Carpet

    Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By K.J. Quinn   The West Coast has earned a reputation over the years for being at the forefront of carpet styling. Tuftex, Shaw Floors’ premier residential brand, is among the California mills taking the lead creating fashionable designs based on regional preferences and trends. “Being on the West Coast gives them an edge for us, not only because they are local but also

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    Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—It’s been three years since Doug Jackson took the reins of Tuftex, the premium carpet division of Shaw Industries. While Tuftex has always enjoyed a reputation of high-end, trendsetting, West Coast styling—first as a stand-alone mill, then as a division of Queen Carpet before the latter was purchased by Shaw in 1998—the company today still maintains its longstanding identity while

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    Carpet pushes back against hard surface

Carpet pushes back against hard surface

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   Carpet’s share of the overall flooring market has dropped from 50.9% of dollars in 2006 to 41.5% in 2016, according to FCNews estimates. While the downward trend has not been dramatic, it has been steady and consistent. Carpet mill executives don’t need to look at statistics to know what is happening in the marketplace. The big ones (i.e., Mohawk and

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    Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The carpet industry, facing the onslaught of exponential growth in hard surfaces in both the residential and commercial sectors, saw scant growth in units in 2016 while overall dollars fell. FCNews’ research shows carpet sales slid down 1% in 2016 to $8.78 billion compared with $8.87 billion in 2015. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—gained 1.2% to 11.22

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    Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in

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    Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   For the third year in a row, the U.S. rug business will outperform carpet. FCNews research puts area rugs sales at $2.5 billion in 2016, up an estimated 3.5% from the year-ago period. Buoyed by the surge in hard surfaces and the popularity of custom rug programs, the category has provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. Most traditional broadloom

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    Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Advancements in technology and manufacturing have allowed carpet mills to make significant improvements in fiber construction. The result: carpets that are soft, durable and resistant to stains and soils. Mill executives say today’s demanding consumers are driving these innovative breakthroughs. “Performance-based fibers seem to be a big trend,” said Ayme Sinclair, marketing director, Stanton. “The biggest influence is an increased

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    Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates

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    Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   As most flooring dealers know, there are two ways that fibers are colored, and each method produces different characteristics. One way to color fibers is to dip them in a vat of dye after they are extruded. This method, proponents say, yields bright colors and allows manufacturers to create smaller quantities of dyed fibers. In this method, known as

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    Carpet: Karastan retail program goes ‘Platinum’

Carpet: Karastan retail program goes ‘Platinum’

Lead-generation tools drive business for aligned dealers March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By K.J. Quinn   Just call it the gift that keeps on giving. “What we have been doing the last three years is providing several independent programs that help our retailers in digital [marketing],” said Seth Arnold, vice president of residential marketing, Mohawk Industries. “What we’ve learned is if we’re really going to win in

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    Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

Carpet: Noteworthy trends in pattern, texture, design

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Everybody who follows the flooring industry knows the biggest trend impacting carpet is the growth of hard surfaces, which in many instances has forced flooring dealers to revamp their showrooms. However, there are other trends in carpet that are both surprising and noteworthy. Executives and design experts offered their takes. Focus on soft For a time last year, the

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    Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

Stainmaster’s LiveWell line engineered to repel allergens

February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from airborne allergies, including pet dander and dust mites. Unfortunately, many of these allergens end up embedded in carpet. To address what it deemed an obvious health need, Invista in 2012 began work on a carpet that would be easier to clean and allow for more thorough removal of allergens during vacuuming.

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    Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Carpet: Mills up the ante in the fight against spills

Stain protection update February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Ken Ryan   What drives carpet purchases? If ongoing research is to be believed, it’s all about stain and soil protection. So if you want customers to spend more money, the carpet products retailers offer should incorporate such treatments. Stainmaster PetProtect from Invista was a big hit in large part because it addressed a huge consumer need, executives say.

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    Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

Surfaces carpet coverage: Suppliers find opportunities on the softer side

January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Soft surface still represents nearly 50% of the flooring market and carpet remains the largest single category by a considerable margin. But you might not have known that at Surfaces which was dominated by hard surface introductions. “As a carpet guy I am disappointed,” said Steven Lewis, owner of Lewis Floor & Home, Northbrook, Ill. “I go to

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    Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

Carpet: Spoiler alert—Broadloom isn’t going away

January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan With hard surfaces growing and gaining market share over soft surfaces every year, it might be easy to dismiss carpet as a has-been product. And yet, carpet is still the queen of floor covering, the largest percentage category by more than three times that of runner-up resilient, the fastest-growing segment. Carpet has lost market share, no doubt, but the drop-off

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American OEM honors workforce with annual BBQ

Burns, Tenn.—American OEM held its third annual Staff Appreciation Lunch at the Turney Center Correctional Facility, the company’s manufacturing location, July 14. The celebration was created to recognize the efforts

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Karndean Designflooring updates Floorstyle tool

Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring has released an updated version of its Floorstyle online design tool to include additional designflooring capabilities. Floorstyle is an interactive room viewer containing the company’s full product

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WFCA, NWFA offer joint membership

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) and National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) have joined forces to offer a membership program that combines the resources of both organizations as part of

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