Turquoise Mountain is excited to announce a new category for the Carpet Design Awards 2021, the Best Emerging Designer award, open to current students and recent graduates of design schools worldwide.

The Carpet Design Awards by DOMOTEX in partnership with COVER and HALI magazines honour the best in contemporary carpet design, and will be presented at DOMOTEX in Hannover, Germany, 15th - 18th January 2021.

Entrants for the Best Emerging Designer award are invited to submit for consideration an original carpet design, to be produced by weavers supported by Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan. The winning design will be an original, creative, design concept that takes into account the carpet production techniques of Afghan weavers. Entrants may submit up to two designs for consideration.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging designers to experience the world of carpet design and production and to have their work shown on an international stage, as well as a chance to discover the craftsmanship behind Afghan rugs. The shortlisted candidates will also be featured in international media around the Carpet Design Awards.

The first stage of the judging process will begin on Friday 31st July. All submissions must be received by this date. The judging panel will select three carpet designs for the shortlist, and all shortlisted carpets will be produced by Turquoise Mountain weavers for display at DOMOTEX in January 2021. The winner will be chosen, along with the other Carpet Design Awards winners, during a special awards ceremony at DOMOTEX. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The judging criteria are as follows:

• Design/Design concept
• Originality
• Commercial value


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