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Mohawk Home partners with designer Bob Timberlake on new rug collection

Timberlake-Reflections-Collection_Dragon-Fly-Medallion_SandstoneSugar Valley, Ga. — Designer Bob Timberlake, who has a long and successful track record in the home furnishings industry, will bring his passion for rugs to a new partnership with Mohawk Home, the company announced.

Timberlake’s previous licensing agreement was with Shaw Living. However, when Shaw exited the rug category earlier this year, Mohawk stepped in to bring Timberlake’s designs to the 2014 markets. This year Mohawk will be introducing five collections under the Bob Timberlake name. In July, buyers will see several new pieces from the collections at Karastan’s showrooms at the Atlanta Rug Market and the Las Vegas Market.

“We saw a great opportunity to work with Bob, and he saw an opportunity to work with us,” said Brandon Culpepper, vice president of specialty sales for Mohawk Home. “Bob Timberlake is an exceptional designer. We are excited to execute his color and design ideas for the rug market with our advanced fiber technology. Together, we can offer amazingly beautiful rugs made of a variety of high-performance fibers.

“We don’t often forge these types of collaborations, but this one seems a perfect fit: a well-known American designer with a company that values made in the U.S.A. products. With Bob Timberlake, we feel a real synergy and an opportunity to do some truly creative things.”

The Bob Timberlake Collections will be its own brand and will feature several styles including contemporary, traditional, transitional and lodge. Timberlake rugs will range from woven rugs made of soft, renewably resourced SmartStrand and rugs crafted of Permastrand to printed nylon rugs and even braided rugs.

“Braided rugs are new for us,” Culpepper said. “This will be the first time ever we have offered this quintessential American style.”

To launch this new partnership, Bob Timberlake will be at the Atlanta Rug Market in the Karastan Rugs showroom, AmericasMart 3-A-1, on Wednesday, July 9. He will be signing art and interacting with customers during the day in the showroom and at a wine-and-cheese event on Wednesday night.

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Wools of New Zealand popular at upcoming markets

Marietta, Ga. — Seventeen Wools of New Zealand brand partners will be celebrating the beauty, softness and durability of New Zealand wool in the Wools of New Zealand pavilion at the 2013 Surfaces event, Jan. 29 to31, in Las Vegas. On a 19,000-square-foot oasis of green carpet, the group will fill the convention floor with eco-fabulous fashions and diverse designs. Continue reading Wools of New Zealand popular at upcoming markets

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June 2012: Shaw receives second straight Best Overall Award of Excellence title

Volume 26/Number 16; Dec. 17/24, 2012

The 16th Award of Excellence competition proved to be a sweet one for Shaw Industries as it was voted the industry’s Best Overall Manufacturer for the second year in a row, and fourth time in the award’s history.

The company’s environmental initiatives continue to be noticed by the industry as it once again received the Award of Excellence for Environmental Leadership, an honor it has won since it was first awarded in 2010. Shaw Living, the mill’s rug division, was voted as the industry’s Best Rug Manufacturer. Continue reading June 2012: Shaw receives second straight Best Overall Award of Excellence title

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Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Event to feature new layout, latest innovations

By Jenna Lippin 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

The winter session of the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which will be held Jan. 10 to 13, has the industry excited about new displays, hot products and educational seminars.

The biggest change attendees will witness is the incorporation of rugs with other home furnishings. The winter market will address “the changing needs of customers with a massive rebranding of Floor 4 in Building 1 to showcase the integration of area rugs and home furnishings and home accents,” according to AtlantasMart spokesperson Lisa Bokovoy. Continue reading Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Event to feature new layout, latest innovations

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Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Sluggish economy takes toll, but those who came spent

ATLANTA—Those working to lure buyers into their showrooms during the summer edition of the Atlanta International Area Rug Market all agreed the lingering sluggishness of the economy is affecting their bottom line. There is, however, no general consensus on just what they can do about it.

Steve Roan, vice president of Karastan Rugs, expressed anger toward the federal government for not showing more leadership during tough times. While Roan was excited about Karastan’s products, he was less excited about the U.S. government’s handling of the economy, which he said has played a role in creating consumer uncertainty. Continue reading Atlanta International Area Rug Market: Sluggish economy takes toll, but those who came spent

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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

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Spring introductions: New products, innovations blossoming

Much of the U.S. may still be struggling to escape winter temperatures but the calendar says it’s officially spring. A time of rebirth and hope, not just in nature, spring is when consumers air out their homes and take a look at how to get the glum out of the house. One historical way has been to redecorate, with new floors and furniture and a fresh coat of paint. Spring traditionally marks one of the industry’s busiest selling times. Continue reading Spring introductions: New products, innovations blossoming

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Atlanta ice no match for eager rug buyers

ATLANTA—Neither snow nor ice could keep optimistic patrons from the Atlanta International Area Rug Market held at AmericasMart from Jan. 13 to 16. Despite a deep freeze in the Deep South, droves of buyers bustled into the market with an air of anticipation for a bright 2011. Continue reading Atlanta ice no match for eager rug buyers