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Five Best New Product Awards presented at NY Home Textiles Market Week

NEW YORK -- Four companies participating in Home Textiles Market Week here received Best New Product Awards with Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. receiving the Best of Market Award for its Suri fur bedspread.

All of the winners and finalists are exhibitors in At Home featuring Home Textiles at the summer New York International Gift Fair, which ends after today, Wednesday, Aug. 22, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Four additional Best New Product Awards were presented in individual categories: Bed, Bath, Dining and Home Accessories. A panel of trade and consumer editors selected winners and finalists based on criteria including innovation in design, creative use of materials/construction and new fiber, material or technology.

The summer 2012 winners and finalists, selected from nearly 100 products, are:

BEST OF MARKET:
Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. (Stanfordville, N.Y.) for its Suri fur bedspread, made from luxurious Suri fur and baby alpaca herringbone fabric.

BED:
Winner: SFERRA (Edison, N.J.) for its Dario duvet covers and shams, featuring twill herringbone stripes and slim geometric bands woven into a stunning pattern.
Finalist: Peakcock Alley Inc. (Dallas) for Biagio duvet cover and shams.
Finalist: Dallas A. Saunders (Geyserville, Calif.) for its Thea Schrack - Dogwood Pillow Triptych.

BATH:
Winner: Alicia Adams Alpaca Inc. (Stanfordville, N.Y.) for its herringbone unisex bathrobe, made of 100% ultra-soft, hypoallergenic baby alpaca.
Finalist: Busatti since 1842 (Tuscany, Italy) for linen Giglio towels.
Finalist: Scents and Feel (Miami) for its Fouta towel and Lurex handtowel.

DINING:
Winner: Black Pepper Dessin (New Delhi, India) for its Noir Flora table runner and placemat, featuring gold brocaded flowers on a backdrop of floral hand-embroidered bouquets, made of 100% linen.
Finalist: MATOUK (New York) for its Lulu DK for MATOUK table linens.
Finalist: Ecoaccents (Raleigh, N.C.) for its eco-Mats.

HOME ACCESSORIES:
Winner: HEDGEHOUSE (Beverly Hills, Calif.) for The Throw Bed, a portable and versatile twin-sized down and fiber-filled cushion weighing only four pounds, featuring a removable and washable linen or cotton cover.
Finalist: Simple Syrup Design House (Nashville, Tenn.) for Honey Child decorative pillows.
Finalist: Blissliving Home (Rockville, Md.) for its Chateau throw and pillow.

"With so many superlative products to consider, our judges were truly challenged to narrow the field," said Danielle Giacopenello, At Home featuring Home Textiles sales manager. "In the end, these products were chosen as most representative of visionary design direction and innovation in home textiles."

The panel of judges included Jenny Heinzen-York, Home Accents Today; Jennifer Marks, Home Textiles Today; Tori Jones, Veranda; David Gill, HFN; Wanda Jankowski, LDB Interior Textiles; Karl Lohnes, CTV/Metro Media; Susan Tucker, Giftware News; and Laura van Zeyl, Home Fashion Forecast.

The winter 2013 edition of Home Textiles Market Week will take place Jan. 25-30, in New York City. At Home featuring Home Textiles will run Jan. 27-30, at the Javits Center, as part of the New York International Gift Fair. Additional information is available online at www.nyigf.com.

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