A jury of international experts from the design and carpet industry selected the finalists of the 2023 Carpet Design Awards. A total of 191 carpet designs were submitted worldwide, and 24 entries were selected as finalists under the direction of Jamie Metrick, managing director of Elte, a Toronto, Canada-based supplier of home design products. 

The awards, presented in collaboration with COVER and HALI magazines, celebrate contemporary carpet design and reflect the innovations and trends within the industry. In selecting the finalists, the jury paid particular attention to the design, quality and exquisite craftsmanship of the handmade rugs. In selecting the finalists, the jury paid particular attention to the design, quality and exquisite craftsmanship of the handmade rugs.

"What I love about the awards is that they push the best of the best artisans to continue innovate and bring something new to the market each year," said Jamie Metrick, head of the jury and elaborates further: "I was really impressed by the range and diversity of candidates that made my shortlists. There is a great mix of producers, wholesalers, retailers and designers up for awards this year.”

Carin Terins, also a member of this year's CDA jury and Chief Purchasing Officer as well as Creative Director at RugVista Group AB, was particularly pleased with the creativity and quality of the submissions.

"This was not an easy choice!" said Carin Terins, also a member of this year's CDA jury and chief purchasing officer as well as creative eirector at RugVista Group ABThere is a lot of interesting designs and information to consider. Three exclusive examples of each category made it to the finals. They will be on display in Hall 2 throughout DOMOTEX.

Since the competition's inception, the categories have been constantly refined and adapted to the latest industry trends and values. In 2023, the category Sustainability Award will be introduced. With this new award, the CDAs want to take into account the growing importance of sustainable design and ethical carpet production. 

Carpet designer and jury member Nani Marquina supports the inclusion of the new category, stating: "All of us, who are dedicated to product design, have to keep sustainability very much in mind. It has practically become an obligation, a necessity.”

During the Carpet Design Awards, the European import trade for handmade oriental carpets will also be honored. The EUCA Award has been presented by the European Carpet Importers Association since 2007 and is being awarded for outstanding achievements in this field for the 15th time.

All winners of the eight CDA competition categories and the EUCA Award will be announced at a ceremony on the second day of the fair, January 13 2023 at 6 p.m. at the Carpet Design Awards exhibition area in hall 2, booth C34.

The Finalists

Category 1: Best Studio Artist Design | Original small scale production design from an artist or designer

Lady in Rug, House of Rubber | Amsterdam (NL)

Shore, Tania Johnson Design | Twickenham (UK)

Omaggio a Maria Lai: Legarsi alla montagna, Joias | Tortolì (IT)

Category 2: Best Modern Design Superior | Original contemporary designs showing optimum use of materials

Preeti Ammanan, Saraswati Global Pvt ltd | Jaipur (IN)

Rainbow, Jaipur Rugs | Jaipur (IN)

Ourika Valley, Bazar du Sud | Marrakech (MA)

Category 3: Best Modern Design Deluxe | Original contemporary design showing optimum use of materials

Green Agate ltd., Ashtari Carpets bvba | Antwerp (BE)

Hudson Black and White, Knots Rugs | London (UK)

M/M (Paris) for TAN(China), TAN(China) | Beijing (CN)

Category 4: Best Transitional Design | A new rug that interprets traditional designs for a contemporary audience

Kubla,onyx, New Moon Rugs | Wilmington (US)

Hmong, Manglam Arts | Jaipur (IN)

Talisman Hand-knotted, Wendy Morrison Design | Musselburgh (UK)

Category 5: Best Flatweave Design | Original rug design demonstrating the flatweave technique

Flow, Studio Potato | Istanbul (TR)

Tulu, Manglam Arts | Jaipur (IN)

Gondolas, Selam Carpet & Home | Istanbul (TR)

Category 6: Best Collection | Contemporary Traditional or Transitional design collections demonstrating a common theme

Supergraphics Collection, Cadry’s | Sydney (AU)

Kangan Arora - Cosmic Check, FLOOR_STORY | London (UK)

Trails Collection by Sebastian Herkner, M2Rugs | Hamburg (DE)

Category 7: Best Interior | A high-end customization project or rug installation represented by high-quality images

Emily Forgot - Modular (Amity), FLOOR_STORY | London (UK)

Knots Rugs x Shelter, Knots Rugs | London (UK)

One Hundred Birds, One Hundred Flowers, Wendy Morrison Design | Musselburgh (UK)

Category 8: Sustainability Award | A rug that is produced with a low carbon footprint or/and that incorporates ethical practices

Typewriter Collection, MUM’s | Helsinki (FI)

Diamond Root Rug, Diamond Carpets | Agra (IN)

Taufa, Jaipur Rugs | Jaipur (IN)