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RUG INSIDER Appoints New Editor

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Michael Christie, newly appointed Editor of RUG INSIDER
shown reporting for the publication during Domotex 2017.

Peter Woodaman, Publisher of the twenty-one year old print magazine and online news source RUG INSIDER, is pleased to announce the appointment of the publication’s new Editor, Mr. Michael A.C. Christie. Widely known throughout the rug industry as ‘The Ruggist’, Christie has been an online contributor to RUG INSIDER for the past two years, and since the Spring 2017 print issue has worked discreetly behind the scenes learning the intricacies of print. The Fall 2017 Issue of RUG INSIDER—due out in advance of the season’s most important events, The Rug Show NYC and the fall High Point Market—will be Christie’s first in full capacity as Editor.

"Michael is an industry veteran with a passionate love of rugs and design," begins Peter Woodaman, Publisher of RUG INSIDER. "We’ve worked with Michael as an occasional contributor for the past two years and when the opportunity to hire him as Editor presented itself, I did not hesitate to offer the position. This appointment brings a fresh new perspective to our publication—both in print and online—as we embark on our own ‘coming of age’ remake."

Working in collaboration with the existing RUG INSIDER staff, Christie will oversee a major remake of the venerable publication. Featuring a beautiful updated layout and aesthetic, exciting new content tailored toward an expanded readership of buyers of all kinds, and a more comprehensive and integrated approach to social media and online distribution, the ‘new’ RUG INSIDER will also include an expanding roster of editorial contributors under Christie’s leadership.

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Loloi's Newest Campaign Promotes Javari Rug Collection

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Javari Berry Sunrise design

DALLAS, TX — For years, the neutral tones of blue, grey, and ivory have dominated in the rug industry. Loloi is looking to change that with its Javari Rug Collection, a product of ruthless editing with each design balancing up to 25 colors.

To promote Javari, Loloi launched a “Commit to Color” campaign on June 26, creating a microsite that will feature input from some of the biggest bloggers in home décor, encouraging customers to look past more traditional hues in favor of collections that truly make a statement.

“Since introducing Javari at the winter and spring markets, we have been thrilled with the response and enthusiasm the collection has received,” said Cyrus Loloi, Principal of Loloi. “Given the vibrancy and extensive, deep color palette of the collection, this is an opportunity to embrace color again in a big way.”

As part of the campaign, four major digital influencers were selected to partner with Loloi, and be a part of the “Commit to Color” movement. With an opportunity to live with a Javari design of their choosing, each influencer will showcase how they choose to style Javari, and what makes the collection truly unique for them.

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Atiyeh International Takes Solar Initiative

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Leslie Atiyeh featuring rugs from Atiyeh International’s Happy Camel Collection

NEWBURG, OR – Atiyeh International, Ltd. is taking its own corporate action for environmentally responsible sustainable energy by powering its operations with a ground-mounted solar array that offsets nearly 90 percent of the annual electrical needs of its warehouse and office.

Tom Atiyeh commented, “Our hand-spun vegetal dyed wool rugs are the epitome of sustainability so it is natural that we power our Oregon operations using photo-voltaic solar modules behind our warehouse. We not only provide enough electrical energy for Atiyeh International, the system also feeds excess power back into the grid of our local utility.”

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Nourison to Preview Hand Knotted Rugs, Linear Patterns and Bohemian-Inspired Home Accents for Summer Atlanta and Las Vegas Markets

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Nourison's Aldora Collection introduces two new designs,
including an oversized Damask design in Royal shown above

SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Don't miss Nourison's newest intros this summer at Atlanta and Las Vegas markets, including new hand knotted area rugs from Aldora and Ellora Collections. Nourison is expanding its selection of hand knotted area rugs to keep up with growing demand following its successful launch of two other hand knotted collections, Elan and Ocean, earlier this year.

The Aldora Collection introduces two new designs, an antique-inspired pattern in Opal and an oversized Damask design in Royal, both with fringe detailing. Ellora features soft washes of color in modern neutrals.

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Nourison Appoints Mark Labadie and Susan Cormier as Account Executives

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Nourison's new Account Executives, Mark Labadie (left) and Susan Cormier

SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Labadie and Susan Cormier as Account Executives. In his new role Labadie manages and develops business in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Texas, while Cormier’s territory extends from Sarasota through the panhandle including the gulf coast of AIabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Labadie reports to William Barlage, Midwest Regional Sales Manager, and Cormier reports to James McNally, Southeast Regional Sales Manager.

Labadie has a strong background in retail, merchandising, and management. He has worked as an Account Representative for Sherwin-Williams, servicing Home Depot in an eight state territory with 200 stores, and was also a 2015 Presidents Club Award Winner for sales and service. “I am looking forward to providing service and learning all that I can about the needs of my customers,” said Labadie.

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Kalaty Expands Collections for Summer Markets

At the 2017 summer markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas, Kalaty Rug Corporation will introduce four new high-end hand-knotted area rug collections as well as add new designs to existing collections. Kalaty will also launch a new collection of bespoke hand-knotted decorative pillows based on motifs from some of the company’s most popular high-end hand-knotted rugs. The new bespoke pillow collection is the second series of accent pillows the company has produced, the first being flatweave Soumak pillows first introduced in 2015. 

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VS-607 from Kalaty’s new Versa Collection

In recent years, not only has Kalaty adopted a more modern approach to product design but also the company has implemented a new corporate brand image evident in its newly remodeled website and in the clean graphics direction of its new 440-page comprehensive Kalaty catalog, which was mailed to dealers in the late winter 2017.

“The rise in demand at the high-end for fresh, more updated contemporary and transitional rug styles has helped drive our new brand image as well as the number of modern and transitional rugs we have introduced over the past couple of years,” says company spokesman Kamran Kalaty. “And, we don’t anticipate a slowing in that direction.”

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