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THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEXTILE ORGANIZATIONS, National Textile Association, American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition and UNITE Here have filed a petition asking the U.S. government to place a restriction on imports of cotton and man-made fiber curtains and draperies from China through a safeguard mechanism. Lloyd Wood, spokesman for AMTAC, said the safeguard petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The agency has 15 days to decide whether to accept the petition, which covers products in quota categories 369/666...

AS PART OF CULP INC.'s restructuring of its upholstery fabrics business, Dominick Anile has been named vice president of sales and Liam Waters has been named director of design and merchandising for upholstery fabrics. Both positions are new for the company, and both report to Frank Saxon, Culp president. Before the change, Anile was vice president of sales for the company's velvets and prints division, and also had responsibility for the division's merchandising and design. Waters was the creative director for Culp's decorative fabrics division and oversaw the sales network for the segment. Culp announced last month that it planned to combine the sales and design activities for the divisions...

BENETTON-OWNED BRAND SISLEY has inked a four-year licensing deal with Turkey's Zorlu Holding for a line of bed sheets and home linens, according to Women's Wear Daily, sister publication of HFN. Benetton said each Sisley Casa collection will draw on themes from the clothes and create an "avant-garde look." The home items will be grouped into five lines called Black & White, Vintage, Soft, Shiny and Basic. The new products will bow in August in five of Benetton's flagship stores: Paris; London; Madrid, Spain; and Milan and Palermo, Italy. The lines will be sold in Sisley stores, department stores and other specialized retail outlets, first in Europe and eventually elsewhere. A Benetton spokeswoman said prices range from 3 euros, or $3.69, for a small towel to 300 euros, or $369.24, for a bedspread...

NATIONAL CURTAIN, a manufacturer of soft window treatments and shower curtains, named Darrell Druckman director of sales for National Curtain, a position vacant for the past four to five months. He reports to George Gokhan, vice president of the company. Druckman was most recently with Ex-Cell Home Fashions as vice president of sales for eight years.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Jun 13, 2005

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