Warp & Weft Announces Winners of “Contemporary Creations: A Rug Design Competition

By danielle


Want the early scoop on two of the rugs that will be on display in the Warp & Weft at ICFF booth this year?  To get it, we had to go to FIT. There, we caught up with Warp & Weft President and Creative Director, Michael Mandapati, who called on students in the Textile/Surface Design Program to produce the next top design. Of the 24 entrants, the jury narrowed down the field to 5 finalists. “The results were so impressive, in fact, that even though we had originally committed to producing one top design and showing it at ICFF 2012, we will now be producing the two top designs, he said.” In addition to ICFF, both designs will become a part of the company’s Designer’ Studio Collection.

Denize Sofia Maaloe was awarded the top prize for a project named “Full Circle.” Her idea was to bring healing and peaceful energy into the home.  She grows healing herbs and plants, which inspired her to make a sun-print of sage, an herb known for it’s home blessing properties.  The sun-print creates a vintage and crafty feel.  It was important to her that the rug is grounding so she chose the Van Dyke Brown printing process to achieve this effect.  She envisions the rug to be tactile with each color having a different texture.  This design will be made into a hand-knotted 6’x9’ rug.

Charlotte Rodiere’s design received the second prize and featured strong geometric shapes and kaleidoscope affects. The rug features a bold pattern made of angular shapes and strong colors on a neutral ground. It will be made into a 6’x9’ hand-tufted rug.


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