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Traditional aspects featured prominently at the Carpet Design Awards , where Lila Valadan took out the "Best Flatweave Design" award for "Vague Harmony" – a dark, heavy nomadic rug woven from goat hair. Similarly, Art Resources received the "Best Transitional Design" award for "Blue Star", a modern rug that reinterprets a traditional Islamic polygon motif using just two colors.
On the sustainability front, the Berlin-based Dutch designer Salem van der Swaagh received the "Best Studio Artist Design" award for "Golden Fade", a voluminous, long-pile carpet made using recycled materials. The carpet is proof that there is a place for upcycling and sustainability in the high-end, hand-knotted carpets segment. Indian carpet maker Obeetee also explored sustainability themes with "Biophilia", a collection of contemporary textured designs in jute, hemp, organic cotton and nettle. Hand-knotted rugs are also hard to beat when it comes to individuality. A prime example of this is "Mediterranean Capo Boi", a wall carpet custom crafted for a hotel by Sardinian carpet label Mariantonia Urru. The carpet is a sophisticated creation that complements the hotel architecture perfectly – an achievement that earned it top honors in the new "Best Interior" category at the Carpet Design Awards.
Antique carpets and rugs that tell their own story are also very popular. They embody our longing for genuine, traditional values, and single pieces inject an exciting element of contrast into contemporary interiors. Antique carpets have a special aura of their own, which can still be felt a century or more later. Lovers of these carpets and dealers in antiques can look forward to a choice selection of these precious and rare artefacts.