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DOMOTEX 2018 Prepares for Carpet Design Awards

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HANNOVER — DOMOTEX 2018 (January 12 to 15, 2018): The Carpet Design Awards are gearing up for another great celebration of flooring excellence. Designers and makers of modern hand-made carpets have until November 1, 2017 to submit their entries for the highly coveted award. The Carpet Design Awards are an international badge of distinction, given in recognition of quality and design excellence in hand-made carpets and rugs. Presented annually at DOMOTEX, they will be in their 13th year in 2018. Next year’s awards will be conferred in eight categories, with the winners receiving their prizes at a special ceremony held at DOMOTEX on Saturday, January 13, at the Carpet Design Awards display in Hall 9.

Applications for the awards are submitted online, and each entrant can submit up to three designs per category. Entry is restricted to designers and manufacturers who are exhibiting their exclusive carpet creations at DOMOTEX 2018. The only exception to this is the “Best Studio Artist Design” category, which is also open to designers who are not exhibiting at DOMOTEX. There is no entry fee for submissions for the awards.

The Carpet Design Awards help to give expression to cutting-edge innovations and emerging trends in the carpet industry. Since the inception of the awards, the categories have therefore been refined and updated to reflect industry trends. Thus, the 2018 awards have two new categories: Best Interior (high-end customization project or rug installation demonstrated with high quality images) and Best Communication (successful marketing or branding campaign demonstrated with high-quality images).

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Persian Gallery New York to Host Cocktail Party

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NEW YORK, NY — Details and tickets for Persian Gallery New York’s fete celebrating their 46th anniversary are now available. As mentioned in the Fall 2017 print issue of Rug Insider, Persian gallery New York (PGNY) is hosting a cocktail party at their Midtown Manhattan showroom during The Rug Show at Javits. The soirée will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 6-8pm at the firm’s showroom at 36 East 31st Street, Suite #500.

For those also attending the always boisterous party at French Accents later in the evening, this is a perfect prelude to not only make new acquaintances but to also see the superb selection of antique carpets and textiles for which PGNY is known. In addition, PGNY has sourced dozens of pristine antique carpets and tapestries in a variety of sizes and styles, to be unveiled during the Fall Market Week in New York!

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Couristan Appoints Two Industry Veterans to its Residential Division

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Chris Bushur and Mark O’Neill

FORT LEE, NJ – Couristan, Inc. a leading importer/manufacturer of fine, quality area rugs, residential broadloom and custom carpeting for the contract and hospitality industries announced the appointments of Mr. Chris Bushur and Mark O’Neill to the position of Territory Managers for its Residential Division.

Chris Bushur has been appointed as the company’s Residential Territory Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada. Bushur will be reporting directly to Jeff Forwood, the company’s National Sales Manager for its Residential Division. Bushur has over 35 years of experience in the floor covering industry with a background of selling high-end broadloom and area rugs across a diversified range of markets including to the “trade accounts”, designers, retailers and furniture stores.

“I’m looking forward to further developing the Couristan brand in both broadloom and area rugs in the Northern California and Northern Nevada markets,” said Bushur. Before starting his agency, Bushur served as a Sales Representative for Evans and Black Carpet Mills and Oriental Weavers as well as Karastan where he represented the company for eight years.

Mark O’Neill joins Couristan as its Residential Territory Manager for Central-Northern Illinois including Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. He will be reporting directly to Jeff Forwood as well. Born and raised in Chicago, O’Neill has been in the floor covering industry for thirty years. He has sold high-end carpeting and area rugs for Momeni, Kaleen and Oriental Weavers.

“I look forward to promoting the Couristan brand and selling its extensive product lines to the great dealers throughout the Midwest,” said O’Neill.

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Nourison Appoints Jeremy Maurer and Laura Myers as Account Executives

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Jeremy Mauer and Laura Myers

SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Nourison has appointed Jeremy Mauer and Laura Myers as Account Executives. In his new role Maurer manages and develops business in the Northwestern territory, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Western Canada. Myers will handle Nourison business in a Midwest territory that includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Both will offer Nourison’s impressive portfolio of products, which includes a vast line of area rugs, upscale broadloom, flexible custom programs, and decorative accessories.

Mauer joins Nourison with a strong background in retail and designer home furnishing, including his most recent position at Mafi International at Seldens Designer Home Furnishings. Myers also comes from the retail world, but on the buying side. She has worked as a Business Analyst, Assistant Buyer, Associate Buyer and Buyer for various fashion-oriented product lines. Her most recent position was as an apparel Buyer at Gordman’s.

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KAS Rugs Celebrates New Partnership with Libby Langdon at Fall High Point Market

Libby Langdon with her Outdoor Rugs for KAS

Libby Langdon with her Outdoor Rugs for KAS at Hampton Designer Showhouse - Pattern Highview - Spa and Aqua

 SOMERSET, NJ — KAS Rugs is building on its “Live in Style” marketing approach this Fall by incorporating the “easy, elegant, everyday style” of interior and product designer Libby Langdon. The manufacturer of rugs, pillows and poufs is unveiling Langdon’s new licensed collection of transitional hand- and machine-made rugs and pillows at the High Point Market and has set a pair of special events to celebrate their new partnership.

On Saturday, October 14, the leading maker of rugs, pillows and poufs plans to kick off Market with “Redesign All Day with Rugs and Rosé,” a see-and-be-seen cocktail party featuring the bubbly author and makeover television personality that promises to be filled with surprises for dealers, designers and media from 4 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, October 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the author and popular makeover television personality will present “The Genesis of a Licensed Collection: The Process of Bringing a Designer Line to Market,” an informative and fast-paced educational seminar focused on her journey and the strategies Langdon employs to define and raise brand awareness, identify licensing opportunities and broaden outreach.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Libby’s vision in the area rugs and pillows category to Market,” says Santhi Yarlagadda, vice president of business development and eCommerce, at KAS. “Our goal with this new partnership is to broaden our reach with retailers and designers. Not interested in simply adding a celebrity name, we were after a hands-on designer with real credibility on the product side. We are very excited to have found exactly what we were looking for in Libby. Her understanding of how consumers want to live today and her well-established relationships in the trade truly set her apart.”

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Samad’s Fifth Generation

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Nicole Samad, daughter of co-founder David, has recently joined Samad to reinforce the firm’s sales and client relations.

Samad has been making top quality rugs and carpets since 1985 when the firm was founded by brothers David and Malcolm Samad. Now, as the family run firm seeks to continue its success, it has welcomed Nicole Samad, daughter of David, to the client services, sales and marketing team.

Having worked for the past six years in hospitality management, Nicole brings the highly desired ‘fresh prospective’ companies often look for when keeping their brand relevant and at the top of their game. Her experience paired with her natural ability to interact and network with people makes her a perfect fit in an industry built upon relationships. She represents, together with her cousin, Jennifer Samad (Malcolm’s daughter), the fifth generation of Samads to work the rug industry.

“I have such admiration for my father and uncles who have built such a strong name for themselves around the world over the past 32 years. I look forward to adding my own individual creativity to the company and continue to grow the Samad brand,” said Nicole of her new position before David added, “Nicole will be a tremendous addition to Samad and she looks forward to making her debut at The Rug Show at the Javits Center this September.”

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