India Carpet Expo in Bhadohi for the first time in October
The 43rd edition of India Carpet Expo is to be held in Bhadohi for the first time from 15 to 18 October 2022. With this, the autumn edition of the trade fair for handmade carpets organised by the Indian export promotion agency CEPC will move from Varanasi to the "City of Carpets", 50 km away, where a significant part of India's carpet producers are located. All kinds of handmade carpets will be on display in the newly built Bhadohi Carpet Expo Mart.
Westwing: Turnover decline in the second quarter
Westwing generated revenues of €103 million in the second quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022: €132 million). According to the online furnishing store, this corresponds to a decline of 22 percent compared to the previous year. Of this, 58.5 million euros were generated in the DACH region (- 21.7 %). The company cites increasingly low consumer demand in the home & living segment as the reason for the decline in sales. However, Westwing's structural growth compared to before the pandemic is still attractive. The company claims to be able to realise an average annual growth rate of +21% with its business model (Q2 2019: €58m), thus proving its good positioning in a challenging market environment.
Zollanvari in-house event with broad programme
Following the success of its 75th anniversary event this January, Zollanvari is inviting customers to a three-day in-house exhibition at its Zurich showroom. From 3 to 5 October 2022, the new products for 2023 will be presented - accompanied by an extensive supporting programme.
Book introduction: From Myth to Art – Anatolian Kilims
When impressed by a newly released book, one should be careful if tempted to refer to it in such language as “the defining new textbook”. But Ali Riza Tuna’s English-language book Anatolian Kilims truly is of that stature as a work that illuminates Anatolian carpets from every angle, and therefore is heartily recommended reading for all carpet lovers.
Rugs are the number 1 outdoor trend
According to Cozy Living, rugs are the outdoor living trend of the year. According to research by the homeware and furniture platform, outdoor rugs were the most searched for on Google in the last 12 months, with almost 3.1 million queries, well ahead of outdoor kitchens or outdoor bars.
XXXLutz: Second furnishing store opens in Switzerland
The XXXLutz Group is continuing its expansion in Europe. After entering the Swiss market in 2018 with the first branch in Rothrist/Zurich, the second XXXLutz furniture store opened in Dietikon on 2 August 2022. A full range of Swiss brands as well as international brands will be presented here on approx. 13,000 square metres.
Roller recruits online experience to the management level
Roller brings in two experienced managers from the online sector to strengthen the company's management. The German furniture discounter has its sights set on omnichannel retailing with its strategy for the future. Susan Kröber takes over as Head of Human Resources. Previously, she was HR Director at the Witt Group. Kröber thus replaces Michael Klarenaar after 30 years with the company, who will assist the management in an advisory capacity until his retirement.
The logistics division will be managed by Dr. Kirstin Hüttner-Tong from 01.08.2022. In this function, she will report directly to the Managing Director of Purchasing and Logistics, Andreas Mauz. In her last position at Home 24, Hüttner-Tong was already responsible for the entire procurement logistics and supply chain management.
Carpet Week Hamburg takes place again in September
After the successful premiere in May, Carpet Week Hamburg is already going into the second round in September. From 12 to 18 September, 16 Hamburg carpet suppliers will together open their warehouses and showrooms. The September date was chosen to give customers a comprehensive opportunity to discover new products in good time before the start of the season, to find out about the market and product ranges, to exchange ideas in person and, of course, to order goods.
Pakistan International Carpet Exhibition in September in Lahore
The 38th edition of the Pakistan International Carpet Exhibition will be held in Lahore from 20 to 22 September 2022. The exhibition is organised by PCMEA, the Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association in collaboration with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. The event will again be held at the Pearl Continental Hotel. New product lines, fresh designs and colours, as well as a large selection of hand-knotted stock goods will be on display.
Domotex conciders two-year cycle from 2024After a three-year pandemic break, Domotex will open its doors in Hanover from 12 to 15 January 2023 with numerous innovations. Also in 2024, the "World's Leading Trade Fair for Carpets and Floor Coverings" will take place on the traditional January date. After that, everything will be put to the test: "After 2024, there are considerations to switch to a two-year cycle in the even years," says a statement from Hanover. Before that, Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director Domotex, announces, the market will first be asked in detail about its preferences - before the end of this year. This would also include the optimal time window for Domotex, because not only the annual rhythm but also the January date had been discussed again and again.