The internationally acclaimed Carpet Design Awards saw 11 manufacturers receive an award for their excellent design work.

The internationally acclaimed Carpet Design Awards saw 11 rug manufacturers receive an award for their excellent design work, with each of their winning products being honoured in a ceremony on 12 January that marked the start of DOMOTEX HANNOVER.

The Carpet Design Awards took place for the ninth time at the world fair for carpets and floor coverings in Hannover. The awards are dedicated to handmade carpets of remarkable quality and design and a panel of experts and trade visitors judge outstanding products in a range of categories, including best studio artists’ designs and modern carpets, as well as everything ranging from traditional to innovative. This year also placed a special focus on young talent.

“The Carpet Design Awards provide a snapshot of the best and most innovative carpets being made today,” says Ben Evans, Executive Editor of Cover magazine. “The experience of the jury ranges from interiors and product design, through to artists to rug retailers…”

A total of 329 entries were received from designers across the world, of which 33 carpets reached the final round. All these entries were on show in a special display area during DOMOTEX. After careful deliberation, the panels of judges were most impressed by 11 designs that displayed particular excellence in design, colour and materials. The Design Carpet Awards are known to set standards in design trends and ideas.

The emphasis on upcoming, next-generation talent saw the introduction of two new categories, namely the AfghanMade initiative and the design student category. The AfghanMade initiative called for young designers (aged below 25) and design students to create and submit their own work. Six designs were then handcrafted in Afghanistan and were on view at DOMOTEX.

Sheefalika Misra from India, Evrim Terkesli from Turkey and Aoi Yoshizawa from Japan reached the final round in the design student category with Sheefalika Misra chosen as the winner. The finalists included Isobel Morris and Allistair Covell, both from the UK, and Sanja Peric from Serbia. Allistair Covell was chosen as the winner of this category.
The winners of the Carpet Design Awards for 2014:

Best Student Design
Sheefalika Misra, AfghanMade

Best Young Designer
Allistair Covell, AfghanMade

Best Studio Artist Design
Shore Line by Studio Claudy Jongstra

Best Modern Design Standard
Taala by Naziri

Best Modern Design Superior
Peacock by New Moon

Best Modern Design Deluxe
Prince of Wales by Zollanvari

Best Traditional Design
Tree of Life by Rug Star

Best Transitional Design
Garden Antracid by Global Overseas

Best Modern Collection
Manhattan Collection by Wool & Silk Rugs

Best Traditional Collection
Haîk Collection by Jan Kath Design

Best Innovation
Cross me (k)not by cc-tapis