The Latest on the rite-loom carpet craze
RITRO, N.Y. — When the curtain goes up on Rite-Looms in January, some people are sure to try and replicate their own custom-made carpet loom.
For others, it’s just an excuse to try to look good while doing it.
And for some, it could have been just the perfect excuse to buy a new pair of white sneakers.
It’s not just shoes.
It’s an entire industry.
And the craze started as a response to the carpet industry’s poor production quality, a problem that has plagued rug companies for years.
But the industry’s troubles have escalated as new regulations have put a crimp on their supply chains.
“The industry is so fragmented,” said John Schulte, a senior vice president at the Retail Industry Association of New York.
“They’re really only in one place and that’s in New York City.
That’s the home base of carpet manufacturers.”
It’s a huge issue in New Jersey, where the carpet supply chain stretches from the coast to the edge of the state.
The state’s largest carpet company, the Rite-Loom Group, says the carpet shortage has been compounded by a lack of supply since the beginning of the year, but there are signs the industry is on the mend.
The company says it is adding to its supply chain to ensure quality and durability of the material.
It has already ramped up production, adding a supply of about 8,000 feet of carpet each day.
And in the past two months, the company says its production capacity has grown by a staggering 30 percent, from 2,500 feet of production per day to 7,000.
The carpet supply shortage has created a new market, one where brands and designers are scrambling to capitalize on the crappiness.
In January, the New York Post published a cover story titled “I’m a carpet man!” with photos of a man with a white-striped, lace-trimmed robe in a bedroom.
It was a stunning illustration of the trend that has spread across the country.
The industry, meanwhile, is struggling to meet demand as the supply chain is hit by new regulations and supply shortages have continued to mount.
The new regulations were meant to curb the supply of carpet, but they have been especially tough on the carpet business.
Ritro, a carpet manufacturer based in New Rochelle, N, said it’s been struggling to keep up with demand.
It was originally founded in 1869 in New Brunswick, N., by Joseph Ritrovich, a local rug dealer.
Ritsolvich was a skilled tradesman, but his father, a tailor, told him he would not be able to provide quality goods for a long time if he did not have a rug for sale.
In 1875, Ritrosolv began producing carpet in his workshop, and it took another 18 years to expand to a factory in Newburgh, N..
The company now employs nearly 2,000 people in New England and New York state, where it makes about 5,000 square feet of fabric a day.
Ritro said it has not seen the supply situation improve since January.
Ritters said that while demand has improved, supply is still limited.
“There is not enough carpet for everybody,” he said.
The lack of carpet has put a squeeze on the industry, but some carpet companies have figured out a way to find extra supplies.RITRO and other companies have been making custom-designed and cut-to-order carpet for years, including a line of carpet looms made with high-quality leather.
The Ritroxes’ loom has an “open weave” design that allows for easy cutting of fabric for a variety of projects, including kitchen counters, wall hangings, and even decorative carpets.
The Ritrons say the fabric has a great finish, can last for a few years and is not difficult to work with.
The line of loom accessories also sells for $1,000 or more on eBay, where one customer bought the rug that she had to wear for six weeks.
Ritsolvens say their loom is still the most sought-after item on the online auction site.
The rug is cut to order, the fabric is trimmed and the seams are sewn to order.
“We’re seeing a huge amount of interest from designers,” Ritsolt said.
“We’re still in the process of finding the best product for them.”
Ritron’s loom, Ritsols said, is “the perfect example of the difference between what designers want to be known for and what consumers want to buy.”
In a statement, RITROSOLVIN said it is committed to providing the highest quality products at an affordable price, and has expanded its supply and workforce.
It says the demand for its products has been greater than supply and the rug has been