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Habidecor goes tone-on-tone; intros linen/cotton rug

Habidecor has expanded its luxury bath and accent rugs to include a new tone-on-tone cotton rug, as well as a linen and cotton combination, shown at the New York Gift Show last week.

Tostane expands Habidecor's original bordered cotton rugs with tone-on-tone color, seen for the first time in the United States, said Katie Johnson-Hill, vp of U.S. operations. Tostane comes in three sizes: 20" x 31" ($29 wholesale), 23-inch square ($29) and 22" x 39" ($43).

The New Lys piece-dyed rug also premiered at the show. It uses linen for the lys design and cotton for the background and comes in four sizes: 20" x 31" ($40 wholesale), 23" x 39" ($55), 27" x 47" ($77) and a 23-inch contour ($37).

At the New York Home Textiles Market in late March, the company will add another cotton/linen pattern, similar to a damask, with a border.

Ann Gish moves to 200 Lexington Ave. showroom

Ann Gish, the luxury supplier of bedding, throws and pillows, has moved out of its longtime showroom on the 19th floor of the 230 Fifth Avenue building to the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue, said Ann Gish, founder.

The new address targets more commercial contracts and houses furniture, lighting and textiles manufacturers and will allow more access to interior designers, she said.

The new 1,500-square-foot space is configured better than her former showroom. The showroom will be open for appointments at the end of this week and fully finished for the New York Home Textiles Show in March, when she plans to have an opening party.

She will also be the only bedding company in the building, she said.

Anichini debuts Turkish line; to expand showroom

Come this May, luxury manufacturer Anichini will launch both its new Turkish collection as well as its expanded 230 Fifth Avenue showroom on the 19th floor, said Susan Dollenmaier, founder.

"We wanted to do something in Turkey," she said. "This collection will be heavily influenced by that culture."

At the Gift Show, it introduced its first Turkish introduction: the Tux bedding line, which has pleating down the center of the duvet as well as on the decorative pillows. The bedding wholesales for $286 for a queen sheet set or $45 for a pair of shams.

In addition, its Hotel division of specialty bedding and bath is now offered to retailers, said Dollenmaier. The Hotel Linen kiosk debuted at the Gift Show. Initially, the kiosk will include sheets, with towels, bath mats and robes to come.

Its 230 Fifth Avenue showroom will reopen in the spring, Dollenmaier said.

Scala bows Turkish bath line

A first-time exhibitor at the New York Gift Show, importer Scala International bowed its bath product line from NEMM, a company founded by two women and based in Istanbul, Turkey. Scala is the U.S. distributor. The line includes cotton and linen products, as well as aromatherapy items.

The Classic towel group, a Turkish cotton towel with dobby border, has eight earthy colors. It wholesales for $25 for a 27" x 59" bath sheet and $12 for a 19" x 39" hand towel.

A reversible towel, with waffle weave on one side, includes eight colors and four sizes, as well as a matching waffle weave makeup bag.

NEMM also has linen embroidered robes, hand towels and table linens available.

Greenhorn Trading's new Reversible Towel dries and exfoliates

The Greenhorn Trading Company, a luxury supplier of throws, bedding, bath and table linens, introduced its Reversible Towel at the Gift Show here last week. The towel has linen on one side and cotton on the other and is produced in Belgium.

The linen provides an exfoliating element, said Noreen Greene, owner, while the cotton is for drying. It does "take some selling," she said, since the American market is sometimes resistant to linen.

The company already incorporates linen into some of its products, including an Irish bath mitt.

The towel wholesales for $2.50 for a washcloth, $10 for a hand towel and $18.50 for a bath towel. It has already sold to spas, she said, and received a good response at the show.

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