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RUG INSIDER Magazine Winter Issue Hot Off the Press and In the Mail

Rug Insider Winter 2015If it's winter that means winter markets and RUG INSIDER's winter issue is jam-packed with the critical information you need to know as you go to Atlanta, Domotex, and Vegas this January.

Check out our features including Romancing the High End and Ladies of Luxury. In RI HOME look for your favorite pillows as well. A beautiful Samad rug graces the front cover and finally we wrapped it with a belly band from our friends at Kalaty.

As always, we thank our advertisers and subscribers for your support. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta and Vegas.

Happy Holidays from the entire RUG INSIDER family!

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Art Resources Finalist in Carpet Design Awards Domotex 2015

classic revival rugtLos Angeles/Secaucus, NJ-based Art Resources has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Best Traditonal Design for the Carpet Design Awards 2015 at the upcoming Domotex, January 17-20. The rug chosen is called Classical Revival (click here to view enlarged image).

The Carpet Design Awards are for contemporary hand-made carpets and rugs that stand out for their superior quality and unique design. More than 250 designer pieces from 23 countries were submitted for the coveted award, and 25 have now made it through to the finals.

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New Showrooms and Increased Accessiblility Encourage Buying at International Rug Market

ATLANTA – AmericasMart’s HOME & RUG exhibitors are enthusiastically preparing for The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® featuring the National Oriental Rug Show sponsored by The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) (Showrooms: January 7-10, 2015 Temporaries: January 8-10, 2015) with new showrooms, collection expansions and updates across the Marketplace. AmericasMart adds to the excitement with the launch of a new enclosed bridge connecting the Home & Rug collection in Building 1 to the Gift collection on Floor 6 of Building 2.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Home & Rug,” says Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of Leasing for the collection. “New, diverse lines are bringing a renewed energy to floors while established collections are updating, renovating and reimagining their spaces in a way we’ve never seen before. Buyers will not be able to miss this contagious energy at the Market.”

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Kalaty to Launch Natori Collection in Atlanta and Las Vegas

Josie NatoriHICKSVILLE, NY — Kalaty Rug Corporation will debut its new licensed area rug collection by designer Josie Natori at next month's Atlanta International Area Rug Market and at Las Vegas Market. Atlanta's launch event will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, from 4 - 7 pm, in Kalaty's AmericasMart showroom 4-G-14. Ms. Natori will be present for the event which will feature a special Natori-designed product giveaway.

In Las Vegas, Kalaty will have a Grand Opening event for its Las Vegas showroom, where the Natori collection will also debut.

The initial Natori launch will include approximately 20 designs in two series, Dynasty and Shangri-La, each showcasing the designer’s high-fashion philosophy and signature sense of color. 

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Home of the Next Big Thing: AmericasMart® Hosts the Industry's Top Tradeshow

AmericasMart logoATLANTA – The world’s incubator for what’s new and next in home, gift and apparel merchandise, the temporary marketplace of The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® presents an unmatched product selection in January 2015. Slated for January 8 through 12, the Market showcases more than 4,000 lines in 33 categories.

AmericasMart’s unique temporary layout – with temporary collections located near their related permanent collections – allows buyers to seamlessly explore the categories that best support their business.

The Temporary Marketplace is arranged as:

BUILDING 1

  • Floor 1: HD Home (Juried Collection)
  • Floor 2: Area Rugs OPEN JANUARY 8-10 ONLY
  • Floor 7: Home Accents & Home Furnishings; Fine Linens & Home Textiles

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Memorial Celebration Set for Lissa Wyman

Lissa WymanNEW YORK, NY — A memorial celebration will be held here Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. for Lissa Wyman, founder of RugNews.com, who died on Nov. 18, 2014 at her home in Manhattan following a long illness. The memorial and reception will be held at The Coffee House, a private club at 20 West 44th St., Suite 601.

Lissa S. Wyman was born Alice Camilla Hassett on December 16, 1943 to Alan and Alice Jensen Hassett of Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by her husband Oliver (Bud) Wyman of New York; brother and sister-in-law Alan and Nancy Hassett of Saratoga Springs, UT; brother and sister-in-law John and Yvonne Hassett of Malone, FL; nieces Elsa, Brittany and Courtney Hassett; nephew A. C. Hassett; aunt and uncle Barbara and Dr. Jerry Jensen of Bristol, CT; and uncle Jay Hassett of Valparaiso, TN. Survivors also include Bud Wyman’s daughter Meredith Gatschet of Stratford, CT; and his sons Michael of Delray Beach, FL, Nick of Yonkers, NY, James of Pembroke Pines, FL, and Oliver, Jr. of Woodstock, NY, and their wives.

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HRI Receives HFN "Trailblazer Award"

HRI Elite EL-10 blue
EL-10 in blue is from HRI's recently launched Elite Collection

TrailblazersAward 2014New York-based Harounian Rugs International (HRI) has received The Trailblazer Award from HFN magazine for their new Elite Collection. HRI was selected for its strong commitment to innovation and creativity by the HFN Board of Editors. Other factors included merchandising strategies, marketing and product uniqueness.

This fall, HRI soft launched Elite, a hand knotted group that offered both soft colorways—a soft blue pastel, gray and gold—as well as a bold Wedgewood blue.

The line has a special white finishing wash to give it “a white cast over the whole rug,” said Greg Jordt, executive vice president, sales and marketing. Made in India, it is hand knotted and is sheared down very low. “It’s a new look; you’ll not see this anywhere.”

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Shalom Brothers Relocates to New Showroom in Atlanta

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Design 7B-Beige is from Shalom Brothers' new Artisan collection

NEW YORK, NY — Look for Shalom Brothers Inc. in their new showroom location at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart for the upcoming January Gift and Rug Market starting January 6, 2015. The new showroom is located in spaces 3 D-8 and 3 E-8 on the third floor of building 1 at the Merchandise Mart.

The company invites everyone to stop by during market to visit their new showroom and view their four new collections for 2015, which were previewed in NYC in September during Metro Market week. New introductions include four new color ways to their Illusions collection; blue, silver, gray, sunburst; the new Kamala collection of Nepalese weave contemporary wool/bamboo silk rugs; the new Everest collection of Nepalese weave contemporary wool/silk rugs; the new Artisan collection of tightly woven wool rugs in soft gray and blue colorations; and the new Mamluc Nan collection of tightly woven wool rugs in ivory and gray tones.

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Brown and Wozniak Appointed Account Executives for the Midwest Region at Nourison

Jeremy Brown and Christopher Wozniak SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Nourison is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Brown and Christopher Wozniak as Account Executives for the Midwest region. Brown is responsible for managing and developing business for MN, ND, SD, IA, along with Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada, while Wozniak handles the IL and WI territory. Both Brown and Wozniak report to William Barlage, Midwest Regional Sales Manager.

Brown has a background in high-end hand-knotted and custom area rugs and broadloom, beginning his career in the home furnishings and design world with Schneiderman’s Furniture in MN before moving on to managing a rug gallery for Gallerie One. Wozniak has worked in the retail industry his entire career, most recently at Bloomingdale’s and previously in store management at The Great Indoors and Dayton/Hudson/Marshall Field, and as a buyer for The Great Indoors and Sears.

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Amer Rugs to Premier New Collections in Atlanta

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Amer's new VIN-111 in Fiord Blue

ATLANTA, GA — Amer Rugs will premiere a dozen new collections during the International Area Rug Market at AmericasMart, January 6-13, 2015 at Amer’s flagship showroom located at 5-D-2 in Building 1. Among the new collections will be Amer’s hand-knotted Vintage collection, as well as the first-ever pieces made in partnership with Afghan producers.

The Vintage collection is a transitional hand-knotted set of designs from Amer’s award-winning design department, featuring New Zealand wool, progressive colors, and dimensional perspectives. The Vintage collection brings the transitional world into the traditional home with style and grace.

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