The 13th edition of the coveted annual Carpet Design Awards is set to be held at on 13 January 2018 at the DOMOTEX event. Designers and makers of modern hand-made carpets have until 1 November 2017 to submit their entries for these awards, which are considered an international badge of distinction.

The Carpet Design Awards recognises quality and design excellence in hand-made carpets and rugs. Since its inception, the categories have been refined and updated to reflect industry trends. Next year’s awards are conferred in eight categories, and include two new categories, namely Best Interior (a high-end customisation project or rug installation demonstrated with high quality images) and Best Communication (a successful marketing or branding campaign demonstrated with high-quality images).

Applications for the awards must be submitted online, and each entrant can submit up to three designs per category. Entry is restricted to designers and manufacturers who are exhibiting their exclusive carpet creations at DOMOTEX 2018. The only exception is the “Best Studio Artist Design” category, which is also open to designers who are not exhibiting at DOMOTEX. An international jury headed by Michael Mandapati, carpet expert and president of Warp & Weft, New York, will assess all entries and shortlist three carpets for each of the eight categories that characterise exceptional design, quality and craftsmanship. There is no entry fee for submissions.

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