New Shaw Assortment Draws on Domestic Strength
Cecile Corral -- Home Textiles Today, August 8, 2006
At the New York Market — Attributing success to its many assets in domestic production, Shaw Living said it is now able to boast a plethora of new synthetic, textured bath, and scatter rug programs despite the tight time frame from last market to this new schedule.
“Because of the short lead times and the balance of our assortment plan, the flexibility of resources and assets we have domestically allowed us to create a large product introduction in a shorter time frame,” said Dennis Fein, vp, bath.
At the forefront of the new, all-nylon bath assortment is a high-end group of tufted, multi-level cut-and-loop pieces. Made in solid-colored, textured geometric patterns, the four design groups in this assortment employ a variety of Shaw fibers for luster variances and higher design definition.
This represents the first time the company is creating a bath program using its special tufting equipment, which it typically reserves for accent and area rugs, Fein said.
Domestic offerings make up about 80% of Shaw's bath introductions. The remainder comprises imported, natural fiber products.
All of the bath rugs come in standard sizes, and price points start at $12.99 for a 21-inch-by-34-inch, whether domestic or imported.
The new scatter line is also predominantly domestically made — 80% — with the rest being imported.
The domestic scatter line is also made with the multi-level, cut-and-loop tufting equipment as well as in loop-and-loop and shag constructions, and come as nylon, olefin and nylon-and-olefin blends. There are four design groups here, too — comprising florals, geometrics and printed looks — that employ yarns in a variety of lusters and sizes for different textures and looks.
Colorways include solids, and two- and-three color styles.
As is the case with the bath rugs, the new imported scatters are also made of natural fibers and come as textured stripes, geometrics and solid-colored floral patterns.
Retail price points for the scatter program start at $9.99 for a 21-by-34 for both domestic and imported goods.
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