LOUISVILLE, KY — RM INNOVATION & Imagine Advertising have entered into a sales and marketing agreement by which both companies will help brick and mortar rug retailers and rug manufacturers market their businesses.
"We're very excited to team up with Flora Stopher and Imagine Advertising to create a total sales and marketing solution to the $2.5 billion dollar rug category", stated Patrick Bain, Vice President of Sales for RM Innovation. "Together we can now offer rug retailers and manufacturers a complete sales & marketing solution for their brick and mortar stores. This includes rug e-commerce websites and fully integrated marketing solutions that include print, in-store and a variety of digital marketing to support a local rug retailer's sales and marketing efforts. All of the solutions being offered are mobile responsive too," added Bain.
"We offer capabilities that we believe are unmatched in the rug arena, and thus we see this partnership as a perfect fit for both of our companies." stated Flora Stopher, owner of Imagine Advertising. "We've been supplying thousands of retailers and most of the larger furniture manufacturers with sales and marketing support for 18 years, and now we can offer our products and services to the rug category," added Stopher.
Nourison's stunning new Odyssey design from the Twilight Collection
SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Building on the success of their new Twilight Collection, leading floor covering and home accents manufacturer Nourison, released new Twilight styles including a stunning Odyssey rug with a 3D-like effect. The Twilight Collection debuted in Las Vegas and Atlanta Markets in January of this year. The collection was a hit with both buyers and designers, many placing their orders after seeing and touching the rugs. This new collection has a supple feel and luxurious look that rivals handmade rugs costing thousands of dollars more.
Nourison’s design team quickly got to work on new styles which will be shown at High Point Market in April. One of the new styles, called “Odyssey”, is a must see. It has a depth and texture that seems almost three-dimensional even though the rug is an even pile height. The effect is even more stunning because the rug was woven with closely varying shades of yarn, not printed, to achieve the proper shading to create the illusion of depth. The design of the rug was inspired by a theme of space exploration.
HIGH POINT, NC — New Hampshire-based design and manufacturing company, Company C, will introduce its Fall 2015 line at High Point Market on April 18. In addition to the new collection, the company will launch an opportunity for interior designers to get creative with a rug design competition.
Company C is offering its interior design partners an exciting opportunity to submit an original rug design that will go into production and be launched by October 2015. To be considered for the “Interior Designer Challenge” designers must submit their original design by May 15th. A panel of jurors including prominent editors and journalists will select the winning design on June 1st. In addition to having the rug added to an upcoming season’s design introductions, the winning designer will also receive their own rug made to their sizing specifications.
“We’re thrilled to introduce an outside collaboration for the first time. We so very much value our designer partners and their perspectives, and we look forward to seeing what fresh new take they bring to Company C,” said co founder and colorful living officer Christine Chapin.
ORANGE, CA – Budget Blinds®, the largest window coverings franchise in North America with nearly 1,000 territories, is expanding its business reach and product offerings through a new partnership with Momeni Rugs. The new partnership will add depth to Budget Blinds’ existing product line and will work to provide additional sales opportunities in the growing home décor industry. Currently, Budget Blinds’ shop-at-home offerings include hard and soft window treatments, from shutters, shades, and blinds to custom drapery, panels, and fabric pillows.
“There is a growing number of our consumers that have homes with some type of hard flooring, which also means there is an additional need for area rugs,” said Chad Hallock, CEO and co-founder of Budget Blinds. “We are consistently looking for ways to improve the in-home customer shopping experience and we can do that by adding products that fulfill a recurring customer need.”
DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs® has named seasoned sales veteran, Michael Ackelbein, new Vice President of Sales.
Ackelbein is a seasoned veteran of the contract furniture industry who in his nearly thirty-year career has held many executive level roles in Sales. His most recent role was as Executive Vice President at Corporate Source based in Dallas.
“We are excited and privileged to have Michael join our expanding team here at Feizy,” said Cameron Feizy, Senior Vice President. “With our partnerships with furniture retailers and designers across the U.S. flourishing, Michael comes at a perfect time to guide Feizy on its upward trajectory.”
DALLAS, TX – Feizy Rugs packed a plethora of fashion-forward products into their Manhattan showroom for the recent NY Home Fashions Market. The company will feature vibrant, fresh color palates with aggressively priced items that provide great value without compromising look or quality. In the company’s Fifth Avenue showroom, Feizy featured a diverse range of products from beautiful handmade rugs to distinctive bedding that can work seamlessly together for the entire home, or be the anchor in a single space.
“As always, our focus at the NY Home Fashions Market is to work with our existing retailers to help them grow their business by providing dynamic, high quality products,” said Cameron Feizy, Senior Vice President. “This season, we will be putting an extra emphasis on our advanced capability to really customize our products to fit the unique needs of our customers. All of which are held to the high Feizy standards of quality.”
LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Market announced today it is changing the dates for the Winter 2016 Market, which will now run from Sunday, January 24 to Thursday, January 28, 2016. Previously scheduled for January 17-21, 2016 to align for a second consecutive year with Design & Construction Week™, the shift to the last week of January allows for more space between other markets to accommodate buyers, manufacturers and designers across the US and internationally.
“Although the coordination in timing with Design & Construction Week™ for Winter 2015 brought increased attendance from the interior design community, we feel we must mitigate the overlap among January markets as much as possible by adjusting our dates to better serve the needs of our customers, who are our primary focus,” said Bob Maricich, Chief Executive Officer of International Market Centers. “After we announced our January 2016 dates last year, other markets in our industry shifted their dates, creating a conflict with our date pattern, which this change is designed to circumvent.”
ATLANTA, GA —Daryl Hall and John Oates, the legendary duo selling more albums than any other in music history, will take the ICON HONORS 2015 stage Thursday, July 9 in an exclusive performance capping the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry.
“Daryl Hall and John Oates are the defining voices of American pop, rock and R&B,” says Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman and president of ICON HONORS producer AmericasMart Atlanta. “Their music transcends time and space in a style unlike any other. What we will see and hear from these legendary performers on July 9 is the essence of who and what they are: authentic and electrifying,” adds Portman.
The private concert—staged in the Centennial Ballroom of the iconic Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the event’s 2015 venue—marks the sixth-annual ICON HONORS celebration, which will again see a sell-out audience of Finalists, Honorees and guests in attendance to applaud superior achievement from across the home and gift landscape.
Zollanvari made the official USA launch of their new line, the KUNDAN DIFFUSION KOTI SILK COLLECTION at the recent RUG SHOW in LA, March 29-31.
The Kundan Diffusion line builds on Zollanvari’s much hailed and award-winning silk carpets from India by introducing a totally new quality. Manmade fibres are used to weave the KUNDAN DIFFUSION KOTI SILK COLLECTION, making the price range for this line extremely attractive – a key factor in presenting these carpets to new potential buyers, particularly in the design, retail and contract markets. Though competitively priced, these carpets enthral with their astonishing colour combinations, their well-balanced designs – many inspired from ikat weavings – and their stunning production quality – a further testament to the production values Zollanvari are recognized for globally.
CONCORD, NH — Company C has promoted its wholesale operations manager, Deme Sanford, to the position of National Sales Manager, based in the Concord, NH office. In her new role, she will lead the sales efforts in the wholesale channel.
"Deme has been on board at Company C for over four years and is a great fit for the role,” says Company C co-founder Walter Chapin. "Deme's knowledge of the home furnishings industry and trends, as well as her understanding of sales tools and marketing needs in a changing marketplace will help the company continue to achieve success."
Deme has fifteen years of professional experience ranging from records management training to customer service management; her specialty skills include strategic planning, team building, and sales management among many others.
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