New York -- Catering to the high end of the market and working in and around New York City has helped shield flooring manufacturers, designer and retailers from the recent slowdown in housing construction and remodeling that has had a negative impact on much of the industry, representatives of the more than two dozen flooring and floor covering companies at the Seventh AnnualArchitectural DigestHome Design Show here last month said.
“The New York City area seems to be doing much better than much of the rest of the country,” noted Michael Westra, general manager of Wayne Tile Co., a family owned business that has been importing tile from around the world for nearly 50 years. “The remodeling business here seems to be holding up and is being driven by the upscale end of the market.”
“This is our third year at this show and this year has been busier than the other two,” Shahram Nazar, the owner of Tibetano Ltd., said as he explained the process for making the custom-made carpets his company imports from Nepal. “The top end of the market has held up and that has helped companies like ours.”
Nazar’s sentiments were echoed by most of the flooring and carpet suppliers at the show. Despite reports that much of the industry has been in the dumps lately, those at theArchitectural Digestshow saw few signs of the malaise.
“It seems like people who can afford these products are recession proof,” Richard Dullett, president of the wood plank flooring manufacturer Bois Chamois, said. “Our sales this year are actually up."–Richard Monks