las Vegas, Feizy -  one of the country's largest rug manufacturers - is looking to find the best of the best for a unique concept in rug collections. The company has announced that a new "Haute Trends" collection will be entirely designed by fresh talent from all over the U.S. With the launch, the company offers interior designers a canvas to showcase their imaginative designs to the entire design community.


 

 

CAPEL TAKES SUCCESS STORY FROM ATLANTA TO LAS VEGAS


Eloquent Garden a hand-tufted wool neo-traditional collection and a Capel Rugs classic, is refreshed with a fashion-right grey colorway.


ATLANTA--Capel Rugs introduced a broad range of new looks and weaves at Atlanta International Rug Market earlier in July, which it will bring forward to Las Vegas Market this week at its World Market Showroom, A-226.  The company also expanded existing collections with refreshed colors and additional patterns.  In Atlanta, Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts told RugNews.com, "Sales have really gone on an uptick in the last few months. We had our best April High Point market ever, and the trend is also very good for July markets.
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NULOOM DUBUTS AT LAS VEGAS MARKET; LAUNCHES NEW "VIVID SILK" RUGS


The vintage design aesthetic of NuLOOM's Vivid Silk collection ranges soft pastels and neutrals to vivid over-dyed looks machine made of polyester ($199).


NEW YORK - Rug and home furnishings resource NuLOOM is expanding its reach to a broader audience of brick and mortar retailers with the debut of its first World Market Center showroom next week at Las Vegas Market.  The new 2,900-square-foot showroom, space A-406, will highlight three 2015 rug collections: Vivid Silk, Chloe, and Jardin, the newest of its 125 running line series.  "Our push this year is re-creating old world patterns with a bold and fresh twist," explained Nicole Yaraghi, who founded the company with her husband Koorosh Yaraghi in 2008.


 

 

TUFENKIAN REPORTS $46,000 DONATION
FOR NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

NEW YORK - James Tufenkian, founder of Tufenkian Carpets, has announced a total donation in excess of $46,000 in support of the company's fundraising efforts for emergency relief in Nepal.  The Tufenkian Foundation matched donations of $23,085 to its Mercy Corps fundraiser to achieve the total number. 


 

LANE SALES NAMES PANAKOS TERRITORY MANAGER FOR NORTHERN NEW JERSEY


Chrysoula Panakos

LONG ISLAND, NY - Larry Lane, president of Lane Sales announced the appointment of Chrysoula (Chrys) Panakos to fill the position of territory manager for northern New Jersey, and Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York State.


 

 

RUGNEWS.COM RETAIL WATCH

BAKER BROS. GOES ALL IN FOR RUGS; REPORTS BANNER YEAR


Phil Koufidakis

PHOENIX - When asked recently what product category he was most excited about, Phil Koufidakis, owner of Baker Bros., with seven flooring stores in the Phoenix area, could have said hardwood flooring or LVT, the current hottest product in the flooring business. Instead, Koufidakis said "area rugs," and there was good reason for that.


 

 


LAS VEGAS - As rug companies get ready to usher in the summer 2015 edition of Las Vegas Market, the mood is upbeat and the designs and weaves focused on new textures, a return to classic traditional motifs and an abundance of transitional styles. The brands featured in our summer new product roundup are already adapting the newest trends from Europe for 2016 and beyond.  If you missed Part 1 of our Las Vegas Fashion Preview, click
here. 


 

LAS VEGAS - Retailers shopping for fresh designs and creative new textures will find updated traditionals in exciting new modern color ways, innovative approaches to distressed vintage looks, and news in fibers and yarns from softened polypropylene to colorful space dyed jute. Gleaned from buyer and rug company reports at The Atlanta International Rug Market, this guide to product introductions by Las Vegas Market exhibitors gives you a fashion-at-a glance summary of the "it rugs" of summer 2015. Rug importers and manufacturers are going wide and deep in their assortments and price points, creating fashion for consumers of every budget. Consumers want grey and blue color palettes, and rug companies oblige with a spectrum of new tones from teal to slate. But the market is moving toward jewel colors, and emerald is making its way into the rug scene.  Click to read Part 1 of this two-part story.


 

LOWE'S CANADA EXPANDS TO 54 LOCATIONS;
TARGET ACQUISITION ACCELERATES GROWTH

TORONTO - Lowe's Canada announced that in addition to completing the acquisition of 12 former Target sites, the company also plans to open two more locations in Ontario. Construction is currently underway in Ancaster and Mississauga, representing an additional investment in excess of approximately C$50 million.


 

DYNAMIC RUGS' PROPRIETARY NEW JUTE COLLECTION PART OF RECORD-BREAKING ROLL OUT IN LAS VEGAS


The exclusive new jute Casual collection at Dynamic Rugs presents an innovative space dyed Spanish tile pattern against a crisp white ground.

ATLANTA - Dynamic Rugs introduced a space dyed jute collection in a proprietary construction at the Atlanta International Rug Market earlier this month, and unveiled 12 new collections making it the largest launch in the company's history.  A record-breaking 500-plus designs are included in the new offerings, which will be introduced to retailers attending Las Vegas market next week at World Market Center showroom A-432.


 

LAS VEGAS MARKET SPOTLIGHTS 
LUXURY MERCHANDISE AND EVENTS

LAS VEGAS - Luxury suppliers and upscale merchandise are experiencing exponential growth at Las Vegas Market across its furniture, gift and home décor categories, led by top luxury suppliers Christopher Guy, Global Views, Michal Aram and Phillips Collection who are expanding, remodeling, launching new products and hosting special events for the Summer Market, running August 2 to 6, 2015.


 
DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN RUGS AT NEBRASKA
FURNITURE MART


David Snedeker

Omaha, NE - It has been a big year for Nebraska Furniture Mart, which on May 7 officially opened a massive Texas-sized home furnishings store in The Colony that stretches across 100 acres and features a 560,000 square foot retail showroom, including 40,000 feet of floor coverings.  


 

VISUAL DISPLAY AWARDS FROM AMERICASMART FETE CREATIVITY FROM FIVE RUG COMPANIES


The new Petit Collage licensed rug collection unveiled by Jaipur at The Atlanta International Rug Market displayed the rugs with playthings from Petit Collage mixed with vintage toys.

ATLANTA - Five permanent rug showrooms, including Jaipur, Loloi, Surya, Karastan and ABC Industries were recipients of AmericasMart's semi-annual Visual Display Awards celebrating outstanding visual merchandising at The Atlanta International Area Rug Market, July 7 to 14, 2015. The judges, who are independent visual merchandising experts, selected winners based on several criteria, including compelling vignettes, staging of props, product presentations, lighting, window displays and signage. Click for a photo review of the winners receiving their awards and snapshots of their showrooms.


 

 

 


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SURYA SAYS ALL LAS VEGAS INTROS BACKED BY INVENTORY


Coordinated by color, rugs and accessories from Surya's new Graphic trend will be shown at the upcoming LV Market.

CALHOUN, GA - Surya announced it will unveil at Las Vegas Market hundreds of new designs, all of which will be readily available to buyers and designers soon after market. The company plans to display only rugs and accessories that are in stock or on the water to ensure that all market orders can be fulfilled during the current season, regardless of whether the products are in line, or freshly debuted.


 

ONLINE RETAILERS REPORT GROWTH
IN USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETPLACES

 

WASHINGTON - While paid search and email marketing still top retailers' list of effective customer acquisition channels, social media has moved up the ranks to become an important tool for engaging with and attracting new customers. According to the State of Retailing Online 2015, conducted by Shop.org, Forrester Research Inc. and Bizrate Insights, 25% of retailers surveyed cite Facebook as a top acquisition platform.


 
 KALEEN TO DONATE 10% OF SALES TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS IN CHATTANOOGA ATTACK

DALTON, GA - Kaleen has announced a decision to donate 10% of all sales to help support the families of four U.S. Marines and one Navy officer killed as a result of the tragic shooting targeting military personnel on July 16 in Chattanooga.  The company today notified all of its dealers that the donation will apply to sales made from July 20 through August 3, 2015, and will be made to a fund established to directly support the victims' families.


 

CAPEL RUGS PROMOTES SWEETERS TO NATIONAL SALES MANAGER


Jake Sweeters

TROY, NC - Capel Rugs has promoted Jake Sweeters to National Sales Manager.  In his new position, Sweeters will be responsible for the management of Capel's national sales force, working with the regional sales managers to drive sales in their territories. He will be based in Norwalk, CT. 


















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