NYICS To Partner With HFN

Mirroring the changes happening within the handwoven carpet industry, the New York International Carpet Show announced today its partnership with Home Furnishings News (HFN). “HFN is excited about partnering with NYICS, especially as the show continues to evolve,” stated Andrea Lillo, Fashion Editor at HFN. “With the growth of the handmade, artisanal movement, handcrafted rugs are in a unique position to resonate with today’s consumer — a consumer HFN knows well, having covered the home industry for nearly 90 years.” Now in its 12th year, NYICS traditionally attracts buyers from carpet retail stores. While the tradeshow continues to outreach to rug dealers, NYICS has expanded its marketing to engage home furnishing stores which are increasingly merchandising handknotted carpets to provide customers with a one-stop shopping solution. “Time is our most precious resource,” stated Murtaza Ahmadi, NYICS President. “Consumers will reward retailers with their shopping dollars who make it easier for them to create their living environments. As customers feel more comfortable buying online, retailers will be challenged to give a reason for them to come into the store. Product selection will be a big part of driving that store traffic – being able to touch and feel products holds value that e-commerce just can’t match.” New York International Carpet Show will take place Sunday, September 11th through Tuesday, September 13th at the historic Terminal Warehouse (also known as the Waterfront or the Tunnel) located at 271 11th Avenue in Chelsea. To register to attend NYICS, visit http://bit.ly/NYICS2016Register. To learn more about exhibiting at or sponsoring the NYICS 2016 Antique Pavilion, please call Murtaza Ahmadi at...

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NYICS Finds New Home

Staying true to its boutique positioning, the NYICS tradeshow announces its move to a venue that can accommodate the growing show while still providing an environment rich in charming character and history. The Tunnel NY, located at 224 12th Avenue in the West Chelsea Historic District of Manhattan, will host NYICS this year from September 11-13. “There’s an undeniable warmth,” stated Murtaza Ahmadi, NYICS executive producer. “You can feel the history as you walk through this enchanting space of exposed bricks and larger than life columns. It’s a place that honors workmanship and storytelling, making it a perfect home for NYICS.” Conveniently located near hotels, restaurants and galleries, the Tunnel NY is just a ½ mile from the Javitz Center. The High Line, an out-of-use railroad trestle turned public greenspace attracting five million people a year, is only a block away. The Tunnel NY, also known as Terminal Warehouse, was originally home to twin rail lines that ran through the space. The NYICS event space resides in the center of the 1.2 million-square-foot brick Waterfront NY building which spans a full city block. With sections dating back to 1891, the building received major upgrades last year after undergoing a $50 million renovation installing fiber optic cables, a new heating and cooling system, and new elevators. Historic details have been preserved such as original rough-hewed beams, original pine floors and cast-iron columns. Opportunities for exhibiting and sponsorship are available now. To learn more, companies may contact the executive producer Murtaza Ahmadi by emailing murtaza@nyics.com or calling...

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NYICS To Target Designer Market

Reaching one interior designer means reaching many potential customers. That’s why the New York International Carpet Show, September 19-2, is teaming up with Elle Decor, Luxe Magazine, and Houzz.com— three high-profile media partners, each with a following of top interior design firms in the New York Metro area and beyond. They’ll be sponsoring NYICS activities and inviting an extensive designer base. This year’s Luxe Sponsored Preview Cocktail Party and Elle Decor Moderated Panel Discussion will bring in an audience of key business contacts and keen buyers. Professional interior designers are key to consumer investment in high-end rugs. It’s often up to those interior designers to convince the consumer, their client, of the value of the product. By turning marketing efforts to the designers, and educate them about the impact of a quality rug and the complicated process of producing one, they will, in turn, educate their client and ultimately bring the product into the client’s home. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to expose your brand to the top design firms in the country at the New Your International Carpet Show, September 19-21 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., NYC. For more, visit...

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New Ownership Announced At NYICS

Celebrating a milestone 10-year anniversary in September 2014, the annual Fall trade fair New York International Rug Show has maintained its reputation as a go-to event for rug industry buyers and sellers. News about the 2015 show is already emerging, with the founder, owner and well-respected rug aficionado Dennis Dodds, retiring and handing ownership of the NYICS brand to Murtaza Ahmadi. As a member of the Ahmadi family who run the California-based rug firm Amadi Carpets, Murtaza is a well-known face within the rug market, with 15 years of experience in logistics, development and organizing trade shows. Murtaza Ahmadi explains: “I first met Dennis in 2004 and over the years our paths have crossed at numerous rug events. I immediately saw the potential of NYICS, which began with 10 vendors at the inaugural show, including Zollanvari, Woven Legends, Rugs by Robinson, Lapchi and Amadi. During the last decade of showing at NYICS I shared my experience with Dennis to help implement new strategies and discuss concerns from both vendors and retailers about the upcoming shows. In the last few years we discussed the future of this show and what direction it will be sailing.” Over the last five decades Dennis Dodds has built up a vast knowledge of antique rugs as well as an impressive collection of antiques. He is one of the most respected collectors internationally, sitting on the board of the ICOC. Dodds can be credited with organizing a show where some of the most creative and cutting-edge carpet makers from around the world have a platform to exhibit their amazing designs and craftsmanship under one roof.  His desire to retire and spend more time with his family has led to much thought about how the fair can be passed on to someone who shares the same commitment and ideals within the industry. Discussions between himself and Murtazi convinced Dodds of his younger colleague’s suitability and desire to see the show succeed in the future. Murtaza Ahmadi adds: “With Dennis’ confidence in my abilities I was honoured to continue his wonderful legacy. I will bring my experience of retail, wholesale and importing to the 2015 NYICS and to future exhibitions. The focus will be not only on the attending retailers but the vendors making up the show and designer clientele. I aim to provide an eclectic and diverse set of vendors for the retailers to visit and to bridge the gap between designer/architect firms and the carpet industry. One of the core aims of NYICS will be to educate the design community and general public about the rug industry. A greater understanding of the market can help strengthen...

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Tibet Rug To Showcase New Gabbehs At NYICS

Tibet Rug Company announced that they will be introducing its newest gradient-rich collection of Tibetan rugs and oversaturated high-end NZ Indo-Gabbehs at NYICS Sept 7-9 at the Metropolitan Pavilion during Metro Market Week. They invite attendees not to miss these stunning new introductions! Tibet Rug is a member of the ORIA.

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