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Rug Highlights from January 2024 Events

January 25, 2024

Images from recent European design events to go with Lucy Upward's talk in the new HPL podcast 'Following the Thread', now on Soundcloud

This month Hali Publications Ltd (HPL) launched its first podcast ‘Following the Thread’ (listen here on Soundcloud), which reports on news in the modern and antique rug industries and projects that HPL is involved with—books, events, new magazines etc. In the first episode COVER Editor Lucy Upward gives a run down of recent rug releases and news from Heimtextil, Domotex, Paris Deco Off and Maison&Objet. To make the experience a little richer here are the visuals to accompany that section of the podcast.

The entry hallway to the new Carpets & Rugs hall at Heimtextil

The new Heimtextil Carpets & Rugs hall on the opening morning

AI expert Danny Richman talking about setting up Fabric Genie for The Mill Shop Online, and about the benefits of AI for the design world

One of the 10 rooms that made up Lila Valadan‘s sensational exhibition ‘Night Time in a Palace’ at Domotex, featuring words by Rumi

Another stunning room in ‘Night Time in a Palace’

Two of the three Maison Rhizomes nominated rugs in the Carpet Design Awards 2024. The company’s work was admired for its beautiful quality and attention to detail

Section of the fantastic runner by Christopher Farr, made in Afghanistan and winner of the CDA’s Best Design Superior category. It was loved for it’s colour, design and excellent quality

Gushka‘s award winning rug, which won the CDA’s Sustainability prize. It was loved for its tactility and the story behind the brand, which is based in Ukraine

A quiet moment after hours at Mood Spaces installation by Holly Becker of Decor8 where there were talks, demonstrations and workshops and where people enjoyed hanging out.. Note the Maison Rhizomes rug on the wall

Artist Lena Peterson at work in the Mood Spaces area

Me talking about storytelling in rug design in the Mood Spaces area

My talk ‘The pursuit of best practices in rug production’ with Reto Aschwanden of Label STEP, Ijaz Ahmad Butt of Jamal Rug Weavers, Pakistan, Krishna Shah of Formation Carpets, Nepal, Mohd Aasif Ansari of S.U. Rugs, India and Sonny Puryear from GoodWeave International

My talk ‘The Art of Storytelling with Rugs’ with Marcel Müller of M2Rrugs, Bonnie Sutton of Knots Rugs and Shayan Naziri of Lila Valadan

The M2Rugs stand at Domotex designed by Sebastian Herkner

CDA judge Naomi Scott-Dunne with me, admiring the Jaipur Rugs rug, Kismat Manchaha

The dramatic stand of Luc Druez at Maison&Objet

Jan Kath rugs showing at the stunning location of Salle Erard as part of Paris Deco Off

A mood board wall by Paulig at M&O

Great textures on the stand of Manglam Arts at Domotex

Detail of Colchiques (wool, linen and silk) from the Jardins collection by Édition 169

Tulips design by Zollanvari at M&O

Beautiful rugs from the Jardins Moghols collection by Galerie Diurne, showing in the firm’s Paris showroom during Deco Off

Based on the landscape of Madeira, rug designs by Ferreira De Sa at M&O

Mohebban‘s beautiful Profumo design

The jewel-like colours of flatweaves by Silke Marsen

A very pretty rug by Vandra Rugs, who produce in Ukraine

The M&O stand of Christopher Farr was dedicated to Afghan production, the central rug is designed by Dharma Taylor and surrounded by flatweaves by Nancy Nicholson

Rug from the Verso collection by Gill Thorpe for Floor Story, which one Best Collection and Best Interior at the CDAs. Another great collection made in Afghanistan

A striking rug showing on the Turquoise Mountain stand at Domotex

One rug from the new Graduation collection by Deirdre Dyson

Fun and fresh re-released designs by Andree Putman for ToulemondeBochart – very 80s and very Memphis and very now!

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