By Michael Adams
For the past two years, I've had the pleasure of being among the judges of FIT's design competition wherein students create carpet lines specifically created for hospitality. Seeing the abundance of creativity and imagination that manifests itself in this competition is a joy, and the eager hopeful faces of the students reminded me not only of the fertile mother lode of talent out there, but also (sadly) that this is not a banner year to be heading into the marketplace. But suppliers, take note: when times get better, and they will, here's one place to start to find the next generation's artists.
This year's theme was global unity, and students were required to submit designs for an area rug, a large-scale axminster pattern, a small-scale axminster pattern, and an inspiration board. Here are the top three are rug designs, plus a photo of the winners.
Congratulations to all!