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SURYA MAKES YEAR-END GIFT TO PROJECT MALA ON BEHALF OF CUSTOMERS 12.30.14

Donation will give children in weaver communities in rural India access to education and a brighter future

CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 30, 2014
— As part of its commitment to improve the social and economic welfare of the communities in which its weavers reside, Surya has made a year-end donation on behalf of its customers to Project Mala. The international nonprofit organization offers education, nutrition and healthcare to children in remote villages in Northern India who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend school – making it possible for them to thrive and realize their potential while also giving hope to future generations.

The funds will be used to provide the children of Surya weavers with classroom education, uniforms, nutritious meals and medical care, and will also support a facilities expansion project at one of Project Mala’s six schools. Additionally, a portion of the donation will be allocated to a recently introduced program that provides preschool tuition for young girls so that they are able to enter primary school with the same advantage as boys of a similar age.

“Coming myself from a small village in Northern India where many of our weavers live, I understand the importance of education in empowering children to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “In a similar way, our customers empower us and inspire us each day to grow as a company. We are pleased to honor them by making this important, and impactful, donation to Project Mala.”

This donation builds upon a partnership between Surya and Project Mala announced earlier this year, wherein Surya agreed to sponsor 160 students annually. To further support Project Mala’s educational initiatives, Surya has increased its overall annual financial contribution from approximately $31,000 in 2014 to $50,000 in 2015.

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 Thrive Educate (formerly 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 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. To learn more, visit www.projectmala.org/us.
 

SURYA TO INTRODUCE 20 NEW BEDDING DESIGNS AT WINTER MARKETS 12.22.14

Brand will also unveil expanded lighting, decorative accents and outdoor offerings

CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 22, 2014 — Surya is set to debut an exclusive new bedding line during the upcoming winter markets. Featuring a range of distinctive looks, fabrics, colors and styles, the new collections include duvet sets with coordinating quilts, Euro shams and accent pillows to create distinctive top-of-bed looks for a variety of lifestyles and budgets.

Collections to be showcased include:

Bohemian Blues – “Eclectic” and “free spirited” describe this collection, constructed of cotton and cotton flax and featuring braided fabrics, dip dyed effects and Japanese-inspired panel prints in deep blues accented by raspberry. Silk quilts, a batik reversible quilt and coordinating pouf round out the collection.

Classica – Designed for the hospitality setting and crafted of 300-thread count cotton sateen, this elegant collection features a printed paisley design and is available in tonal grays, beiges and aquas. Completing the look are coordinating velvet throw pillows, quilt and bed runners.

Metallics – This sophisticated collection, constructed of undyed linen and linen cotton in earthy neutrals, includes metallic accents and luxurious details such as pleating, crocheted edges and hand stitching. Also available are beaded and lace throw pillows and coordinating poufs.

Metropolis – Constructed of embroidered cotton sateen, this modern collection features bold, graphic patterns and a color palette of black, white and brights that can be easily mixed and matched to create a personalized look.

Rough Luxe – Crafted of linen and cotton linen, this relaxed collection in dusty pastels with washed look is accented by antiqued printed florals, satin appliqués and crocheted edges. A solid-hued ruched quilt, coordinating printed floral poufs and satin throw pillows add a feminine touch.

“We received such a positive response to the launch last year of our Florence Broadhurst bedding collections and knew that designers and retailers really appreciate being able to offer their customers coordinated looks for the bedroom,” said Lynne Meredith, vice president of product development, Surya. “With our latest bedding collections, we sought to provide distinctive, finely crafted looks that are both luxurious and affordable while also complementing a range of lifestyles.”

In addition to the bedding introductions, Surya will unveil more than 150 new lamps—including a selection of crystal and glass lamps—and over 100 decorative accents in a range of styles, shapes and colors. Also on display will be an expanded outdoor product line that includes new outdoor lighting, mirrors and ceramics categories along with rugs, pillows and poufs in high-performance materials, and new designer collections from DwellStudio, Bobby Berk Home and celebrity designer Candice Olson.

Market attendees are invited to explore the new collections at any of Surya’s showrooms, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Surya will serve a complimentary hot catered breakfast and lunch each day, along with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails each evening.

Atlanta – Jan. 6-13; AmericasMart 11-A-1; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Dallas – Jan. 14-20; WTC 560; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Las Vegas – Jan. 18-22; WMC C400; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

View high res images of some of Surya’s new bedding collections.
 

SURYA HONORED WITH NIRYAT SHREE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING EXPORT PERFORMANCE 12.10.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 10, 2014 — Surya recently was named a recipient of the prestigious Niryat Shree Award for outstanding performance in exports. The award was presented to Surya founder Surya Tiwari by the President of India, Honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, during a ceremony held in New Delhi at the beginning of December.

Surya was recognized by the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) in the category of “Textiles Sector, Including RMG, Made-ups, Yarn, Handicrafts & Carpets.” The FIEO fosters India’s entrepreneurial spirit in the global market and helps to promote trade by acting as a liaison between its members and the Government of India.

“At Surya, we have a strong global reach, sourcing products from more than 40 locations across five continents, with an increasing number of products being produced in the U.S.,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We are honored to receive this esteemed award and are thankful for the continued support that FIEO and the Government of India have provided us as we continue to expand our reach in the home accessories market.”

A recognized industry leader, Surya offers more than 30,000 products across a range of categories that includes rugs, pillows, throws, lighting, wall decor, accent furniture, decorative accents and bedding. The company employs more than 50,000 weavers in Ugapur in Northern India, and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing privately-held companies for four consecutive years.
 

SURYA PARTNERS WITH SHAW FLOORS TO PROVIDE AREA RUGS TO MORE THAN 2,000 RETAILERS NATIONWIDE 12.08.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 8, 2014
— Surya has entered into an exclusive partnership with Shaw Floors to market and sell Surya area rugs through the Shaw Flooring Network (SFN), an aligned dealer program that includes more than 2,000 flooring retailers across the United States.

As a Shaw vendor partner, Surya will make available to SFN retailers its extensive area rug offering, which includes more than 5,500 rug designs in a broad range of styles, colors, constructions and price points. Additionally, network members will have access to over 3,500 coordinating home accessories such as pillows, throws, lighting, wall decor, accent furniture, decorative accessories and bedding.

“We are excited to join forces with Shaw Floors and its prestigious network of flooring retailers,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “The addition of Surya products to the Shaw Flooring Network offering will enable SFN retailers to expand their reach to include an even wider customer base and, at the same time, build awareness for the Surya brand within the flooring channel. This is a great synergy and we look forward to building a strong and lasting partnership with Shaw.”

“It is our pleasure to offer our SFN retailers the high quality and wide range of products from Surya,” said Aaron John, director of the Shaw Flooring Network. “Our collaboration with Surya is more than a partnership. Surya's extensive collection of area rugs and home accessories not only provides our SFN retailers with the opportunity to increase their revenue, but it also allows for very creative merchandising within the flooring showroom.”

Surya will be featured at SFN’s bi-annual convention, to be held Jan. 18-21, 2015, in Orlando, Fla., where the brand will showcase 180 rugs across all constructions and price points along with a selection of pillows and other home accents. Surya will also introduce an innovative display designed specifically for flooring retailers.

“We are actively working to grow our market share in the important floor covering segment,” said Jim Curtin, vice president of sales, National Accounts, Surya. “We are confident that this partnership with Shaw will help us to gain a strong foothold with flooring retailers across the country while providing SFN members with the opportunity to grow their current business through the sale of a diverse collection of rugs and home accessories. We are pleased to be a part of Shaw’s extended family.”

About Shaw
The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4.8 billion in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Ga., with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the US, as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.shawfloors.com/about-shaw.

SURYA TO SPOTLIGHT “ALL THINGS MARSALA” AT WINTER MARKETS 12.05.14

A selection of products in Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year to be featured

CALHOUN, Ga. — Dec. 5, 2014 — As Surya heads into the winter market season, the rug and home accessories brand is gearing up to showcase a number of fashion forward products in Marsala, the hue named yesterday by color authority Pantone as its 2015 Color of the Year. Many of Surya’s offerings – both established and new – embody the rich color story that is described by Pantone as a “hearty, yet stylish tone that is universally appealing.”

Highly versatile and easily paired with both neutrals and more vibrant hues, Marsala evokes a sense of rootedness and understated elegance while encouraging creative experimentation. Anticipating the trend towards richer, more saturated color, Surya’s product development team has artfully translated the inviting hue and coordinating tonals into a diverse mix of solids, stripes, florals and geometric patterns well-suited for any living environment.

“We are always seeking new ways to bring color into our products in an inspired and meaningful way,” said Lynne Meredith, vice president of Product Development, Surya. “During the past year, we have seen a return to updated classics that have their roots in tradition yet feel very fresh and modern. We have incorporated lots of lush red tones from the trending jewel tone palette into our products to instill a feeling of luxury and glamour along with passion and sensuality. Marsala possesses these characteristics, while also imparting warmth and an ‘of the earth’ feeling that is accessible and highly relatable.”

Winter market attendees are invited to visit a Surya showroom, where an assortment of rugs, pillows, lighting, wall decor and other home accessories in Marsala and complementary hues will be thoughtfully displayed along with hundreds of other products across a broad range of styles and price points.

Atlanta – Jan. 6-13; AmericasMart 11-A-1; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Dallas – Jan. 14-20; WTC 560; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Las Vegas – Jan. 18-22; WMC C400; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Access Surya’s Marsala Pinterest Board, which has more than 4,700 followers.

View Surya Products in Marsala.
 

SURYA DONATES MORE THAN 3,900 FOOD ITEMS TO COMMUNITY FOOD BANK 11.25.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — Nov. 24, 2014 — Surya employees collected more than 3,900 non-perishable food items during the company’s fourth annual food drive, which took place from Nov. 10 to Nov. 20. The donations were delivered last week to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, which distributes healthy food to residents of 20 counties throughout Northwest Georgia and Tennessee.

Surya held its first food drive in 2011 as a way to help the surrounding community and it has since grown to become an annual initiative. This year, Surya employees formed two teams to see which team could collect the most items. This competitive spirit paid off, with the combined team effort resulting in the collection of 528 more items than were collected during the same period last year.

“More than 49 million Americans live without knowing when and where they will get their next meal,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “During this time of year when families gather to celebrate and give thanks, it’s important to share with those in our community who are less fortunate. Even the smallest act of generosity can have a big impact on the lives of others and I am very proud of the Surya team for coming together in such a big way to help our neighbors in North Georgia and Tennessee.”

Since 2011, Surya has provided more than 11,000 food items to local food banks. To learn more about Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit www.surya.com/social-responsibility.

About the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB)
Founded in 1982, the CAFB is committed to leading a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in the areas it serves. The CAFB acquires and distributes healthy food across a 20-county service region, including Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, with help from its network of over 300 partner agencies. Last year, the CAFB distributed over 12 million pounds of food and served over 20,000 people each week. In addition to food provision, the CAFB works to engage the public in the fight to end hunger and empower people to take responsibility for their health and their lives. For more information, visit www.chattfoodbank.org.

SURYA'S MILES FOR MEALS CAMPAIGN RAISES OVER $69K FOR SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IN RURAL INDIA 11.11.14

Funds raised will provide daily lunches to more than 4,600 school children for an entire year

CALHOUN, Ga. — Nov. 11, 2014 — Surya's third annual ‘Miles for Meals’ campaign exceeded expectations, raising $69,603 for Akshaya Patra, an NGO-run meal program that provides daily hot lunches to thousands of school children in villages in Northern India where Surya’s artisan community resides.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, more than 48 Surya employees, customers and partners ran a half marathon in Cumming, Ga., to raise money for Akshaya Patra, which means “inexhaustible vessel” in Sanskrit. Surya employees also secured donations through creative fundraising initiatives that included an ice bucket challenge, car wash, ping pong tournament, yoga class and sale of handcrafted items and baked goods. Many Surya customers also contributed funds to the campaign.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Miles for Meals results,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “For many children, the lunchtime meal they receive from Akshaya Patra is their only meal for the day and it can make such a big difference in the lives of not only the children but also their families and the community. The Surya team truly went above and beyond this year, far exceeding our fundraising goal of $50,000, and we look forward to raising even more money for this important cause next year.”

In addition to the money raised by the Miles for Meals campaign, an additional 250 school children will receive meals for a year thanks to members of Surya Rewards, Surya’s customer loyalty program, who donated their Surya Points in October to Akshaya Patra.

“Surya’s Miles for Meals program demonstrates the compassion and heart of the entire Surya organization and its amazing employees and partners,” said Emily Rosenbaum, Akshaya Patra USA CEO. “This year, Miles for Meals runners and donors have supported 4,600 children with midday meals for a year. What an incredible feat this is and one that will be reflected in the smiles and joy of the many children who now have a chance to get the education and nutrition that will help them to truly thrive as adults. Our thanks go out to all who made this happen!”

Since its inception in 2012, Surya’s Miles for Meals program has raised more than $140,000 for Akshaya Patra. The organization delivers a hot, nutritious midday meal to 1.4 million children daily, and $15 feeds one child for an entire year.

To learn more about Akshaya Patra and Surya’s commitment to social responsibility, visit www.surya.com/social-responsibility.

SURYA SET TO UNVEIL NEW HOSPITALITY LIGHTING AND RUG COLLECTIONS AT BOUTIQUE DESIGN NEW YORK 11.05.14


CALHOUN, Ga. — Nov. 5, 2014 — Surya will introduce a new line of hospitality lighting along with a collection of eco-friendly rugs at Boutique Design New York (BDNY), which takes place from Nov. 9-10 in New York City.

The new lighting line includes a selection of contemporary guest room lamps available in a range of rich finishes and textures and priced in the one hundred dollar range. The lamps feature a USB port and electrical outlet for convenient charging of portable devices, and are compatible with both LED and standard incandescent light bulbs. Designers can choose from multiple base and shade options, providing optimal design flexibility. All designs will be stocked and available for quick shipment.

Surya will also showcase a collection of hand-knotted rugs constructed of PET yarn made from recycled plastic water bottles. The rugs, which feature classic and transitional designs in fashion forward color palettes, have been designed to provide the look of a high-end, handcrafted rug while offering durability and ease of care at a very accessible price point.

“We are excited to launch our newest collections for the hospitality market,” said Tom Etheridge, vice president of Hospitality, Surya. “Our goal is to make it easy for designers to create distinctive guest rooms that not only provide a great guest experience but also help to build brand awareness for the hotel or property. We look forward to sharing these new products with BDNY attendees and to further expanding our product offering to include even more innovative and sustainable options specifically designed for the hospitality market.”

BDNY attendees are invited to explore Surya's new lighting and rug collections at Booth 848 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
 

SURYA INTRODUCES NOVEL CUSTOM RUG PROGRAM 10.17.14

Choice of fashion forward designs in multiple colorways, shapes and sizes for delivery in less than three weeks

CALHOUN, Ga. — Oct. 17, 2014 — Surya will unveil at High Point Market a new custom rug program that will enable designers and retailers to order custom tufted rugs for delivery within three weeks. Designed to meet the needs of customers who want a custom rug quickly, the innovative program offers a choice of eight machine-tufted rug designs and 8-12 colorways for each design. The rugs, which will be produced at Surya’s Calhoun, Ga., location, can be ordered in almost any size/shape combination, providing a significant range of custom options.

This latest offering builds upon Surya’s existing custom rug program, which allows customers to order custom sizes for more than 4,000 Surya rug designs across a range of handcrafted constructions, including hand-knotted, hand-tufted, hand-woven and hand-hooked styles.

“In today’s world, it is important not only to offer great designs and quality construction, but also to be able to quickly deliver the products that consumers need to create signature living spaces,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We understand that the typical consumer has a vision of what their perfect room should look like and that one size or color combination doesn’t fit all. That’s why, in addition to offering more than 5,500 in-stock rugs, we have developed a flexible custom rug program designed to meet each customer’s home decor needs within a timeframe and budget that works for them.”

Market attendees are invited to visit Surya’s flagship showroom – Showplace 4100 – to learn more about the expanded custom rug program and view samples of the machine-tufted options. Surya is also hosting several educational and social events and will serve a complimentary hot catered breakfast and lunch each day, along with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails each evening. The showroom will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A complete listing of showroom events can be found at www.surya.com/market-events.

SURYA RELEASES FALL 2014 CATALOG 10.10.14

Enhancements include new bedding category and expanded lighting section

CALHOUN, Ga. — Oct. 10, 2014 — Surya has announced the release of its fall 2014 catalog, featuring over 7,000 coordinating home accessories artfully displayed in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate format for simplified product location and a more efficient shopping experience. In addition to hard copy format, the new catalog can be accessed via Surya’s free iPad® app, which provides zoom-in capability for viewing of fine product details and the ability to check product inventory on the go 24/7.

Showcasing more than $100 million of product inventory, the 750+-page catalog includes hundreds of new products across multiple categories, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and – new for this catalog – bedding. The lighting section has also been expanded to reflect significant additions to the category and now incorporates more product details for easier product selection.

For convenience, the best-selling products within each category are indicated by a Top Seller icon and also appear in a special Top Sellers section at the front of the catalog for quick reference. Surya guarantees shipment of its best-selling accessories and rugs (5’ x 8’ and 8’ x 11’ sizes) within two business days and ships all other in-stock items within three business days.

“As we continue to expand the depth and breadth of our product offering, it is important to make it as easy as possible for our customers to find the products they need to build a complete coordinated look,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Our latest catalog not only provides a very logical and user-friendly way to view the variety of styles, colors, materials and constructions that Surya offers but also ignites the imagination with almost limitless design possibilities.”

The new catalog has been mailed to customers and is accessible digitally at www.surya.com/ecatalog/. Market attendees can also pick up a copy of the catalog during High Point Market at Surya's showroom – Showplace 4100 – which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to access high res images of the catalog.

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