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Five finalists selected in first annual SCAD rug design contest

Rugs on display for public viewing, voting at Oct. High Point Market

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Judging has begun for the first annual Savannah College of Art and Design rug design contest, sponsored by Tamarian Carpets and KPM Flooring.

Following receiving students' submissions in May, the judging panel selected five finalists, and submitted their designs for conversion to 2-by-3 rug samples. In designing their rugs, contestants were offered a variety of fiber options including wool, silk, viscose and hemp, in any combination, and knot counts from 60-100 were accepted.

The competition was jointly conceived by Tamarian Carpets and KPM Flooring. Tamarian is a Nepal-based producer of custom rugs. KPM Flooring is a Hilton Head, S.C. based company specializing in high design custom rugs and is a distributor for Tamarian. The firms have previously partnered on a number of original designs.

Once the 2-by-3 samples of the students' designs are completed in early September, they will go on a series of two-week exhibits for public viewing and voting to determine the winner, according to a press release. The initial showing will take place at 24e, a boutique interiors and design firm here in Savannah, before moving to KPM in Hilton Head. The final stop will be at the Tamarian showroom in the Suites at Market Square at the October High Point market, for additional review and balloting by rug retailers and interior designers.

In November, the winning design will go into production in both 4-by-6 and 8-by-10 versions. The winner will be announced in spring 2012 and will receive a $500 prize and the 4-by-6 version of the rug. The larger rug will be displayed at the 24e and KPM showrooms, and will later be auctioned with proceeds going to charity. The winner will receive recognition at all future showings and in subsequent media releases.

Tamarian may include the winning design in its line, according to the company.

The panel of judges for the rug design contest included:

•  Steve Cibor, president, Tamarian Carpets

•  Sara Baldwin, owner and lead designer, Ravenna Tiles

•  Annie Parker Balance, interior designer and former SCAD

•  Kathleen Mayers, president, KPM Flooring

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