Dalton, Ga.—Karastan’s artistic Torrent Desert from the Enigma collection took home the 2018 America’s Magnificent Carpets Award for a machine-made rug at the Atlanta Rug Market. Karastan also received Best in Show for Outstanding Visual Display for its Atlanta Market showroom. The awards, sponsored by the Oriental Rug Importers Association, were presented on Jan. 11 at AmericasMart in Atlanta.
“The Torrent Desert design is Karastan at its most creative,” said Brandon Culpepper, vice president of specialty sales. “This design is part of our Enigma collection, which is a group of modern looks that feature the SmartStrand Silk yarn with viscose accents. The contrast between bright and dull yarns and the harmony of the colors create a wonderful contemporary design that is a proven bestseller.”
Karastan’s Enigma collection pushes the contemporary design envelope, showcasing a carefully curated collection of abstract, texturally driven designs. Though avant-garde in every aspect, these painterly styles have an effortless harmony with other décor elements. Enigma rugs feature mineral tones with indigo, aqua, gold, purple, cream, gray and bronze.
Culpepper attributed the award for Best in Show for Outstanding Visual Display to the Karastan team’s ability to connect the character of its rugs with the fashion aspirations of its customers. “Our creative services group always raises the bar from one market to the next. Jeff Seagle and his team did a wonderful job in Atlanta this year. This is where art meets business, and this team does it as well as anyone.”
Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives to service the Manhattan and Southern California markets.
Troy Corey will ensure dealers in New York City will have access to Couristan’s residential broadloom and area rug collections, while Nick Maugeri will be responsible for the Southern California region. Both executives bring more than 30 years of experience forging relationships with specialty and high-end retailers and will report to Len Andolino, executive vice president of Couristan’s residential division.
“We are committed to developing the strongest salesforce to bring our collections to market,” Andolino said. “Both Troy and Nick have unbelievable track records in the high-end floor covering sector, and we look forward having them leverage their experience and deep relationships to expand Couristan’s reach within these two incredibly important markets.”
Prior to joining Couristan, Corey spearheaded sales at GCC International. His expertise spans on product development and manufacturing, and includes strong sales connections all over the United States. Prior to this, he served as national sales manager and buyer for his family business, Rosecore.
For nearly 20 of Maugeri’s 35-year career, he worked for his family business, Wool Merchants, which manufactured, imported and distributed high-end wool carpeting. During this time, Maugeri developed relationships with Southern California’s most prestigious retailers and distributors. In 2001, he left the family business to pursue a career as an independent agent of broadloom and area rugs.
Calhoun, Ga.—Mohawk Industries, an official supplier of the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, will be supporting some of the world’s most elite athletes as they gather Sept. 9–10 in Chattanooga, Tenn., for the competition of their lives. More than 4,500 athletes representing more than 90 countries, regions and territories and ranging in age groups spanning 18 to 89 will participate in the world-famous long-distance triathlon.
Mohawk Group’s Spectrum V30 commercial broadloom carpeting in Blaze Red will greet participants at all transition areas. Competitors completing their race will stride across a finish line covered in Durkan Synthesis Ripple PDI carpeting featuring Ironman 70.3 and Mohawk Industries logos.
“Competing in an Ironman 70.3 is a true challenge for athletes seeking to push their limits,” said Michel Vermette, president of Mohawk Group, the commercial division of Mohawk Industries. “We at Mohawk believe in better and understand that commitment to excellence. Our flooring products stand for the relentless pursuit of durability and outstanding performance. As the leading global flooring manufacturer, Mohawk is honored to support these amazing athletes and to partner with a world-class name in sports, health and fitness.”
Mohawk will not just be providing the carpet. Employees have volunteered to spend a portion of their weekend to staff one of the aid stations along the racecourse. There they will distribute water and nutrition while cheering on athletes as they take on a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.
New York—Stepevi will celebrate the beginning of summer with the launch of its new collection Sparkle. Inspired by the metallic quality of fine lurex fibers, Sparkle lends a tasteful touch of opulence to any space and can be customized to any size and/or shape.
Produced using a new tufting technique, the handcrafted rugs feature superior silk, wool, viscose and metallic lurex materials that, when combined, give the collection its appearance and namesake. The result of this intricate process is a chic rug with glistening features that is an asset to any room. The collection is available in seven designs: Bellevue, Chess, Floral Cream, Floral Multi Color, Lago, Piano and Sketch. The shimmer of the lurex adds a layer of dimension to each of the different styles, which range from geometric to floral designs.
With a wealth of experience, Stepevi melds history, style and innovative uses of textures in its new collection, which will be on view at the brand’s NYC showroom (147 Wooster Street, SoHo).
Calhoun, Ga.—a recently announced an extensive schedule of retail and designer geared events for the upcoming Atlanta and Las Vegas Summer Markets. “We look forward to our schedule of exciting events during the upcoming Atlanta and Las Vegas Summer Markets. Keeping the needs of our customers in mind, Surya is continuing a focus on both informative and creatively inspiring events that bring retailers and designers together to learn more about the various accessory categories, trends and tools to make selling easier and more intuitive for their customers,” said Surya President, Satya Tiwari.
He also added, “We have a line-up of highly focused events this season – including Trend Watch, Design Talk with popular designer Jill Rosenwald, another edition of our popular “rugs 101” series and the return of our popular Summer Market party, celebrating the best of the season with music and cocktails. We invite everyone visiting market to stop for our events or simply to explore the latest trends and new product introductions.” Continue reading Surya announces summer market events schedule
Dalton—It is regarded as one of the East Coast’s most prestigious show home experiences. Presented by Traditional Home magazine, the Hampton Designer Showhouse is achieving a new level of luxury this year due to Karastan’s leading role. The premier luxury floor covering brand is featured throughout the 8,800 square foot Showhouse, which is nestled in one of Southampton’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Showcasing the talents of more than 30 A-list designers, many turned to Karastan for their complete floor covering needs. Continue reading Karastan featured in Hampton Designer Showhouse
Carlestadt, N.J.— Momeni has bolstered its Momeni Concepts custom program with the appointment of Douglas Tashjian as custom program director, a newly created position. This comes as the company expands this program, which will be shown next month at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market. Continue reading Momeni hires Tashjian, expands custom program
From March Madness and the Grapefruit League to spring sales and rebates, many phrases and terms make their way into the conversation this time of year. Numerous flooring companies gear up for the season by running special springtime promotions, an annual rite of the season. Here are just a few specials being offered. Continue reading Suppliers set to jumpstart sales via spring promos
New York—When Stephen “Dusty” Roberts and Barry O’Connell get together, talk invariably turns to rugs. So it was inevitable that Roberts, a rug care industry personal coach, and O’Connell, a world-renowned Oriental rug expert, would draw upon their mutual passion and expertise to create the Great NYC RugLover Tour—and, following the tour, to pass on the insight they gained leading a group of rug enthusiasts through some of the city’s collections of antique, high-end rugs. Continue reading Great NYC RugLover Tour shows buyers how to avoid getting ripped off
Edison, N.J. — Wesley Mancini, in partnership with Due Process Stable Trading Company, officially unveiled a selection of their new rug design offerings to members of the home furnishings industry at the bi-annual International Textile Market Association Showtime Market in High Point, N.C. on Tuesday, December 6. Continue reading Mancini, Due Process announce collaborated collection