ORIA Elects New Officers For 2017

On January 12, 2017, The Oriental Rug Importers Association held its annual meeting at Americasmart-Atlanta. The General Membership elected the following officers:   President:              Ramin Kalaty, (Kalaty) Vice President:      Kami Navid, (Jaunty) Secretary:             Hari Tummala, (KAS) Treasurer:             Behrooz Hakimian, (Woven Concepts) The meeting was topped off by a presentation made to out-going President Mr. Reza Momeni. ORIA Executive Director Lucille Laufer and In-Coming President Mr. Ramin Kalaty presented Mr. Momeni “The ORIA Presidents’ Plaque” to recognize and thank him for his service to this Association for the past three years. Editors Note: Absent from photo is Behrooz Hakimian,...

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Tufted Carpets Lose GSP Benefits

ORIA’s Washington legal counsel, Ms. Brenda Jacobs has reported that the U.S. Government announced a list of products that lost their GSP benefits as of July 1, 2012, and one of those products is Indian Tufted Carpets that come into the U.S. under HTSUS 5703.10.20. This change is effective immediately; therefore, any carpets from India that are presented for entry or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption as of July 2, 2012 under HTSUS 5703.10.20 are subject to duty.  The duty rate is 6...

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ORIA And AmericasMart Sign New Partnership Agreement

The Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) has executed a three-year sponsorship agreement with AmericasMart Atlanta in a strategic commitment sustaining the organizations’ long-standing alliance and signaling continuing support for the U.S. area rug industry, according to Jeffrey DeSantis, ORIA president, and Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta. The agreement secures ORIA’s sponsorship of the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), staged annually as the temporary component of the January Atlanta International Area Rug Market and the primary U.S. trade show serving the area rug and home furnishings retail and design communities.  NORS is a preferred global market event for importers and manufacturers of hand-made, machine made and antique rugs covering the spectrum of design, style and price points.  It has traditionally highlighted the four-day Atlanta International Area Rug Market, which presents the nation’s single-largest collection of area rugs in five floors of temporaries and showrooms in AmericasMart Building One. “The ORIA—AmericasMart partnership creates an important global platform for the area rug industry,” notes DeSantis.  “Our membership represents the vast majority of the U.S. area rug industry with huge capacity for innovation and growth.  AmericasMart and its formidable markets, resources and services continues to play a key role in our pursuit of that growth,” DeSantis adds. “This partnership perfectly captures a call to industry stewardship which we are privileged to answer,” says Portman.  “If we can help give voice to the U.S. area rug community in the global marketplace in ways that will advance its present and future prospects, then we hope our contributions will be appropriate to the ORIA mission,” notes Portman. The new three-year agreement is effective with the January 2013 Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show.  The existing ORIA—AmericasMart partnership agreement continues now with the staging of the January 2012 NORS, which runs January 13—15 in conjunction with the Atlanta International Area Rug Market January 12—15, 2012....

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Auction Raises Funds For ORIA Charity

SECAUCUS (July 25, 2011) – Twenty-three donated rugs were auctioned off at the July International Area Rug Market held in conjunction with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market, with the proceeds benefiting the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA)  and the ORIA Charitable Fund. “We would like to thank the ORIA Members who donated rugs to the Auction, as well as Charles Cashin of Amici Imports for organizing the shipment of the rugs and setting up the showroom,” said Lucille J. Laufer, Executive Director of The Oriental Rug Importers Association, Inc., a Secaucus, N.J.-based Trade Association that fosters ethical business practices and promotes the best interests of the Oriental Rug Trade in the United States.  “Special thanks our co-sponsor Americasmart Atlanta who graciously donated the space and provided us with items needed to set up and run the showroom.” ORIA Members who donated carpets are: Amici Imports, Aminco, Bashian, Capel Rugs, Concepts International, D & K Wholesale, Kalaty, KAS, Loloi Rugs, Marcella Fine Rugs, Momeni, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Radici USA, Tamarian Carpets, Tibet Rug Company, Tufenkian Artisan...

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