Show Review - March 2017

Fashion Foray: Area & Accent Rugs
By Wanda Jankowski

Rich colors permeate designs from pops of brilliants in abstracts to saturated tones in traditional motifs

Updated Tribal From the Vibrant Collection, style VIB02 Multi is hand-tufted with 100 percent wool in a loop pile. It marries shades of turquoise, sapphire, peridot and ruby, and traditional design with tribal influences. Nourison, 800-223-1110,
Bold Abstract The Mod Collection features rugs that combine a distressed vintage look with bold, vibrant color to emit a character that reads as contemporary and classic at the same time. The rugs are machine made in Turkey with 100 percent polypropylene. Dynamic Rugs, 888-356-6701,
Graphic Modern Known for its traditional-style rugs, Harounian Modern is a new division for the company specializing in the design, manufacturing, importing and distributing of contemporary and modern hand-knotted and hand-tufted wool and silk rugs made in India, Tibet and Nepal. Shown is Expressions 861. Ebisons Harounian Imports, 800-966-6666,
Multiple Fibers The Oxford Collection features hand-twisted yarn blended with multiple fiber colors to create an impression of luxurious texture and fashion appeal. Hand-tufted in India with wool and viscose, the pile rug model OX61 shown in twilight is available in sizes ranging from 3.5 by 5.5 feet up to 9.5 by 13 feet, as well as in rounds and runners. Jaunty, Co., Inc., 800-323-3342,
For Indoors & Outside Recife Gazebo Stripe rug, shown in champagne and blue, is made with 100 percent fiber-enhanced Courtron™Polypropylene in a structured, flatwoven construction. For use inside and outdoors, it is uv stabilized, and mold, mildew and water resistant. It is available in ten sizes, including rounds, squares and runners. Couristan, Inc., 800-223-6186,

Leading The Way
Robert W. Gibbons President Versailles Home Fashions Inc.

How did you get started in the home fashions field--was it choice or chance—and why have you stayed?

“As a young businessman, I began my home fashions career as a national buyer of drapery hardware, blinds, cushions, throws and custom draperies at Eaton’s—a former Canadian department store. When the opportunity arose to run a Canada-wide custom drapery business, I jumped at the chance. Within the year of this move, I had the prospect of buying the drapery hardware assets of a bankrupt distributor—this investment was 30 years ago and the foundation of my company, Versailles Home Fashions.

“Three decades later, I’ve stayed in the business due to the enjoyment that comes from ‘the thrill of the sale’ while weathering radically changing economic climates, including the transition to cyber retail and evolution of dot-com methodology. Much of the success of Versailles is due in part to the former partnership with Commonwealth Home Fashions and its president, Harvey Levenson.”

What is the greatest challenge facing the industry?

“In today’s harsh retail economy, I have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of major retail store doors; and a subsequent decrease in their floor space for window covering products. Furthermore, the never-ending reduction of independent retail outlets has been caused by crushing blows from retail giants.”

Colors Of The World The Bohemian Collection is machine made in Egypt with 100 percent polypropylene. The designs present a modern take on global and eclectic influences in a reimagined color palette. From graphic tile patterns and traditional folk motifs to large-scale Persian medallions, the saturated palette places warm tones of magenta, tangerine and citron alongside cool amethyst and light turquoise, all against earthy shades of charcoal and oyster. A textured yarn system adds dimension. Oriental Weavers USA, 800-832-8020,
Oriental Updated Made with 100 percent polypropylene, the Rescara Collection is a mix of elegant classic patterns primarily inspired by antique Oriental designs and redefined using a gray neutral palette blended with subtle blue accents. Carpet Art Deco, 866-321-3326,
Jute Meets Viscose Handmade in India, Gem Collection rugs are crafted with a blend of jute and viscose hand-loomed together in warm tones to create a soft texture and subtle multi-colored look. Dynamic Rugs, 888-356-6701,
Made In Nepal A new addition to the Nature Rocks Collection, Aberdeen Powder is designed by James Tufenkian and made with Tibetan wool and silk in Tufenkian Nepalese facilities. The soft dusty rose and earth-toned palette is inspired by the first buds of Spring. Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, 503-222-3428,
Artistic Blend The Whisper Collection is hand-tufted in China with a fine English wool blend in a .5-inch pile height. The pattern is designed with unique color combinations that create abstract art for the floor. Kas Rugs, Inc., 800-967-4254,
Three Debuting Collections Three made-in-U.S. collections debut during N.Y. market. The rustic- and vintage-look Heirloom Collection (shown) emulates the craftsmanship of hand-knotted rugs in which the cotton warp and weft become part of the visual. The use of cotton, rather than jute, gives the rug a flexible drape. The Persian knot construction is one-of-a-kind with an authentic look. This rustic style collection pairs Persian-inspired designs with palettes that include soft, cosmetics tones, global jewel tones and cool, urbane industrial hues. The Villa Collection of indoor/outdoor soft and durable rugs is made with low, cut-pile polyester in a wide range of designs and color combinations from coastal leaves to decorative tile motifs. The Tibetan Collection, inspired by the Himalayan region, echoes the beauty of a Nepalese-style, handcrafted wool rug, but via a large, synthetic wool-like yarn for durability and stain resistance. These designs are updated plays on Aztec patterns. Mohawk Home, 800-843-4473,
Diamond Delight Boho is a hand-woven wool and viscose rug that presents playful pastel shades. Multi-dimensional texture is provided by its raised weaving effect. Momeni, 800-536-6778,

Leading The Way
Barry Samberg President Famous Home

What is the greatest challenge facing the industry?

“Today's blueprint to build and run a successful business has drastically changed in a few years. The three-to-five year business plan has gone by the wayside and the six-to-twelve month plan is where it's at.
“Consumers’ purchasing trends have drastically shifted due to social media and online shopping, and analytics and bloggers rule our new world order. Today's forward-thinking companies and consumers move at lightning speeds and the industry will need to embrace these exciting new times.”

What has been the secret to your success and your company's survival?

“Describing personal success and our company's survival is a loaded question and multi-dimensional, but interesting to reflect on after 25 years in the home textiles industry. Hard work, vision, passion, developing a creative and positive work environment, finding opportunity and executing, surrounding myself with talented people that compensate for my weaknesses, and treating all my employees with respect and opportunity [all contribute to success].

“In addition, scaling up and down at the right time, and reinventing ourselves as the industry and consumers evolve to meet their new demands are critical. However, timing is also a key factor. There have been defining moments when we made the right decisions or luck was on our side that helped propel the business. Equally there were defining moments when difficult decisions were made to deal with mistakes or unexpected circumstances that were fortunately handled well and in a timely manner.

“Ultimately, we are in business for our customers and we never forget that commitment. Our survival depends on continuing to be on trend and creating beautiful and functional products for sale in their unique retail environments at price points that create exceptional value for consumers and sell through that generates strong returns. Our relationships have been and will continue to be built on consistent trustworthiness day-to-day. My team and I love the industry and consider ourselves very fortunate, and this translates into the passion and energy we bring to our business and our customers on a daily basis.”

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