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High Point University student rug designs to be shown in October

THE HIGH POINT MARKET in October will serve as the introduction to the rug world for High Point University

Kayla KucerikHigh Point University’s Kayla Kucerik sits behind her finished rug inside Abu Rug & Home in Jamestown, N.C. Five students from HPU worked with Abu-Bakr Khan to bring their designs to life.
students Ally Catherine Trenary, Jourdan Sullivan, Rebecca Rowan, Susannah Murphy and Kayla Kucerik.

In November 2012, rug expert Abu-Bakr Khan visited their textiles class for a presentation. At one point, Khan told the class if anybody was interested in having a rug made, he would be happy to look at designs.

Rowan, Murphy, Trenary and Sullivan teamed up to create a design, while Kucerik designed one on her own.

After seeing their designs, Khan had wool and silk rugs made in Nepal. This fall, he will provide the opportunity to showcase the students' creative skills for the who's who of the rug industry. The students will have their finished rugs on display at Abu Rugs & Home in Jamestown, N.C., during the October market.

"My goal for them to do that is this could be put in front of a lot of businesspeople before the next market. They can

Rebecca RowanHPU student Rebecca Rowan stands beside a rug she designed along with classmates Ally Catherine Trencry, Jourdan Sullivan and Susannah Murphy.
immediately get some recognition for their skills," Khan said. "Not many people can put their minds together and come up with an idea like this without training. Imagine if this rough diamond is polished, how sharp and how much light it can deliver to the design business, especially textiles."

The rug designed by the four students was inspired by a rug inside Khan's store. At the four corners of the rug are the monogrammed initials of the students. The medallion, which is adorned with roses and acorns, also features the stylized initials of HPU President Nido Qubein.

Rowan said she was most nervous when Khan examined the design. "We put it in front of him and he was silent, looking at this design. We thought he hated it and then he looked up, looked us in the eye and told us it was beautiful and he was amazed we had designed it," she said. "It was such an awe-inspiring moment to have somebody who is so esteemed in the business to tell us it's good."

Kucerik's design was inspired by a piece of clothing and is a play on repetition with a curve shape repeating over a number of elevations, textures and colors.

"In my head, I saw it and knew how it was going to be raised," she said, looking at the finished product in Khan's showroom. "It was a completely different experience seeing it and touching it. This is my vision, come to life."

Both rugs will be donated to High Point University.

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