By Annette M. Callari, ASID; CMG

rite loom_1How awesome to achieve an 80th anniversary celebration!  In any realm, eight decades is a hallmark not many people achieve in the business world. On February 20, 2014, Rite Loom Flooring in Anaheim, California accomplished that impressive milestone.

In 1934 the original owners of Rite-Loom Flooring (the Bullinger family) opened their first carpet store on Whittier Blvd. in Montebello.  In the 1950’s post war business boomed as wall-to-wall carpeting was a luxury no one wanted to be without.  Rite-Loom stocked a big inventory in their busy warehouse and talented installers laid thousands of yards of carpet and hand-sewed seams in some of the most prestigious businesses and homes in Los Angeles.  From Capitol Records to movie star estates, Rite-Loom was THE place to go for quality flooring.  Rite-Loom also became one of the first Karastan Gallery Dealers in the State which broadened the retailer’s reach and brought customers from all over California.

In 1995, Rite-Loom opened their second location in Anaheim.  Then in 2004, after many years of nurturing their business, the Bullingers passed the reigns and entrusted ownership to George Lowe, a family friend and neighbor and a respected general contractor with his own interior design firm. The store became the hub for residential flooring design in Orange County.

This immaculate showroom in Anaheim, California has the feeling of a well-trusted neighborhood retailer when you walk through the door.   Rite-Loom has earned the reputation of being one of most highly respected flooring businesses on the west coast. From high-end commercial projects to residential jobs of every size and scope, Rite-Loom employs an experienced staff of designers and installers to serve SoCal. The showroom features over 125 manufacturers- carpet, wood, stone, tile, vinyl, laminate and window coverings – all in a comfortable, relaxed environment. The stress of making decisions simply disappears when you are greeted by their helpful staff.

Because I have known the principals of Rite Loom Flooring for many years, I can do just a little bit of bragging on their behalf.  They have had two important honors bestowed on them recently:  “Best Retailer of the Year” and “Best Showroom”.  I had the honor of being present at their 80th anniversary celebration and community leaders, customers and industry reps attended in force.  The versatility and talent this company embodies is a major factor in their longevity.  They have licensed interior designers on staff to create entire designs, inclusive of kitchen and bath remodels, custom window coverings, custom countertops, floor coverings of every type, and of course, general contracting services, if needed.

So with sincere best wishes, I congratulate co-owners George Lowe and Karyn Hadley (Karyn is the new President of the Southern California Floor Covering Assoc.) on their enduring success.  Southern California is certainly the benefactor for having a committed flooring retailer (and WFCA Member) in the heart of Anaheim.  From all of us at the World Floor Covering Association, “best wishes, Rite Loom Flooring, and keep up the good work”.

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By Annette M. Callari, ASID; CMG

Paradigm_Intersect_300I love when I can tell you about a product so new, that samples are just arriving this week from the manufacturer.  The contract market is going to be pretty excited to see the newest heterogeneous sheet vinyl created by Mannington Commercial.  It’s the Paradigm Collection and includes three nature-fresh patterns.

Streamline is an organic inspired linear pattern that runs in a north/south direction.  Flow is an east/west directional pattern that captures the look of grass cloth.  And lastly, there is Intersect, a subtle basket weave pattern that rounds out the collection.  All three coordinate for mix and match capabilities.  The color line is intentionally nature-based.  Soft grays, browns and neutrals create a calming, healing environment which makes Paradigm particularly well suited to healthcare and senior living applications.

There is even more news to report about these three attractive products:

  1. Can be used for “way finding” in large facilities
  2. All three patterns share the same 10 colorways
  3. All three patterns are available in 6’ 9’ and 12’ widths
  4. Features Quantum Guard HP top coat (aluminum oxide)
  5. Features a limited 10-year commercial warranty

Paradigm_Flow_300Any way you look at this, these products are big news for the commercial market.  End users, designers and architects are all too familiar with the predictable sheet vinyl patterns that have been around for a while.  Time to shake things up, and this is just the Paradigm that can do it.

You will be able to view these new arrivals within the next few weeks at manningtoncommercial.com.

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