An international jury headed by Michael Mandapati, carpet expert and president of Warp & Weft, New York, will assess all of the entries and shortlist for each of the eight categories three carpets that are characterized by exceptional design, quality and craftsmanship. The carpets submitted will be judged in terms of design and design concept, material, execution, structure and quality, and sustainability and branding. The 24 shortlisted carpets will be displayed in Hall 9 during DOMOTEX. In January 2018, the jury will then select one winner in each category.
Who wins the Carpet Design Awards?
The Carpet Design Awards, the world's top international accolade for contemporary hand-made carpets and rugs, has a new jury lineup for DOMOTEX 2018.
Members of the jury 2018
Michael Mandapati, New York / USA
Founder and President of Warp & Weft, Chair Person
Michael Mandapati founded Warp & Weft in 2001 on the simple premise of excellence – to offer and to create the finest rugs possible. He opened his first gallery on Madison Avenue, New York City with a curated collection of exceptional antique and period carpets. Over time, with his extensive knowledge and understanding of old rugs, he created his first Modern Collections with the same curatorial eye. The best materials and time-tested construction methods are used in his contemporary designs and the result is rugs that are both old and new, contemporary and timeless. Warp & Weft rugs can be found in residential and commercial spaces worldwide and the brand has been recognized as an industry leader for exceptional design and quality by the professional design community for years.
Dr. Vanessa Brady, London / UK
Interior Designer and Founder of the Society of British and International Design
Dr. Vanessa Brady has worked in the field of interior design for more than 30 years and has been awarded numerous international prizes. Brady is also internationally known as a business consultant. In addition to her design work, she writes articles for various national trade journals and international publications.
Wilhard Kühne, Dogern / Germany
Carpet Expert and Buyer Möbelmarkt Dogern
Wilhard Kühne has worked in the carpet industry for nearly 40 years, mainly as a buyer for large furnishing stores. Kühne currently works in the long-established furnishing house Möbelmarkt Dogern near the German/Swiss border.
Kustaa Saksi, Amsterdam / The Netherlands
Visual Artist and Textile Designer
Kustaa Saksi is a Finnish-born designer, graphic artist and illustrator who now lives in the Netherlands. He works mainly in the fashion, entertainment and music businesses.
Hadi Teherani, Hamburg / Germany
Architect and Designer Hadi Teherani Holding
The portfolio of internationally renowned architect and designer Hadi Teherani includes high-rises, corporate headquarters, residential buildings, shopping centers, railway stations, government buildings and universities – complete with interior design.
His work – which has earned him a host of awards and distinctions – embraces the entire spectrum of product and interior design, e.g. floor coverings, lighting, seating products, door fittings and even modular kitchens.