Design Fairs DOMOTEX asia/ CHINAFLOOR 26-28 March 2019 Shanghai New International Expo Centre www.domotexasiachinafloor.com
As the leading international flooring show in the Asia-Pacific, the 21st edition of Domotex asia/CHINAFLOOR saw an impressive 66,870 visitors through the door, 15,000 of which were from outside of China. COVER was extremely happy to return to the show with the third edition of its Luxury Brands display (see Review opposite).
Of the 17 DACF Halls, W1-W5 are dedicated to carpets and W5 is home to handmade rugs and the Luxury Brands display. The layout and design of the LB exhibition was particularly impressive this year, with each company once again displaying two hand-knotted rugs. Our stand neighbours included the Kabul Carpet Export Center and LB exhibitor Oritop’s additional exhibition space, which allowed the Austrian brand to bring a large stack of rugs, a selection of which sold during the three-day event. Of the other LB exhibitors, Zollanvari had an additional stand as part of the Iranian pavilion and Creative Matters also had a private room to take clients and show further rugs next to the exhibition area.
Other exhibitors included Abbas Nishaburi, Carpet Lover Club, Saif and ARS Colors, Global Overseas and the China Tibetan Carpet Association, while in Hall W2 we paid a visit to Jambros, who represent Rug Star in China. On the far side of the LB stand was a stage set up for design events and talks, including mine and those of three of our Luxury Brands exhibitors and several other design industry speakers.
W5 also featured a grand display for the new Chinese Original Carpet Design Show, comprising 25 rugs chosen from a competition for young Chinese designers. I had been part of the competition selection jury and was asked to give out an award at the presentation. I chose two of my favourlte student rugs to be included in COVER (see Features). LU
01 Part of the Jambros display in Hall W2
02 COVER Editor Lucy Upward delivers her talk ‘Design for the future: Rug trends 2019’
03 The Chinese Original Carpet Design Show display in Hall W5
04 Three winners of the Chinese Original Carpet Design Show including students Ding Qian and Lv Hanchang (see Features) alongside COVER Editor Lucy Upward