Based purely on exhibitor numbers, China and most notably India are taking the lead at DOMOTEX 2018. However, when it comes to innovative ideas and new products, the Baltic countries are making a particularly big impression. For example, an especially interesting addition to this year’s DOMOTEX - the patented two-sided smartWeave rug - comes from the Estonian town of Lihula where a strong tradition of carpet weaving has existed for decades.

The rug manufacturer NARMA believes its two-sided smartWeave process is pretty much revolutionary. DOMOTEX visitors can make up their own mind about that by getting an in-depth insight into the new weaving process at the fair. Whichever way you look at it, the end result is impressive. Turn over a smartWeave carpet and you notice that the patterns on each side are similar in style but clearly different. This effect is the result of an intelligent, multi-layered weaving process invented by NARMA. The technique which uses a robust border and innovative weave creates the rug's high-quality and stable form. Given that both sides of the natural cotton two-sided smartWeave rug can be used, it really is two products in one.