Carpet Design Award winners announced

by Ofentse Sefolo
Carpet Design Award winners announced

On 11 January 2020, the winners of the Carpet Design Awards were announced at DOMOTEX. Awards were bestowed on outstanding products in eight categories.

Best Studio Artist Design Award
Based on an original ceramic, Giovanni by Floor_Story 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.  The judges said the rug is fresh and true – an art that ticks every box.

Best Modern Design Superior
The winner of this award category was Stairmaze. The rug, which was exhibited by Jaipur Rugs Company, 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. “The innovative construction techniques complement and enhance the design,” said the judges.

Best Modern Design Deluxe
Strati received the award for the best modern design deluxe for its “innovative design featuring appealing textures”. On this rug, haphazard elements settle side by side to form a coherent story. 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.

Best Transitional Design
Shahnameh is a wool and silk one-of-a-kind artwork that perfectly fuses the design of classical Tabriz rugs and an artistic interpretation of Rostam’s Seven Labours from the epic 12th century poem Shahnameh. The rug, which was exhibited by Lila Valadan, features 100% organic wool and silk and 100% natural dyes to create a rug at one with nature. The judges described it as a meditative balanced design.

Best Flatweave Design
Almost forgotten weaving techniques have been reinterpreted from old artefacts for Sixth Sense. Also exhibited by Lila Valadan, the design hints at man’s soul searching, which begins with the realisation that the world is an illusion created by the five senses and beyond is a subconscious level of awareness. The judges described Sixth Sense as “deep and complex”.

Best Collection
The Jaipur Wunderkammer Collection received the Best Collection Award. An Italian designer was 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. “An exciting variety of designs with a fantastic signature look,” said the judges.

Best Interior
Home Dana, exhibited by Rug Star by Jürgen Dahlmanns, highlights “emancipated eclecticism” through a selection of rugs from India and Afghanistan. The rugs were displayed in a newly renovated 1970s apartment, with low ceilings, on the 36th floor in Millennium Park, Downtown Chicago. The judges said the rug and interior were perfectly matched.

Best Modern Design Select
Forming part of a collection entitled Your Floor is the Canvas, the Fresco 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. “A fascinating design with good scale and depth,” said the judges.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.domotex.de for some of the information contained in this article.

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