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Wools of New Zealand creates dealer advisory board

MARIETTA, GA.—To help ensure it is giving its Premier Partner dealers what they need to be successful, Wools of New Zealand has recruited seven of the industry’s leading upscale retailers to form its Premier Partner Advisory Council.

“By uniting this exceptional group of retailers, we are able to redefine the wool industry and create new ways of doing business that are built on a strong foundation of partnership,” said Elise Demboski, Wools’ executive director of North America. Continue reading Wools of New Zealand creates dealer advisory board

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10 tips that ensure successful installations

If an improper installation results in an unhappy customer, a callback for the retailer and a black eye for the industry, then it only stands to reason that all involved do whatever they can to get the job done right the first time. And any professional installer will attest that part of the equation involves the adhesive used.

When it comes to adhesives, three key issues must be considered: Is it the right glue for the job? How much glue should be applied for the given appliction? and Which conditions are most beneficial for success?

These questions must be answered to ensure a successful installation. With that said, industry experts weighed in with some tips that contribute to a hassle-free job. Continue reading 10 tips that ensure successful installations

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Insulation technology enhances category

Advances in acoustic technology and processes are transforming the underlayment category with MP Global Products and Healthier Choice among the companies at the forefront in developing the latest and greatest sound-deadening products.

MP Global has one of the leading new acoustic products, marketed under its UltraLayer Peel & Stick label. UltraLayer Peel & Stick, made from 100% recycled content, is an underlayment that insulates, deadens sound and suppresses lateral cracks. Jack Boesch, director of marketing, said specifiers are using the UltraLayer products for condominiums and apartments because of its excellent sound-deadening qualities. Continue reading Insulation technology enhances category

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Mohawk introduces bamboo collections

Dalton—Mohawk has introduced two bamboo, strand-woven styles in its hard surface collection. The mill’s bamboo features hardness at twice the strength of domestic oak and utilizes the entire stalk of the grass.

“Bamboo regenerates naturally, and can be harvested every five to seven years,” said Roger Farabee, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Mohawk.  “That makes it a LEED recognized rapidly renewable resource.  But the softness of traditional bamboo has been a limitation.  Mohawk’s new strand woven bamboo is sturdy enough to allow the species to be used in both residential and commercial applications.” Continue reading Mohawk introduces bamboo collections

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Domestic exotics deliver visuals, performance, peace of mind

Today’s hardwood product mix offers greater options for buyers beyond traditional oak strip and foreign exotics. With technological advances and a growing concern for the planet’s ecological balance, consumers can find floors that are locally produced and environmentally responsible via domestic exotics.

Though the term sounds like an oxymoron, domestic exotics are generally considered to be any species of wood harvested in North America that is not oak. Traditionally a favorite among consumers, today’s discerning buyer has greater options for her flooring, whether her needs are visual, performance or green driven. Species indigenous to our continent like ash, walnut, cherry, maple, hickory/pecan and birch can meet those needs. Continue reading Domestic exotics deliver visuals, performance, peace of mind

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Perceived value, soft fibers drive category

Consumers these days are opting for the comfort, warmth and perceived value of carpet over hard surfaces for their homes. So said some of the industry’s major suppliers.

Emily Morrow of Shaw Industries certainly thinks so. Morrow, the director of color, style and design for residential broadloom and hard surface, said consumers sense they are getting more bang for their buck with carpet. She has seen enough examples in 2010 to suggest this is more than just happenstance. “The pendulum is shifting back to carpet because of its value and comfort and the aesthetics. It’s more affordable. There’s a wonderful feeling you get with carpet that you don’t get with anything else.” Continue reading Perceived value, soft fibers drive category

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Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Dog days of summer livened up with host of new products

ATLANTA—Comedian Woody Allen is credited with the line “80% of success is showing up.” That summed up the mood of the Atlanta International Rug Market last month, held during what even Southerners consider a scorching summer.

Chas Sydney, senior vice president of business development at AmericasMart, owner of the show, said traffic appeared to depend on price. “Many of the [companies specializing in] machine-made offerings had good traffic.” That is likely due to the continued squeeze on the economy. Continue reading Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Dog days of summer livened up with host of new products

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Surfaces 2011 general session speaker named

DALLAS—Though the economy seems to be gaining momentum, it is still quite unpredictable, causing industry professionals to reassess how they will meet goals and over- come obstacles. With this in mind, Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2011, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from Tuesday to Thursday, Jan. 25 to 27, in Las Vegas, has named mountain climber and author Aron Ralston as its opening speaker at the show’s general session. Continue reading Surfaces 2011 general session speaker named

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Obituary: Mark Helman, Carpet Fair retail chain founder

PIKESVILLE, MD.—As a child, Mark Helman knew he had to escape the clutches of poverty and make a better life for himself. His father was a butcher during the Great Depression and Helman was determined to control his destiny by being in his own business. His entrepreneurial skills were instinctive and he used them to become one of the most successful flooring retailers on the Eastern Seaboard. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia in May but continued to be active in business until he succumbed to the disease July 12. He was 80. Continue reading Obituary: Mark Helman, Carpet Fair retail chain founder

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Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever

Cork, the ultimate alternative flooring, has come a long way in the last few years. With new developments in the manufacture and production of this niche offering, cork has increasingly become an option for designers, architects and specifiers who are seeking something different, fresh and environmentally friendly.

New colors, shades and textures have expanded the applications for cork, allowing it to be used in almost every room of the house as well as various commercial settings, where it has found favor for decades.

The following is a look at just some of the latest looks and hottest sellers. Continue reading Cork’s latest looks more ‘dramatic’ than ever