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ADL Honors Nourison’s Alex Peykar with American Heritage Award

Alex PeykarSADDLE BROOK, NJ — The National Home Furnishings Industry Anti-Defamation League presented Alex Peykar with the prestigious American Heritage Award at their Annual Awards Tribute held June 18, 2015. The event was attended by over 500 people and helped raise over $750,000 for the ADL. Robert Levin president of Levin Furniture and Robert Maricich CEO of International Market Centers were also honored at the event. Kathy Ireland introduced Alex and spoke highly about Nourison, their commitment to community and family and their positive impact on the home furnishings industry.

“I am honored and humbled to be presented with this award. The ADL has a long-standing history of fighting discrimination and protecting civil rights. All of us at Nourison are proud to be recognized by this incredible organization and are happy to further help this beneficial cause,” said Alex Peykar, president at Nourison.

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Kalaty To Introduce Accent Pillow Collection This Summer

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Hicksville, NY – At summer markets, Kalaty Rug Corporation plans to launch a new accent pillow program designed to coordinate with the company’s popular flatweave Soumak area rugs. This pillow program is the company’s first home accent introduction outside of high-end handcrafted area rugs.

At the summer Atlanta International Rug Market and the Las Vegas Market, Kalaty will show two pillow cover sizes – 22” x 22” and 14” x 22” – each in eight different Soumak designs that are made of 100% premium hand-knotted wool. Because of the weaving process, Kalaty’s versatile, reversible Soumak rugs offer two different textured sides to choose from, and the company has chosen to feature the multi-textural herringbone-weave side for these ruggedly handsome accent pillows.

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Loloi’s 2015 Catalog Receives Award from Graphic Design USA For Second Consecutive Year

loloicatDALLAS, TX — Loloi’s 2015 Catalog is turning pages—and heads—for the second year in a row. Once again, the catalog has received a 2015 American Inhouse Design Award in the “Best Catalog” category, securing its status as a great resource for retailers and designers seeking the ideal rug or accent pillow.

Graphic Design USA’s American Inhouse Design Awards is the premier showcase for outstanding work by in-house designers, providing a unique opportunity to be recognized for creativity, for the special challenges they face and for their contributions to their businesses and institutions. This year’s entries topped 4,500 in nearly 25 categories, but only a highly selective 15 percent were recognized with this honor.

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Spring High Point Market Success Indicates Ongoing Industry Growth

hpmkt-logoHIGH POINT, NC — Upon review of the numbers, Spring 2015 High Point Market reported some very positive trends. With more than 80,000 passes issued, registrations exceeded Spring 2014 total by more than 2.5 percent. This reflects very broad growth in every category of home furnishings, from accessories and antiques dealers to traditional furniture stores and interior designers. The market also saw increased attendance by businesses of all sizes, from the very smallest to the very largest.

According to Tom Conley, President and CEO High Point Market Authority, the upswing in home furnishings also appears to be affecting all parts of the country. Buyers flocked to High Point from every region, with very strong showings from midwestern, southwestern, and western states. In addition, the market experienced an excellent international presence with more than 3,200 registrants from outside the United States.

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ICON Honors 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor Goes to Howard Henschel of The Norman Group

icon honorsATLANTA, GA — Howard Henschel, president and chief executive officer of The Norman Group, will receive the celebrated ICON HONORS 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor in ceremonies marking the sixth annual ICON HONORS scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

The Lifetime Achievement Honor presentation traditionally caps the sequence of recognitions bestowed in the annual ICON HONORS celebration, the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. It is conferred by the ICON HONORS board of governors upon ratification by ICON HONORS founder Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of ICON sponsor AmericasMart® Atlanta.

ICON HONORS is created, produced and staged exclusively by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor celebrates Henschel’s four decades of leadership in the gift industry and marks the longevity and growth of Norman’s Hallmark, founded 75 years ago with a single store in Trenton, New Jersey. Under Henschel’s direction and vision, Norman’s Hallmark has grown to become one of the largest Hallmark Gold Crown retailers in the country with 46 stores located throughout the Philadelphia area and central New Jersey.

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Furniture First Selects Surya as Vendor of the Year for Accents & Accessories

Surya Logo Multi BurstCALHOUN, GA — Surya has been named Vendor of the Year in the accents and accessories category by Furniture First National Buying Group, a purchasing cooperative comprised of locally-owned retail furniture dealers from across the United States.

The award, which recognizes vendor performance during the past year in several key areas, including service and quality, was presented to Surya during Furniture First’s Symposium held in Nashville earlier this week. Surya was chosen for the award based upon the strength of Furniture First member evaluations and a popular vote.

“We are honored that the members of Furniture First have recognized us with this important distinction,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “At Surya, we are committed to understanding and addressing the needs of independent furniture retailers and their customers to help provide an exceptional home accessories shopping experience. This award is a testament that we are doing the right things in the right ways and we look forward to building upon this valuable partnership moving forward.”

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HRI Relocates in Atlanta

Lee HarounianNEW YORK, NY — Harounian Rugs International (HRI), one of the oldest AmericasMart-Atlanta exhibitors, is relocating its showroom in time for the summer 2015 Area Rug Market, July 8-11. The new showroom (5-C-1) is on the 5th floor of Building 1, and according to HRI principal, Lee Harounian, the timing is perfect.

“We are moving to a larger showroom on the re-merchandised 5th floor, all after having one of our best Atlanta Markets in January,” said Harounian.

Harounian added that customers are responding to HRI’s diversified collections of fine, hand-knotted and handmade rugs in a variety of designs and colorways. Having chosen to stay with finer-quality handmade rugs in all price categories has made a difference.

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Nourison Launches New Styles for Best-Selling Luminance Collection

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SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Leading floor covering and home accents manufacturer Nourison recently added five new styles to Luminance, one of the best-selling collections since it was released in early 2014. The intricate designs, soft shine and supple feel of these rugs make this an attractive collection, appealing to both traditional and modern décor.

These rugs are constructed from a unique blend wool and Luxcelle 2™, a proprietary Nourison viscose fiber that has been specially developed by Nourison with superior strength, sheen and color retention. The unique fiber blend provides a rich texture and silky sheen that imbues a sense of warmth and vintage affluence in each design.

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Dwell on Design Celebrates 10th Annual Show

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LOS ANGELES – Dwell on Design returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015 for its 10th annual show. This innovative 3-day event welcomed attendees, including celebrities Tyra Banks and Ricki Lake, and participants from around the world for a celebration and exploration of modern design through on-stage content, inspiring exhibitions, Porsche ride and drives, home tours, and Dwell Design Week events. Dwell on Design offered continuous content from more than 250 leaders in design, 2,000 modern furnishings and products from 400 exhibitors, as well as continuing education opportunities across nearly every design discipline.

Attendance at Dwell on Design increased to a record 32,428 participants over the weekend, with the show growing to a record 326,000 square feet. Dwell on Design was the culmination of Dwell Design Week, which took place May 25-31and included a series of events and home tours around Los Angeles. Dwell on Design is expected to grow exponentially with its recent sale to Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, but will always have a home in Los Angeles, as proclaimed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. This agreement, announced during the opening day celebration, formalizes a 15-year commitment that aims to expand the international presence and influence of Dwell on Design, elevating the experiential offerings and status of this show for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors on a global platform.

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Top Interior Designers Honor AmericasMart Chairman and Founder at July Market

John C. Portman, JrATLANTA, GA – AmericasMart® celebrates the unique aesthetic of its Chairman and founder, famed architect and developer John C. Portman, Jr., with a design exhibition and party in honor of his signature paint color, Portman White SW-PW240, during The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this July. The color, available by request at all Sherwin-Williams stores, is a simple white with two dashes of red.

A common theme throughout Portman’s impressive body of work, the signature color is frequently requested from Atlanta-area Sherwin-Williams stores by designers and architects looking to emulate the visionary’s distinct style, asking for “Portman’s White.” Now available through the store’s color database, designers across the nation can pay homage to Portman by requesting his Portman White at any Sherwin-Williams retail location.

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