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2018 CDA Finalists Announced

DOMOTEX 2018 (12–15 January): 24 designer carpets reach the final round of the 2018 Carpet Design Awards

The waiting is over and the anticipation can now begin. DOMOTEX - The World of Flooring - has announced the finalists for the 2018 Carpet Design Awards (CDA). Eighteen carpets across six rug categories and six projects across two new special categories have been selected out of a total 265 entries spanning sixteen countries. The carpets and projects will all be featured during DOMOTEX, January 12-15, 2018, with the winners announced during the always energetic and well attended awards ceremony Saturday, January 13, 2018.

The elimination of several difficult to judge categories e.g. Best Innovation, as well as the addition of ‘Best Interior’ (furnishing project or carpet installation that prioritizes personalization) and ‘Best Communication’ (successful marketing or branding campaign) refreshes the Carpet Design Awards keeping the competition current with the market. The eight categories in the competition reflect various manufacturing methods, price levels and design concepts, so that they also represent different retail concepts and market segments targeted by the carpet industry. As in years past all entrants except ‘Best Studio’ are exhibitors of DOMOTEX.

This year also marks the introduction of a keynote theme. For DOMOTEX 2018 this is UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE, which was chosen in response to the growing need to offer the customer personalized products and services.

Michael Mandapati, Carpet Design Awards Chairman, Rug Insider
Michael Mandapati, Warp & Weft, Chairman of the 2018 CDA Jury

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Capel Rugs Announces Three Executive Promotions

logoTROY, N.C. — Capel Rugs announced today the promotion of three seasoned executives to newly created positions with the company. Cameron Capel has been promoted to President -- Sales and Marketing; Richard Capel has been promoted to President -- Manufacturing; and Ron Capel has been promoted to President -- Finance/Retail. The promotions are effective Dec. 31. All three will report to Capel's Board of Directors. Currently, they report to John Magee, President & CEO. Magee, a partner with the management consulting firm ABTV, will step down as President & CEO of Capel Rugs effective Dec. 31, and will remain with Capel as an adviser to management and to the board.

Cameron Capel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an associate degree in fashion merchandising from Wood Tobé Coburn in New York City. She began her career in the New York garment district. In 1991, she returned to the family rug business. She currently serves as VP -- National Accounts. In her new position, she will direct all wholesale sales and marketing activities as well as lead Capel's Import Division, which sources hand knotted, tufted, loomed and machine-made rugs from all over the world. In addition to her work for Capel, Cameron serves on the board of the Oriental Rug Importers Association.

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Loloi to Open Showroom at Dallas Market Center

Loloi RugsDALLAS, TX — Dallas Market Center has announced that Loloi, a leading Dallas-based rug and textile manufacturer, will open a stand-alone showroom in advance of January Total Home & Gift Market (January 17-23, 2018). The new Loloi showroom will be located on the fifth floor of the World Trade Center among many other leading home décor showrooms. Loloi joins the more than 50 new or expanding showrooms opening in Dallas for January Total Home & Gift Market.

Loloi, still represented at Dallas Market Center by In-Detail, is taking an adjacent showroom in WTC 506. The nearly 10,000 square foot showroom will give them the unique opportunity to showcase the full breadth of their stylish product line. The showroom will be staffed by a special Loloi team to work with buyers and help educate and guide them in their selections

"Loloi is excited to have a year-round home at Dallas Market Center. With the new showroom's size, we’re now able to show buyers our entire rug line along with our pillow and throw categories,” said Amir Loloi, President of Loloi Rugs. “Additionally, we’ll have areas dedicated to our licensed collections and a great selection of one-of-a-kind rugs. We can’t wait for January."

Buyers will have the convenience of seeing the full assortment of products, including comprehensive licensed collections with ED Ellen DeGeneres, the Loloi x Justina Blakeney collection, and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines. These collaborative partnerships bring over 50 collections to the Market, each with its own unique style, offering an expansive selection for retailers to choose from.

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Nourison Goes Solar

Nourison goes solar

SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison, the market’s most diversified producer and importer of handmade area rugs and the leading multi-category resource in today’s floor covering market has announced its corporate location in Saddle Brook, NJ is going solar.

Going solar reduces Nourison’s carbon footprint and is in support of their initiative to ‘go green’. “As a responsible company, our conscience guides us to make every reasonable effort to protect our environment and our renewable energy efforts support those beliefs,” said Alex Peykar, principal of Nourison. “Our work takes us all over the world and we are proud to work with others on the global push for green energy solutions.”

The New Jersey site will accommodate a kW-DC photovoltaic solar system, capable of producing nearly 770,000 kilowatt hours of electricity its first year, and more than 19 million kilowatt hours over 25 years.

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Feizy Announces Michael J. Riley as New President

Organizational change for Dallas-based manufacturer’s executive leadership team

DALLAS, TX – Feizy, one of the country’s largest rug manufacturers, has named Mike Riley as its new President to further strengthen its core initiatives and accelerate a strategic shift to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

“Developing a strong leadership team with strategic initiatives is an important aspect of enabling our organization for long-term success. The past couple of years, we’ve steadily increased our investment in profit building programs, technology and thought leadership. We have made excellent progress to date with the introduction of these game changers,” said Chief Executive Officer John Feizy. “As we continue to grow our profit centers and expand to new territories, we need to ensure support for these enterprises and more. The addition of Mike to our executive team will be a tremendous help to prepare us for the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

As President, Mike will leverage over 33 years of industry experience to advance Feizy’s objective to promote revenue, profitability and overall business health for the company as well as its customers. With substantial tenure in senior roles including CEO & Managing Director, President and VP of Sales & Marketing, Riley has proven success to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes, creating teams that deliver strong bottom-line results while also improving service levels and supporting many high-profile initiatives launched organization-wide.

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Obeetee Launches "DIFFA Collection" and "Obeetee Express" Quick-Ship Program at Celebratory Event

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Participating designers with their rug samples at Obeetee's DIFFA Collection launch party with Gretchen Auer, Obeetee Sales Manager, who spearheaded the project, at center (back row, third from left).

NEW YORK, NY -- Obeetee, a world leader in hand-woven carpets, has launched its special quick-ship program, Obeetee Express, with an exclusive collection to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education. Seventeen talented interior designers and architects created customizable carpet designs for the new DIFFA Collection. Through this partnership, Obeetee is supporting hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country combating HIV/AIDS through preventive education, treatment, research, direct care and advocacy.

The launch event for the DIFFA Collection took place at the NYC Obeetee Showroom on Thursday, October 19 and showcased the 17 designs as 3’ x 5’ area rugs. These pieces were sold at the event during a silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to DIFFA. The event was attended by 150 designers and industry influentials. All 17 rugs were sold and the event raised more than $3,200 for DIFFA.

The dynamic mix of designers creating the line includes well-known interior designers and architecture firms: Verda Alexander for Studio O+A, Arlene Angard, Asler Valero, William Reue, Christopher Trujillo, Tina Ramchandani, Patrick J. Hamilton, Darrin Varden, Marks & Frantz, dash design, Antonino Buzzetta, M Moser, WUNO, Wesley Moon, Michael Tavano, Reeta Gyamlani and V Starr Interiors.

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