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MCaErNpAet News

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Volume 4 | Issue 13 | Nov-Dec 2015 Middle East and North Africa Carpet World

INSIDE There is a lot to see! Sponsored by:

We have already received more exhibitor bookings than in previous years. In terms of numbers,
DOMOTEX 2016 is expected to feature some 1,400 exhibitors from more than 60 countries.

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up nicely. Opening day is still a whole leads. the skilled flooring trades and the
Interview with Winner of Design- two months away, but there are al- World-leading providers of floor cov- furniture and interior furnishing re- www.khaterehrugs.com
ing Prize in a Competition held by ready very clear indications that the erings will use the upcoming show as tail and wholesale sectors.
CarpetVista-Somayeh Salehi .....8 world’s leading trade show for car- a springboard for their new products The show’s product lineup en- Iranian carpet
pets and floor coverings will enjoy a and collections. “About 85 percent compasses textile and resilient is among most
Success may not be Expected from particularly strong and international of the show’s exhibitors will be from floor coverings for the residential important art-
DOMOTEX in Short-Term......11 industry turnout. outside Germany. They are taking and contract furnishing sectors, industries of
part in DOMOTEX 2016 in order to machine-woven and hand-made the world
Tabriz was recognized as the “We’re on track for an extremely suc- tap into new export markets,” Köck- carpets and rugs, parquet and lam-
World’s Capital of Carpet .....12 cessful DOMOTEX 2016,” comment- ler said. After Germany, the biggest inate flooring, outdoor flooring solu- The meeting on “Pro-
ed Dr. Jochen Köckler, a member exhibiting nations in terms of leased tions, and a comprehensive range cess of Improvement
of the Managing Board at Deutsche space are Turkey, India, Belgium, of care, cleaning, installation and of Cultural Relationships
Messe. “We have already received China, the Netherlands and Iran. application technologies. between Iran & China af-
more exhibitor bookings than in pre- ter Nuclear Negotiations”
vious years. And the reason for that Spread across 12 exhibition halls, “One thing we can already say is held in the present of
is simple: people with innovative the upcoming DOMOTEX will feature with certainty is that LVT tiles and Mr. Rong Jo, Chairman of
products and ideas need a strong in- a uniquely rich and diverse array of Office and correspondent
ternational platform. products and materials – an absolute See more at page 4 of Won Hui Newspaper,
They need DOMOTEX. As the flag- in the Specialized Desk
ship showcase of the carpets and of International Section of
floor coverings industry, DOMOTEX the 21st Press Exhibition.
sets the tone. It is the only show that
provides a comprehensive overview
of the latest trends and innovations
on the floor coverings market.” In
terms of numbers, DOMOTEX 2016,
which runs from 16 to 19 January, is
expected to feature some 1,400 ex-
hibitors from more than 60 countries.

Flooring Professionals Discuss DOMOTEX is the global hub of the
Commercial and Residential carpets and floor coverings industry,
Carpet Standards .................14

HRI Expands strategy to machine- Implying unique Iranian
made; Lanuches limited-Edition Carpet Industry, this cor-
persian designs.................17 respondent said that “Ira-
nian carpet is of the most
important art-industries in
the world. Chinese people
are informed on unique
quality of this carper but
they have no information
concerning its concepts
and messages.

Planning for Exportation of Expressing that many
DoubleFaced Carpet to Eu- Chinese people are in-
rope.................................21 terested in knowing the
hidden secret of this car-
China, Iran to cooperate pet, he continued that the
on hand-made rug ........22 artisans of this area may
travel to China and hold
NEXT ISSUE : workshops for those who
DOMOTEX Asia/ are interested in Iranian
carpet art-industry.
China Floor When Chinese people
22-24 March 2016 become aware of the
concepts of this carpet,
they will be attracted to it
and purchase it more and
more. ■

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► DOMOTEX Turkey: Leading business platform for target markets of Turkey and the Middle East with their
carpet-makers from Turkey and the Middle East original designs and novel collections.

As the leading sales platform for carpet manufactur- and the Gaziantep Chamber of Carpet Manufacturers Well-known manufacturers in the carpet and floor cov-
ers in Turkey and the Middle East, the trade fair (GHO). ering industries such as Angora, Atlas Hali, Bahariye
will again bring together all the major brands under one Mensucat, Gheytaran, Kaplan Kardesler, Kartal Halı,
roof. The event is organized by the Deutsche Messe This year, the trade fair DOMOTEX Turkey was able to Kaşmir, M.A. Trading, McThree, Merinos, Royal, Saray
subsidiary Hannover Fairs Turkey in cooperation with convincingly reaffirm its reputation as the leading hub Halı, Superba and Yasin Kaplan showcased a broad
the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (GTO), the As- for manufacturers of machine-made carpets in Turkey range of new products at this foreign offshoot of the
sociation of South Anatolian Carpet Exporters (GAIB) and the Middle East. A total of 198 companies exhib- DOMOTEX trade fair annually held in Hannover, Ger-
many. The display featured machine-made carpets and
The gates will ited their products in a display covering a an interesting selection of hand-knotted products, tex-
be open on total of 22,025 square meters. The large tile and resilient floor coverings, parquet and laminate
DOMOTEX number of participants from outside the flooring, as well as diverse processing machines, plus
Turkey 2016 host country was particularly impres- accessories and auxiliary equipment. For the visiting
from 23 to 26 sive: 33 of the 198 exhibitors came from public one of the chief attractions was the vast number
May in Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Germany, of designs that reflect current consumer trends and an-
Gaziantep. France, India, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, ticipate new trends. The trade visitors took advantage
Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. All exhibitors of the opportunity to view thousands of contemporary
were eager to access new markets and and traditional carpet designs worked in different mate-
impress the 8,734 trade visitors from the rials, such as wool, silk, cashmere, bamboo fibers and
polyester. ■

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From page 1 The fast track to success

planks will be one of the big attractions at the show. And no wonder, At DOMOTEX 2016 you can talk to exhibitors from
with all those innovative printed designs and textures to choose from,” all over the world, meet important business contacts
Köckler said. The LVT offering at the upcoming DOMOTEX will be much and see the latest trends. Be sure to attend the
bigger than ever before. The show’s parquet and laminate flooring sec- Wood Flooring Summit, the top meeting-place for
tion will also be bigger, with exhibitor numbers and exhibition space both the parquet and laminate flooring sector.
noticeably up on 2014. The exhibitor lineup in the parquet and laminate
products section will, for instance, include numerous premium suppliers 16 – 19 January 2016 AiIlnnal ntntDhooaOevvgaMallattaitOinooeTncnseEtss:X@
such as Bauwerk, Gazzotti, Margaritelli, Mafi and Scheucher. Hannover ▪ Germany
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Another major visitor magnet at DOMOTEX 2016 will be the Wood Floor-
ing Summit in Hall 9. The event is expected to feature around 200 ex-
hibitors from the parquet and laminate flooring industry, plus over 180
providers of application and installation technology. Among them will
be such big names as Amorim, Boen, Egger, Kährs, Meisterwerke and
Unilin. «The Wood Flooring Summit is one of the stand-out highlights
of the show. It features a rich and independently selected range of in-
novative new creations and interior design solutions from the best of the
best in the parquet, wood and laminate flooring sector. An informative
and stimulating showcase for visitors from all backgrounds,» said Ulrich
Scheffold, General Manager, Margaritelli Germany. Staged in Hall 9, the
Summit features an exhibition area for product innovations and a dining
and lounge area for informal networking. ■

Carpet Design Awards 2016

The finalists have now been named. The number of entrants
was particularly high this year.

The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2016 have now been
named. In November, a jury nominated the best handmade designer
carpets for the final round of the international competition. Presented in
eight categories, the Carpet Design Awards honor the outstanding qual-
ity and design of the world’s best carpets. The number of entrants was
particularly high this year, with a total of 320 carpets from 21 countries
submitted (2015: 250 entrants). 24 carpets have made it through to the
final round and will be on display at DOMOTEX from 16 to 19 January.
The categories range from studio artist, classic/traditional and modern
designs to best innovation. The winners of each category will be formally
announced on 17 January 2016 in the Innovations@DOMOTEX area.

The highest international accolade for modern handmade carpets will be
awarded at DOMOTEX for the eleventh time. Since 2015 the competi-
tion has been held as part of Innovations@DOMOTEX . Chaired by Brit-
ish designer Michael Sodeau, the jury selected carpets that unite design
and craftsmanship in an outstanding way. The carpets and rugs were
judged on their design and design concept, material, execution, struc-
ture, quality, sustainability and branding. “Judging for the Carpet Design
Awards was particularly difficult this year as there were so many high-
quality entrants,” said Michael Sodeau. “A trend seems to be emerging
for more texture to be knotted and woven into the carpets such that they
make a more physical than visual statement. The trend is more towards
overall texture rather than artistic design as in the past.”

In addition to Michael Sodeau, the five-strong jury comprises the New
York based author and design journalist Linda O’Keeffe; Ross Urwin, the
founder of Infrastructure, Hong Kong; Michael Pourvakil, the founder of
Weavers Art, Toronto; and Jochen Ehresmann, head of the carpet de-
partment at Munich furniture store Böhmer.■

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MENACarpetNews »»» ► Iran: New Favorite of Turkish Tex-
tile Manufacturers
6 ][ Nov-Dec 2015
Iran has entered the process
of re-integration to the global
market, while it is a candidate
to be one of the favorite mar-
kets of Turkish textile and ap-
parel manufacturers. Iran can
open new doors to Turkish
manufacturers, who have been
facing contractions in other
markets, via a cumulative in-
vestment and production po-
tential.

Following the removal of international sanctions, Iran started to at-
tract attention of all global manufacturers, while the country welcomed
Turkish textile makers in October. Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials
Exporters Association (ITHIB) arranged a trip to Iran with around 50
businessmen for trading corporation. This trip was also important for
Turkish textile and apparel manufacturers as they have been facing ex-
port losses in their traditional markets.

Turkish textile manufacturers and Iranian buyers met in the meeting
held at Espinas Hotel, Tehran, the capital city of Iran. ITHIB President
İsmail Gülle expressed his hopes that the removal of sanctions towards
Iran will boost the corporation between the two countries. Gülle stated,
“The two countries were historically together which makes increased
trade so natural. However, this was prevented for years due to sanc-
tions on Iran. I believe the upcoming process will be healthy after sanc-
tions are removed. We need regulations that will help the banking sys-
tem between Turkey and Iran to improve to operate in a much better
way. Iran will have crucial duties for this.”

Turkish textile and apparel industry developed seriously in the last 20
years. Turkey strengthened people profile although it lacked energy
sources. Gülle noted, “Our energy was our industrialists and exports.
We created a large industry in Turkey. Increased trade between Turkey
and Iran is vital for us. Iran ranks as our fifth largest market and if we
manage to strength our substructure, then we can raise our USD6.5-7
billion in Iranian market. Currently, we have a textile export of approxi-
mately USD300 million in 9 months to Iran. This will reach to USD400
billion by year end. We were so pleased to see very eager and excited
Iranian businessmen portfolio during this event.”

Iran Textile Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Mehdi
Yekte highlighted that Turkish textile industry should maintain quality
with no unqualified items to be exporter to Iran in order to boost its ex-
ports to that market. Iran is expecting to achieve growth particularly in
energy, chemicals, food, automotive and textile with its USD400 billion
economy. It is important to re-structure the banking system in terms of
this growth. ■

► Middle East and Africa Hotel Development
Pipeline Increases in November 2015

The Under Contract total in the Middle East subcontinent represents a
30.1% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with November
2014 and a 57.0% year-over-year increase in rooms under construction.
The Middle East reported 82,446 rooms in 253 hotels under construction
for the month.

There are 501 hotels totalling 144,321 rooms Under Contract in the Middle
East and 285 hotels totalling 53,093 rooms Under Contract in Africa, ac-
cording to the November 2015 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report.
Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Plan-
ning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed
stage.

The Under Contract total in the Middle East subcontinent represents a
30.1% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with November 2014
and a 57.0% year-over-year increase in rooms under construction. The Mid-
dle East reported 82,446 rooms in 253 hotels under construction for the
month.
The Under Contract total in the Northern Africa and Southern Africa sub-
continents represents a 30.2% increase in rooms Under Contract compared
with November 2014 and a 34.1% year-over-year increase in rooms under
construction. Africa reported 27,095 rooms in 151 hotels under construction
for the month.

Among the countries in the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Arabia reported
the most rooms under construction with 34,415 rooms in 72 hotels. United
Arab Emirates followed with 27,458 rooms in 94 hotels. Four other countries
each reported more than 3,000 rooms In Construction: Qatar (6,976 rooms
in 29 hotels), Egypt (3,934 rooms in 13 hotels), Morocco (3,143 rooms in 17
hotels) and Jordan (3,055 rooms in nine hotels). ■

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► American delegation to visit Iran Middle East and North Africa Carpet News »»»
for trading carpet
Nov-Dec 2015][ 7
An America delegation would
visit Iran late January or Feb-
ruary to discuss carpet trading
with Iran.
“The delegation includes busi-
nessmen, researchers, writers
and media activists. The trip will
open a new page in carpet field,”
said Head of Iranian National
Carpet Center Hamid Kargar.
He further said that the country’s carpet exports rose since the begin-
ning of the last Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2014).
According to Kargar, Iran’s carpet exports totaled $300 million and
weighed 5100 tons during the last Iranian calendar year, but the amount
needs to rise to $500 million.

He also said that the 24th International hand-woven carpet exhibition
starts on August 23 in Iran which would be attended by businessmen
from Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Germany as well as some Asian, Afri-
can and American traders.

Iran would also hold a special meeting for the foreign traders to intro-
duce Iranian hand-woven carpets, he said.
Kargar continued that Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, Japan
and China are key clients for Iranian hand-woven carpets. ■

► Shaw to make more carpet from
recycled PET

Shaw Industries Group Inc.
plans to spend tens of millions
of dollars at a South Carolina car-
pet fiber plant to increase the use
of fiber from recycled plastics.

The world’s largest carpet maker,

based in Dalton, Ga., is planning

new polyester extrusion opera-

Shaw recently opened a $20 million car- tions that will include the use of
pet recycling facility in Ringgold, Ga.
recycled PET beverage contain-
ers. The company also will add ny-

lon fiber capacity.

Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter at the Lexington

County, S.C., plant.

Shaw sources its recycled plastic from the Clear Path Recycling facility

in Fayetteville, N.C., a joint venture between Shaw and DAK Americas

LLC that reprocesses 3 billion PET containers annually.

Fiber made from PET bottles is used in Shaw’s ClearTouch residential

carpeting, the company said.

The $45 million project will create more than 50 new jobs at the facility,
which already employs 290, the company said. Across South Carolina,
Shaw has seven plants and more than 1,500 workers.

“By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is
able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design and the great-
est quality and service to our customers,” CEO Vance Bell said in a
statement.
Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a pub-
licly traded conglomerate headed by Warren Buffett.

Berkshire Hathaway also counts such well-known brands as Dairy
Queen, Geico and Fruit of the Loom among its vast holdings, along with
Wickliffe, Ohio-based Lubrizol Corp., a specialty chemicals company
that’s a big player in the thermoplastic polyurethane business.
Clear Path Recycling reprocesses PET bottles into flake that’s then
used as feedstock by Shaw as well as DAK Americas, which is the larg-
est polyester staple fiber producer and second largest PET resin pro-
ducer in the Americas.

News of the investment comes after Shaw opened a new $20 million

carpet recycling facility in Ring-

gold, Ga., at a former rug distri-

bution center earlier, this year.

Called Evergreen Ringgold, the

site is replacing a recycling facil-

ity in Augusta, Ga., with what the

company calls “new technology

that better meets current and fu-

ture market needs.”

Evergreen Ringgold started up

in May and is processing nylon Shaw Industries Group Inc. sources its re-
cycled plastic from Clear Path Recycling,
and polyester fibers, the company a joint venture between Shaw and DAK
said. ■ Americas LLC.

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Salehi: My Biggest Challenge with Producers is Their
Refusal To Accept Innovation

Interview By: Kohan Textile Journal

Somayeh Salehi is an Iranian carpet designer who could take her steps further Iranian boundaries and she
is more encouraged to participate in global events due to winning the 2nd rank award of Vista Competitions
in 2015. Sometime ago, we arranged an interview with her due to this success in order to talk to her on
motivations of a young designer in these hard days of carpet designing of the world.

•Please brief us on your education and professional •You have recently won a prize. What was title of the Somayeh Salehi - Carpet Designer
activities. competition? Why it was held and why your work
I am a graduate of a bachelor degree in the field of Car- was elected to be the 2nd winner? [ ]In an Interview with
pet Designing and a master degree in Art Research from Vista is the biggest virtual carpet ship in the world. Since Winner of Designing
Art University of Tehran and I have managed to win twice 2007, it annually holds an International Modern carpet Prize in a Competition
the 1st rank of the country in the area of carpet designing Designing Competition. This year, I managed to win the held by the Biggest
in the Nation-wide Festival of Carpet Student held by the second rank of this competition from among 18000 de- Carpet Virtual Shop of
State Scientific Association of Carpet and Gereh Garden sign from 53 countries. The winner designs should follow the World
Festival held by Iran Carpet Joint Stock Company. Also I minimal style and would be drawn with the least color
could obtain the 1st rank of Designing Articles in the Na- and form and subject of my design was a beach that
tion-wide Festival of the State Carpet Students held by sought for bringing peace to homes.
the State Scientific Association of Carpet in Tabriz under
title of «Pomegranate, from Myth to Image» that aimed •How winning this prize affects your future activities
at studying Shah Abbasi Flower. and performance?
Winning such titles results in a better realization on my
•When you entered in carpet designing sector? What capabilities and by introducing it in international area,
is your concentration area, hand-woven or machine may pave the way for development of activities, specially
carpets? foreign countries and more advancements.
Since 2005, when I was a bachelor degree student, I
cooperated professionally with several companies in •What is future plan for your profession?
the area of designing modern and traditional machine My plan, or better to say that, my desire is to open the
and hand-woven carpets. I can say that I have worked best designing atelier of carpet by help of talented de-
in both areas. signers in which I would be able to revive original de-
signs of each regions that is adjusted with the modern
•How do you assess the status carpet designing in taste.
Iran?
In terms of social and art status, a carpet designer is •How do you assess future of your profession in the
not of the social respect that an architecture possesses, Middle East?
but the attitude of the society toward carpet designers Future of this profession in Iran and the Middle East de-
is changed drastically and is being improved. But in fi- pends upon process of production of carpet in this re-
nancial point of view, price of designing a carpet is not gion. So far as the manufacturers of machine and hand-
precious for hand-woven manufacturers but many man- woven carpets are not able to risk and do not believe in
ufacturers have believed that in this hard competitions, their designers, a designer would not be able to express
creative and innovative designing in design and color is his/her ideas and the industry would not be able to make
necessary and paying for a good design, is considered the required advancement. ■
as an investment not a cost.

The winners Arecord breaking number of designs were submitted
have been to this year’s annual CarpetVista Design Competi-
chosen in tion. 700 designs from 53 countries were selected by a
CarpetVista’s jury and displayed in the competition’s design gallery.
Visitors to the gallery were able to vote for their favour-
design ite designs and the 37 winners have now been elected.
competition
”This year’s winners are a mixture of both well-es-
tablished designers as well as unestablished upcom-
ing talents, ranging from all ages and corners of the
globe. We are extremely proud to be able to present 32
fantastic designers as our winners.”, says Alexandra
Thaulow, the lead co-ordinator of the competition.

”To find only a few select winners from such a large
pool of talent has not been easy, but with the help of
over 60,000 visitors to the gallery who casted their
votes, several designs have emerged as winners.

To have our customers’ help in choosing what design
they would like to see on a carpet has been very help-
ful. This way we can see where the demand lies and
can predict what carpets will be our next big sellers.”,
says Ludvig Friberger, Managing Director at CarpetVis-
ta AB.
The goal of the Design Competition is to create new
and innovative carpet design and have the winning de-
signs produced into carpets and sold on CarpetVista’s
online boutique. ■

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The winners of this year’s CarpetVista Design Competition

PASSAGES Face
Psychedelic Impression of Las Vegas Desert
Iiro A. Ahokas (Finland) Fredrik Bjurhager (Sweden)
River IIRO A. AHOKAS (M.A.) is a Finnish designer who works Fredrik Bjurhager is a 25 year old 3D Artist who was born in
internationally as a freelancer on contemporary product design. Västerås, Sweden. He started as a photographer, but quickly
His work is focused on creating holistic lifestyle concepts, went over to 3D because he had the penchant for creativity.
homeware collections, and high-profile interior objects. Ahokas During the past 6 years he has worked as a 3D Artist in the
cultivates a bold, alternative and dynamic design language advertising industry with a focus on television advertising/
in products such as ceramics and glass, tableware, textiles, product focus. The future looks bright and he hopes to continue
wallpapers, lighting and furniture – extending his eye for style in the 3D industry for many years to come.
to shoes, bags and jewellery. Presently, his commercial designs
are sold worldwide in around forty countries. For more, visit: Deborah Velasquez (USA) Underwater World
www.iiroaahokas.com Deborah Velásquez, a Brooklyn original, who now enjoys the Crane_ORIGAMI02
creative life in the wooded hills of New England with her husband and two Kiwi
Sara Conde (Spain) sons. She is an artist-designer and blogger who creates paintings, prints,
Sara Conde is a Spanish-American artist who lives between Madrid ceramics, cards, textiles and mobiles. She has a love of home decor and
and New York and holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Master in Fine Arts dreams of designing rugs. Her inspiration comes from walks on the beaches
from the City University of New York. Conde creates abstract artworks of Martha’s Vineyard, the streets of Paris and New York, the simple beauty
on paper and canvas that are inspired by contemporary culture and of nature found her back garden, and the primitive innocence of her sons
the sublime natural world. It is a way of working that comes to her scribbles. She loves the mix of design, words, art and craft. Deborah’s
naturally but that she has developed through research in biology, work is modern, sophisticated, graphic and bold with a unique color sense
contemporary communication technology, and from direct observation of and it reflects her love for the simplicity of line. She works in both digital
the environment; when Conde finds images that interest her, she makes and traditional methods. Her traditional work shows her love of gouache,
them her own through abstraction by complicating or simplifying them. watercolor and printmaking. She has said “When I am making art, I know this
Conde works in the mediums of drawing, painting and printmaking. Her is what I should be doing. I want my work to be,”Where Art and Beauty Meet
art has been shown in the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Nemeth Art Lifestyle” © www.deborahvelasquez.com instagram.com/velasquezstudio
Center Museum and the International Print Center of New York among
other contemporary art centers. You can find more information in www. Japan
saraconde.com 2008 Award for Excellence, for ADEX CREATORS GATEWAY 2008
2009 Special Exhibit, at Licensing International Expo 2009 2009
Oscar Lind Modin (Sweden) Exhibit, at Licensing Asia 2009 2010 Exhibit, at CREATIVE MARKET
Working as a designer gives me the freedom to explore. It TOKYO 2010 2013 Runners-up Award for Excellence, for MINI
CLUBVAN Design Contest When I was 11 years old, a father of my
is a thrill to see an idea take shape and evolve. Sometimes friend recommended my illustration, and was chosen for the package
design for an ice cream product. The ice cream package with my
into furniture, lighting or textiles, and sometimes into things illustration was placed on the shelves, and when I saw families smiling
as they placed the ice cream packages into their basket, I realized
completely unexpected. www.oscarlindmodin.com what I wanted to do - I wanted to design things that would make people
smile.

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Ada Ortega Murga (Spain) Agnese Tukāne (Latvia)
Ada Ortega Murga was born in Logroño (La Rioja) Spain. She Agnese Tukāne is 23 year old student of textile art, representing
obtained a Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Fine Arts the Art Academy of Latvia. Although being born in an inspiring
from Barcelona University. She also studied Industrial Design seaside resort town of Jūrmala, she currently lives in Rīga, the
at the Art School number 12 of Madrid and Interior Design capital city, where she graduated from the Rīga School of Art
at ESDIR. She lives in Barcelona where she works as an Art and Design as a textile designer. She would like to make small
Teacher. Ada defines herself as an artist with this formula: things more visible and endowed with unexpected characteristics,
work + work = idea showing them in a different light, angle of view and colour.

big fish Oceanic

Negar Kardouni (Iran) Anna Alanko (Finland)
Negar Kardouni Education: the expertchildren imagery and Anna Alanko is a Helsinki-based textile and fashion designer,

Teenager Nationality : Iranian Date of Birth: 1989 Attend illustrator and colour enthusiast. Alanko’s work can be described

the exhibitions Spain and Sweden and Laleh Gallery as a playful mixture of organic and graphic, quirky and colourful,

dreamy and exuberant. To lear more visit: www.annaalanko.com

Scratch hydraulic tile

Annalisa Riccardo (Italy) ARQAMA Arquitectura (Portugal)
Annalisa Riccardo was born in Maglie (Lecce) Italy on the 19th of Ana Mafalda Almeida and Solange Sousa, graduated in
January 1980. As a child, she always had a passion for design, architecture, are creatives at Arqama atelier in Lisbon, Portugal.
colour and all kind of art, like music, theatre, popular tradition «Arqama is a national brand founded in 2012 that offer services
and culture. She obtained ‘Master of Art’ title in textile weaving in in architecture, interior remodeling and design.. More than
Istituto d’Arte “Nino della Notte” in Poggiardo with specialisation architecture Arqama is a life project, we design the dream, we
in woven art, hand knotted carpets, serigraphy, printing on fabric, believe in life and we will fill it with harmony, well-being and
glass and production of typical papier mache of Lecce. In 1998, success and it all that starts at your home!»
she obtained a diploma in the same Institute. From 1998 on,
she has had various jobs. She is currently involved in graphic Big

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Mille Dørge (Denmark) Benno Arzt (Sweden)
My name is Mille Dørge, I’m 24 years old and I live in Denmark. Benno Arzt was born in 1941 in Stockholm. He paints fantasy
Working with colors, shapes and patterns keeps me happy landscapes, often with birds in bright colors. He also makes
and sane, because it gives me energy, space and an outlet for wooden sculptures of the same theme. He exhibits his paintings
thoughts and emotions. At the same time it is a media, I can use and sculptures in the cities of Halmstad, Malmö, Sölvesborg, Eilat,
to explore my fascination with different themes, cultures, plants, Jerusalem and is represented in private and public collections.
mythologies and symbols. Walls and Floors
Mille Dørge Through a unique collaboration with Benno Arzt we are proud to
present a collection of carpets, suitable for both walls and floors.
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Büşra Kuşcu (Turkey) Evelin Hartmann (Germany)
Büşra Kuşcu was born in Istanbul in 1991. She studied Evelin Hartmann is a Munich based industrial design student at the
Fashion Design at Okan University.During her education, University of Applied Sciences. She was able to gain a lot of work
she attented multiple workshops and exhibitions with her experience during the Internships she did. She was working as a
art works. Beside fashion, she worked on home textile, CMF designer (Color Material Finish) at MINI (BMW, Munich) and
graphic and pattern design. New graduated designer likes at Designworks in Los Angeles, California. She was also working
to create dimesional designs and gather opposite materials. for 6 months as a furniture designer for the famous designer
Nowadays, she works as freelance designer. Anderssen&Voll in Oslo, Norway. She loves working with textiles
and natural materials. Right now she is back in munich to finish
Peeping stripe her her bachelor degree

Hiroko Nakajima (Japan) Hexagons
I am a designer / artist who is strongly interested in “pattern
and surface”. I live and Work in Germany, and always pursue Hope Dangler (USA)
the funniest pattern. My works are diverse such as, textile, My work explores various themes, but has recently turned toward
illustration, sculpture, graphic, typography. In 2014-2015, I balancing fine detail and minimalism, and the importance of both.
received a fellowship known as the “young artist overseas Being an artist allows me to explore statements of societal and
program” at the POLA art foundation in Japan. I’ve lived personal interest, which is the essential part of expression for
and work in Germany and Finland. I and currently living and me. The versatility of art is why I have committed myself to it.
working in Germany since 2014. I always pursue the Funniest I can continue to express myself and change media readily to
Pattern and creation with conbining Japanese and European incorporate all of my desired statements and needs.
essence. Website: http://hiroconakajima.tumblr.com
Flashing points
Chess Kiss
Beata Banach (Poland)
10 Alla GrAnde (Germany) Beata Banach was born in Lublin, Poland in 1989. Art, being a hobby and 15
Design is her vocation Alla GrAnde breaks the mould of a kontemporär favorite past-time since childhood, now, 26 years in her life, has become
artist, uniting the dimensions of design as a passionate dancer on all the second nature to her; with the love for it and the desire to learn new styles
stages of creative endeavour. Design is her life. She lives and breathes and techniques ever growing. Holding a specialized high school of Fine Arts
design passionately throughout the breadth of her activities as an architect, diploma in Toy-making for kids, she is currently enrolled at the Maria Curie-
designer, artist, creator and sculptor. The orchestra of her talents is Skłodowska University in Lublin for her formal education in Fine Arts, she is
reflected in the many different collections that she has masterminded. now in her 3rd year of a 5 year programme leading to Masters in Painting.
Alla GrAnde works for a multitude of highly regarded companies and puts She is also a freelance illustrator mainly working with illustration’s for children.
her unique signature to the interiors and exteriors of banks, commercial She always works towards creating pieces that awe and amaze, gaining
buildings, medical centres, offices and privately owned villas. She designs inspiration from few of her favourite artists such as Alexej von Jawlensky,
not only interior spaces, façades and canvases, but also furniture, Wasilly Kandinsky or Claude Monet to name a few. Amongst working on her
dwellings, jewelry, etc. The artist does not sign her pictures with her name own individual style, Drawing, oil painting, gouache and watercolour are her
alone. She personalises many of her design- and artworks with a kiss that favourite techniques.
symbolises her passion and her intimate relation to what she creates.

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Farahi: We are satisfied with our participation in DOMOTEX

Ali Farahi (Eng.), is a member of Farahi family who Germany’s DOMOTEX is a good exhibition but we can- •How presence in DOMOTEX affects you perfor-
manages Farahi Carpet Manufacturing Complex and not expect a considerable success during a two or three- mance?
Farokh Sepehr Spinning Complex. In the latest period year period. Tehran’s exhibition, in comparison with Anyway, it changed our attitude a little. In the Middle
of Tehran Machine Carpet Exhibition, we arranged a DOMOTEX, is a better opportunity in terms of costs, to East’s market, the customer is interested in high density
meeting with him and talked about status of holding obtain success. Therefore, anyone decides to attend in carpets and cliché designs but general taste of interna-
exhibitions in Iran and abroad and necessity of par- DOMOTEX should pay more costs and not expect the tional market is quite different. Additionally, in foreign
ticipation in these exhibitions. success in short-time and work in a concentrated and markets, price is of the highest priority by in Iranian and
specialized way, because nature of Iran’s and DOMO- Middle East’s market, the quality is more considered. In
What changed have you seen in the 7th Tehran TEX’s market are different. fact, international customer follows logic.
International Carpet Exhibition, in compari-
son with the previous period? •Will you attend in the next DOMOTEXT Exhibition? •What are your plans based on feedbacks obtained
Exhibition of the current year is improved in terms of Yes, we will. Except the recent period that we participat- from DOMOTEX?
quality and more producers are interested in attend- ed, we were intended to participate in DOMOTEX but Definitely, we have considered demands of their market.
ing and participating in this event and I hope that this we were not quire prepare. So, we preferred to attend For example we paid attention to their taste in coloring
trend would be continued in future years and we would worthily and with the required innovation, otherwise we our products, or produced two or three cheaper products
witness development of the exhibitions and increase were not able to obtain such success that we experi- that are appropriate for international market’s expecta-
in presence of foreign participants. This year we had enced in Germany’s DOMOTEX. We are satisfied with tions that will be offered in Hanover DOMOTEXT 2016. ■
some customers from Arabian countries of the Persian our presence in DOMOTEX.
Gulf.

•What was your achievement from the exhibition
held in previous year?
Anyway, exhibition in the place for offering new prod-
ucts and introducing as well as developing relations
between companies, manufacturers and traders.
Therefore, we could become familiar with many com-
panies and traders. Additionally, presence in the exhibi-
tions helps to increase reputation of the company and
receiving new ideas within the competition space and it
also affected the trend of our activities.

•What is your general assessment?
In my opinion, developments occurred during these
seven years were positive, otherwise we never arrange
for participation in the event. In fact, we can say that we
are forced to attend and participate in exhibitions. No
one and no company is able to agree this but not willing
to attend a competition space like exhibitions because
exhibition is a proper place and time for being selected
by the customers and failure in attending may result in
being deprived from this opportunity.

•How do you assess the latest Hanover DOMOTEX?

Egypt impose export fee on

► scrap fabrics to support do-
mestic textile industry

Egypt has witnessed growth in the export of waste
fabrics over the past three years, from 43 tons in
2013 to 294 tons in 2015, according to the Trade and
Industry Minister Tareq Qabil. Trade and Industry Min-
ister has imposed an export fee of LE3,500 per ton of
clippings and scrap fabrics in response to the demands
from textile manufacturers.

The decision was taken to save raw materials and pro-
tect the labor-intensive domestic textile industry and to
avoid shortage of scrap in the local market, minister
of trade and industry Tarek Qabil said while announc-
ing the decision, adding that producers prefer to export
waste fabrics because they sell the ton for LE9,780, as
opposed to LE6,080 in the local market.
Qabil said that the decision was endorsed by the Hold-
ing Company for Cotton, the Textile Export Council and
the Flax Company.

The Textile Export Council said that waste from home
furnishings is recycled to produce thick yarn used by
small and medium-sized furniture factories.
The Businessmen Association, meanwhile, has recom-
mended that the fee be increased by 25 percent.
With the application of this new fee, the hope is that
people will have more of an incentive to sell locally, as
the margins for export would shrink considerably.
A similar previous decision to levy export fee of LE
2,500 per tonne is set to expire by the end of 2015.■

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Stäubli presented its latest innovations in textile
machinery at the recent European ITMA, held
in Milan from 12 to 19 November. A total of 13
novelties were demonstrated, all of which of-
fer greater advantages and are aligned with the
needs and expectations of the market. Industry
representatives and other visitors from around
the world responded with great interest.

For Stäubli, a leading manufacturer of high-speed textile ma- system details and showing the Matterhorn covered in denim.
chinery since 1892, ITMA was an excellent occasion to present
its latest innovations to the public. Several thousand visitors From an elevated deck at the booth, visitors could perfectly observe the
showed strong interest in the new high-performance products, and new SX, LXand LXLJacquard machines operating in combination with
many appreciated the inviting booth and the hospitality of the Stäu- Stäubli Jacquard harnesses and healds. The high-performance weav-
bli staff. The Stäubli product brand DEIMO knitting solutions show- ing machinery setups produced sophisticated applications like OPW
cased its know-how at a separate attractively designed booth in the (one piece woven) airbags and African damask, underlining the pro-
knitting hall. found system understanding Stäubli provides to weavers by means of
its Jacquard weaving machinery in combination with Stäubli Jacquard
The international Stäubli team gladly received the many customers accessories.
and other interested persons, who confirmed that Stäubli’s strategy
is well aligned with market needs. A number of business agree- A large part of the booth was dedicated to the newly unveiled ALPHA
ments were made at the show, and the Stäubli sales teams must
now convert the significant interest shown at ITMA into concrete 500 INNOVATIONcarpet weaving system with an accessible weavers
business during the forthcoming months. Following this successful
trade fair, Stäubli is looking forward to 2016 with strong optimism. stand. It generated great attention, especially as it was in operation

Spotlight on some Stäubli novelties weaving the most diverse and innovative carpets. Another highlight
Outstanding performance is always based on good preparation, and
this also applies to weaving. That is why Stäubli has again expand- and world premiere was demonstrated by the Stäubli product brand
ed its range ofweaving preparation solutions. The SAFIR S60au-
tomatic drawing-in machine, offering the highest levels ofefficiency Schönherr carpet systems: Magic Shadow Effect(patent pending) for
and productivity, has been successfully launched. Interested visi-
tors watched it in operation and were amazed by the dependable weaving single-colour carpets featuring astounding designs. The Stäu-
automatic optical yarn & color detection functions. Also launched
recently is the SAFIR S40automatic drawing-in system with mobile bli product area DEIMO knitting solutions presented a world novelty to
drawing-in trucks, which is especially interesting for denim weavers.
It was creatively presented in an attractive holograph displaying the the knitting industry, which responded with amazement: the D4Sfully

automatic toe-linking de- vice. Installed directly on

the knitting machine, it permits

unloading socks on

the fly and ensures

very short down-

times. ■

Tabriz was recognized as the CarMpeEtNNAews
World’s Capital of Carpet
The Middle East & North Africa Carpet & Textile Newsletter
In a ceremony of “Global City world, encouraging, assisting
of Carpet Weaving” held in Ta- and guiding them and economic Volume 4 | Issue 13 | ■
briz, it is introduced as one of 11 development through profitable
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world. EDITORIAL
Editorial Borad
In addition of being engaged Alireza Ghaderi
Consulting Editors
“Upon assessments and tak- in some projects in each of five The city of Tabriz is situated 600 km west Editoral Coordinator (Art and Hand Made Carpet Department)
of Teheran and one of the largest cities
ing into account various indices continents (Africa, Asia-Oceania, in Iran. Behnam Ghasemi
The manufacturing of carpets today is
like governmental participations Europe, Latin America and North extensive and the quality varies from (Textile and Machine Made Carpet Department)
excellent handicrafts to simple and cheap
bazaar qualities. A good Tabriz has a Mario Cortopassi
short and rough pile. The patterns can Sepastian Pedrosa
consist of a centrally placed medallion
and proper conditions for carpet America), members of Word surrounded by arabesques, weeping ADVERTISING and SALES
willows and cypresses. Another popular
weaving, Tabriz is elected and Crafts Council are cooperating motif is the four seasons which describes Commerical Director (China) Zhang Hua
the life of the Persian farmer during
introduced as a global city of each other. spring, summer, autumn and winter. Sales Manager (USA) Navid Hadiashar

carpet weaving”, Qatha Hijavi, Ancient palaces and ruins are often Sales Manager International Alireza Nagahi
seen on the carpets. On the corners it is
President of Asia and Oceania “Specialty in manufacturing and sometimes possible to see the four great GRAPHIC DESIGN MCN Art Studio
Persian poets: Sadi, Hafez, Ferdowsi Graphic Assistant info@kohanjournal.com
of World Crafts Council. selling carpet and high quality and Omar Khayam.
Mahboobeh Ghayedi
The term Raj in connection with the
of carpet have both made Tabriz name of Tabriz carpets refers to the num- MEDIA MENA Carpet News
ber of knots in a 70 mm span range. The Media Coordinators
It is noteworthy that the World well-known”, Qatha Hijavi contin- denomination 40 Raj refers to carpets
with 400-500.000 knots/m2, 50 Raj to
Crafts Council is established ued. carpets with approximately 500-600.000 DISTRIBUTION Mahboobeh Ghayedi
knots/m2, 60 Raj to carpets with 600- Circulation Manager
as a not-for-profit and non-gov- Hamid Karegar, Head of National 800.000 knots/m2 and 70 Raj to carpets
with approximately 800-1.000.000 knots/ CONTACTS
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Powerful string-play for solid carpet creations

www.staubli.com/textile Use technically advanced Stäubli
solutions to co-ordinate your entire
Hall 002 – Booth B15 weaving process with everything from
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Flooring Professionals Discuss Commercial and HANDMADE CARPET
Residential Carpet Standards HOSTED BUYER
PROGRAM TO BE
BY: Michael Chmielecki-www.fcimag.com sumers of carpet, and testing laborato- HELD AT DOMOTEX
ries that have experience about the most asia/CHINAFLOOR
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) re- acceptable best practices. We draw 2016 IN SHANGHAI
cently announced updates to its 104/105 upon the practical and technical experi-
installation standards for commercial and ence of these people. We aim to make D OMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016
residential carpet, respectively. We spoke the information succinct but valuable. is pleased to introduce the “2016
with Joe Yarbrough, CRI president, and Jim Handmade Carpet Hosted Buyer
Walker, president of American Floor Cov- Is there a specific reason why the up- Program”, a specially designed
ering Institute, about what these changes dates are happening now? program to provide professional
mean to the carpet installer. Yarbrough: I think it’s just time. We’ve visitors with the best service and experience during
had a version of these standards in place the show. This program enables visitors to easily
In announcing updates to 104/105, CRI since the mid-‘90s, and they’re updated meet handmade carpet & rugs manufacturers from
stated “these changes address industry in- every five or six years. During our last Iran, China, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Nepal,
novations that require new approaches to update, in 2011, we combined the com- etc., showcasing products they are interested in,
carpet installation, particularly planning and mercial and residential portions into one in the form of pre-arranged B2B meetings, while
subfloor preparation.” A lot of people believe document standard. But by reaching receiving exclusive benefits. On the first day of the
substrate prep for carpet is relatively forgiv- out to a wide array of interested parties, show participants will get a chance to engage in
ing compared to hard surface products. we felt the market was best served by professional match-making in a specially arranged
Can you tell me a little more about this providing the information in two formats area with exhibitors from the handmade rug sector
focus for the updates? because of the specific differences be- according to their preferences. As demand for this
Yarbrough: Carpet has more tolerance for tween the two markets. So we broke program is high, places are limited, therefore the
surface imperfections in terms of substrate them back apart again with this update. organizer will act on a strict first come – first served
cracks, but new technologies with backings basis. Professionals who wish to take part should
and adhesives make subfloor prep impor- There has been a lot of talk recently download the application form to get a full list of all
tant. The moisture content in a concrete about the S600 standard for carpet in- benefits included in this program and apply before
floor still must meet certain specifications stallation. Why should carpet install- the 31st of January at: http://domotexasiachinafloor.
with carpet. The array of products in both ers use CRI 104/105 as the installation com/hosted-buyer-programs
the residential and commercial sectors have standard of choice?
expanded quite dramatically in the last 10 Walker: When I resigned from Interna- 2015 HOSTED BUYER PROGRAM REVIEW
years or so, and there are varying degrees tional Certified Floorcovering Install- In 2015, the DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR hosted
of requirements necessary to successfully ers Association (CFI), Joe asked me if 40 international individual buyers from 5 different
install these products. I would take a look at the CRI update. product sectors: machine made carpet, laminate
I went over it and my opinion is CRI is flooring, bamboo flooring, WPC flooring and sport
How often do you update these stand- on the right track. In the ‘90s, the CRI flooring. The buyers came from 15 different coun-
ards? standards are all we had, and they’ve tries, such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, India,
Yarbrough: The last time was 2011. Here it kept everything up to date. Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany,
is, almost 2016, so we decided it was time Regarding S600, what I’ve heard is at Spain, South Africa, etc. Two delegations were also
to have an update to make sure the infor- the moment some of the mills are ap- hosted from Korea and Japan, including some of the
mation is the most current. We wanted to pealing it, and my understanding is for top retailers / distributors / wholesalers of flooring
make it easy to read and readily available. it to become an ANSI standard everyone products in the respective countries.
We will still be offering printed copies of the has to agree on it. I don’t know if S600 Onsite match making meetings were arranged be-
documents, but they can also be download- [in a final, usable form] is ever going to tween these buyers and over 50 flooring manufac-
ed from our website to be viewed on a cell materialize or not. turers from the sectors of their interest. The hosted
phone, tablet or other mobile device. Simply put, CRI 104/105 gives installers buyers were also invited to attend some special
Our plan is to eventually be able to include a roadmap for installing carpet. With all events such as “The international Wood Polymer
short video clips that address some of the the new tools, adhesives and techniques Composite (WPC) Sector Development Forum”,
more tricky procedures. These will be refer- in carpet, standards are going to have to “International Night in Shanghai” – VIP Party held at
ences that provide a refresher very quickly. be updated a lot more frequently than in one of the most luxurious bars in Shanghai, and so
These enhancements will be provided over the past, and CRI 104/105 has the ability on.
time, and as they become available we will to do that now with its electronic format.
provide further notice. To attend DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016 as a
In electronic form this becomes a living doc- What are the biggest problems carpet regular visitor and get a free entrance badge please
ument that we can refresh on an ongoing installers are seeing on the job? pre-register online at the official website of the show
basis to make it more user-friendly and more Walker: The number one problem is www.domotexasiachinafloor.com ■
helpful. Our end goal is to provide residen- seaming and stretching—just getting
tial consumers and commercial customers a the guys to use seam sealer and prop-
satisfactory experience for selecting carpet erly stretch the carpet. Seam peaking
as their flooring choice. is another issue, and getting transitions
right is also a big problem. That’s what I
What’s the process for coming to a con- like about CRI 104/105. We can address
sensus on these updates? these issues with updates and videos.
Yarbrough: We reach out to experts across The ultimate goal is customer satisfac-
the industry. We develop a core task group tion. I will work with anybody who has a
within CRI membership, reaching out to goal like that.■
carpet manufacturing members, retailers,
installers, customers who are repetitive con-

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First Edition of Arab Carpet & Flooring Expo

Co-Located with Yarn Fiber Expo and the World Carpet Portrait Gallery

Arab Carpet and Flooring Expo region, here is a summary of the major (UAE, USA, UK, Turkey, vironmental problem by holding an in-
2015, ran for its First Edition in facts and figures for 2015: Thailand, Saudi Arabia, ternational scale event for the very first
Hall 5 of ADNEC, covering an area of • Event Title: Arab Carpet and Flooring Netherlands, Nepal, Ku- time in the MENA region and connect-
over 3,100 sqm, along with the First Expo wait, Kosovo, Japan, India, ing all the key individuals and organi-
Edition of the International Green Car- • Under the Patronage of: His Excellency Iran, France, Afghanistan) sations together in a single platform.
pet and Flooring Conference which Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al-Nahyan – • Number of Visitors: 1608 • Event Title: International Green Car-
was centred on the major issue of Car- Minister of Culture, Youth & Community Visitors over 4 days pet and Flooring Conference
pet Waste in the region. As a launch Development • Number of Visitor Countries: 34 (UAE, • Under the Patronage of: His Excel-
show and the only event specialising • Date: 1-4 October 2015 (4 Days) Iran, India, Palestine, Jordan, Italy, Egypt, lency Eissa Saif Al Qubaisi, General
in Carpet and Flooring in the MENA • Edition: First Pakistan, Lebanon, USA, Nepal, Turkey, Manager of Center of Waste Manage-
• Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Bahrain, Syria, New Zealand, Qatar, ment - Abu Dhabi (Tadweer)
Centre (ADNEC) – Hall 5 Kosovo, Bulgaria, Swaziland, Germany, • Hosted by: Center of Waste Manage-
• Country: United Arab Emirates Slovakia, Belgium, Japan, Argentina, ment - Abu Dhabi (Tadweer)
• Exhibit Space: 3,100 sqm Azerbaijan, Algeria, Ukraine,Brazil, Sri • Date: 3-4 October 2015 (2 Days)
• Show Type: Specialist Event for Carpet Lanka, France, Philippines, Saudi Ara- • Edition: First
and Flooring bia, Canada, Oman) • Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition
• Open to: Trade Visitors and Public Centre (ADNEC) – Capital Suite 7
• Number of Exhibitors: 47 Arab Carpet and Flooring Expo 2015, • Country: United Arab Emirates
• Number of Exhibitor Countries: 15 also had a Conference which ran at the • Event Type: Specialist Conference
same time, 3-4 October, named the In- for Carpet Recycling and Flooring Sus-
ternational Green Carpet and Flooring tainability
Conference. • Open to: Professional Delegates
• Number of Delegates: 36 (From:
This Conference was developed with re- UAE, Iran, USA, Netherlands, Turkey,
spect to the significant problem of Car- Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India,
pet and Flooring waste in the Middle Italy, Thailand)
East and North Africa (MENA) region. • Number of Speakers: 8 (From: USA,
Each year millions of metric tonnes of Netherlands, UAE, Japan, Saudi Ara-
Construction, Residential, Industrial/ bia) ■
Manufacturing, Commercial, Education,
Healthcare, Retail and Event Industry
Carpet and Flooring waste is taken to
landfill all over the region.
The First Edition of the International
Green Carpet and Flooring Conference
was held to address this significant en-

Desso launches carpet Take Back programme in Middle East “More than 1,430 tonnes of post-
consumer carpet was recycled in
Desso, a Tarkett company, a lead- for recycling. Desso also presented Hol- six month-long Expo 2020 season, the 2014, an increase of 84% from 2011,
ing European carpet manufacturer man Fenwick Willan with a Take BackTM municipality is preparing to implement and with our first Middle East client
with its Middle East & Africa regional certificate to guarantee that material is a series of new measures designed to getting the ball rolling in this region,
headquarters in Dubai, has launched its recycled according to its corporate Cra- address waste management under the we hope to see more companies pur-
carpet Take BackTM programme in the dle to Cradle® principles. 2030 Masterplan. sue their environmental awareness
region with international commercial law agenda and support successful eco
firm, Holman Fenwick Willan, the first cli- The city’s Al Qusais municipal landfill is These include a ‘polluter pays’ weight- responsibility initiatives such as our
ent to sign up for the unique recycling predicted to reach full capacity by 2021 based charging system, a waste tracking Take BackTM programme.
initiative. and with hundreds of thousands of tour- system and mandatory source segrega- Dulka”
ists expected to visit Dubai during the tion; with the collective goal of reducing
The firm chose to refresh its Downtown landfill destined waste by 25% by 2020. the value of recycling,” remarked Dulka.
Dubai-located office flooring using Des- “According to Dubai Municipality,
so’s patented AirMaster® product, which the emirate produces around 7,000 The initiative is part of Desso’s Cradle to Desso’s Refinity® Plant uses a trade-
is able to capture and retain potentially tonnes of general waste each day – Cradle concept, under which the compa- marked innovative separation technique,
harmful fine dust particles, lowering the the equivalent of nine Olympic-sized ny designs products that can be recycled called Refinity®, which makes it pos-
concentration in an indoor environment swimming pools – of which, 35% of infinitely and without quality losses, in a sible to separate yarn from the backing
by as much as eight times, compared the total generated waste sent to technical or biological loop. in order to produce two material streams
with smooth flooring solutions, and four UAE landfills is considered to be which can each be recycled. After sever-
times lower than with standard carpet. recyclable, there is a clear need for Millions of square metres of worn-out al purification stages, the yarn is returned
companies as well as individuals to carpet is potentially discarded every to the manufacturer for the production of
Under the Take BackTM agreement, do more to reduce this figure. year, and this prompted Desso to look new yarn and the bitumen from the back-
Desso removed the firm’s existing Andre Dulka, Regional Director, Mid- at ways in which to counter the negative ing is reused in the road industry.
3,500-kilogramme carpet, and sent it to dle East, Africa & India, Desso” environmental impact and, at the same
the company’s Refinity® Plant in Holland time, spread a positive message about Desso was also recently awarded Cradle
to Cradle® Gold Certification for its new
L to R: Karen “Our support for Desso’s carpet Take ‘Gold Collection’, making it the first car-
Morgan, Holman BackTM programme forms part of pet manufacturer in the world to be rec-
Fenwick Willan our commitment to being a responsi- ognised on this level for its commitment
Middle East LLP ble business. As an international law to sustainability. Produced with EcoBa-
receives Take firm, we are conscious of our impact seTM backing that contains upcycled
BackTM certificate on the environment and are always re-engineered calcium carbonate (chalk)
from Nicole de Kort, looking at ways to mitigate that im- from local drinking water companies,
Design Manager, pact through initiatives such as this. which is 100% recyclable in Desso’s
Middle East, India & We are delighted to have been able own production process, the Gold Col-
Africa, Desso to avoid waste going to landfill and lection also contains ECONYL, a 100%
instead make sure it is fully recycled. regenerated nylon made from recovered
Rula Dajani Abuljebain, Holman Fen- waste materials including post-consumer
wick Willan’s Middle East Managing yarn waste from Desso’s Refinity plant. ■
Partner”

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HRI EXPANDS STRATEGY TO MACHINE-MADE;
LAUNCHES LIMITED-EDITION PERSIAN DESIGNS

Jordt says. one of a kind collector pieces,” Jordt Las Vegas Markets. This is not
Lee Harounian, a principal at HRI, is explains. a machine-made collection that is
responsible for developing the Master- meant to be hung on a rack and
craft designs to be unveiled at Atlanta “The initial designs offered during sold from; a dealer needs to pur-
and Las Vegas markets. “Lee saw this the January 2016 markets will be Ta- chase what he is going to sell be-
construction a year ago in contempo- briz rugs that capture the sophistica- cause this is a very limited unique
rary designs. tion and refinement of the classical offering. When it’s gone it’s gone,
11th century Safavid court carpets, and we will move on to creating
The first time he saw and felt the qual- all woven in stunning jewel-toned the next Mastercraft series.”
ity he thought of fine Persian master- colors. The actual pieces duplicated
pieces from Tabriz, Kashan and Isfa- are from the middle of the 19th cen- The new collection represents
han, and for the next 10 months he tury, woven by master weavers such HRI’s foray into luxury rugs in the
worked to create designs that dupli- as Kurban Dai and Faradji in Tabriz.” machine-made category. The
cated the very rare and extremely ex- company has in the past offered
pensive antique Persian masterpieces “We expect to sell through our ini- machine-made container pro-
that are in the Harounian collection of tial offering during the Atlanta and grams for volume retailers. ■

HRI will launch Mastercraft, a cross-woven Wilton collection with
limited-edition Persian designs with up to 16 colors at the upcom-

ing Atlanta International Rug Market. Retail is $600 in 5x8.

Harounian Rugs International (HRI) will in-
troduce its first machine-made collection
at the upcoming Atlanta International Rug
Market in January. Called Mastercraft, the range
is produced on cross woven Wilton looms of very
dense, finely spun polyester fiber, and includes
four limited edition designs from New York-based
HRI’s archive of rare Persian antique rugs.

“The look and hand of this construction is unique
to the market,” says Greg Jordt, HRI’s executive
vice president, sales and marketing. “The produc-
tion is done on a cross-woven Wilton loom, which
not only gives each rug a soft, flexible handmade
feel, but enables us to use up to 16 colors in a
design rather the standard eight. The density is
incredible; I am not aware of any rug currently
available that has more points per square meter,”
Jordt tells RugNews.com. The collection is made
in Turkey and will be offered in sizes 3x5 up to
10x14. Suggested retail for the 5x8 is $600.

The goal of the collection is to offer classic de-
signs that look and feel like hand-knotted rugs, he
explains, noting that the specific polyester fiber
used was selected not only for its soft feel, but
for stain resistance and durability. Equally impor-
tant, the yarn reflects color just like very fine wool,

This intricately detailed limited-edition Mastercraft collection
design from HRI’s first machine-made program is based on a rare

antique Tabriz rug in HRI’s collection in New York.

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Carpet Oasis showcases Feizy Gives Back this Holiday Season
rarest carpets from around with $20,000 Donation to The Global
the world Fund for Children

Over 250,000 carpets with estimated Supporting the World’s Most Marginalized Children
market value of Dh2.5 billion go on
display in Dubai World Trade Centre It is estimated that more than 215 million children worldwide are in en-
gaged in some form of child labor. In the least developed countries, one
Carpet aficionados and art collectors can now child out of every four is involved in some form of dangerous labor. As manufacturers operating in developing nations, Feizy
head to the Carpet and Art Oasis to get their Rugs is committed to ending this practice through the company’s ongoing partnership with The Global Fund for Children.
hands on the rarest and most exclusive handmade This holiday season, Feizy is donating $20,000 to further the worldwide efforts to fund, educate and grow grassroots groups
carpets brought from top carpet-producing coun- involved with serving the needs of the world’s most marginalized children.
tries in the world. “Feizy is a family business, and we are dedicated to children and families around the world all year and especially during the

Carpets dating back to 500 years, including an in- holiday season,” said Leah Feizy, Executive Vice President. “We are fortunate to have the
tricately hand-woven one from Tabriz, Iran, worth opportunity to help and protect thousands of children, and we are grateful for our amazing
Dh3.5 million, are just some of the highlights of the customers who have made this gift possible.”
exhibition being organised by Dubai Customs at “From the bottom of our hearts, The Global Fund for Children is thankful for this donation
the Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Hall 2 until and everything that Feizy does to support our organization,” said Susan Goodell, CEO of
January 15, 2016. The Global Fund for Children. “Every dollar empowers groups that not only address many
of the root causes of child labor, but also scouts, supports and strengthens those working
Held under the theme, Dubai City of Carpet, the to end the trafficking of children and those committed to creating equal opportunities for
21st edition of the exhibition is considered to be children regardless of race, class or gender.”■
one of the major attractions of this year’s Dubai
Shopping Festival (DSF) and is, for the first time, www.menacarpetnews.com
displaying 250,000 high-end carpets at an estimat-
ed net market value of Dh2.5 billion, according to
organisers.
“There’s nothing like this in the world and there’s
no other place that brings such a large variety
of handmade carpets under one roof,” said Ab-
dul Rahman Eisa, Chairman of the Carpet Oasis’
Steering Committee. “The pieces displayed here
are mostly brought from famous countries along
the Silk Road. More than 70 per cent of the carpets
displayed are made of pure silk and 30 per cent are
woollen carpets.”

Eisa said this year the exhibition is bigger, and is
being held with over 6,000 square metres with 54
pavilions representing countries like China, India,
Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Pakistan
and others. The most expensive rug is running at
Dh3.5 million dirhams.

For the first time Turkistan and Azerbaijan are tak-
ing part and around 25 per cent of displayed items
are antiques brought only as display items. “The
antiques displayed are family heirlooms that have
been passed down for many generations and date
back hundreds of years.”

The exhibition was officially inaugurated on
Wednesday by Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chair-
man of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs
and Free Zone Corporation, and Ahmad Mahboob
Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs.
A number of officials also attended, including Helal
Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department
of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and CEO of
Dubai World Trade Centre and Laila Suhail, CEO
of the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment
(DFRE),

People from all around the world flock to the ex-
hibition every year, which has helped in boosting
the retail industry and economic growth in Dubai.
Sales of have been more than Dh2 billion and
nearly 2.5 million carpets have been exhibited
since the first edition. “Europeans and Americans
are always very interested to collect these items as
an investment and they find what they need here
for discounted prices during DSF,” Eisa said.

He said he expects to see deals worth millions of
dirhams being sealed at the Oasis as last year’s
sales turnover went above Dh120 million.

The exhibition will include auctions on handmade
rugs, including workshops for visitors to see how
carpets are made and how knots are tied. There
are also daily raffle draws offering visitors the
chance to take home valuable prizes.

The Oasis also has a museum that displays his-
torical documents that tell the story of Dubai Cus-
toms.■

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China is going to be a big THE BIGGEST YARN FAIR OF THE WORLD WILL BE HELD AT TUYAP IN 2016
market for Indian Handmade
Carpets: Chairman, CEPC The 13th International Istanbul Yarn Fair which brings togeth- result, purchasing delegates invited by Tüyap and hailing from 10
er the yarn industry will be held by Tüyap Fair Organization countries, including Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Iran,
India Carpet Expo at Varanasi has witnessed on February 4-6, 2016 at the Tüyap Fair Convention and Con- Kosovo, Macedonia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Serbia, and Jordan, vis-
the overwhelming presence of 350 overseas gress Center located in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul - Turkey. ited the fair to meet with the exhibitor companies.
buyers, in addition to 276 buying representa- Istanbul Yarn Fair which is the most comprehensive yarn fair
tives, in the first three days. of the world, gathers exhibitors and visitors from more than 70 The International Istanbul Yarn Fair got full marks thanks to the
countries, and offers the sales and marketing platform steering effective international marketing campaign, export opportunities
A delegation from Yiwu city of China visited the the global yarn trade. The fair which is the most important com- offered to exhibitor companies. The fair is named as the most
India Carpet Expo on 13th October, 2015 on an mercial meeting of the international yarn industry stands out successful yarn fair of the last 12 years. The fair was visited by
invitation from CEPC. Mr. Wang Bi Rong, Direc- as a great opportunity to take for yarn companies that want to 2.495 professionals from 70 overseas countries. Exhibitor com-
tor General Bureau of Commerce led the del- access new markets. panies were pleased with the number and quality of visitors. They
egation of eight members to study the qualities describe the fair as a n effective event to meet new customers
of Indian handmade carpets displayed by 303 The Great Success of Istanbul Yarn Fair in 2015 and business partners.
exporters from all over India. The 12th International Istanbul Yarn Fair organized by Tüyap
Fairs Inc. took place concurrently with Texpo Eurasia 2015 in Istanbul Yarn Fair Will be an International Marketing Platform
The delegation from CEPC was led by Shri Kul- 6 halls, on a total exhibition area of 40,000 sqm with the par- of The Yarn Industry In 2016
deep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC, accompanied ticipation of 458 exhibitor companies and company representa- Istanbul Yarn Fair provides new opportunities as an effective trad-
by all Members of Committee of Administration tives from 30 countries and 22,325 professional visitors from 71 ing platform for visitors and exhibitors who want to discover new
of the Council. A presentation was made about countries on February 5-8 at Tüyap Fair and Congress Center, markets and increase their market shares. Latest technologies,
the economy and market position of the Yiwu İstanbul-Turkey. current trends and innovations, eco friendly yarn products will be
City, by Mr. Wang Bi Rong. The Chinese del- exhibited together in The International Istanbul Yarn Fair 2016 on
egation was very excited to visit the Expo and The International Istanbul Yarn Fair has been focusing on in- February 4-6, 2016. ■
informed that they witnessed a very high qual- ternational marketing activities to penetrate new markets. As a
ity in Indian handmade carpets, which they did
not find in China. The delegation was confident
that the Indian handmade carpets would get a
very good sales response in Yiwu City. They in-
formed that after the Expo, they will discuss with
CEPC in arriving at a Memorandum of Under-
standing (MoU) for promoting and selling Indian
handmade carpets in Yiwu. CEPC Chairman,
Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal expressed hope that
such collaborations would give a boost to ex-
ports of Indian carpets to China.

While thanking CEPC for hosting them and giv-
ing them an insight into Indian handmade car-
pets industry, Mr. Rong, the Director General,
expressed the desire to have a strong repre-
sentation of Indian Handmade Carpet Exporters
in Yiwu City in their May 2016 show. Chairman,
CEPC appreciated the efforts of the delegation
in making Indian carpets popular in China; he
also assured them that the industry is looking
forward to China as a whole and Yiwu City in
particular, adding that China will be one of their
major business partner countries in coming
times.

Shri Ravinder Jaiswal, MLA, Varanasi also visit-
ed India Carpet Expo and saw the arrangement
and facilities available at the fair ground. He met
the participating exhibitors also and appreciated
the new developments made by the Indian car-
pet manufacturers. He met overseas buyers
and Chinese delegation as well and assured the
carpet exporters and CEPC that he will apprise
Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of
the efforts made by Carpet Export Promotion
Council in providing excellent infrastructure to
the manufacturers from Varanasi-Bhadohi-Mir-
zapur belt in promoting Indian carpets and help-
ing the artisans and weavers of this area.

Some of the leading and reputed buyers from
US, U.K., Brazil, South Africa and other Euro-
pean countries who visited the fair spoke very
encouragingly about the display of various
handmade carpets, floor coverings and arrange-
ments made by the organizers.

Organizers are extremely happy with the results
till today and hope that more and more buyers
will come on the last day of the Expo as well, on
14th October, 2015, and make this Expo a very
successful one. ■

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North Khorasan province of Iran
possesses a good capability for
producing double-faced carpets
and it is the origin of this kind
of carpet in the world. Double-
faced carpet manufactured in this
province is registered in National
Monuments of North Khorasan
province and the preliminary
steps for its registration with UN-
ESCO, in the name of Jorgalan ward.
Mohammad Samadi, Chairperson of North Khorasan Chamber of Com-
merce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, recalling that the double-
faced carpet is a unique kind of carpet and there are no similar kind in
the world, said that: “We are attempting to offer hand-woven carpet of
our province to national and global markets, with the unique design and
name of this region”.
“In this direction, through our negotiations with Germany and some
other European countries, we attempted to provide the basis for travel
of some missions from these countries to our province in order to take
primary steps for exportation of this product”. ■

► Is It Possible for Iran to Take U.S.A’s
Carpet Market Back from India?

“During the first half of 1394 A.H
(March 21 to Sept. 22, 2015) we
have exported 2100 tons of hand-
woven carpet to 80 countries of
the world, valued $110 million”,
President of National Iranian Car-
pet Center said. “U.S.A is not still
among buyers of Iranian hand-
woven carpet because removal
of sanctions is not executed. Of
course, exportation of machine carpet to U.S.A is faced with no sanction
impediments”, he added. Recalling that sanction on exportation of hand-
woven carpet to the U.S.A was imposed on us since 2010, he declared
that he hopes exportation of carpet to the U.S.A would be commenced
during the next two months and upon execution of JCPOA.

At the same time, he said that “U.S.A has been a considerable pur-
chaser of Iranian hand-woven carpet since long time ago and we have
exported carpet to this country in 2010, valued $80 million, being equal
to 16% out of total carpet exportation during 2010. Undoubtedly, tak-
ing back U.S.A’s market requires sagacity and proper advertisements,
as during a 5-year absence of Iranian carpet in the U.S.A, competitor
courtiers like India could achieve a considerable share of the American
carpet market. National Iranian Carpet Center decides to participate in
DOMOTEX 2016 held in January in Hanover, Germany, and to hold spe-
cial meetings and roundtables in presence of Iranian carpet traders and
manufacturers that would serve as a shortcut for achieving American
carpet market again.

According to the recent custom’s statistics, carpet was one of the most
important Iranian goods exported to U.S.A. This list indicates that U.S.A
has purchased 619 tons of carpet during this period, valued less than
$200,000 ■

► Iran reduces export of handmade
carpets

Iran has exported 2,620 tons
of handmade carpets valued at
$166 million to 80 countries in the
first seven months of 2015, head
of the country’s National Carpet
Center Hamid Kargar said.
This is while the country exported
3,100 tons of carpets worth $202
million in the same period of 2014,
IRNA reported.
Kargar noted that Eastern Asian countries are the main buyers of Iranian
carpets.
“Iran’s handmade carpets are exported to Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab
Emirates, Kuwait, China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy and Germany,”
he added.
Further, head of the National Carpet Center said that if the sanctions
imposed on Iran are lifted, the export of these carpets to the US will be
resumed.
The National Carpet Center has said that Iran has exported handmade
carpets totaling $330 million in 2014. ■

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China, Iran to cooperate The head of China Tibetan Carpet Association has visited the ban on the participation of handicrafts other than car-
on hand-made rug Iran National Carpet Center (INCC) to facilitate introduc- pets, the necessity of physical isolation of hand-made and
tion of Iranian exquisite hand-made carpet to China, espe- machine-weaved carpet sections, proportionate number
► Carpet Design Awards cially to Qinghai province. of foreign traders invited to the exhibition, proper customs
finalists named exemptions, and accelerated discharge of carpets from
Hamid Kargar, the Head of INCC and Wang Jingping dis- customs when returning Iran,” he emphasized.
cussed the possible cooperation on introduction of Iranian
hand-made carpet, where Kargar believed that carpet could Chinese official for his part emphasized upon the prestige
provide better grounds for cultural ties and excellent condi- and fame of Iranian hand-made carpet and its interna-
tions for both nations to know each other better; “the craft of tional status, and called for improved cultural cooperation
weaving carpets had spread all over Iran since thousands between Iran and China; he provided the meeting with
of years; no city, town, village, and nomadic people would a history of Tibetan carpet and a brief description of the
lack the sheer diversity and the richness of natural hues, eye- province’s climatic, cultural, and social conditions, and
catching patterns, and intricate design of the native hand- also with a report of Association’s agenda and activities.
made carpet; the craft had fused with the local rituals and
cultural ceremonies of different ethnic groups, and would ef- Shahrzad Aminshirazi, the head of Carpet Museum of
fectively communicate cultural messages,” he added. Iran, who was participating in the meeting, introduced the
museum and the capacities and capabilities of the center.
Kargar hailed participation of Iran in Chinlee Shining and the
cultural and artistic approach to the event and Iran Day event INCC and Chinese Tibetan Carpet Association signed an
in the exhibition a good start for cultural cooperation; “As rep- MoU to improve cooperation on Chinlee Shining carpet
resentative of the Iran’s carpet industry, we want to see some exhibition, establish an Iran-China joint carpet museum,
expectations fulfilled and issues fixed, including, inter alia, and hold scientific and cultural conferences on carpet. ■
the lack of coordination by Indian and Pakistani participants,

The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2016
have been named. In November, a jury nominat-
ed the best handmade designer carpets for the final
round of the international competition. Presented in
eight categories, the Carpet Design Awards honor
the outstanding quality and design of the world’s best
carpets. The number of entrants was particularly high
this year, with a total of 320 carpets from 21 countries
submitted vs. 250 entrants the previous year. Twenty-
four carpets have made it through to the final round
and will be on display at Domotex Hannover, slated
for Jan. 16-19 here.
The categories range from studio artist, classic/tra-
ditional and modern designs to best innovation. The
winners of each category will be formally announced
on Jan. 17 in the Innovations@Domotex area. Final-
ists are as follows:

Best Studio Artist Design
o Re Orient, Studio Brieditis & Evans
o Squeeze, Studio Brieditis & Evans
o Beauty, Ayka Design

Best Modern Design Superior
o Crystallized – Ice, Creative Matters
o Aleph, Naziri OHG
o Emerald 1, Art Resources

Best Modern Design Deluxe
o Electric Taupe, Hossein Rezvani Design OHG
o New Orleans from Bruno Moinard, Chevalier édi-
tion

Taittu, Free Verse, Jaipur Rugs

Best Traditional Design
o Yildiz, Öz-kent Hali
o Marta Stripe, Rug and Kelim
o Suzani, Wool & Silk

Best Transitional Design
o Secret Garden, Naziri OHG
o Reflection, Choudhary Exports
o Persy from Samuel Accoceberry, Chevalier édition

Best Modern Collection
o Origami Collection, Ayka Design
o Free Verse, Jaipur Rugs
o Landscapes Collection, Wool & Silk

Best Traditional Collection
o Sumak Spezial, Theo Keller GmbH
o Pine Garden, Rug Star GmbH
o Ottoman Collection, Wool & Silk

Best Innovation
o Glow, Zollanvari AG
o Stereogram, Thibault Van Renne BVBA
o Canvas, Papilio by Prado Rugs N.V.

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