The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2021 have been determined

An international jury of design and carpet industry experts has selected the most compelling submissions to the Carpet Design Awards 2021. A total of 27 finalists reached the final round of the world-renowned competition for first-class carpet design. This time, the judges will select from 396 handmade carpets submitted worldwide from Australia to Canada.

Three exclusive examples from each of nine categories, which combine design, quality and craftsmanship to a special degree, made it to the finals. With the new category «Best Emerging Designers» the Carpet Design Awards 2021 honored for the first time together with the Scottish NGO Turquoise Mountain outstanding young designers.

The winners of the nine competition categories will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony on May 20, 2021 at a virtual live event in a festive setting. For the first time, the Carpet Design Awards Ceremony will not take place at DOMOTEX, as it will not be held this year due to the pandemic. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on the DOMOTEX website (

Selection criteria included design and design concept, material, finish, texture and quality, as well as sustainability and branding.

Categories and nominated carpets and designs:

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

Experimania, Studio Bahlner | Enskede (SE)
Trappenhuis, FLOOR_STORY (UK)
Universe, Firesun | Western Australia (AUS)

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

Machine ki Duniya, Jaipur Rugs | Jaipur (IN)
Ikebana Kyoto runner 3, Fine Gabbeh, Zollanvari Studio for Zollanvari International | Embrach (CH)
Spatial, Choudhary Exports | Jaipur (IN)

Category 3: Best Modern Design Superior
Modern designs showing optimum use of materials

AB, Neshimanco | Shiraz (IR)
Anasazi (yt374), M&K Rugs | Bohol (PHL)
Azure Rug, Obeetee Private Limited | Mirzapur (IN)

Category 4: Best Modern Design Deluxe
Original contemporary designs showing optimal use of materials

«Carpet blue / green», Ashatari Carpets bvba | Antwerpen (BE)
Origin, Creative Matters Inc.| Ontario (CAN)
MALIBU (/re/PURPOSE collection), Jennifer Manners Design | London (UK)

Category 5: Best Transitional Design
New carpets showing classic modern design

Arc en Ciel, Wendy Morrison Design | Edinburgh Scotland (UK)
Her Highness, Selam Carpet & Home | Istanbul (TR)
Swiss Quilt (Yellow), Wool Song | Salt Lake City UT (USA)

Category 6: Best Flatweave Design
Original rug design demonstrating the flatweave technique

Atlas Rug, Obeetee Private Limited | Mirzapur (IN)
Night Rider, Kapoor’s Carpets | Bhadohi (IN)
Stripes Olive, Creative Matters Inc.| Ontario (CAN)

Category 7: Best Collection
Contemporary traditional or transitional design collections demonstrating a common theme

19-19 Collection, FLOOR_STORY (UK)
The Mystique Collection, Samad Brothers, Inc. (USA)
Zakaria Rugs, Zakaria Rugs (D)

Category 8: Best Interior
A high-end customization project or rug installation demonstrated with high-quality images

Concrete House, FLOOR_STORY (UK)
Isokon Building for the 19-19 collection, FLOOR_STORY (UK)
Dunbar Apartment, Battilossi | Torino (IT)

Category 9: Best Emerging Desginer, presented in cooperation with Turquoise Mountain
Original rug design by a current design student or recent graduate

Constructive NYC, Seo Hye Lee, Fashion Institute of Technology | New York (USA)
(I’d rather be in) Pantelleria, Nanci Lynch | London (UK)
My Story, Milad Sediqi | Kabul (AFG)