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Smith named director of brand development for Karastan Rugs, American Rug Craftsmen

Sally Smith

Sugar Valley, Ga.—As director of brand development, Sally Smith will be taking Karastan Rugs and American Rug Craftsmen brands in new directions.

“My goal is to get consumers excited about our products, especially with the new energy we have in Karastan Rugs and American Rug Craftsmen brands,” Smith said. “You will see in the coming months great designs, trendy colors and collections that communicate to our loyal customer base while also reaching out to a new buyer as well. We have a strong story to tell—being a manufacturer with brands firmly planted in the USA—and I am eager to tell it.” Continue reading Smith named director of brand development for Karastan Rugs, American Rug Craftsmen

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State of the area rug industry: Price increases threaten to quash any rally

How have suppliers and retailers assessed the 2011 area rug market, specifically the mindset of the consumer? In a word, fragile.

“Has there been improvement in the last six months? Yes, slightly,” said Sam Presnell, owner and proprietor of award-winning retailer The Rug Gallery in Cincinnati. “I wouldn’t get overly optimistic though. It doesn’t take too much for consumers to hold back on a purchase, like negative economic news or a declining stock market.” Continue reading State of the area rug industry: Price increases threaten to quash any rally