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CRI President Joe Yarbrough Talks Annual Meeting, Goals for 2015 on FloorDaily The Carpet and Rug Institute’s 2014 Annual Meeting was Joe Yarbrough’s first as president of the trade association and afterward, he spoke with Kemp Harr of FloorDaily.net about the meeting and some goals CRI has for 2015. Yarbrough spoke about the different goals of CRI and how one of the main goals is to make sure the consumer is well informed about the benefits of carpet. “Soft-floor covering is a very viable econo [...]

Carpet and Capitol Hill: What the Mid-term Elections Mean for the Carpet Industry FloorDaily.net’s Kemp Harr recently discussed the new political landscape in Washington with Tracy Hammond, Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli. Tracy and Polsinelli have worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s lobbying efforts for a number of years. The 2014 mid-term elections saw a dramatic shift with the Republican Party taking a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives. This has major ramific [...]

CRI President Yarbrough Discusses Business Environment, Carpet Cleaning on TalkFloor Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough has served as leader of the carpet industry trade association for six months and he recently sat down with TalkFloor’s Dave Foster to discuss his new role and some of the issues facing the industry. Foster opened with a question on what the initial months have been like directing the organization Yarbrough has been deeply involved in for the past few years, even w [...]

Carpet and Rug Institute President Joe Yarbrough, who took over his new position in April, 2014, recently spoke with Floor Focus magazine publisher Kemp Harr about his first two months at the carpet industry trade group. The interview aired on the flooring industry news site, FloorDaily.net. The interview started with Joe discussing his history working in the carpet industry, beginning at Coronet Industries in 1972. Then in 1978, he joined Alan Lorberbaum and Aladdin Mills and later worked at Mo [...]

The 2500 Year History of the Pazyryk Carpet Here is a look back at the history of carpet, but not just any history: Ancient History. Carpet has been around for centuries and the specific origin has never been verified, but it is known that the floor covering has been used in ancient times, including in the Persian and some Oriental cultures. The Pazyryk Carpet is the oldest known carpet on earth and it has been dated back to the 5th Century B.C. It was discovered in the tomb of a Scythian prince [...]

The Benefits of CRI Membership Who hasn’t heard that famous American Express slogan: “Membership has its privileges”? At the Carpet and Rug Institute, membership certainly does have its privileges. CRI membership provides a full list of benefits, but the most important one is our role of being a source of credible information about the carpet industry. Much of that is available for all to see, as a plethora of information about carpet and rugs can be found on our extensive website. But for our m [...]