Online report features export suppliers offering furniture, home textiles and tabletop decorations, plus details on product pricing and supply market trends.

VIENTIANE, LaosThe Hinrich Foundation released the Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings report with the support of its partner in export development, Global Sources.

The online report provides import buyers with sourcing information on seven verified export suppliers and profiles furniture, home textiles, tabletop decorations and other home furnishings. It also features an overview of the industry, new product features, price guides and export data. A PDF of the report is available to download for free online.

Designs showcase traditional skills, local culture

Laos suppliers of furniture, home textiles, figurines, lamps and other home furnishings typically highlight the traditional crafts and culture of Laos.

Cushion covers and table runners, for example, are made of handwoven fabrics with ethnic motifs such as serpents, elephants and mountains. Handcarved figurines usually depict animals found in the country or carvings of Buddha, Kuan Yin and other important figures in Buddhism.

“As eco-consciousness in the market grows, suppliers in Laos are offering more handmade, environment-friendly products,” said Phiengphaneth Chanthalangsy, export consultant of the Hinrich Foundation.

Some companies, for instance, are using fabric scraps from tailor shops to produce home textiles. Wicker furniture and furnishings are mostly in natural rattan and bamboo.

Suppliers and products

Established in 1993, Danlao Rattan in Vientiane specializes in wicker furniture and decorative items made of rattan. The company holds a Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody (FSC COC) certification.

Houngchalearn Handicraft, also in Vientiane, offers handcarved home decor, tableware and kitchenware. It has been in operation since 2012.

Located in the province of Savannakhet, the Sengsavang Organization is a social enterprise that produces home textiles and garments made of handwoven cotton. The organization has been operating in Laos since 2006.

Besides Danlao, Houngchalearn and Sengsavang, suppliers featured in the report are:

– Maicome, Vientiane: Handwoven silk wall hangings and cushion covers.

– Mountheva Furniture, Vientiane: Wooden furniture for homes, offices and hotels.

– Phakaned Handicraft, Vientiane: Cotton cushion covers and silk pillowcases.

– Thavixok Rattan House Import-Export, Vientiane: Rattan baskets, wicker furniture and lamps.

 

The report further shows:

– Laos exported about $10.5 million worth of furniture, basketwork, wickerwork, and wooden tableware, kitchenware and ornaments in 2016, according to the latest figures in the DESA/UNSD, United Nations Comtrade database.

– Furniture accounted for the majority of the export value. Thailand, China and Vietnam were the top markets for the category during the period.

– Interviewed suppliers expect prices to increase in the next six months.

 

Laos Sourcing: Home furnishings is one of a series of online Sourcing Reports covering emerging Asia supply markets. A full version of the report can be viewed here.

 

Other related Sourcing Reports available available on the New Sourcing Markets website are: Home decor, Indonesia and India; Home textiles, India; and Home & garden decor, Philippines. The site also offers sourcing reports on other products and suppliers from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

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