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Carpet Design Awards 2012 delivered to the best carpets exhibited at Domotex in Hannover

The winners of the Carpet Design Award 2012 have been chosen. On Sunday, 15 January, 30 carpet designers from various countries received the prestigious design award at DOMOTEX. The exciting designs displayed at the leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings impressed visitors from the trade and other professionals. In fact, the entire event offers an abundance of ideas and information, highlighting the patterns, colours and materials that will dominate in the season ahead. A total of 211 carpets from 26 countries were submitted to the design competition, creating a "snapshot" of the best in the contemporary carpet design. Traditional and contemporary hand-made carpets are the ultimate lifestyle statement and exemplify the best of modern interior design and artisan skills. "Like fine paintings that adorn the floor, beautiful handcrafted carpets have experienced a renaissance in recent years and are again considered as quality design objects for the home. They play an invaluable part in creating the style of a room and bring together all the separate elements of the interior design to create one harmonious overall composition", says one of the competition judges, Nina Yashar. As the director of the Milan gallery "Nilufar", she has incomparable knowledge of traditional and modern designer furniture, carpets and objects as well as an impeccable international reputation. "All winners have contributed to the world of carpet design with spectacular ideas and true pieces of art. We as the jury however wish to point out one entry that is truly a 'rug revolution'. The carpet "Tagged" by Jan Kath Design is phenomenal. Tradition and street style combined in a highly innovative and aesthetic manner. This rug will cause an uproar in the carpet scene", says jury member Jean-Louis Mainguy, interior designer based in Beirut and known for the phenomenal depth of his imagination. The Carpet Design Award - one of the most prestigious international prizes for hand-made carpets - is recognized as a mark of quality worldwide. Past winners have therefore been able to use their award effectively in their own PR and marketing activities. The winning products are featured in the exclusive publication The Carpet Design Review 2012 , which will be produced specifically for the competition. The brochure is distributed among the trade, as well as in the trade press and mainstream media, and attracts a great deal of attention. For 2012 an international panel of top professionals evaluated the designer products submitted in ten product categories. The products were judged on the basis of criteria such as design, material quality, unique product features and innovation. A new category "Best Studio Artist Design" was introduced to the competition this year to represent the work of smaller producers with limited editions. The winners in 2012: NEW CATEGORY IN 2012: Best Studio Artist Design Prisons by Chevalier édition Best Modern Design Superior Ruby Room by Jaipur Rugs Best Modern Design Deluxe Reflection Sky by Wool and Silk Rugs Best Traditional Nomadic Design Superior Haleemi by Ali Mohammadi Best Traditional Nomadic Design Deluxe Noor by Werner Weber Zürich Best Traditional Workshop/Formal Design Cypress by Zollanvari AG Best Old/Antique Carpet Tekke Main Carpet by Foumani Persian Gallery Best Collection Modern Jazz Collection by Nexus rugs Best Collection Traditional The Spanish Design Collection by Ariana Rugs Inc. Best Innovation Tagged by Jan Kath Design GmbH Domotex website
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