Though COVID-19 meant that DOMOTEX Hannover could not take place as usual, there was no doubt among the organisers that the Carpet Design Awards, presented in partnership with COVER and HALI magazines, had to go ahead. An annual industry highlight, the competition celebrates original design, remarkable craftsmanship and innovation, particularly in the field of sustainability. The impossibility of a physical fair meant that any eligible handmade rug company could enter the awards from anywhere in the world, and more than 140 companies did. The awards were thus more competitive than ever and winning this year must be considered a special honour.
The winners were chosen by a jury consisting of leading experts from the design and carpet industry led by Graham Head, the former President and Vice Chair of ABC Carpet & Home. He was assisted by award-winning interior designer Audrey Carden, Irène Ribeiro, Collection Manager of the Rugs Division at etoffe.com, Uwe Heublein, Product Manager for Carpets at Segmüller, and Creative Director for Christian Lacroix Maison Sacha Walckhoff. As circumstances dictated that the judging be carried out remotely, this year arguably places more emphasis on design than previous years. However, only companies known to produce quality work were permitted to enter, ensuring the standard of the craftsmanship.
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