AfghanMade Carpet Design Competition: Students and Young Designers

The AfghanMade Carpet Design Competition is part of The Carpet Design Awards at DOMOTEX Hannover 2014 (11-14 January 2014); which is the world’s leading carpet design competition held at the largest and most influential fair for floor coverings.

Open to students and young designers who have an interest in product design and textiles, the competition aims to inspire modern carpet designs using the traditional weaving techniques of Afghanistan. Through this, the unique high quality of carpets produced in Afghanistan will be promoted at the hands of skilled Afghans where expertise has been passed down through generations.

Finalists of the Carpet Design Competition, three students and three young designers, will be selected in September 2013 by a judging panel. The winner from each category will be announced at DOMOTEX Hannover 2014.

A sample carpet for each of the designs for the finalists will be completely handmade in Afghanistan using hand spun wool, all-natural vegetable dyes and traditional hand-knotted techniques. This will further demonstrate Afghanistan’s capability to be an international leading source of carpet production. The six designs and samples of the finalists will be on display at DOMOTEX 2014.

AfghanMade Carpets is working to revitalize the Afghan carpet industry by facilitating the cooperative work of international rug importers and Afghan producers as part of an initiative promoting indigenous industries in Afghanistan.

HALI Magazine, the world leader in its field and a publication which plays a pivotal role in the field of carpets and textiles, leading trends, tastes and opinions is partnering with the AfghanMade carpet design competition and together with DOMOTEX will provide the perfect platform for effective displays, meeting existing contacts and establishing leads on new markets in the industry.


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For more information, please visit www.afghanmade.com

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Notes to Editors:

HALI Magazine

The world leader in its field, HALI (the name means carpet in Turkish) is the glue that holds the international rug and textile art market together. Described as “the benchmark against which all other art publications measure their quality”, HALI is an international quarterly magazine of exceptional style, brimming with information. It is essential reading for the amateur and the connoisseur alike.

Unlike other art and antiques publications, it is the single most influential force within its specialised constituency. HALI plays a pivotal role in the field of carpets and textiles, leading trends, tastes and opinions as well as promoting the business through the comprehensive nature of its editorial coverage.

HALI covers the textile arts of all cultures and periods in an eclectic mixture of articles which range from sumptuously illustrated original scholarly features to lively, provocative reviews of exhibitions and books. These are balanced by the up to date news-oriented market sections which include reports of dealers’ shows worldwide, and a unique and extensively researched illustrated price guide (the most popular item in the magazine) to the most important items sold at auction.



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