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Jan Kath Opens Design Studio in Toronto

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Interior view of the recently opened Jan Kath Rug Design Studio in Toronto.
Image courtesy of Finlay and Kath.

The eponymous German carpet house Jan Kath has opened its latest outpost, partnering with rug fanatics Yvan Semenowycz and Robyn Waffle to bring the firm’s carpets, technical knowhow, and trend defining styling to clients in Toronto, Canada. Semenowycz and Waffle are a dynamic duo with a passion for pop culture ‘rugs as art’ that both possess strong backgrounds in rug design having worked in the Toronto market for the past decade. Finlay and Kath, the Vancouver based partnership between Jan Kath and Jenni Finlay which both operates the Vancouver Jan Kath showroom and oversees distribution in Canada, had been looking to move into Canada’s largest market for over a year but had yet to find the right team.

"It really was love at first sight," says Jenni Finlay describing the meeting with Semenowycz and Waffle that started the conversation eventually leading to the studio opening. "We were exhibiting off sight during the Interior Design Show (IDS) in January [2017] and had done a carpet installation at the Gladstone Hotel for ‘Come Up to My Room'," states Waffle. "Jenni saw our work, and then more of our portfolio, and we just hit it off."

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Creative Matters Names New Partners

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Creative Matters Partners (left to right) vice president Ali McMurter,
president Carol Sebert and vice president Ana Cunningham.
Photographer: Andrea Gibson.

The Toronto based custom floor and wallcoverings firm Creative Matters Incorporated (CMI) has announced the appointment of Ana Cunningham and Ali McMurter to partners and vice presidents, joining Carol Sebert, president, to provide strong, capable, innovative leadership as the firm readies itself for its fourth decade in business. Well known within the rug and carpet industry for their signature handwoven Nepali made carpets, the firm is also well respected and has a strong presence in the hospitality market, counting amongst its clients international luxury retailers Gucci and Holt Renfrew as well as New York’s Soho Grand and Miami’s Faena hotels, amongst others.

"Since joining Creative Matters more than a decade ago, Ana and Ali have consistently demonstrated a dedication to the hallmarks of our firm: design excellence, superior client service and fair trade," said Sebert. "As I looked to the future and our firm’s expansion into new markets, it made complete sense not only to acknowledge their contributions but also to assure that their innovative thinking, focus and energy would continue to propel our company forward for years to come."

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Surya President Satya Tiwari Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017

Satya TiwariCARTERSVILLE, GA — Satya Tiwari, president of Surya, has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Southeast. The award honors outstanding business leaders who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Under Tiwari’s leadership, Surya has grown organically from $2.7 million in sales in 2004 to $116 million in 2016. Since 2010, he has incrementally added new product categories each year, branching from rugs to pillows, throws, bedding, wall decor, accent furniture and decorative accents. Last year, the company moved into its one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and distribution center, which currently houses more than 500 employees and stocks over 60,000 products. A testament to this growth, Surya has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies for six years in a row.

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Safavieh Home Furnishings Announces Return to Manhasset’s Miracle Mile

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Safavieh Home Furnishings announces the grand opening of their newest retail location, a 12,500 sq. foot showroom, set to open May 15, 2017 on the Miracle Mile in Manhasset, Long Island. The expansion to this celebrated N. Y. shopping hub is something of a homecoming for Safavieh, having moved from Manhasset to their store in Glen Cove, N.Y. more than 25 years ago. “We are very happy to be coming back to Manhasset,” said Michael Yaraghi, President of Safavieh Home Furnishings. “After 25 years, we are back on 25 to launch a sensational new store and a fresh new vibe for interior home design,” added Yaraghi in referencing their new location on Rt. 25A (1649 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, N.Y. 11030).

Visitors to Safavieh’ s new Manhasset store will immediately notice the new look and feel noted by Yaraghi. From the two-story glass staircase and cool grey color scheme to newest trends in transitional furniture and accessories, Safavieh Manhasset will be a showcase for fashion-smart home decor. “For years we’ve been asked by customers in and around the Manhasset area to come back to the Miracle Mile. Now we are coming back and using the opportunity to feature clean-lined, transitional rugs and furniture designed especially for today’s exciting decor preferences,” said Yaraghi.

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Couristan Appoints Jeff Forwood as National Sales Manager for its Residential Division

Jeff ForwoodFORT LEE, NJ – Couristan, Inc. a leading importer/manufacturer of fine, quality area rugs, residential broadloom and custom carpeting for the contract and hospitality industries is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Jeff Forwood to the position of National Sales Manager for its Residential Division. In addition, Forwood will be responsible for the further development and expansion of the company’s custom rug and residential Axminster Express® programs.

“In order to aggressively grow our broadloom business within our three residential brands and our custom rug business as well as the specialty store rug segment, the company needed the right experience and personality to guide and spearhead our strategic sales initiatives. As a company, we feel Jeff’s experience within the industry makes him a great addition to join the other key industry leaders we most recently added to the Couristan team,” said George G. Couri, Chairman, “with his expertise across both broadloom and rug categories he will be a great sales driver and lend tremendous support for the Couristan National Sales Force.”

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On a High at the Spring High Point Market

RUGINSIDER.com EXCLUSIVE by Chris Gigley

 

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Political tumult aside, the economy appears to be moving in the right direction. Spring High Point Market was the latest sign that business is good for rug producers and importers.

Any consensus about a market, positive or negative, is rare, particularly in High Point. Showroom buildings are spread out across the downtown area, diluting traffic and creating misperceptions about how busy or slow the market really is. This time, however, not even torrential rains that drenched two full days could dampen vendors’ outlook:

Steven Loloi, Loloi: “Traffic has been by and large pretty good and retailers are telling us our product is selling, so that’s been encouraging. When you’re working on something for months and months, you never know what the reaction will be like until the show. “

Giovanni Marra, director of marketing and digital strategy, Nourison: “The market has been very good. Saturday was a little up and down, but I think a lot of people were waiting to come into this building for the rainy days. Sunday and Monday were really busy. If you’re lucky enough to be in the IHFC, the rain is a benefit. People will come in and work this entire building instead of going back and forth outside in the rain.”

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