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Nourison Follows Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Greenery Trends

Nourison Barclay Butera Moss

Nourison's Barclay Butera Maze (MAZ01 Moss), is a reversible, two-tone geometric pattern

SADDLE BROOK, NJ — Leading floor covering and home accents manufacturer Nourison presents area rugs and Mina Victory pillows that are right on trend with Pantone Color of the Year 2017, Greenery.

Nourison area rugs that fit into the refreshing and revitalizing Greenery theme: Barclay Butera Maze (MAZ01 Moss), a reversible, two-tone geometric pattern; Timeless (TML10 Seaglass), which takes its inspiration from a 17th century “Dragon Carpet” from the Islamic empire; and Zen (ZEN01 Wasabi), a luxuriously soft, plush shag. The new Mina Victory Home Accents Royal Palm Collection pillows feature lush greens patterns and tropical foliage and pineapples.

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Karastan's Kismet Collection Taps the Performance Qualities of both Wool and Smartstrand Silk

Karastan Kismet Collection Oracle Seaglass

Karastan combines soft New Zealand wool and durable SmartStrand Silk
to create Kismet Collection’s 
Oracle Seaglass, a stunning design of allure and fashion.

DALTON, GA — The Kismet Collection by Karastan brings together in one beautiful construction Karastan’s historical love of producing quality wool rugs with one of the most innovative fibers to come along in decades: SmartStrand Silk.

“Kismet is defined as something significant happening that comes about by fate,” said Tracy Pruitt, vice president of design, Karastan. “So perhaps it is fate, or kismet, that Karastan, which has been revolutionizing the rug and carpet industry since the 1920s, would think to combine wool and SmartStrand Silk in one incredible collection. Together they achieve a remarkable product that optimizes the quality of each: the sophisticated matte finish of New Zealand wool is contrasted with the silky sheen of SmartStrand creating a riot of textures, hand-feel and surface variation.”

Patterns in the Kismet Collection are also based on the old and the new. Archival patterns, reinvented in new and colorful ways, share the stage with styles that are completely abstract and textural. All of the rugs are realized in a range of neutrals, grays and cream with accents of steel blue, pale wheat and aqua.

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Nepali Carpet Weaving as Sustainable Alternative to Migrant Labor

At a press conference held on June 1, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal, fair trade organization Label STEP and Jan Kath, renowned designer of hand-knotted carpets, launched a campaign to promote the benefits of carpet production as a key industry in Nepal and a critically important employer for the developing country’s people. The campaign centers on an eye-opening yet inspiring music video entitled “Nine Million Stars” – the number of stars in the sky according to Nepali folklore.

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The film crew of ‘Nine Million Stars’ prepares for shooting in
Kathmandu, Nepal. Image courtesy of Jan Kath.

“Label STEP and Jan Kath call on Nepal’s industries and government to increase their efforts to present a more sustainable future for the country’s economy and more attractive prospects for Nepal’s workers,” said Reto Aschwanden, Managing Director of Label STEP, an NGO that has been working to ensure fair trade practices in the carpet industry since 1995. “We hope that our campaign will also encourage Nepali workers to build their careers and their lives at home rather than choosing to work at often dangerous and disruptive jobs abroad.”

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KAS Rugs set to Partner and Launch the Libby Langdon Rug Collection

Libby LangdonNEW YORK, NY – KAS is excited to announce interior designer, author and television personality, Libby Langdon, is designing a new assortment of rugs and pillows for them in her latest licensed partnership. KAS, a leading manufacturer of handmade and machine-made rugs, pillows and poufs and Langdon, known for her “easy, elegant, everyday style”, are focused on offering stylish rugs with exceptional quality and value.

Langdon shares, “It’s exciting to partner with a company that’s not currently selling the design direction I’m bringing, what makes it valuable is when you introduce new looks that open sales to a new audience and give their existing buyers another style to choose from!” Her KAS assortment of rugs will feature indoor and outdoor collections with multiple patterns and colorways and a collection of artisan throw pillows.

KAS will be offering their dealers the Libby Langdon Rug Collection for distribution across the U.S., Canada and beyond. The new Libby Collections are slated to launch at High Point Market in October 2017.

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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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