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Oriental Weavers launches catalog, first social media contest

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 11.10.46 AMDalton—Oriental Weavers will release its 2015/2016 Rug Fashion Catalog during the High Point Market, being held April 18-23 in High Point, N.C. The catalog is the largest of its kind ever produced by the company, boasting nearly 600 pages of the most popular and stylish area rugs available today.

Oriental Weavers is also conducting its first social media contest during the market. Attendees are invited to drop by the Oriental Weavers showroom (IHFC G.276), select the area rug that they identify with most, snap a shot standing on the rug and post on Instagram with the hashtags #StandByStyle and #HPMKT. Participants must also follow @OrientalWeavers on Instagram to qualify. One participant will be selected at random to win an OW rug in the size of his or her choice as well as a Zappos gift certificate.

The company’s e-catalog can be found online at owrugs.com.

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Oriental Weavers makes significant capital investment in U.S. facilities

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 3.40.05 PMDalton—Oriental Weavers announced a significant capital investment made in its U.S. manufacturing and warehousing facilities. The expansion, which occurred in late 2014, allowed for a 12% capacity increase at the company’s Dalton manufacturing facility and was due largely to the recent high demand for domestically-made products.

The company first invested in a brand-new, high-speed loom to put the expansion wheels in motion. The new loom was the first five-meter loom to be installed in the U.S. and is the fastest and most technologically advanced loom of its kind. Thirty-five percent faster than the industry standard, the new loom gives Oriental Weavers the exclusive ability to more efficiently produce American-made area rugs by significantly increasing production, reducing waste and eliminating excessive inventory all while maintaining the existing level of required energy.

Additionally, due to the company’s organic growth and the increased capacities that the new high-speed loom yields, Oriental Weavers is expanding its distribution center, located in Dalton. The nearly 200,000-square-foot expansion will accommodate the added production and will provide new opportunities for skilled workers living in the Northwest Georgia area.

“U.S. manufacturing is extremely important to Oriental Weavers,” explains Jonathan Witt, senior vice president of Oriental Weavers. “Thirty to thirty-five percent of our current total rug production is made right here in the U.S., with aggressive plans to increase domestic production an additional 20- 25% in 2015. Our overall commitment to U.S. manufacturing and our recent capacity expansion provides jobs for Americans and helps the American economy. Additionally, the technological advances and efficiencies of the new loom speak for themselves. The economy will benefit, our customers will benefit—it’s a true win-win for everyone.”

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Oriental Weavers to exclusively introduce PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year 2015

COTY_press_2015Dalton—Pantone, the world’s authority on color, announced today that the much anticipated Color of the Year 2015 is none other than Marsala 18-1438. Pantone’s team of colorists describes the selected shade as sensual, appealing, compelling and cordial. Consumers everywhere will be in immediate search for fashion, beauty and home interior products containing the color and because of that, Oriental Weavers has made the job of area rug retailers a little easier.

Oriental Weavers, the world’s largest rug manufacturer, and PANTONE UNIVERSE entered into a successful partnership in 2013. Due to Oriental Weavers’ exclusive product development relationship with Pantone, the company has been working with the PANTONE Color of the Year 2015 months in advance of today’s public announcement in order to incorporate the sought-after color into the company’s new designs, launching at Atlanta and Las Vegas rug markets in January.

“We are extremely proud of our new PANTONE UNIVERSE rugs featuring Marsala 18-1438, the new PANTONE Color of the Year 2015,” said Jonathan Witt, senior vice-president of Oriental Weavers. “After seeing the countless media stories Pantone received on the Marsala announcement, consumers across the country will flock to buy items incorporating the new Color of the Year 2015. This tremendously benefits our retailers because only they will be able to say they have the official PANTONE UNIVERSE area rugs featuring the new ‘it’ color for the New Year. Make sure to come see us in Atlanta and Las Vegas to see the gorgeous, new PANTONE Color of the Year 2015 areas rugs in person!”

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Oriental Weavers to double showroom presence in High Point

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 10.35.53 AMDalton — Oriental Weavers announced it would open a new showroom and double the size of its High Point presence at the upcoming October market.

“Over the past two years, we have greatly expanded our product assortment in terms of price point, design direction and the hugely successful Pantone Universe and Tommy Bahama product collaborations. In fact, we have introduced more than 20 new collections in this year alone,” said Jonathan Witt, senior vice president of Oriental Weavers. “We pride ourselves on our commitment to respond to and consistently service our customers’ needs.”

The company chose to remain in the centrally located IHFC building but is moving to the larger and better positioned G-276 showroom on the second floor of the building’s Green wing, adjacent to the Design Center.

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Oriental Weavers releases rug fashion catalog

2014-15 OW Rug Fashion CatalogDalton — Oriental Weavers has released its 2014/2015 Rug Fashion Catalog. Boasting over 500 pages and featuring more than 1,300 of the most beautiful and current rugs available today, the Rug Fashion Catalog is the biggest and most comprehensive catalog the company has ever published. Focused exclusively on area rugs, Oriental Weavers offers retailers of every size the widest variety of design direction, qualities, price points and superior stocking services resulting in a first-rate customer experience.

The Rug Fashion Catalog showcases Oriental Weavers’ two new exclusive licensing partners: Pantone Universe and Tommy Bahama. Each brand hand-selected Oriental Weavers for partnerships because of OW’s stellar reputation for industry leading, fashion-forward rug design. The catalog also features home interior trends identified by Oriental Weavers’ rug design department. Those trends are communicated by blending area rugs designs, home interior fashion and runway fashion.

Also new for this year is the 2014/2015 Rug Fashion Catalog in a digital format. Customers can now access the catalog at www.owrugs.com and clicking on ‘e-catalog’. This allows customers 24/7 access to the trend information, best sellers and the complete array of designs, whenever the need may arise.

“We at Oriental Weavers are grateful to our valued retail partners for their continued support which allows us to do what we do best—design and manufacture the finest and the largest assortment of area rugs, both indoor and outdoor, available on the market today”, said Jonathan Witt, senior vice president of Oriental Weavers. “This very thorough and robust catalog reinforces our exclusive commitment to the area rug category, when many others are going down a road of fragmentation. We have an unparalleled passion for developing award-winning and best-selling area rugs and I think that is clearly communicated in our new 2014/2015 Rug Fashion Catalog.”

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Area rug market will fill expanded space, host new exhibitors

Dec. 9/16 2013; Volume 27/number 16

By Jenna Lippin

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 1.30.07 PMSeeking to maintain the momentum generated by the summer Atlanta International Area Rug Market in July, next month’s heavily trafficked winter event is expected to create even greater enthusiasm. “There is a lot of excitement around the winter market,” said Kevin Malkiewicz, vice president of leasing, AmericasMart Atlanta. “Exhibitors are expanding their spaces and improving their showrooms in preparation for the event.” Continue reading Area rug market will fill expanded space, host new exhibitors

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Oriental Weavers signs deal with Tommy Bahama

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 1.04.48 PMDalton—Tommy Bahama, the island-inspired lifestyle brand, has signed a new licensing agreement with Oriental Weavers to create multiple collections of indoor and outdoor area rugs. 
The new rug collections will debut Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 at the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. The agreement is effective immediately. Continue reading Oriental Weavers signs deal with Tommy Bahama

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Beyond Surfaces: New products for fall

September 2/9 2013; Volume 27/number 10

By Jenna Lippin

While a number of manufacturers traditionally launch their hottest offerings at Surfaces, some choose to release their latest and greatest throughout the year. And with the fall selling season upon us and pent-up demand on the part of consumers, several top players in the flooring world are rolling out new products in the coming months. Continue reading Beyond Surfaces: New products for fall

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Young appointed OW Hospitality's director of global sales

London — OW Hospitality today announced the appointment of Jonathan Young, formerly of Brintons Carpets as the “Director of Global Sales” for the company. Mr. Young will be tasked with leading the sales effort worldwide for OW Hospitality as they continue with their aggressive expansion plans in the hospitality carpet segment. Young’s experience in hospitality dates back 30+ years and he has worked in key positions for such successful companies as Milliken in both the USA and international markets, and most recently as CEO of Brintons US Axminster Inc. Young will be based in the company’s US office. Continue reading Young appointed OW Hospitality's director of global sales