Winners determined based on survey and analysis of most popular images among more than 16 million monthly Houzz users
CALHOUN, Ga. — Feb. 17, 2014 — Surya has been awarded Best Of Houzz in the Design category by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Surya was recognized because some of the most frequently “saved” images within the Houzz community in 2013 were designer projects showcasing Surya products, which the rug and home accessories brand featured as a Surya Spaces project on its Houzz page.
“We are honored to be in the company of a select group of designers and organizations recognized by Houzz and the Houzz community for this notable distinction,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Our diverse product offering across multiple styles, colors, categories and price points makes it easier for design professionals to provide seamlessly coordinated, on-trend ideas to their customers. We are pleased that so many designers have chosen to include Surya rugs and home accessories in their projects and are sharing these projects via Houzz.”
In recognition of the award, Surya will receive a Best Of Houzz 2014 badge on its profile, reflecting the brand’s commitment to excellence.
“Houzz empowers homeowners to find and hire home building, remodeling and design professionals with the best customer experience and most inspiring and innovative designs,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Surya among our ‘Best Of’ in the Design category as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
Surya has built a dynamic social media community across multiple sites where designers and retailers – and their customers – can engage in online discussions, view curated content, participate in product giveaways and share design projects and store promotions. Follow Surya on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/pro/suryasocial/surya.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com.
Announces Opportunity for Spring High Point Market Attendees to Win a Trip to The Bahamas
CALHOUN, Ga. — Feb. 12, 2014 — Surya has announced the winner of its winter market Hawaiian vacation giveaway. Chosen by random from qualified entries, the lucky recipient is a buyer from Wisconsin-based Steinhafels, who will receive a four-day/three-night vacation package for two to the island of Oahu with roundtrip airfare and premium hotel accommodations. To be eligible to win, market attendees had to complete a brief online entry form and stop by the Surya showroom in Atlanta, Dallas or Las Vegas.
Surya’s successful winter market season concluded with a solid showing in Las Vegas, where the brand debuted hundreds of new products, as well as additions to popular collections, across a range of home accessories categories.
“We are pleased to have been able to interact with so many of our customers during the winter market season,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Our customers are the reason we’re here and it is by engaging with them on a regular basis and listening to their needs that we are able to continue to deliver the quality products and services that will make them successful. We congratulate the winner of our Hawaiian getaway.”
Surya is giving attendees at this spring’s High Point Market the chance to win a trip for two to luxurious Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Market attendees simply need to RSVP online at http://www.surya.com/market-registration prior to market and present an electronic entry confirmation when visiting the Surya showroom – Showplace 4100 – during market. The winner will be announced in Surya’s Spring Market Pulse newsletter in mid-April 2014.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Feb. 10, 2014 — Surya, a progressive manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, has announced a partnership with Project Mala, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an education, healthcare, nutrition and other benefits to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school due to lack of resources and access to facilities. Through an ongoing financial contribution, Surya will sponsor 160 students in four classes at two schools. All funds directly support the children of weavers who live in the areas where Surya’s factories are located and are allocated towards classroom education, uniforms, food and medical care, along with sports and cultural training.
“From humble beginnings of a single school with an enrollment of 100 children, Project Mala has grown to six schools with an enrollment of more than 1,500 children,” said Neville Platt, trustee and administrator for Project Mala USA, Inc. “By giving children an education and valuable vocational skills, we are enabling them to reach their full potential and gain a future livelihood. Education is a crucial element in lifting rural areas out of poverty and we endeavor to do everything that we can to make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in underserved villages in India.”
Surya’s founder, Surya Tiwari, began his career as a teacher and now uses Surya as a catalyst to promote education and social mobility within the company’s weaver communities. “As a socially responsible company, we are passionately committed to contributing to the social and economic well-being of the people who reside in the areas in which we operate,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We are pleased to be partnering with this very worthwhile organization in its journey to further the education of children who will now have the chance to become empowered and productive members of their communities.”
To date, Project Mala has enrolled more than 7,650 children from 80 villages, and more than 5,250 children have completed the three-year primary school course. In 2013, the organization achieved 93 percent average school attendance.
Surya also partners with Akshaya Patra to provide more than 7,300 underprivileged children in rural India with nutritious meals to help keep them in school, and works with East Meets West to sponsor 200 annual high school scholarships for Indian girls. To learn more about Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit www.surya.com/social_responsibility.
About Project Mala
Founded in the UK in 1989 and established in the USA in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, Project Mala provides children in the remote villages of eastern Uttar Pradesh, India with quality education in the four R’s – reading, writing, arithmetic and respect – as well as healthcare and other services, helping them to realize their full potential. Governed by the National Institute of Open Schooling, Project Mala’s curriculum includes a three-year Primary School course that covers grades 1-5 of India’s national education standard, a Middle School course encompassing grades 6-8 and a two-year Secondary School course that covers grades 9-10. In addition, the organization offers vocational training to help children make the most of their lives within a rural village environment. More of Project Mala's work can be seen at www.projectmala.org/us.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Jan. 23, 2014 — Surya will launch a number of exciting new collections, as well as additions to popular ranges, at Las Vegas Market. Spanning an array of fashion-forward designs and color stories that coordinate with on-trend upholstery and paint colors, the latest introductions build upon the brand’s product offering of more than 4,000 rugs, 1,000+ pillows and hundreds of accent pieces and other accessories. The new products will be showcased in themed vignettes throughout the Surya showroom, providing creative merchandising ideas that can be easily applied within retail spaces.
Among the introductions are a series of collections featuring novel constructions and techniques, including:
The brand will also unveil several line extensions, including the popular Gemini collection of hand tufted rugs in bamboo silk imbued with cascading marbled patterns, rich tonal color and brilliant luster and sheen. The Zahra accent furniture collection, based upon Surya’s award-winning Zahra rug collection, will also make its debut at market. The hand knotted, zero pile poufs and ottomans are infused with bold color in patterns that pay homage to traditional Persian rug artistry.
In addition, several designer collections will be introduced, including graphic and colorful new poufs, pillows and indoor/outdoor rugs from Kate Spain, highly textured natural fiber rugs from Jill Rosenwald, and playful pillows and rugs from Mike Farrell. Lush velvet and beaded linen pillows from Candice Olson round out Surya’s designer launches.
“We are constantly elevating our product development process to the next level,” said Lynne Meredith, vice president of product development, Surya. “Our new collections reflect not only the continued evolution of our rug construction and design techniques but also our commitment to simplify the shopping experience by translating the latest fashion and color trends into coordinating products across a range of lifestyles and decor tastes.”
The eye-catching new collections will be available for viewing in the Surya showroom – LVM C400 – which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Surya will host a showroom celebration on Monday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. and will serve a complimentary hot breakfast and lunch each day, along with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails each evening.
Brand to Celebrate Launch with “Live Love Coffee: A Journey with Mike Farrell” on Monday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Jan. 21, 2014 — Surya, a progressive manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, will introduce several exciting collections from maverick designer Mike Farrell at the Las Vegas Market. Known for a quirky, out-of-the-box design sensibility, Farrell translates everyday items such as bicycles, lines, letters and numbers into interesting and eye-catching constructions that artfully showcase his witty and playful style. The introductions will build upon the designer’s 2011 debut of hand tufted rugs, and will include a range of indoor-outdoor rugs, new hand tufted designs and coordinating pillows.
“I want to reflect life as I see it – chaotic, individual, colorful – and to make things that spark conversation and laughter,” said Farrell. “I am fired up about my second collaboration with Surya and the chance to bring my inspirations to life in statement-making rugs and pillows that invite fun and reverie into urban living spaces. Like me, Surya is always evolving and reinventing itself to introduce cutting edge products that raise the bar for design – and that makes for a great synergy.”
“Simplifying the design process for our customers through a diverse range of coordinating products is an essential part of Surya’s mission,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Based upon his popular textiles, which have been interpreted into products ranging from upholstery to shower curtains, Mike’s latest collections for us exemplify the Surya experience by enabling customers to coordinate, both thematically and aesthetically, across the entire line as well as Mike Farrell brand.”
Las Vegas Market attendees are invited to a special presentation by the designer, titled “Live Love Coffee: A Journey with Mike Farrell,” on Monday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. in Surya’s showroom – LVM C400. A self-described nomad who has traveled to more than 30 countries and 500 cities, Farrell will provide tips for unlocking creativity and share his inspiration, unconventional designs and bold new rug and pillow collections for Surya. Coffee will be served during the casual and ‘guaranteed to be stimulating’ presentation. Surya’s showroom celebration will kick off later in the afternoon beginning at 5 p.m.
Farrell’s latest designs, along with hundreds of other introductions across a range of home accessories categories, will be on display in the Surya showroom, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About Mike Farrell
A designer of home furnishings, contract hospitality items and fashion accessories, Mike Farrell opened his first showroom in NYC with a line of high end umbrellas featuring sophisticated patterns. Farrell’s distinct, playfully irreverent point of view is marked by his sense of spontaneity and humor. At a young age, he was captivated by Argentina's Bohemian style and engaging culture during a visit to the country – an inspiration that continues today to drive his young, fresh and edgy designs. Drawing from his extensive travels, nomadic lifestyle and infatuation with the often chaotic but vibrant world around him, Farrell is a natural storyteller who creates designs and spaces that ignite conversation, a sense of discovery and, whenever possible, laughter.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Jan. 17, 2014 — Rug and home accessories brand Surya is pleased to announce the debut of an innovative pillow display rack designed to give retailers and designers a space-conscious and visually engaging way to showcase their Surya pillow offerings. The first display system of its kind, the Surya Pillow Tower holds up to 20 down- or poly-filled pillows, significantly increasing the number and variety of pillows that can be displayed within a retail space.
Further strengthening the brand’s successful merchandising tool offerings – including the Complements Vignette Display introduced last year – the small footprint Pillow Tower display can be coordinated with individual vignettes to help drive overall accessories sales. Consumers are able to “try out” different looks at the point of purchase – increasing the likelihood of an incremental sale and a return visit to the store when future accessories needs arise.
The sleek design features a hidden shelving system that allows for easy stacking and convenient access to each pillow while preventing slippage. A lightweight, sturdy metal frame construction ensures portability for easy movement around the store.
“Today’s consumers not only expect to be able to select furniture and coordinating home accessories from a single location but also are looking for creative and inspired ways to build rooms that reflect their unique style,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Our new Pillow Tower not only facilitates the design conversation between sales associates and customers, but also helps retailers to differentiate their business from the competition, helping to elevate accessories sales and increase customer satisfaction.”
One of the first rug companies to introduce pillows, Surya currently offers more than 1,000 on-trend indoor and outdoor pillow options designed to coordinate with the brand’s rugs and other home accessories.
To celebrate the launch of its latest merchandising tool, Surya is giving away a free Pillow Tower with qualifying pillow orders. Las Vegas Market attendees are invited to get a first look at the innovative display in the Surya showroom – LVM C400 – which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Jan. 8, 2014 — Surya, a progressive manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, is debuting at Atlanta Market an exclusive new line of rugs based upon the designs of artist, philosopher and environmentalist William Morris. Recognized as one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Morris is best known for his patterns on fabrics and wallpapers. He drew his design inspiration from handicraft and traditional techniques from the Middle Ages, with a focus on incorporating into his works the natural forms found in an increasingly industrialized world.
His legacy continues today through the collaboration between Morris & Co. and Surya to produce the Morris Collection, which artfully translates authentic versions of Morris’s original designs alongside new interpretations into a collection of rugs with timeless appeal. Constructed in India of 100% wool, this inspirational range of handcrafted rugs is offered in a distinctive color palette that complements the fabrics and wallpapers in the Morris & Co. collections, as well as Surya’s home accessories offerings across multiple categories.
“Renowned for his iconic and decorative designs, William Morris emphasized craftsmanship and attention to every detail,” said Evert Kroon, brand manager, William Morris Rugs. “Both Surya and Morris & Co. represent innovation and luxury synonymous with the highest quality and enduring appeal. We are pleased to partner with Surya to bring to life Morris’s signature designs in beautiful and elegant rugs.”
Through Surya’s partnership with Morris & Co., Morris’s designs will be accessible to an even wider range of consumers, something to which Morris always aspired. “William Morris was a true force of nature who believed in the power of design to change the world,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “While looking to the past for inspiration, he created a visionary, forward-thinking approach to design, as well as the way we view the world – both of which remain highly relevant today. We are excited to have the opportunity to share Morris’s refined and inspired designs with our designer and retailer customers.”
The Morris Collection will make its debut during the Atlanta Winter Market, taking place from Jan. 7 – 14. Market attendees are invited to explore the enduringly classic designs at Surya’s flagship showroom at AmericasMart 11-A-1, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
About Morris & Co.
William Morris (1834–1896) was the single most influential designer of the nineteenth century. Morris was a political theorist, scholar, translator and publisher, an environmental campaigner, writer and poet as well as an outstanding designer. Under his direction Morris & Co. grew into a flourishing and fashionable decorating firm renowned for its wallpapers and textiles. Today Morris & Co. guarantees authentic versions of those designs alongside new interpretations, using innovations in printing and weaving technology to create up-to-date fabric and wallpaper designs with timeless appeal. To learn more, visit www.william-morris.co.uk.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Jan. 2, 2014 — Surya will host an interactive session with ‘Arbiter of Style’ Lotta Jansdotter in its showroom – AmericasMart 11-A-1 – during the upcoming Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 - 3 p.m., Lotta will share her design inspirations, discuss her process and demonstrate the techniques she employs to bring her sophisticated, eye-catching designs to life. The session will be followed by a Q&A session and informal meet and greet with the designer.
Earning international acclaim for her free-flowing and playful patterns, Lotta blends organic forms and motifs with simple Scandinavian influenced style to create products that are handmade yet distinctly modern. Her collections for Surya include a selection of hand tufted and flat weave wool rugs, along with pillows and poufs—all of which feature her signature hand-drawn designs.
“With a focus on evoking harmony and unity through pattern, Lotta’s design aesthetic reflects a deep-rooted appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Her relaxed, understated and timeless designs bring a welcome sense of balance to today’s modern urban landscapes.”
Surya will also host a showroom celebration on Thursday, Jan. 9, beginning at 5 p.m., and will offer a daily complimentary hot, catered breakfast and lunch, along with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails each evening. In addition, market attendees can register to win an exclusive four-day/three-night Hawaiian getaway by visiting http://surya.com/market-registration/.
Surya’s showroom will be open daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Attendees are invited to explore Lotta Jansdotter’s designs, as well as hundreds of product introductions across a range of home accessories categories, including new lighting and mirror collections.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 23, 2013 — Surya has made a donation on behalf of each of its top customer accounts to East Meets West (EMW), an international nonprofit development organization that serves communities throughout Asia. Each donation will provide an impoverished high school student with a one-year scholarship that covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and regular intensive tutoring.
Overall, as part of the company’s commitment to charitable giving, Surya is making it possible for 200 girls to attend high school through graduation and is providing a four-year college education for five students who would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of higher education.
“We strongly believe in bringing positive change to the communities around us and are excited about the opportunity to help students turn their dreams into reality,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We are pleased to be able to honor our customers by making a donation that will have a lasting impact. It is my hope that, in the coming year, Surya can do even more to positively impact the lives of those who are less fortunate.”
EMW’s SPELL Scholarship program has provided more than 11,000 high achieving students at risk of dropping out of school due to poverty or social pressure with comprehensive high school scholarships, helping them to graduate and gain meaningful employment.
About East Meets West
East Meets West (EMW) delivers innovative solutions to difficult problems faced by poor families and communities around the globe. Since 1988, over 5.9 million impoverished individuals have benefited from EMW’s high-impact, results-oriented programs in health, clean water and sanitation, and education. EMW has invested more than $106 million in development solutions in Asia and West Africa and has pioneered the use of innovative financing approaches in clean water and sanitation, as well as education. For more information, visit http://eastmeetswest.org.
CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 11, 2013 — Surya has announced that it will be giving away an exclusive four-day/three-night Hawaiian getaway to one lucky showroom visitor at the conclusion of the Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas winter markets. Chosen by random, the winner will receive a vacation package that includes roundtrip flights for two to the island of Oahu from anywhere in the continental United States and three nights of premium hotel accommodations.
To be eligible to win, showroom visitors must complete a brief online entry form at http://surya.com/market-registration/ prior to the market they will be attending and present an electronic entry confirmation at the Surya showroom. The winner will be announced in Surya’s Winter Market Pulse newsletter in early February 2014. Other Winter Market promotions include:
Market attendees are invited to explore more than 1,000 new products, including recently introduced lighting, mirrors and designer collections, at the following showrooms:
Surya will offer a complimentary hot, catered breakfast and lunch each day during market, as well as hors d'oeuvres and cocktails each evening.