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AT THE NEW YORK MARKET -- Here's more news coming out of market:

-- Shaw Living has added two national accounts managers to its sales staff. Nick Casarola, formerly business manager for national accounts at Mohawk Home, joins Shaw as the company's eastern regional manager for national accounts. And Diana Stavros has been appointed national accounts manager -- a post she previously held at Mohawk Home. Both report to Jeff Meadows, division vice president.

-- Venus Home has added a triple-ply bath towel collection to its line. Ambiance comprises 21.5-pounds-per-dozen, 30-by-56 bath towels, available in 16 solid colors. They are set to retail for $14.99. The company has also developed a jersey knit bedding collection that has been dressed up with jacquard trims, embroidered hems and gathered hems. The sheets are 160 gsm and are made of Egyptian cotton. They come in four solid colors, five heathered colors and one multi stripe that incorporates the same colors from the solid offerings. As an alternative to shams, the collection coordinates with woven pillow cases donning knit trims. And the whole line coordinates with a reversible, Turkish bath towel collection called Catch.

-- Nourison this market expanded its Interlude collection of hand-hooked, hand-tufted, high-low constructed area and accent rugs -- all of which are washable. There are about 20 designs, many in pastel and cool colorways. Designs are retro, geometric and transitional florals. A 2-by-3 is set to retail for $29.99.

-- Foreston Trends has stepped into the scatter rug category with its Reed collection of bamboo and natural fiber mats. Available in two sizes -- 22-by-34 and 30-by-50, these mats come in six styles and feature fabric borders in different solid colors as well as pin-dot non-skid backing. They coordinate with a collection of placemats. The rugs are set to retail for $9.99 and $16.99.

-- Avanti Linens is targeting a younger customer with a collection of embellished bath towels that represents a different design direction for the company. Via this collection, Avanti is employing embellishments like four-sided banding, crochet work, pom-pom fringes, grommets and buttons to its designs.

-- Natco Home continues to build its rug division, with the addition of hand-tufted collection. Natural Inspiration comprises area and accent rugs made of wool with viscose or polyester-and-acrylic blends.

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