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 2019, 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 nearly new jury lineup for DOMOTEX 2019.
Members of the jury 2019
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.
Originally from Dublin, artist Nuala Goodman has lived in Milan since she joined the studio of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass in 1984. She has also worked with avant-garde companies such as Alessi, Swatch and Moroso, galleries Nilufar and Rossana Orlandi, and with auction house Artemest. In the fashion world, she has collaborated with names such as Pellini, Paul Smith, Fiorucci, Corso Como and textile companies such as Miroglio. She is the Professor of Design Methodology and Textiles at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan and her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Fortuny Museum in Venice and the Office of Public Works in Ireland, as well as in numerous private collections.
Former museum curator and researcher, lecturer and author of several books on Anatolian carpets and kilims, Belkıs Balpınar pioneered a new art form in the second half of the eighties—the contemporary/modern kilim or ‘artkilim’. After her studies at the Textile Department at the Fine Arts Academy of Istanbul, Balpınar served as curator of the Carpet Section of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art and as the Director of the Vakıflar Carpet and Kilim Museum in Istanbul. Balpınar has held solo exhibitions in Istanbul, Ankara, New York, Princeton, Washington DC, Stockholm, Caracas, Milan, Tokyo, Ljubljana, Moscow and Bahrain.
Launched in 2014, Martyn White Designs showcases the very best in luxury design, interiors and art. Working with the world's most prestigious and exciting brands, the website explores the very definition of luxury and the impact that it has on the design world. An avid lover of all things opulent, Martyn White has the experience and understanding in many aspects of the luxury sector. With an academic background in interior design and the desire to inspire, the website and blog have been used to exhibit a diverse range of style in a variety of mediums for design lovers around the globe.
Stefan Amstad began his career as a home decorating consultant at Möbel Pfister AG and quickly discovered his passion for handmade carpets. This was followed by assignments as head of the carpet department in the Basel branch and subsequently as senior buyer. Today, as Category Manager, he is responsible for purchasing carpets for the Möbel Pfister AG.