Thomas Lester is an assistant editor of Home Accents Today. A veteran journalist and storyteller, Lester will bring the stories behind the partnerships, product innovations and personalities in the home accents industry to life in this blog.
Color wasn't the only thing bright coming out of rug showrooms near the end of the Oct. 19-24 High Point Market. In many spaces, outlooks matched the cheery displays hanging on rug racks. A number of officials in the rug world said they had buyer and/or sales numbers at or near record levels during the busy week that concluded last month. Many companies introduced new products in hopes of wrapping... Read MoreComments (0)
At the Sustainable Furnishings Council's Innovations in Sustainable Furnishings forum at Elon University on Sept. 20, keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Chapman presented his thoughts on emotionally durable design - the practice of creating product that will pass the physical test of time and will be something that the consumer wants to keep for years."We surround ourselves with objects to comfort... Read MoreComments (0)
In order to be sure I'm doing my best to stay on top of industry news, from time to time, I'll do a quick Google News scan for items containing the keyword "rug." Often, the stories I find are things I already wrote about, tips for rug placement in the home or best cleaning practices. On occasion, I'll find something truly unique or interesting, such as this article from the Webster-Kirk... Read MoreComments (1)
The anti-establishment Punk movement shook popular music to its core in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its fast and loud sound and attitude were intentionally opposite from the musical stylings that had been increasingly taking hold in the industry.It also spawned a style all its own, with edginess and nonconformity moving to the fore as Punk carved out its niche in culture.Recently, the Metropol... Read MoreComments (0)
Licensing is a major staple in the home furnishings industry. From HGTV to Kathy Ireland to Angelo Surmelis to Biltmore to Tommy Bahama to the Duck Dynasty crew to Paula Deen (as of this writing), it's not uncommon to see the names, logos and visages of famous people or brands on or associated with products.During the American Home Furnishings Alliance's June 24-26 marketing meeting held in Raleig... Read MoreComments (0)
A Persian rug that once belonged to a U.S. Senator fetched a record price of almost $33.8 million at auction on June 5. The 17th Century Persian Kirman rug, which once belonged to Senator William Clark (for whom Clark County, Nev. is named), was auctioned in New York by Sotheby's. It shattered the previous top rug auction price of $9.5 million for another 17th Century Persian Kirman rug during a C... Read MoreComments (1)
Coming into this new position as assistant editor for Home Accents Today, I knew I would be getting to know lots about all sorts of different product categories, with a little more time spent on the rug side of the business. Prior to coming to work here, I knew very little about rugs. In the broadest strokes possible, my knowledge consisted of the following: Rug making is one of the world's oldest... Read MoreComments (1)