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Oriental Weavers Names Tammy Washburn as its new Vice President of Sales – West Region/Specialty Accounts

DALTON, GA – Oriental Weavers has promoted Tammy Washburn as its new Vice President of Sales – West Region/Specialty Accounts. In her new role, Washburn will be responsible for overseeing and managing the growth of sales in Oriental Weavers’ west region, as well as select specialty accounts. Washburn has been with the company for over 11 years serving as sales representative in the Northern California and Midwest territories. Prior to joining Oriental Weavers, Washburn served as Sales Manager for Thompson Designs.

With over 20 years of strong business management and sales experience, Washburn will offer leadership to her team that will contribute to driving sales within the west region as well as select specialty accounts. Washburn will be able to identify retail opportunities while being truly customer focused.

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Accent on Design® Award Winners Announced at NY NOW® Winter 2017 Market

NYnowNEW YORK, NY — NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, announced the winners of the Accent on Design® Awards. This awards program recognizes product design excellence, innovation and creativity among NY NOW’s Accent on Design exhibitors, a juried collection of contemporary designers and their products displayed at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during the recent Winter Market.

The winter 2017 Accent on Design Award winners are:

Overall Excellence: Barebones Living (Booth #3921) - Founded in 2012 from a desire to do good, Barebones Living is a purpose-driven organization that leverages it product, profits, expertise, and experience to do good in meaningful and impactful ways.

Best Collection - Softgoods: Wallace Sewell (Booth #4050) - Recognized for its unique textile designs, colors and patterns, Wallace Sewell was established in 1992 and showcases a diverse portfolio of woven products that exude excellence and originality.

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Industry Veteran Janice Lassiter Joins IMC

imcHIGH POINT, NC – International Market Centers (IMC) today announced that home furnishings industry veteran Janice Lassiter will join the company as Director of Home Décor Leasing. Lassiter will be based in the High Point corporate offices, reporting to Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing.

Lassiter brings nearly 30 years of experience to her new role, serving as publisher of Home Accents Today since 2013, where she drove double-digit revenue growth and expanded digital sales by 24%, among other accomplishments. Prior to her role as publisher, Lassiter served as associate publisher for Home Accents Today and held numerous leadership roles in sales and publishing. A member of the Accessories Resource Team, she sits on the Board of Directors and Membership Committee and has received numerous industry awards and accolades throughout her career.

“Janice is a consummate professional with a proven track record of working with customers to understand and support their business needs,” said Julie Messner, Senior Vice President of Home Furnishings for IMC. “Adept at establishing and growing relationships throughout the industry, her consultative approach is authentic and wholly consistent with IMC's commitment to collaboration and partnership. We are thrilled to have her on our team.”

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Jaipur Rugs’ ‘Unstring’ Wins Carpet Design Awards 2017

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NORCROSS, GA — Jaipur Rugs' brand new collection ‘Unstring’ by designer Kavi was named winner for Best Modern Collection 2017 at the recent Carpet Design Awards, held at DOMOTEX in Hannover, Germany. The award is regarded to be "Oscars" of international carpet avant-garde.

‘Unstring’ by Kavi emerged as a winner from over 386 entries from 21 countries across the globe at CDA award ceremony January 15, 2017. Rugs were chosen for outstanding design, quality and craftsmanship by internationally renowned jury members.

“It is indeed a great start to a new year,” says Designer Kavi (Kavita Chaudhary, Design Director - Jaipur Rugs). “The designs of Unstring are born from spontaneous explorations of different processes such as weaving, stitching, and embroidering and so on. Each artwork has a unique rhythm woven into it,” she explains.

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The ORIA Announces Election of New Officers

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ORIA Officers from left to right:
Hari Tummala, Secretary – Kami Navid, Vice President – David Harounian, Past President – Reza Momeni, Out Going President – Lucille Laufer, Executive Director – Ramin Kalaty, President (Absent from photo: Behrooz Hakimian, Treasurer)

TENAFLY, NJ — On January 12, 2017, The Oriental Rug Importers Association held its annual meeting at Americasmart-Atlanta. The General Membership elected the following officers:

President: Ramin Kalaty, (Kalaty)
Vice President: Kami Navid, (Jaunty)
Secretary: Hari Tummala, (KAS)
Treasurer: Behrooz Hakimian, (Woven Concepts)

The meeting was topped off by a presentation made to out-going President Mr. Reza Momeni. ORIA Executive Director Lucille Laufer and incoming President Mr. Ramin Kalaty presented Mr. Momeni “The ORIA Presidents’ Plaque” to recognize and thank him for his service to this Association for the past three years.

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RUGINSIDER.com EXCLUSIVE:
Domotex 2017 in Review

by Michael Christie

Rapture 4 from Zollanvari

'Rapture 4' from Zollanvari's Kundan Pure Silk® Collection

The start of every calendar year brings with it opportunities to start fresh and to bring forth new and exciting changes throughout the upcoming year. It also presents rug and carpet buyers with one of the busiest fair seasons of the entire year. From Atlanta, to Las Vegas, to Hannover buyers across the entire market spectrum descend upon these fairs to gauge for themselves the best of what’s new. DOMOTEX 2017, which took place in Hannover, Germany, January 14-17, 2017 once again asserted itself as the preeminent international showplace by presenting some of the best offerings in the world of rugs today. These are some of the standouts.

Without doubt the carpets of Zollanvari and its sister company Zollanvari USA always amaze critics and buyers alike. While not every carpet can impress every buyer, it is Zollanvari’s continued ability to produce a comprehensive selection of carpets - allowing even the most discerning buyer to find a gem - which has earned them an unquestioned reputation. And now, for the second year in a row, Zollanvari took home perhaps the ultimate of the prestigious Carpet Design Awards, the ‘Best Liked by Visitors’ for ‘Rapture 4’ from their Kundan Pure Silk® Collection.

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