WASHINGTON (March 1, 2012)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected New York-based Concord Global Trading Inc. as a broadloom and area rug licensee under its National Geographic and National Geographic Kids brands for North America.
Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Concord Global will team up to launch a line of unique and exciting area rugs for kids and adults based on National Geographic’s photographic archive. The rugs will launch to trade at the New York Home Fashions Market (March 5-8, 2012) and will be available to consumers through retailers and trading partners in the United States and Canada in summer 2012.
“For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “As one of the leaders in the rug industry, we are excited to work with Concord Global to bring some of this incredible photography into consumers’ homes on broadloom and area rugs.”
“Concord Global is thrilled to partner with National Geographic on this new venture,” said Gulben Aksu-Bulat, vice president of Concord Global. “With our industry experience and innovative technology, we are able to capture the essence of the original photographs in detail and create spectacular printed area rugs using an infinite range of vibrant colors. We are proud to offer stunning National Geographic images on decorative rugs for every lifestyle.”
National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 400 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; trips; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
About Concord Global Trading Inc. (U.S.A.)
Concord Global Trading Inc. is the No. 1 exporter of machine-made area rugs from Turkey to the United States. This expanding business-to-business wholesale company specializes in the manufacturing of heat-set and printed nylon area rugs. Concord Global prides itself on its manufacturing capabilities and its strong customer service, and its goal is to provide the most fashionable rugs at the best prices. Customers range from chic furniture stores and high-volume department stores to chains and small sole-proprietorships. Concord Global also creates lines of rugs for other distributors. The company had its own manufacturing mill in Turkey, but moved production to one of world’s largest machine-made rug manufacturers in Turkey in order to expand and provide a better variety of color creels and qualities. Concord Global won the America’s Magnificent Carpets Award in the heat-set machine-made rug category presented by Architectural Digest magazine in 2005. Concord Global has a licensing agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York to turn Arts for Transit poster designs into rugs. For more information, visit concordglobal.net.
Concord Global Trading Inc. (U.S.)