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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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Mohawk Expands Production at North Carolina Weaving Facility

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Karastan Senior Vice President Bill Storey and North Carolina Commerce
Secretary John Skvarla Announce Facility Production Expansion in Eden, North Carolina.

EDEN, NC – As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bring added value to customers through high-quality products and unmatched service, Mohawk Industries has announced an $8M investment in its Eden, North Carolina weaving plant. Almost 90 years after the first Karastan rug was produced at the facility, Mohawk is reinvigorating the location with investments in technology, equipment, infrastructure and new jobs that will make Eden a center of excellence in weaving across all of the Karastan brand’s business segments – including the residential, rug and commercial divisions – as well as producing woven collections for select specialized channels.

“The first Karastan rug at the Eden facility was produced in 1928, and this project represents a revitalization of this important site,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk’s North American Flooring division. “We are delighted that more than 100 people in the region will become part of our talented and dedicated team at Eden. These fine craftspeople create some of the most beautiful and enduring products in our industry. We look forward to investing in equipment as well as making significant process and infrastructure improvements to ensure a brighter future for this historic facility and the great people who work here.”

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Designer of the Year Award Recipients Announced by Interior Design Society

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Denise Piaschyk, DLP Interiors Plano, TX

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Interior Design Society (IDS) announced award recipients for its fifth annual Designer of the Year competition yesterday evening. The awards were presented by Jennifer Bertrand during a gala at IDS National Conference on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center.

Bertrand won HGTV “Design Star” season three and hosted “Paint Over! with Jennifer Bertrand.” She has appeared in countless media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Post, Rachel Ray Magazine, Life & Style Magazine, InStyle Magazine and is a frequent contributor to NBC. She was joined on stage for the awards presentation by Bruce Knott, President, IDS National Board of Directors and Snoa Garrigan, Executive Director of IDS.

“We warmly congratulate all those who received awards,” said Snoa Garrigan, Executive Director.” IDS is proud to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Designer of the Year Awards, which received a record number of entries this year.”

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Good News from Nepal via Classic Rugs

classic-rug-logo1NEW YORK, NY — This news is shared on behalf of Classic Rugs: "Our factories are up and running. Samples are taking three weeks instead of our normally speedy two, but the weavers are back at work and looking for new orders."

"We want to thank all of you who donated to our raffle in support of Nepal earthquake victims. The beautiful hand-sewn crewel work rug was won by Cutter Johnston, from Cutter Johnston LLC. 100% of all the money we received was donated to the Nepal GoodWeave Foundation for relief efforts in Nepal. You can continue to help by purchasing a rug from Nepal."

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CARE Names 2014 Award Winners - Person of the Year and Recycler of the Year

carpetrecoveryDALTON, GA - Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), the non-profit organization charged with advancing market-based solutions for carpet recycling and landfill diversion, has named its Person of the Year and Recycler of the Year for 2014. The two honors were awarded during the organization's 13th annual conference, held in New Orleans on May 14-15.

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CARE's 2014 Person of the Year, Fred Williamson, is a member of CARE's board of directors and currently serves as vice president of operations for Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership.

Williamson boasts more than 40 years of experience in the commercial flooring business, including 13 years in sales management representing carpet manufacturers, 17 years as a commercial flooring contractor, seven years with DuPont and eight years with Starnet Worldwide.

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Dover Rug & Home Tent Sale

doverrugNATICK, MA — From Rugs, Carpeting and Window Treatments to Hardwood Floors, everything is on sale under the tent (and in-showroom) at New England retailer, Dover Rug & Home.

Save up to 70% off all in-stock rugs, carpets, window treatments and hardwood floors. Under the tent and throughout the showrooms starting Thursday, May 14th. Visit Dover Rug & Home at 721 Worcester Rd., Route 9, Natick, 508-651-3500 and 390 Stuart Street, Boston, 617-266-3600.

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Top Names Take Space at AmericasMart for July Market

ATLANTA – Demand for space at AmericasMart® Atlanta continues to grow with top home, gift and rug manufacturers and sales organizations securing new and newly expanded showrooms in preparation for The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® (Showrooms: Tuesday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 14, 2015; Temporaries: Thursday, July 9 – Monday, July 13, 2015). Exhibitors committed to July 2015 openings and expansions are the following with more to be announced:

New: Devgiri Exports opens a new showroom on Building 1, Floor 5 to showcase a detailed and colorful rug collection.

Expansion: With a wide range of home décor, home accents, furniture and lighting choices, ELK Group International expands its collection on Building 1, Floor 6.

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ORRA Gets a New Look, Appoints New President

Rob LeahyORRA has adopted a new look and has appointed a new President. At its January 2015 meetings ORRA elevated Rob Leahy of FINE RUGS OF CHARLESTON to a two year term as the organization’s leader.

ORRA, a not for profit company supporting handmade rug retailers is a vibrant organization established in 1969. ORRA was formed to bring high standards and ethical practices to the business and has become known throughout the country as the organization to depend upon for reliable information on handmade rugs.

Upon his appointment Rob said, “I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the new President of ORRA. Over the last three years, as a board member, I have come to appreciate the persevering work of our retiring President, Rich Amatulli. Rich will continue as my Membership Chairman and advisor. Over those years I have gained the friendship of the other members of our board. I look forward to working with them in the coming years.”

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DOMOTEX on Target for Successful 2016 Season

domotex002HANNOVER — Even at this early stage, all signs are already pointing to a winning DOMOTEX 2016 (Jan. 16-19, 2016) in Hannover, Germany. The world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings is still eight months away, but it’s meeting with a tremendous response on the part of the market, with a full 80 percent of the show’s available space already booked.

“DOMOTEX 2016 will be a strong, international and innovative event. All indicators reveal a very favorable trend,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, the member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe in charge of DOMOTEX. “The exhibitors are committed to leveraging DOMOTEX for success in 2016. DOMOTEX plays a pivotal role in the carpet and flooring industry’s annual business calendar, particularly since it’s held at the start of the year,” explained Köckler.

Some 1,400 exhibitors from 60 different countries will be heading to Hannover at the outset of 2016 to impress the international carpet and floor coverings industry with their products and new collections. For the upcoming show, one major visitor magnet is already certain: the Wood Flooring Summit. Staged successfully in 2012 and 2014, this flagship dialogue hub and marketplace for the parquet and laminate flooring industry is entering its third season.

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IFDA Educational Foundation Receiving Applications for Raymond Waites Design Competition

Raymond WaitesNEW BERN, NC — The Educational Foundation of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) is now receiving applications for the third and final Raymond Waites Design Competition. The competition is for full time undergraduate interior design students and the winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a trip to the October 2015 High Point International Home Furnishings Market. The winner will be guest of honor and the winning entry will be on display at a special event hosted by Mr. Waites at the 200 Steele Building.

Noted designer and arbiter of interior fashion Raymond Waites stated, “The principles of the Raymond Waites Design Competition are to foster creative spirit, visual inspiration and rooms that have an emotional warmth, rooms that are comfortable, friendly and display an ageless mix of design influences reflecting various cultures.”

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