Carpet Design Awards 2016: Finalists named

– 24 modern handmade carpets nominated

– Awards to be presented at DOMOTEX on 17 January 2016

Hannover. The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2016 have now been named. In November, a jury nominated the best handmade designer carpets for the final round of the international competition. Presented in eight categories, the Carpet Design Awards honor the outstanding quality and design of the world’s best carpets. The number of entrants was particularly high this year, with a total of 320 carpets from 21 countries submitted (2015: 250 entrants). 24 carpets have made it through to the final round and will be on display at DOMOTEX from 16 to 19 January. The categories range from studio artist, classic/traditional and modern designs to best innovation. The winners of each category will be formally announced on 17 January 2016 in the Innovations@DOMOTEX area.

The highest international accolade for modern handmade carpets will be awarded at DOMOTEX for the eleventh time. Since 2015 the competition has been held as part of Innovations@DOMOTEX. Chaired by British designer Michael Sodeau, the jury selected carpets that unite design and craftsmanship in an outstanding way. The carpets and rugs were judged on their design and design concept, material, execution, structure, quality, sustainability and branding. “Judging for the Carpet Design Awards was particularly difficult this year as there were so many high-quality entrants,” said Michael Sodeau. “A trend seems to be emerging for more texture to be knotted and woven into the carpets such that they make a more physical than visual statement. The trend is more towards overall texture rather than artistic design as in the past.”

In addition to Michael Sodeau, the five-strong jury comprises the New York based author and design journalist Linda O’Keeffe; Ross Urwin, the founder of Infrastructure, Hong Kong; Michael Pourvakil, the founder of Weavers Art, Toronto; and Jochen Ehresmann, head of the carpet department at Munich furniture store Böhmer. More information about the jury, participation conditions and categories is available online at

An overview is available here.
Categories, nominated carpets and designs
01 Best Studio Artist Design
o Re Orient, Studio Brieditis & Evans
o Squeeze, Studio Brieditis & Evans
o Beauty, Ayka Design
02 Best Modern Design Superior
o Crystallized – Ice, Creative Matters Inc
o Aleph, Naziri OHG
o Emerald 1, Art Resources
03 Best Modern Design Deluxe
o Electric Taupe, Hossein Rezvani Design OHG
o New Orleans from Bruno Moinard, Chevalier édition
o Taittu, Free Verse, Jaipur Rugs Company Pvt. Ltd.
04 Best Traditional Design
o Yildiz, Öz-kent Hali
o Marta Stripe, Rug and Kilim
o Suzani, Wool & Silk
05 Best Transitional Design
o Secret Garden, Naziri OHG
o Reflection, Choudhary Exports
o Persy from Samuel Accoceberry, Chevalier édition
06 Best Modern Collection
o Origami Collection, Ayka Design
o Free Verse, Jaipur Rugs Company Pvt. Ltd.
o Landscapes Collection, Wool & Silk
7 Best Traditional Collection
o Sumak Spezial, Theo Keller GmbH
o Pine Garden, Rug Star GmbH
o Ottoman Collection, Wool & Silk
08 Best Innovation
o Glow, Zollanvari AG
o Stereogram, Thibault Van Renne BVBA
o Canvas, Papilio by Prado Rugs N.V.
DOMOTEX Worldwide events:
DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR: International trade fair for carpets and floor coverings in the Asia-Pacific region, Shanghai, 22–24 March 2016
DOMOTEX Turkey: Leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings in Turkey, Gaziantep, May 2016
Deutsche Messe AG
From its headquarters in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages leading capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company ranks among the five biggest tradeshow organizers in Germany, with revenue of 280 million euros (2014). In 2014, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 134 trade fairs and congresses in Germany and abroad – events which hosted a total of over 41,000 exhibitors and some 3.6 million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading events as CeBIT (digital business), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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