Indian Carpet Expo ICE under the umbrella of Bharat Tex 2024
The Indian Carpet Expo is held twice a year, in Delhi in the spring and in Bhadohi in the autumn. It is therefore no surprise that the Indian Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is inviting international carpet buyers to the 46th ICE in New Delhi from 26 to 29 February 2024. Around 250 carpet manufacturers and exporters are expected to exhibit at the show. The decision to hold the show under the umbrella of the new textile show Bharat Tex 2024 should be interesting.
ABK open: Larger rugs section
More than 120 suppliers and service providers representing 200 brands will be showing their portfolios to retailers across some 16,000 sqm of hall space—the fair is thus fully booked out, essentially. This trade fair is mainly about home textiles. New at this trade fair is the noticeably expanded range of rugs. More and more exhibitors have area rugs in their range. And for the first time, pure rug suppliers can also be found in Bad Salzuflen. Exhibitors will include the brands ABC Italia, Obsession, Oritop, PAD, Paulig, Peyer Syntex, Rug Studios, Theko and Tisca. The decorative fabrics and curtains segment has grown as well.
Ikea Germany reports record sales
Ikea Germany ended the financial year 2022/23 (31 August) with record sales of EUR 6.4 billion (+13.3%). Online sales accounted for EUR 1.4 billion (+6.9%). Average sales in the Swedish furniture retailer's 54 stores rose by 8.1% to EUR 112.52, while online sales were EUR 247.40, up 1.5% year-on-year.
11% increase: Ikea Austria breaks the one billion turnover barrier
Ikea Austria closed the financial year 2022/23 with record sales: EUR 1.0 billion, which is also an increase of 11.1% compared to the previous year. The furniture retailer generates a quarter of its sales online or via Click & Collect, the online purchase with pick-up in one of the eight stores throughout the country.
Jesse Capel has passed away
Jesse Capel passed away on 20 October 2023 at the age of 90. Capel joined the family business, Capel Rugs, in 1957 and worked in finance, import and production until his retirement in 2007.
Domotex: Apply for the Green Collection Award now
In 2024, sustainability will once again be a central theme at Domotex. The Green Collection special event and the associated awards will be entering the second round. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Eco-friendly Products, Healthy Products, Sustainable Production and Social Responsibility. Manufacturers - including companies that are not exhibiting at Domotex - can apply until November 17, 2023. Information about the Green Collection Award and the link to register can be found here
Kika/Leiner: Restructuring plan for insolvent furniture retailer accepted
Creditors of insolvent Austrian furniture retailer Kika/Leiner have approved a restructuring plan, preventing the company from going into liquidation. The restructuring is already underway: the number of stores has been reduced from 40 to 17, the workforce has been more than halved from around 3,900 to just under 1,800 and the product range has been streamlined.
Restructuring: Tejo's becomes Roller
Tessner and the XXXLutz Group have decided to merge eleven Tejo's SB Lagerkauf stores with the Roller furniture store chain. Roller, a joint venture of Tessner and XXXLutz, could thus strengthen its position as one of the leading furniture discounters in Germany, according to a press release. Six Schulenburg furniture stores and Tejo's SB Lagerkauf Schleswig will become part of the XXXLutz Group.
Weaving the future - historical carpet fragments on a world tour
For a long three and a half years, the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin will be closed for renovation work. The affiliated Museum of Islamic Art with director Stefan Weber and curator Anna Beselin is using the break for an elaborate joint project called "Cultural X Collabs / Weaving the Future": the reproduction of a Caucasian dragon carpet from the 17th century, which was partially destroyed during the Second World War, was cut up on 23 September 2023 as part of a public celebration. 100 fragments passed into the hands of selected actors who will take them on the road during a period of four weeks to six months to pass them on to other "temporary owners". As first owner, Carpet Home editor-in-chief Tim Steinert was allowed to personally cut his fragment out of the carpet.
Flanders Flooring Days even bigger and more European
The Flanders Flooring Days trade fair invites you to Belgium from 13 to 16 May 2024. For the third time, flooring suppliers will present their new products in showrooms in and around the Flemish city of Kortrijk. The central showroom "The Hub" on the Kortrijk Expo site is brand new: the exhibition hall offers space for exhibitors from all over Europe, who can book stands of different sizes here. Interested parties are welcome to contact Sales Manager Cindy Collez (firstname.lastname@example.org).