Couristan Releases Trend Report Videos

Couristan now offers a series of videos that expand their 2018 trend report.  This report, the first of its kind for Couristan, identifies five key trends in the Home Furnishings Industry, and ultimately how these trends circle back to the vision the company has for their area rug division.  This report was developed by Couristan’s Creative Director, Marlys Giordano. Marlys was formerly the Senior Trend Specialists-Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands, Inc.  She has over 20-years of experience in the home décor and floor covering industries For links to the 4:29 Full Version of Couristan’s Trend Report Video as well as Individual clips for each of the five trends, visit the company’s website,...

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Couristan Releases Trend Report

Inspiration comes from every corner of the world, according to Marlys Giordano, Creative Director at Couristan, the leading importer and manufacturer of fine, quality area rugs and residential broadloom. For 2018, it’s all about incorporating color, global-inspired prints and recycled materials to provide a sense of well-traveled, trend-aligned design for the home. In the company’s first-ever Trend Report, Giordano identifies five key trends that have inspired many of Coursitan’s new area rug collections, introduced at AmericasMart in Atlanta in early January, and further showcased during the Las Vegas Market. Two area rugs inspired by these trends recently received Magnificent Carpet Awards for Best Design in the Hand Knotted/Flat Weave category (Karuna design from the newly introduced Om Collection), as well as the Outdoor category (Toluca in Iris from the Xanadu Collection). In addition, variations of these trends will be utilized across a newly developed offshoot – Couristan Rug Studio – set to launch later this year. “So much of what comes to life through design is reflective of what’s happening across the global community. Individually, the home tends to mirror our personal style, what inspires and shapes us,” noted Giordano. “During times of great uncertainty, people increasingly view their home as a sanctuary; a safe haven from the outside world. As a result, people are putting a lot more time, thought and effort into what goes into their homes – and how it makes them feel; this is what we have looked to infuse throughout our new collections.”   Shock Value This trend combines vibrant hues, utilized in unexpected applications, giving classic pieces an updated feel. The rugs that answer this trend blend bold motifs with of-the-moment color stories, resulting in classically-modern styles. Color Palette: Pink Peacock, Grenadine, Tile Blue, Greenery, Lemon Zest, Blue Wing Teal “Shocks of color can be incorporated in moderation or in abundance,” said Giordano. “The key take away is that these designs are meant to work within a home’s existing décor, adding color without overwhelming a room.”   Work Ethnic Tribal in feel, this trend draws its inspiration from patterns found in Africa, India, Vietnam and beyond. Utilizing a warm palette, the colors balance beautifully with the neutral foundations found throughout this trend. Color Palette: Jet Black, Turtle Dove, Ketchup, Dragonfly, Freesia, Redbud, Harvest Pumpkin, Dove “Work Ethnic delivers a modern edge when it’s blended with contemporary elements and metallic finishes,” said Giordano.   The Naturals Cultivated from organic elements and natural fibers, The Naturals trend is clean and light—visualize a sunlit living room in whitewashed detail. Color Palette: Tofu, Doeskin, Coral, Green Lily, Smoke Blue “Texture plays an integral role in this trend. We...

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Couristan Adds New Sales Execs

As it prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at SURFACES 2018, Couristan, the leading importer/manufacturer of fine, quality area rugs, residential broadloom and custom carpeting for the contract and hospitality industries, announced it has hired two of the nation’s leading residential floor coverings sales executives to service the Manhattan and Southern California markets. Troy Corey will ensure that dealers in New York City will have access to Couristan’s leading 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,” said Len Andolino executive vice president-Residential Division, Couristan. “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. “My decision to join Couristan is based primarily on the company’s reputation and commitment to quality, style and innovation in the residential sector,” said Corey. “I believe that the company is at an inflection point, and I look forward to being part of the team responsible for driving its continued growth.” 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. “Couristan and the Couri family have enjoyed a long and successful history in the floor covering sector,” said Maugeri. “I look forward to joining the team and leveraging my deep experience to continue to grow the Couristan brand on the West Coast.”...

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Couristan Names Andolino Exec VP-Residential Division

As part of Couristan’s strategic growth strategy to double its size over the next five years, management announced today the appointment of Len Andolino as executive vice president of its Residential Division, where he will spearhead the Company’s broadloom and area rug specialty business. Couristan is a leading importer/manufacturer of fine, quality area rugs, residential broadloom and custom carpeting for the contract and hospitality industries. Over the course of his 32 years in the industry, Andolino has worked for Couristan in capacities of increasing responsibility. From 2004 – 2007 and from 2013 – 2015, Andolino was vice president of its Residential Division. Prior to returning to Couristan, he owned and operated a successful international business consultancy. “In order to achieve our goal of doubling our volume over the next five years, Couristan is committed to growing and strengthening our executive team; adding seasoned professionals like Len Andolino will greatly enhance our efforts. Over his successful career, Len has consistently proven to be a tremendous asset to Couristan and we are thrilled that he has returned home,” said George Couri, chairman. Couri added, “We are equally committed to introducing new and innovative products, continuing to strengthen our sales and support teams, all in an effort to ensure that Couristan remains at the leading edge of innovation in the floor covering industry.” In his new role, Andolino will focus on the Company’s broadloom and area rug specialty business, driving sales and increasing its dealer footprint. He will also spearhead product design and innovation, working with Couristan’s many designers and product manufacturers from all around the world, to support all three broadloom brands – Premiere®, Creations™ and Purity ®. “The Couri family has built a multi-generational business grounded on the foundation of quality and innovation. As Couristan drives towards its 100th anniversary, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to and be a part of the team responsible for establishing a blueprint for the future. My confidence in Couristan’s future is so great that I decided to close my consulting business,” Andolino...

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High Point Showplace Adds New Exhibitors And Expanded Showrooms

Showplace, a key destination for many Top 100 retailers, designers and buyers, will feature several new tenants and expanded showrooms on the exhibitor roster for fall High Point Market, Oct. 14 – 18, 2017. According to International Market Center representatives, new exhibitors debuting in October include Brayden & Brooks, Couristan Inc., John Beard Collection and Wexel Art Displays. Expanded showrooms include Euro Style, Star International Furniture and Uwharrie Chair Company. New for fall 2017 Brayden & Brooks (SHOW 3446) is a family-run wholesale home decor company based in Magnolia, Texas. The line features one-of-a-kind canvas signs framed in a variety of repurposed vintage items including old windows and shutters from Holland. Couristan, Inc. (SHOW 2350) offers area rugs, residential carpeting and custom floor covering fashions. The company has been in business for more than 90-years. John Beard Collection (SHOW 3424) is bringing fine art, prints, photography, sculptures, organic wall hangings, area rugs, pillows and apparel to the High Point Market product mix. A lifestyle brand, John Beard Collection was founded and is curated by John and Molly Beard, veterans of market and the home furnishings industry. Wexel Art Displays (SHOW 2335) showcases art frames created with floating acrylic panels with pairs of magnets to hold art in place. The innovative design allows consumers to seamlessly change art displays in seconds. Showplace expansions Euro Style (SHOW 3200), Star International Furniture Inc. (SHOW 3148) and Uwharrie Chair Company (SHOW 2311) are debuting expanded showrooms at fall market. Eurø Style manufacturers and distributes RTA modern furniture and has factories in Italy and East Asia. Star International Furniture designs and imports fine contemporary bedroom, dining, occasional and office furniture for the residential and hospitality markets and has east and west coast distribution facilities. Uwharrie Chair’s unique outdoor furniture collections feature heavy, generously scaled products crafted from kiln-dried pressure treated southern yellow pine, an American renewable resource, or from Premium Uwharrie Polymer, which is manufactured from purified blends of post-consumer, pre consumer and/or virgin HDPE (high density polyethylene) base resins. In addition to the new and expanded showrooms, Showplace has five floors of permanent exhibitors and hundreds of product lines. Buyers can also enjoy complimentary refreshments at Showplace, sponsored by IMC-DesignOnHPMkt, including: Showplace Complimentary Buyer’s Breakfast Sat-Wed. 8:30-9:30am in the Showplace Atrium Sunset on 3 Sat.-Tues. 5:00-7:00pm, on the 3rd Floor Balcony, with complimentary beer, wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. For a complete listing of High Point Market exhibitors and showroom locations, visit: http://www.highpointmarket.org/ and click on “find exhibitors” in the drop-down menu. Fall High Point Market runs from Saturday, Oct. 14 – Wednesday, Oct. 18. Showroom hours are 8am-7pm Saturday-Tuesday; and 8am-5pm on...

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