JTN Rugs & Home and Amer Rugs to Join Forces

JTN Rugs and Home, one of the most exciting recent entrants in the field of carpets and home accessories, is pleased to announce it is joining forces with an established global leader in the same: Amer Rugs. JTN is the brainchild of its founder, the highly regarded Sanjay Purohit, who has worked with rug suppliers and manufacturers around the world for the past twenty-six years. Now he brings this expertise, renowned consultancy skills, wide-ranging experience, and proven performance to Amer as he joins the Board of the firm as Executive Director.

Mahesh Choudhary founder of Amer said: “Over the years we have built a solid foundation for Amer. As the company is now poised for the next level of growth, we are confident that with Sanjay [Purohit] on board we will achieve ever greater levels of success.”

Through his commitment and perseverance, Amer has emerged as a leader within the international rug industry. Since its start over three decades ago, Amer Rugs has become a truly global operation with its dedicated staff and team of thousands of weavers and designers working around the clock to ensure the order placed in North America is processed and fulfilled correctly in India before final delivery to the client. This is the commitment Amer makes to all of its clients: world-class quality and service.

Amer relocates headquarters, bullish on 2019

With steady sales growth in 2018 under its belt, Amer Rugs expects a strong 2019 and lays the foundation for continued gains with a new headquarters facility in Norcross, and plenty of product innovation.

The new headquarters features 43,300 square feet, which includes a new warehouse facility to accommodate the company’s expanding product assortment. In addition, Amer just announced an updated logo designed to represent the company’s new direction.

“”January 2019 is going to be much stronger for us for many reasons,” said Raj Choudhary, president. “We have refreshed our look, which is a reflection of our vibrant regeneration at Amer, and we have added new product lines to cater to all price-point categories from high-end knotted to machine-made products.” Choudhary pointed out that the company’s just-announced new logo mark is designed to reflect its updated spirit.

“We have observed a steady growth since last year [2017] and our sales have also increased in comparison,” he explained. The company’s hand-knot category remains its strongest revenue generator with best-sellers including the Majestic, Mystique and Zenith collections. “We have received excellent response to our hand-loom products like the Paradise and Heaven collections. And, in machine-made, the top selling lines were Hamilton and Venice.”

Following a positive High Point in October, Amer expects to end the fourth quarter ahead of the same period one year earlier. “We are expecting to end 2018 with a strong quarter,” Choudhary said. “This can be attributed in a huge part to our product diversity. We are able to offer a variety of products in terms of price point. Whether you are looking for low-price machine-made or high-priced unique hand-knotted rug, you come to Amer.”

Creative Matters takes Art Day workshops to Domotex

Creative Matters, a custom floor and wallcoverings source for designers and architects, will present its interactive Art Day workshops for rug design enthusiasts at Domotex in Hannover, Germany, January 11 – 14, 2019. The company also announced that its custom fair-trade rug for the refurbished mid-century modern lobby of Toronto boutique hotel, The Anndore House, is a finalist for a 2019 Carpet Design Award in the Best Interior category. The 100% wool hand-tufted lobby carpet was designed by Creative Matters’ Sandra Ciganic-McKinney for Studio Munge and crafted in Thailand. Winners in each of eight categories will be announced at The Carpet Design Awards ceremony on January 12, 2019 in Hall 9.

Creative Matters will collaborate with Cover magazine and Domotex to present its Art Day workshops, and will exhibit its latest contemporary, fair trade creations at booth B40 (Hall 9) throughout the exhibition. “The one-hour workshops are an opportunity for Domotex visitors to try their hand at a floor covering design and gain insight into the unique way we approach rug creation,” said Carol Sebert, president of Creative Matters. “Art Day is the time we take and method we use to generate fresh ideas. Our clients depend on us for inspiring creations, ready to customize to their requirements. These workshops have enabled us to build an extensive searchable archive of designs as well as to develop our own collections of hand-knotted rugs.” she said.

KAS Rugs pushes for record High Point Market

KAS, riding on year-end momentum, will be introducing 14 new collections and expanding multiple in-line collections to hit the ground running in 2019 at the High Point Market. The company is anticipating this market to be one of the best this year. “We’re escalating our assortment this season with more handwoven products to widen our product breadth extensively,” stated Marketing Associate, Brianne Coradini, “while staying focused on bringing unique and trendy machine-wovens to market.”

4 of the 14 new collections that KAS would like to focus on are: Morris, Perry, Portland and Provo.

Morris – A collection of 7 different handwoven jute and polyester printed chindis, the colors of these chindis are what make the rugs so unique and intriguing. Bohemian flair combined with a multi-textured feel of vintage prints add a rustic element and definite depth to your floors.

Perry – Perry presents textured geometric patterns with hi-lo effects and tassels, handwoven in India and available in 5 unique patterns. The colors are neutral enough to go with any décor and bold enough to make the room pop!

Portland – Machine woven rugs with a fringe create antique appeal out of polyester printed patterns! These rugs have a striking washed vintage traditional element to them. Available in 7 different patterns and all unique in color and design.

Expanding their Indoor-Outdoor footprint, KAS presents Provo…textured machine-woven rugs made of UV-treated polypropylene that are easy to care for year-round. Combining trendy pop colors and a thin, textured pile, these rugs are easy to decorate around making this a great collection for anyone with any type of lifestyle indoors or out.

Growing KAS’ Indoor-Outdoor assortment further, they continue to see success in the Libby Langdon Hamptons outdoor rugs by KAS. Introducing 6 new patterns this market, designed by Libby Langdon herself, these outdoor rugs are built to stand the test of time indoors or out. Hand-hooked of UV-treated polypropelene in a coastal color palette, these rugs are perfect for a relaxed outdoor setting or a refreshing indoors.

Rug Companies on the Move at Las Vegas Market

Several rug companies are represented in the nearly 90,000 square feet of new, expanding and relocating home décor showrooms confirmed for 2019 Las Vegas Winter Market, running January 27 – 31, 2019.

New to Las Vegas Market is FJ Kashanian, a designer and manufacturer of hand-knotted rugs, which will unveil a permanent showroom with about 1,000 square feet in building C, space C-392. In Building A, Dalyn Rug Company, a manufacturer of machine-crafted rugs is expanding to 7,085 square feet on A3. In Building B, Orian Rugs, a manufacturer of decorative area and scatter rugs, is relocating and expanding to 6,289 square feet on B3 (B-362), which will open under the new Palmetto Living brand. Read full story.

In Building C, Chandra, a provider of high-quality handmade rugs, is relocating from Building B to Building C, and expanding to 8,950 square feet in C-512; and MASTOUR Est. 1890, a producer of hand-woven carpets and rugs, is relocating and expanding to 1,256 square feet on C4 (C484).

In addition to permanent showrooms, the Market’s 50,000 square feet of temporary home décor exhibits will include an expanded showcase of custom furnishings and one-of-a-kind suppliers from Sunday to Wednesday of Market. In DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace, design-driven buyers can find more than 15,000 square feet of antiques, found objects and one-of-a-kind vintage home furnishings, with all items available for immediate delivery. New DISCOVERIES exhibitors featuring area rugs include Blue Ocean Traders and Boga Rugs.

Las Vegas Market is a one-stop shop for design-driven home décor buyers, with more than one million square feet of home décor resources in Buildings A, B, and C, along with temporary exhibitors in the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market.

Carpet Design Awards 2019 finalists announced

The finalists for the 14th Carpet Design Awards have been chosen, and will be on show at Domotex 2019, where winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Hall 9 on January 12. Organized by Cover and Hali magazines in partnership with Domotex, the awards celebrate creativity and craftsmanship, with a focus on original design. From hundreds of entries, three finalists are chosen in each of eight categories: Best Studio Artist Design, Best Modern Design Superior, Best Modern Design Deluxe, Best Transitional Design, Best Flatweave Design, Best Collection, Best Interior and Best Communication campaign.

The 2019 jury is led by Michael Mandapati, founder and president of Warp & Weft. Jury members include Milan-based artist and designer Nuala Goodman, Dutch designer Roos Soetekouw, London interiors blogger and designer Martyn White, and Stefan Amstad, who is responsible for purchasing carpets for furniture maker Möbel Pfister AG.

The shortlisted rugs will be on display in a dedicated showcase for the duration of the fair in Hall 9.

Domestic home textile segmentneed to prepare for additional capacity-make available machine woven carpet high quality and compitive price

Modern living is now the restless urge for the new standard platform to “instant gratification seekers” with constant desire to make the home furnishing according to individual lifestyle, interest and taste. With professional advice as well as online information available on architectural aspect and decorations, this calls for extended range of fabric qualities for home textiles. The home textiles basket today has to be full of high
performance fabrics and multiple utility products.

As the understanding of product attributes, the home textile furnishing widens to fulfill aspiration of users, it demands for performance oriented textiles in all the aspects.

Space designing and furnishing being the crucial parts, needs fabrics specialization and selection as the major step to provide paramount utility and interest.

One of the most important need in furnishing starts with curtains.

Curtains are important item of home textiles and are generally preferred with materials like jacquard, dobby woven fabric, printed fabrics, piece dyed fabric with structured or plain weave depending upon the correlation with interior of room.

Although, the traditional concept of single layer curtains is most widely used but the two layer curtain concept has also been introduced that needs one layer for the purpose of being 100% opaque so that there is no outside light and the second one solves the purpose of decoration and could be a lighter fabric as compared to the first layer.

The decorated fabrics for curtains can be printed on flatbed, rotary or digital prints. The common fabric weight for main curtain material lies in 150 – 200 grams.

Moving on to the living area the fabrics lay on the sofa are generally of the jacquard, piece dyed, velvet prints, flocked fabric, dobby design, chenille fabrics and leather at times.

The sofa is grouped with cushions, these are available in a variety of ranges like shapes such as square, rectangle, circular and sizes with wide variety of textured and decorated fabrics according to the use. Cushions were originally filled with cotton, feathers and fabric scrap but this has now been replaced to polyester hollow fiber .

Living area and bedrooms include area rugs for a lavish display and the snug and pleasant experience.

Carpet is a textile product consisting of two layers, upper layer call “pile” attached with pre woven lower layer. Carpet is generally made from wool, jute fiber or man made synthetic fiber. The carpet construction can be woven, tufted and bonded.

The construction can be hand woven on handloom, modern looms or tufted rugs and latest addition to these are the machine knotted rugs. The size for the area rugs varies widely and the most common face fibers are wool, nylon, polyester, polypropylene, cotton, viscous. The bulk of area rugs are constructed with cut piles and combination
of loop and cut.

The main factors affecting carpet durability are fiber weight, pile density and yarn stiches per inch.

The modern living has equally affected all parts of the household including kitchen. These now have kitchen towels normally done with flat woven textiles with basket weave, plain weave in yarn dyed jacquard design.

There are fabrics used for mopping and wiping too. Apron and oven mitts or com monly called oven gloves are one of the essentials nowadays.

As we move from living area to bedrooms the textile contribution recasts itself to comfortability as the major concern. The bed linen story has aspects like mattress, cover, bed sheet, bedspread, blanket, comforter,
pillow, pillow cover and cushions.

The bedroom also includes an area rug and some decorative runners for the furnishings. The production of these usually is hand knotted, tufted, woven or knitted with a wide variety of natural as well as artificial yarns.

The textile plays part in the bathrooms as well. These may include bathroom towel can be hand or bathing and bath mats. The most popular towel qualities are both sided loop formed with cotton yarn woven with the help of two sets of warp with bobby and jacquard shedding the decoration popular for towel is jacquard designs, fancy borders, printed towels on one side.

The towel range includes piece dyed, micro cotton towels, 2 ply combed yarn piled towels, yarn dyed jacquard and
piece dyed stripes.

Home Textiles hold excellent growth potential as urban living calls for high per capita requirement of home textiles basedon field survey of 100 apartments and their usage of textiles in home furnishing.

The table is the basic representation of the fabric consumption for furnishing in an upper middle class section of living. Concluding the significance of textiles, an average upper middle class living certainly acquires a considerate amount of textiles apart from apparels for the customization and furnishing variations. Fabrics and their variety not only provide a style statement but also improvised the basic standard for trend and forecast.

Asia’s leading trade event Acetech keeps growing

Acetech New Delhi at Pragati Maidan was apportunity to source from over 4285innovative products and technologies showcased by 2715+ exhibitors

Acetech is the largest annually held exhibition in India on architecture, construction, engineering, building
materials and allied sectors. The exhibition provides an authoritative representation of every sector in architecture and design and shows the latest innovations in the construction industry. Acetech is a perfect platform for designers, architects, developers, product manufacturers and service companies. The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium for new ideas and solutions for construction related issues.

The Acetech in New Delhi took place from Thursday, 14. December to Sunday, 17. December 2017. Focussed on the progressive architecture, construction and design industry, Economic Times Acetech deals across 22 product categories that cater to wide audience across various segments.

It may be mentioned that Acetech is a series of Asia’s largest architecture, building materials, design and decor exhibitions, recognised as India’s premier portfolio of events for bringing major international and domestic
players from the building and interiors industry. Originated in Mumbai in 2006, the show now also runs in Delhi, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The Acetech series of events annually attracts over 2,800 exhibitors (combined) and showcase the latest products, technologies and services available in the market.

Economic Times Acetech New Delhi is a leading trade event in Asia and the third of its kind in the world. Hosted over a span of 4 days at Pragati Maidan, this year’s show availed its participants and visitors an opportunity
to exhibit, exchange, invest and progress at a pace newly accomplished. Exhibitors from across the world were seen celebrating the chance to showcase their potential by providing detailed demonstrations of latest products and services, within industry segmented pavilions. The exhibition features the presence of a plethora of knowledgeable and influential stalwarts from the aforesaid sectors.

Top government authorities have graced the event over the years, right from Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development; Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping to name a few.

Unique HFTW plans bigger in 2018

The wait for the sole home textile and floor furnishing technology event, Home Fashion Technology Week (HFTW India), organised by Tech Communiqué Multi Media (TCMM), will take place in the summer of 2018. The 3rd edition of HFTW will take place in Delhi on 27, 28, 29 June, 2018 and on 1 July, 2018 at Karur. As expected, the niche event will witness handsome participation from the industry leadership.

Last year’s HFTW event saw the special focus on bed linen, towels and curtains and witnessed participation in large numbers at The Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai. With 12 fully packed booths, the industry veterans were very positive about the outcomes of the 2017 event, which generated $50-60 million (Rs 350 crore) worth of technology related inquiries. A large number of business deals also materialised.

The 2018 HFTW is expected to generate about USD 1 billion. Stakeholders and veterans can vouch that there is no other event of this nature and stature and in India.

TCMM provides a unique platform for machine manufacturers of the textile industry. Even the audience/participants visiting the event, estimated to be about 3000 in numbers for 2018, will receive an excellent platform and food for thought as far as ideas and understanding of textiles and their production is concerned. The exhibitors for this event will be companies from all over the globe which are manufacturing machines/ provide support to serve the Home textile and Rugs and Carpet industry. The companies were very positive on participation in this event where potential clients from all India were present and were also provided with a platform where they were able to inform the clients on how they can add value in any part of the value chain in Home textiles and Rugs & Carpets.

Team TCMM has been talking to previous years exhibitors and are quite hopeful to have them repeat their presence in the show. This will includethe names of the likes of Durst, Tuftco, Magetron, Espritech, Smart MRT, Sontech, Stentex, Sunwin, Staubli, SMS Gartex, Zund, The Ideasmith, SP Setia & Associates, Home Textile Views, Textech Communique and Floortech Communique.

Some of the prominent visitors included Welspun, Trident, SSM Mills, Indocount, Alok Industries, Rangoli Solapur, Deesan Group, GM fabrics, Li & Fung and GOTS, among others and will be invited again for this prestigious show.

DOMOTEX 2018: Array of new highlights, features

Starting in 2018, DOMOTEX is moving from its traditional Saturday-to-Tuesday format to a new Friday-to-Monday format. This means DOMOTEX 2018 will open on Friday 12 January and remain open until Monday 15 January. The
change comes in response to calls from many exhibitors to switch the official DOMOTEX opening day to Friday.

Industry watchers and organisers claim that although DOMOTEX 2018 doesn’t open for another three months, but it’s already becoming clear that the 30th edition of the world’s leading tradeshow for carpets and floor coverings will be a very strong and innovative affair, sporting an extensive lineup of new features.

For one thing, the show, to be held at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds, Messegelände 30521, Hannover, Germany,
has a new hall configuration and venue layout that will make it a lot easier for visitors to survey the market and connect with the exhibitors and trends that matter to them. The show will also have a strong overarching focus on the megatrend of product individualization, as reflected in the keynote theme of “UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE “. This theme will find concentrated expression in Hall 9, which will house an inspiring wonderland of creatively staged display zones by exhibitors, artists and budding young designers. “The upcoming show will immerse its visitors in a totally new and captivating world of trends, innovations and lifestyle,” commented Dr. Andreas Gruchow as the responsible Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe. “Exhibitors and visitors alike can look forward to a wealth of concrete ideas that will help them grow their business and keep up with the trends and innovations that are shaping the future of their industry,” he added.

The enhanced DOMOTEX format has been well received by the carpet and floor coverings industry – as can be seen from the high level of exhibitor registrations. “We are well up on the number of exhibitors confirmed at the same time in the build-up to DOMOTEX 2017. We’re also significantly above expectation on booked display space,”
Klaproth said. “This further underscores DOMOTEX’s importance as a global marketplace and setter of trends for the carpet and floor coverings industry. At this rate, we are on track for around 1,400 exhibitors from over 60 nations,” she added. Apart from Germany, the show’s biggest exhibiting nations in terms of display space are
Turkey, India, Belgium, China, the Netherlands, Iran, Italy, Egypt and the USA.

The revamped hall configuration physically clusters allied product groups, making it much easier for visitors from all professional backgrounds – whether wholesale or retail, architecture, interior design, the skilled trades, or furniture or furnishing retail – to find their way around and survey the market. Getting down to specifics, halls 2 to 4 now house the biggest offering of hand-made carpets and rugs seen anywhere in the world. Halls 5 through 7 are home to a unique selection of machine-woven carpets and rugs. Hall 8 is the gateway to the latest carpet creations from the world’s most innovative designers and labels. The displays of resilient floor coverings and luxury vinyl tiles are concentrated in halls 11 and 12. And halls 12 and 13 house the show’s displays of parquet, wood and laminate flooring. Hall 13 also houses displays of the latest flooring application and installation products and solutions. The convenience factor will be further enhanced by the venue’s excellent integration into the local public transport system and by the new MY DOMOTEX shuttle service, which will transport visitors and exhibitors quickly and directly to wherever they want to go on the exhibition grounds.

With its keynote theme of “ UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE”, DOMOTEX 2018 is focusing on the individualization megatrend and its effects on the flooring industry. In today’s globalized and digitized world, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to express their individuality. Consequently, the products and services they use to shape their lives – including their home lives – are becoming more and personalized and tailored to their needs and preferences. “DOMOTEX is picking up on this trend, because if other products can be tailored to lifestyle preferences, then the same should also be true of floor coverings,” explained Gruchow.

Hall 9 is the new jewel in the crown of DOMOTEX. It is the home of the “Framing Trends” display area, a richly diverse and immersive showcase in which established companies, industry newcomers and artists will engage with the keynote theme in an array of creatively staged displays. “Framing Trends” comprises four distinct zones,
where visitors will be able to experience and interact with all kinds of out-of-the-box ideas and designs. In the “Flooring Spaces” zone, companies from the floor coverings industry will stage extraordinary product showcases that play with and reflect on the individualization trend. Next-door, exhibitors will partner with interior designers to craft inspiring spaces and lifestyle realms in the “Living Spaces” zone. Then there’s the “NuThinkers” zone, where students and young designers will redefine interior design with a dazzling array of unconventional ideas and product prototypes. And finally, the “Art & Interaction” zone will present the keynote theme of “UNIQUE UNIVERSE” in a sensory feast of exhibits from the worlds of art and design, paired
with interactive multimedia displays. To ensure that “Framing Trends” delivers a consistently high-quality visitor experience, the organizers have appointed a panel of experts under the leadership of Peter Ippolito, of Büro Ippolito Fleitz Group (Stuttgart, Germany), who will determine which of the ideas and designs submitted are worthy of going on display.

As its name suggests, the “NuThinkers” zone is for alternative thinkers who can envisage a world beyond the main stream. The exciting new ideas on display there will include a new kind of floor heating system inspired by reptilian thermoregulation, a self-driving robotic painter that can create personalized floors, and a virtual reality software that uses body movement to create individualized spaces in real-time. When it comes to exploring the keynote theme, the sky is – literally – the limit in the “Art & Interaction” zone. “Meanwhile in the Universe”, for instance, is an installation in which visitors can open a window to catch their own little glimpse of infinity – in the form of a live feed of outer space from NASA.

The “Endless Uniqueness” installation offers a similarly interactive perspective on the keynote theme. For this, 50 creatives, including Germany’s ten best interior designers, were each asked build their own personal interpretation of the “UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE” keynote theme in the form of their favorite items and flooring staged inside an open mirror box. The boxes are arrayed opposite a giant mirror kaleidoscope that reflects the boxes and the visitors walking among them. As they walk through this mirror installation, visitors can change and rearrange the materials in the boxes, thereby creating their own unique design universe.

Captivating supporting program in Hall 9
To add to the inspiration on offer, the upcoming show will feature a captivating program of speaking events – the DOMOTEX Talks – inspired by the “UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE” keynote theme. Among those to speak are renowned architects such as Jürgen Mayer H. (J.MAYER.H und Partner, Architekten MbB, Berlin), Andreas Krawczyk (NKBAK,Frankfurt/Main), Chris Middleton(KINZO, Berlin), Werner Aisslinger (Studio Aisslinger, Berlin) and a number off ounders of amazing startups and trailblazing next-generation designers. Held on the“Framing Trends” stage in Hall 9, each day’s
Talks will comprise three speed presentations followed by a moderated discussion panel. The Talks will explore a range of highly topical and innovative projects and ideas from architecture and design. They will be grouped into three main theme areas: “Modular design: individual versus mass-produced?”, “New one-off originals: handmade versus digital?” and “Retail interactive: virtual versus real?” The Talks are aimed primarily at architects, interior and product designers, but are also of interest to forward-thinking exhibitors and visitors. There will also be daily Guided Tours of the show, led by big-name architects and designers. For visitors, the tours are a
great way to gain deeper insights into the keynote theme and the products on display and, of course, to make contact with key exhibitors. In the center of the “Framing Trends” area, visitors and exhibitors will find lounge-style meeting areas and a café – the ideal settings for relaxed, informal dialogue.

The Carpet Design Awards are another Hall 9 highlight. The internationally coveted award honors the world’s best new designer carpets in eight categories. The 24 carpets shortlisted for the award will be on display in Hall 9 for the duration of DOMOTEX. Hall 9 will also have a key focus on the exciting promise of virtual reality as an interior design tool.

Virtual reality is set to transform the way we shop for floor coverings and furnishings and how we connect with one another and perceive the world. On the subject of virtual reality, it is worth noting that DOMOTEX’s organizer, Deutsche Messe, has developed the “hackvention event series “ – a new international series of events in which, among much else, companies from the skilled trades, commerce and industry can use virtual and augmented reality to develop concepts and prototypes for individualized products.

The series runs in August and November 2017, and a number of DOMOTEX exhibitors are taking part. The fruits of their foray into VR and AR will be on show at DOMOTEX 2018.