When DOMOTEX - the world's leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings - reopens its gates on 11 January 2019, it will not only display a large selection of brand-new products and ideas from renowned manufacturers, but once again play host to an assortment of fresh exhibitors. Seeing as the sector isn't necessarily known for its flourishing startup landscape, this is a highlight all in itself. One of the newcomers to look out for this time around is the British CLAIRE GAUDION brand, founded in 2013 by the designer of the same name.

Besides producing contemporary and modern rugs, this independent textile design studio creates original woven and printed interior textiles and home accessories. From her award-winning debut collection in 2013 through to the latest exhibits on show in Hannover, founder and creative director Claire Gaudion has always drawn inspiration from the shapes and colors of the natural world and, in particular, her home island of Guernsey: "I find great inspiration in the ever-changing seascapes and coastal landscapes of the Channel Islands - my modern geometric patterns and textured woven designs draw on the islands' natural rhythms."