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An international jury chaired by Graham Head, Vice Chairman of the leading home retailer and interior trendsetter "ABC Carpet & Home" in New York City, will select three carpets in nine categories from each of the submitted applications, which combine design, quality and craftsmanship to a particularly high degree.

The judging criteria are design and design concept, material, finish, structure and quality as well as sustainability and branding.

The jury will choose a shortlist of the three best carpets per category first and in a second step the winners per category will be choosen. The winning ceremony will take place as a virtual event on May 20th.

Members of the Jury 2021

Chairman of the jury: Graham Head

Graham Head is the former President and Vice Chair of ABC Carpet and Home, the home furnishing emporium that became the benchmark for rug stores around the world.

His love affair with rugs started at department store John Lewis in London, where he was rug manager. He moved on to OCM and transferred to New York where he soon ran Fritz and Larue, overseeing the sale to Pande Cameron. Returning to retail, he spent thirty years at ABC Carpet and Home, having an instrumental role in the rug renaissance that has transformed the trade to what we know today.

Audrey Carden

Audrey Carden is a director of London based interior design practice Carden Cunietti.

The practice has been established for over twenty years and specialise in high end residential projects all over the world. Featured as one of the top 100 interior design studios by House and Garden they have been featured in many magazines worldwide.

Uwe Heublein

Uwe Heublein has worked in the furniture and interiors industry since 1993. Following stints as a Sales Director at ABC Italia and Talis Carpets, he joined German department store Segmüller as a Product Manager for carpets and outdoor furniture.

Irène Ribeiro

After a two decade career designing footwear for brands such as Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler or Paul & Joe, Irène Ribeiro made the switch to interior and home design in 2016. Today, at Etoffe.com , the essential online home decoration destination, Irène brings her creative background in applied arts, and her love for materials and textures to the position of collection manager at Etoffe.com rugs division. There she passionately curates some of the world’s most creative and unique carpets, matching her eye for design with her taste for handicrafts.

Sacha Walckhoff

With a mix of Slavic, French, Swiss and African roots, the designer Sacha Walckhoff’s influences are as diverse as his origins.

More recently, in addition to his role as Creative Director for Christian Lacroix Maison, he has branched onto other projects where he has defined and developed his own unique style with brands like Taiping, Pulpo products, Rosenthal or Vista Alegre, just to name a few.