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  • Thomas Lester

    An Inside Look

    Thomas Lester

    August 18, 2014

    Small add-on has large implications for rug category

    In terms of protecting the investment, keeping a consumer's home safe and adding real value to the end of the sale, nothing beats a rug pad. Pads protect the rug from the day-to-day wear and tear it might sustain while lying unprotected on a floor and they protect consumers from slipping on the corner of an unanchored rug. Suggesting that a consumer purchase a pad when they’re buying a rug might add a little bit to the back end of a sale, and once the consumer gets the rug home and she experiences the difference a properly grounded ...

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  • Ray Allegrezza

    Editor's Desk

    Ray Allegrezza

    August 18, 2014

    Darrell Harris was a true winner

    Last week, I had the bittersweet opportunity to attend the funeral service for Darrell Harris, who along with his wife, Stella, launched Furnitureland South in 1969. (Read article.) Starting with only a few catalogs, showroom samples and a truck, Darrell and Stella nonetheless had a secret weapon — a vision of providing customers with exceptional, personalized service. Most of the shoppers who visit FLS and marvel at the more than one million square feet of showroom space are not aware of the store’s humble beginnings. But those who knew Darrell back in the day could tell you that he and ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    August 18, 2014

    Specialty sleep segment gaining ground on innersprings

    The specialty sleep segment, which has been in the unfamiliar position of losing ground to the innerspring category of late, is staging a comeback. Specialty sleep, whose mainstays are memory foam, gel memory foam, latex foam and air chamber designs, nearly caught the innerspring segment in June, according to the Bedding Barometer report just issued by the International Sleep Products Assn. Now I know that lines between the categories are blurring, and that some industry figures say that comparing innerspring and specialty bedding figures is a risky exercise. I cheerfully acknowledge that a bed packed with latex and memory foam ...

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  • Karastan Rug Mill Tour - FTtv

    Karastan Rug Mill Tour

    Furniture Today's Assistant Editor Thomas Lester interviews Brandon Culpepper, Vice President of Specialty Sales for Mohawk Home, after touring the company's Karastan Rug Mill.

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