Monday, January 23, 2006

Highlights from the Atlanta International Area Rug market:

Milliken made its largest ever debut of new product -- totaling more than 2,200 SKUs. At the forefront is the company's new Milliken Design Center of coordinating broadloom and area rugs, which come in eight sizes -- four rectangles, one round and three runners. Among the patterns are traditional looks, sport themes and animal skin patterns. All of these products are made of 100% nylon.

-- Veratex, barely two years into the rug business, introduced its first company-made line, comprising only product the company designed and developed in-house. There are about 60 new rugs, including 10 Soumaks, 10 wool-and-viscose blends, four tufted cottons, six printed acrylics, six tufted acrylics and eight indoor-outdoor, among several others. The company also showed 12 scatter collections in various constructions, including cotton chenilles and basic cotton. In April, Veratex will expand its scatter offerings.

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