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Carpet Design Awards finalists named

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 4.09.15 PMHannover—The finalists of the Carpet Design Awards 2016 have 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 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/traditional and modern designs to best innovation. The winners of each category will be formally announced on Jan. 17 in the Innovations@Domotex area. Finalists 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 édition

  • 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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Delegation of U.S. distributors to attend Domotex Asia/Chinafloor 2016

logo-new-124Shanghai, China—Domotex Asia/Chinafloor 2016, slated for March 22-24 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center here, will host its first North American distributor delegation during the show. Delegates will meet with peers from China and other parts of Asia, preview new products and technologies, tour manufacturing sites and learn about conducting business with Asian partners.

Pre-arranged visits to production facilities of leading flooring manufacturers located near Shanghai will give delegates an important introduction to China’s manufacturing and business practices. “Chinese manufacturers make fabulous products at excellent values, but business is conducted in a different manner in Asia,” said Jim Gould, president of the Floor Covering Institute. “It is important to see the facilities, meet the people, clarify expectations and avoid misunderstandings. Costly mistakes can be made if the details are not talked through to achieve a true meeting of the minds.”

Gould strongly recommends that all attendees take an extra day or two to visit manufacturers while in China during the exhibition. “China has become the hotbed of innovation. Anyone missing Domotex Asia/Chinafloor will be a year behind learning what is new and what the future holds. Distributors especially need to visit the show because their customers depend on them to offer the newest and best products available.”

Some delegates include Hoy Lanning, senior vice president, CMH marketing and Haines purchasing; Steve Rosenthal, senior vice president of sales and marketing, All Tile; Theodore Gillgrist, vice president, purchasing, William M. Bird; and Michael Martin, president and CEO, National Wood Flooring Association.

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Resilient remains fastest growing sector at Domotex Asia/Chinafloor 2016

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.20.06 PMShanghai—With five months to go, 95% of exhibition space is already booked for Domotex Asia/Chinafloor 2016, taking place March 22-24 here, with resilient flooring taking the lead. Over 250 domestic and international resilient manufacturers will be exhibiting throughout three dedicated halls. Space dedicated to international resilient flooring is the fastest filling section of the exhibition hall so far, which shows a strong trend in the Asian and Chinese marketplace.

Some new exhibitors will include USFloors, Konkera, KCC and Ilshin. USFloors has chosen to exhibit at this show to “further emphasize the company’s commitment to expand globally and look for strong partners all over the world,” said Piet Dossche, president and CEO of USFloors.

In addition, the show’s new two-year contract plan, offering preferred rates and benefits, was met with great enthusiasm across the industry.

Free online pre-registration is open at

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Domotex on pace for successful 2016 show

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.41.09 AMHannover, Germany—Domotex 2016, being held Jan. 16-19 at the Hannover Exhibition Center, is showing signs of a successful turnout. With four months to go, the show is expected to feature about 1,400 exhibitors from more than 60 countries.

“The response from the market has been extremely positive,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, managing board member, Deutsche Messe. “About 85 percent of the show’s exhibitors will be from outside Germany. They are taking part in Domotex 2016 in order to tap into new export markets.” After Germany, the largest exhibiting nations in terms of leased space are Turkey, India, Belgium, China, the Netherlands and Iran.

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Milan-based architect and designer named guest speaker at Domotex Germany 2016

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 10.35.47 AMHannover, Germany—Piero Lissoni, world-renowned architect and designer, has been named as a guest speaker at Domotex Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for carpet and floor coverings, to be held Jan. 16-19 at the Hannover Exhibition Center.

Lissoni is known for his elegant, minimalist style, pure lines, subtle shapes and use of high-quality materials. Visitors will hear about the latest trends and developments as well as gain insights into the work of this sector’s most creative professionals. Lissoni, who strongly influenced European architecture and design, will be joining others from the international A&D community at the Innovations@Domotex area in Hall 6.

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Innovations@Domotex 2016 issues call for exhibitors

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Hannover, Germany—The Innovations@Domotex 2016 showcase is accepting exhibitor applications. Innovations@Domotex is a major attraction at Domotex Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fairs for carpet and floor coverings, to be held Jan. 16-19 at the Hannover Exhibition Center.

Exhibitors will have until Nov. 3 to submit innovations in the following product categories: textile floor coverings/fibers and yarns, resilient floor coverings, parquet, wood and laminate flooring, modern handmade carpets and application and installation technology.

Entries must be submitted online.


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Domotex on target for successful 2016

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 3.46.00 PMHannover, Germany—Domotex 2016, slated for Jan. 16-19 here, is expected to be successful, with 80% of the space already booked. Around 1,400 exhibitors from 60 different countries will be attending Domotex 2016 to showcase products and new collections. The Wood Flooring Summit, a flagship dialogue hub and marketplace for the parquet and laminate flooring industry, is entering its third season and will run alongside the Innovations@DOMOTEX showcase in Hall 9. Organizers are expecting a lineup of around 200 exhibitors from the parquet and laminate flooring industry, plus over 180 providers of application and installation technology.

“Domotex 2016 will be a strong international and innovative event,” said Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe, organizer of Domotex. “All indicators reveal a very favorable trend.”