DOMOTEX 2020: Exquisite hand-made carpets and rugs on show in Hall 3

From 10 to 13 January 2020, DOMOTEX – the leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings – will once again be a magnet for exhibitors and visitors from around the world intent on showcasing and exploring the latest innovations and trends. At the upcoming event, Hall 3 will be dedicated to hand-made carpets and rugs, and will feature a new stand concept, a separate stage hosting a rich array of presentations, and a café where visitors can network and relax. All exhibitors of impressively handmade items will now be grouped centrally in order to portray the entire market segment in a single location. This will create a special forum where fellow professionals can engage in professional dialogue. As a result, the Carpet Design Awards 2020 will also be presented and exhibited here for the first time.

Design, quality and craftsmanship

Now for the 15th time, the Carpet Design Awards at DOMOTEX will highlight the superior quality and outstanding design of the finest hand-made carpets and rugs. A jury of international experts, chaired by Graham Head, Vice Chairman of ABC Carpet & Home in New York City, will select the winners of these world-renowned awards in eight categories. The selection criteria are exceptional design, top quality and skilled craftsmanship. The winners of the international competition will be ceremoniously announced at the dedicated Carpet Design Awards display in Hall 3, Stand H23 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 11 January 2020. “There were a great many entries this year, and I was impressed by quite a number of them,” remarked jury member Stefan Amstad, Category Manager Carpets at furniture giant Möbel Pfister.

“I was delighted to see a wide variety of designs, with Bauhaus and Art Deco being the main influences.” Jury chairman Graham Head praised the “unique and innovative inspiring concepts” among the entries, “something in the fabric and texture of the carpet which has never been seen before.” The prestigious awards reflect the industry’s innovative strength and trends. Since the start of the competition, the categories have been constantly revised and updated in line with the latest industry trends. Highlights of all nominated carpets and rugs will be showcased in the special display in Hall 3 throughout the run of DOMOTEX.

A list of nominees for the Carpet Design Awards can be found in the appendix.

Award for exemplary dealers

On Friday at 6 p.m. the Carpet Star Award will be presented to outstanding retailers who have demonstrated excellence in the carpet and rug business. This year’s award winners are Lila Valadan (Lila Valadan, Hamburg) in the Exemplary Customer Event category, Reza Ashtari and Wendy Guns (Ashtari Carpets, Antwerp) in the Exemplary Website category, Möbel Pfister in the Exemplary Carpet Department category, Roz Rustigian (Rustigian Rugs, Rhode Island, USA) in the Exemplary Rug Specialist Shop category and Edi Kistler for his lifetime achievements. The award ceremony will be held in the special display of Hall 3, Stand H23.

An imaginative journey into Persian culture

The eponymous label created by German/Persian designer Lila Valadan is a striking mix of traditional and contemporary. Each of her rugs is a remarkable unique piece inspired by exceptional nomadic craftsmanship. As the creative mind behind the company Naziri, Lila Valadan has been a major name in the carpet world for many years and has won numerous awards in design competitions. The design of her rugs, which are appreciated by enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, is noble and elegant, modern and yet timeless. Lila Valadan offers a new take on old designs without denying their roots. This results in beautiful hand-made pieces such as the collections in The Four Seasons exhibition. Thanks to their high quality and design standards, they create a feeling of well-being and will be showcased at DOMOTEX 2020 in the form of a captivating presentation

Visitors are invited to pass through a labyrinth of rooms in order to experience the unique characteristics of the four collections “Minimalism”, “Geometry”, “Floral” and “Untitled”. Each of the room installations is different from the previous and allows the observer to experience the fascinating interplay of light, textiles, sound elements and interior design, which draws on Persian culture.

Talks on hottest topics

From Friday through Sunday, the Carpet Design Awards Talks program in Hall 3, Stand H23 will give visitors the opportunity to attend presentations covering topics of current and future interest. There will be two presentations daily – one each morning and one each afternoon – with each talk being followed by a panel discussion. Participants in the discussions will include well-known and highly renowned experts in the field of hand-made carpets and rugs. The talks will kick off at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Cover Talks@DOMOTEX presentation by Lucy Upward, editor of COVER Magazine, on the topic of ‘Rethinking the Rug: New methods for the rug industry’. Blogger Michael Christie from The Ruggist will then talk about a new method of carpet production using recycled nylon fibers. In addition, social responsibility label GoodWeave has invited a panel of experts to discuss how importers, producers, designers and other industry experts are creating transparent supply chains and tackling child and forced labor at all stages of production.