The world’s finest designer carpets and rugs have just been awarded well-deserved prizes at the 2016 Carpet Design Awards, held at DOMOTEX in Hannover, Germany.
The award ceremony took place on 17 January with winners announced in eight categories including Best Studio Artist Design, Best Traditional Design, Best Modern Collection and Best Innovation.
The 24 finalists were whittled down from an initial 320 entries from 21 countries.
Under the chairmanship of the British designer Michael Sodeau, the international jury judged pieces based on design and design concept, materials, execution, texture/structure and quality as well as sustainability and branding.
Carpet Design Awards 2016 prize-winners:
Best Studio Artist Design
Re Orient – Studio Brieditis & Evans
Statement of the Jury: Combines upcycling with the roots of traditional rug making
Best Modern Design Superior
Aleph – Naziri
Statement of the Jury: The judges were attracted to the minimalism and versatility
Best Modern Design Deluxe
Electric Taupe – Hossein Rezvani Design
Statement of the Jury: deconstructs traditional Persian design into its essential elements
Best Traditional Design
Marta Stripe – Rug and Kilim
Statement of the Jury: reveals the process in the weave and the warm tones of its colours
Best Transitional Design
Secret Garden – Naziri
Statement of the Jury: literally embodies the notion of transitional rug design
Best Modern Collection
Landscape Collection – Wool and Silk Rugs
Statement of the Jury: for communicating a sense of time and place
Best Traditional Collection
Pine Garden Collection – Rug Star by Jürgen Dahlmanns
Statement of the Jury: taking us on a journey through colour
Glow – Zollanvari
Statement of the Jury: the potential to have a widespread ecological impact on rug production
The presentation of the Carpet Design Awards is one of the highlights of the annual DOMOTEX show. Excitement mounts each year when the prizes are presented on the Sunday of the show at a special award ceremony attended by numerous guests from the international carpet industry.
All 24 carpets from the short-listed finalists will be on display at the Innovations@DOMOTEX area in Hall 17 until 19 January.
Visitors can pick their own personal favorites and the most popular choice will then be awarded a special trophy at the end of the show.