Published on : Monday, January 13, 2020
For the 15th time, the Carpet Design Awards at DOMOTEX once again highlighted the superior quality and outstanding design of the finest hand-made carpets and rugs. A jury of international experts, chaired by Graham Head, Vice Chairman of ABC Carpet & Home in New York City, selected the winners of these world-renowned awards in eight categories.
The selection criteria included the following, exceptional design, top quality and skilled craftsmanship. The winners of the international competition were ceremoniously announced at the dedicated Carpet Design Awards display in Hall 3, Stand H23 on Saturday, January 11, 2020. “There were a great many entries this year, and I was impressed by quite a number of them,” remarked jury member Stefan Amstad, Category Manager Carpets at furniture giant Möbel Pfister. “I was delighted to see a wide variety of designs, with Bauhaus and Art Deco being the main influences.” Jury chairman Graham Head praised the “unique and innovative inspiring concepts” among the entries, “something in the fabric and texture of the carpet which has never been seen before.” The prestigious awards reflect the industry’s innovative strength and trends.
Category 1: Best Studio Artist Design
Giovanni- Manufacturer: Floor_Story
Based on an original ceramic, this rug brings the artist’s unmistakable style and sense of joy to life through painterly colour layups, fill scribbles and graphic lines. The bold, cartoonish look is enhanced by the unconventional and carefully delineated shape.
Category 2: Best Modern Design Superior
Stairmaze- Exhibitor: Jaipur Rugs Company
This rug reflects the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jaipur, particularly the intricate designs gracing the subterranean architecture of the city’s step-wells. Differing pile heights accentuate the delicate tracery of the ornamentation, giving the floor covering a beautiful sense of depth.
Category 3: Best Modern Design Deluxe
Strati- Exhibitor: Jaipur Rugs Comany
Haphazard elements settle side by side to form a coherent story in this rug. Strati belongs to the Aakar collection; Aakar means shape in Hindi and encapsulates the idea of putting various forms in distinctive colours together to construct a rug where the sum is greater than its parts.
Category 4: Best Transitional Design
Shahnameh-Exhibitor: Lila Valadan
This unique wool and silk one-of-a-kind artwork perfectly fuses the design of classical Tabriz rugs and an artistic interpretation of Rostam’s Seven Labours from the epic 12th century poem Shahnameh. This piece features 100% organic wool and silk and 100% natural dyes to create a rug at one with nature.
Category 5: Best Flatweave Design
Sixth Sense- Exhibitor: Lila Valadan
Almost forgotten weaving techniques have been reinterpreted from old artefacts. Man’s soul searching begins with the realisation that the world is an illusion created by the five senses and beyond is a subconscious level of awareness.
Category 6: Best Collection
Jaipur Wunderkammer Collection-Exhibitor: Jaipur Rugs Company
An Italian designer has been inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jaipur, Rajasthan to create a graphic collection that represents a phantasmagorical vision of India and highlights the mystifying charm of the Pink City.
Category 7: Best Interior
Home Dana- Exhibitor: Rug Star by Jürgen Dahlmanns
Rugs from India and Afghanistan are displayed in a newly renovated 1970s apartment with low ceilings on the 36th floor in Millennium Park, Downtown Chicago. The designer was aiming for ‘emancipated eclecticism’ which is echoed in the rug selection.
Category 8: Best Modern Design Select
Fresco- Exhibitor: Knots Rugs
Part of a collection entitled Your Floor is the Canvas, this rug uses 44 colours and is the result of a collaboration between a design company and a museum. Layer upon layer of imagery adapted from the museum archives mix Gothic, Classical and Pop aesthetics to unique effect.