Emerging Talent

Introducing the finalists for the Best Emerging Designer Award, the newest category in the Carpet Design Awards 2021.

Weaver supported by Turquoise Mountain Credit Turquoise Mountain

A weaver supported by Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan

For this year's Carpet Design Awards, organised by Domotex in partnership with COVER and HALI magazines, Turquoise Mountain is presenting a new category: Best Emerging Designer. Open to current students and recent graduates of design schools worldwide, this award will be given to the best original carpet design by a new or emerging designer.

We received more than 150 original designs from 15 countries around the world, making it a difficult task for our panel of independent judges to select the three for the shortlist. However, we are delighted to announce that those three designers are Milad Sediqi, Nanci Lynch, and Seo Hye Lee.

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My Story by Milad Sediqi

Milad Sediqi is a student at the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul currently training to be a painter and calligrapher. Sediqi's design is called 'My Story' and depicts a love poem. The lines form a weave, representing the directions in which the designer's feelings and creative impulses take him, and his struggles to find an expressive outlet. The contrasting blue and white colours are used to show the darkness and light of the designer's moods.

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Design by Nanci Lynch

Nanci Lynch is a student at London Metropolitan University. Lynch's design is inspired by a villa floor in southern Italy. During the national lockdown, Lynch was inspired to create the design by memories of sunny days and dreams of feeling a warm and soothing floor underfoot.

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Constructive NYC by Seo Hye Lee

Seo Hye Lee is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Lee takes inspiration from the architecture of New York City for this design. Inspired by the feeling of overwhelm when standing between the huge skyscrapers of the city, the designer uses cold, blue colours and sharp, geometric lines.

Our supported weavers in Afghanistan will now get to work producing these designs and the finished carpets will be presented, along with the Award, at Domotex in May 2021. Stay tuned for more information on the production process, as well as on the designers themselves, coming soon.