Designer Rugs presents the Evolve Awards 2010

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14 January 2010

Evolve: A design competition open to interior design professionals

Designer Rugs is proud to announce the inaugural Evolve Awards – the six winning rugs will form part of Designer Rugs' ID Collection 2010/2011, with winners sharing more than $20,000 in prizes, including a trip to Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2011!

To be eligible, entrants must be an Australian or New Zealand architect, interior designer or interior design industry professional – including those working full time as an interior stylist, product designer, or textile designer or working in the interior design sector, such as colour consultants.

Evolve will continue as an annual fixture on the design calendar. The selected six rugs, each limited to an edition of 30, will join Designer Rugs' ID Collection, on sale from October 2010.

Designer Rugs is an Australian company specializing in handmade, custom-made rugs and carpets. Working closely with Australia’s top designers, architects and artists for over 23 years, as well as collaborating with leading creatives including Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Designs, Catherine Martin and indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle. Designer Rugs remains at the forefront of floor surface design.

From August 2010, designs by the 25 finalists can be viewed online. The public can vote for the People's Choice Award at One lucky person who votes for the design that receives the most online nominations will – along with the designer of the most nominated rug – receive prizes to the value of $1,000.

Evolve Workshops – All you need to know about custom rug design

Hand-made contemporary rug and carpet design entails much more than transposing a two-dimensional graphic onto the designated carpet surface! Exploring the design and construction process of custom rug and carpet construction, the Evolve Workshops will be held in most capital cities, aiming to equip design professionals with technical knowledge and provide advanced specification details to facilitate the design process.

Workshops will be web streamed via the Designer Rugs website for those unable to attend.

Refer to key dates for more information on workshops at

Confirmed workshops: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Auckland To be confirmed workshops: Adelaide and Perth


  • Sibella Court – Society Inc. retailer, interior stylist, author, colour consultant
  • Shareen Joel – interior architect / industrial designer
  • Matthew Sheargold – interior designer / product designer
  • Stephen Ormandy – Dinosaur Designs
  • Yosi Tal – Managing Director, Designer Rugs

Anne-Maree Sargeant will manage the judging process, and host the workshops in conjunction with Designer Rugs.

Key Dates

Competition timeline: Entries open January 2010; Entries close June 30th 2010; Top 25 finalists announced: August 2010; Evolve People’s Choice August-October 2010; Evolve Awards winners announced at Evolve Awards October 21st 2010; ID Collection on display / people’s choice October 22nd 2010;

Evolve Workshop dates: Limited to 50 participants 6.00 for 6.30pm – 8.00pm March 2010. Workshops are by registration only - via the Designer Rugs website.

Entrant eligibility Evolve is open to professionals engaged in the interiors industry including: 1. Interior Designers/Decorators; 2. Architects; 3. Interior Design Professionals Industrial / product / object designers, Interior stylists, textile designers, interior colour consultants.

People’s Choice award – prizes to the value of $ 1,000RRP will be awarded to both the designer of the rug nominated as favourite by the People’s Choice online ballot and one lucky person who voted for that rug.

For more information on the Evolve Awards, please contact Designer Rugs (within Australia) 1300 802 561 or +61 29550 9933 or visit

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