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Ray AlbedOBITUARY: Mr. Raymond "Ray" J. Albed Sr.

Mr. Raymond "Ray" J. Albed Sr. Ray Albed, president of Albed Rug Company for 39 years (1960-1999), died Oct. 13, 2014 after a prolonged illness. He was 79.

Mr. Albed was born in Philadelphia, PA on Feb. 23, 1935. The son of the late Samuel and Najla Albed, he spent his youth between Philadelphia and Cape May, NJ, where his parents owned rug stores.

A 1957 graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Albed was a Sigma Pi fraternity member and an active alumnus.

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OBITUARY: Mr. Haji Ali Akbar Momeni

Mr. Haji Ali Akbar MomeniMr. Haji Ali Akbar Momeni, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at his home in White Plains, NY. He was 88.

Mr. Momeni was born on March 25, 1926 in Iran, the first-born of a well-off farming family outside Hamedan. He was self-educated, cultivating wisdom and a strong intuition that would guide him throughout his life. An avid reader, Mr. Momeni devoured the works of famous Persian poets such Ferdowsi, Saadi, Hafiz, Baba Tahir, and, of course, verses of the holy Quran.

As a young man, Mr. Momeni discovered a passion for trading and business, which would  take him on a lifelong journey. At the age of 20, he met the love of his life and future wife, Narges.

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ICON HONORS 2015 Call for Entries Now Open

ATLANTA, GA —The ICON HONORS 2015 call for entries opens today in pursuit of top achievers competing for recognition in the home and gift industry’s most celebrated and coveted mark of accomplishment.

The sixth-annual ICON HONORS extends to retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers the invitation to seek their place on a global stage reserved for those whose professional and personal achievements are declared superior in rigorous adjudication across a field of 16 distinct categories of competition.

ICON HONORS is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life.

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Feizy Rugs Launches Pinteresting Dream Room Contest

Feizy dream roomDALLAS, TX – Oct. 21, 2014 Feizy Rugs is giving their followers a chance to win their dream room by building it from the rug up in their “Pin Your Dream Room” contest on Pinterest. Running now through November 14, contestants will be asked to visit Feizy Rugs on Pinterest, pick their favorite Feizy rug and build their dream room for an opportunity to win.

"Our rugs are as unique as the people that use them,” says Kim Vance, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “With over 750 million boards, and 30 billion pins, Pinterest has become the largest source of inspiration for social media users. We are excited to see how our rugs inspire our followers to build their dream rooms.”

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Feizy Introduces New Fall Catalog at High Point

Feizy CatalogDALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs, one of the largest rug manufacturers in North America, will release its latest catalog showcasing the hottest trends in new rugs for the fall season at the High Point Market. The nearly 400-page catalog features an inspired selection of varied constructions, styles, colors and materials – including more than 50 new design introductions.

"The magazine layout and introduction of many new categories is a vast departure from our catalogs of past," said Kim Vance, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Feizy. “With so many dynamic new intros coming at every market, we have focused on ways to really help our customers shop our products in a fun and interesting format.”

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Tamarian Joins The Rug Show @ Javits in 2015, Returns to The Rug Show in LA

Steve Cibor and Ryan HigginsBALTIMORE, MD — The not-for-profit Rug Show organization continues to grow in New York and LA for 2015 with top rug maker, Tamarian, confirming its commitment to both events next year.

Founded just two years ago, The Rug Show quickly has become a must-attend buying venue for rug buyers who are serious about high quality and haute fashion. Tamarian's extraordinary selection of handmade rugs from Nepal offers buyers that and much more.

"We're committed to the rug industry and couldn't be more excited to be involved with both shows," said Tamarian founder Steve Cibor. "For the LA Show in March, we want to reach out to our West Coast clients to make our new products as accessible and easy to shop as possible, especially for those customers who don't get to see us at the January Atlanta Rug Market."

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Loloi to Feature Weaver, Loom at High Point Market

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DALLAS, TX — Loloi is taking a hands-on approach to displaying its hooked rugs during High Point. The Dallas-based manufacturer will be featuring a loom and an on-site weaver in its High Point Market showroom, IHFC #D-320, to illustrate in person how intricate pieces, such as the Francesca Collection, are created.

The hooked Francesca Collection features richly textured designs which range from boldly scaled florals and architectural gate patterns to geometric chevron stripes and paisleys. Each rug is made of 100-percent polyester with fibers that are stain- and moisture-resistant; that means colors will remain as vibrant today as they will tomorrow.

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Feizy Introduces the World’s Most Versatile Reversible Rug Collection

Cosmo collectionFeizy's new reversible Cosmo Collection

DALLAS, TX – Feizy is redefining the term “quick redesign” with the introduction of its newest rug collection, Cosmo: a modern rug hiding a surprise ... a geometric patterned jacquard rug on the back!

“What makes this reversible so different is the use of the jacquard rug as a backing,” says Leah Feizy, Executive Vice President of Feizy. “With other reversible rugs, what you see is what you get from one side to the other. This collection makes it possible to instantly transform the look of the entire room with the mere flip of a rug.”

The Cosmo Collection has a plush, bamboo viscose rug on one side and a jacquard rug on the back featuring a completely different, clean geometric design in complementary colors. So while allowing you to change the look of your room, it still works within your existing color palette in the space.

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Amer Rugs Launches Revamped Website

AmerATLANTA, GA — Amer Rugs went live with its recently rebuilt website: amerrugs.com. Combining the latest in search engine technology and designed for more results in fewer clicks, the brighter, lighter Amer website is sure to become a primary destination for rug buyers and the buying public alike.

“Our primary intent is to inform customers and drive business to our retailers,” remarked Amer COO Monika Gupta when asked what brought about the site rebuild. “The website works with our catalog and represents the new direction that Amer has taken in the last few years, which is to inspire customers and make it even easier to work with Amer.”

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RugInsider.com Exclusive: Third Time's a Charm

The 2014 Rug Show @ Javits scores with exhibitors and buyers, who now claim it is their go-to New York market.

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Inviting, elegant and 'the' fashion runway for rugs; that's what buyers are calling the third installment of The Rug Show @ Javits, which took place at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Sept. 7-10, 2014.

The not-for-profit rug market was started just three years ago by a group of West Coast rug importers who wanted to showcase their wares affordably in New York City. Chic styles, professionalism and word-of-mouth have transformed this start-up into much more than the show from "the California guys."

"It has really gained traction and has become an industry-wide event with lots of room to grow," said retailer Mahmud Jafri, owner of Dover Rug and Home in Natick and Boston, MA. "It's remarkable how much it has improved from its first two tries. I am high on this show."

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