The Carpet Design Awards 2021 are set to be the most hotly contested to date. This year any company had the opportunity to apply to enter the awards, which celebrate original design and innovation in the handmade rug industry. For fifteen years the competition—presented in partnership with COVER and HALI magazines—has been a highlight of Domotex Hannover and open only to exhibitors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the trade fair will not go ahead but has opted to switch the Carpet Design Awards ceremony to an online format taking place at on 20 May at 5.00pm GMT.
With over 350 entries, a shortlist of three has been compiled for all nine of the categories. A new category aimed at design students and recent graduates, Best Emerging Designer, has three finalists (see COVER 60). Former president and vice chair of ABC Carpet and Home Graham Head chairs the jury, which also numbers collection manager for the rugs division at Etoffe.com Irène Ribeiro, designer and creative director at Christian Lacroix Maison Sacha Walckhoff, product manager for carpets at Segmüller Uwe Heublein and interior designer for Carden Cunietti Audrey Carden.
To attend the awards ceremony virtually, visit: https://www.domotex.de/en/side-events/awards/carpet-design-awards
Category 01: Best Studio Artist Design
Category 02: Best Modern Design Essential
Category 03: Best Modern Design Superior
Category 04: Best Modern Design Deluxe
Category 05: Best Transitional Design
Category 06: Best Flatweave Design
Category 07: Best Collection
Category 08: Best Interior
Category 09: Best Emerging Designer