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Design your own rug

April 09, 2019

The Broadway Gallery invites you to draw inspiration from Allistair Covell’s abstract and colourful paintings and hand-knotted carpet designs to create your very own ‘canvas to carpet’.

The Broadway Gallery has launched its very own ‘Design Your Own Rug’ competition, in celebration of British artist—and Domotex CDA 2014 winner—Allistair Covell’s first ever solo exhibition currently held at the Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, UK. The closing date of the competition is 5 May 2019, which is when the exhibition ends.

Rug designed by Allistair Covell

Detail of a rug designed by Allistair Covell

Curated by Laura Dennis, Canvas To Carpet’ focuses on Allistair’s abstract hand-knotted carpets and painted synaesthetic responses to music which were interpreted and woven in Afghanistan, and in Nepal by Rug Maker weavers. 

Installation view of 'Canvas to Carpet', Allistair Covell, The Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, UK

Installation view of ‘Canvas to Carpet’, Allistair Covell, The Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, UK

Great public interested in the exhibition, and in the process of carpet making (displayed through two films of weavers in Nepal and Afghanistan), has encouraged the Broadway Gallery to partner with Digswell Arts Trust and Rug Maker, and invite you to draw inspiration from Allistair’s abstract and colourful paintings and hand-knotted carpet designs, to create your very own ‘canvas to carpet’.

Study of the City (detail), Allistair Covell

Study of the City rug (detail), Allistair Covell

The winning design will be made into a 1 m x 1 m square rug, hand-woven by Rug Maker’s weavers in Nepal. The rug will be placed on public display at Letchworth’s new tourist information facility Discover Letchworth, before being awarded to the winning designer.

Allistair Covell's sketchbook

Allistair Covell’s sketchbook

Get creative and design your very own carpet!

Enter competition.

Colour shape music carpet (detail), Allistair Covell

Colour, Shape, Music rug (detail), Allistair Covell

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