A few weeks ago I traveled to Hannover for the Domotex fair. The Domotex fair is focused on flooring and rugs and quite frankly I was not sure what I am going to see there. However, I knew it is going to be a fun event as I was traveling with seven fellow bloggers and friends, all united by Holly of Decor8. So I knew it is going to be fun at least. But hey was I surprised – the fair turned out to be very inspiring! Actually no wonder as I am a rug person myself. From traditional flatweaves from India, over colourful kilims from Turkey to contemporary rug designs from Germany and Austria – everything was exhibited and sparked a good deal of inspiration. Let me show you!
Mariantonia Urru – Mediterranean design from Sardinia, Italy
One of my big discoveries was the Italian rug brand Mariantonia Urru. This brand comes from the sunny island of Sardinia and its designs are inspired by ancient and traditional motives of the island’s folkore, mostly taken from its Mediterranean culture. Fish motives, traditional patterns, and a unique way of knotting are absoulte highlights! Moreover, the folks at Mariantonia Urru give a contemporary spin to the traditional motives and craftsmanship resulting in great designs for modern homes. I particularly loved the poufs with the fish symbols in their warm ochre and blue hues.
Tisca – from Austria with love
Now here’s a fact I am almost ashamed of: Before Domotex I have not heard of Tisca! And the crazy thing is this rug company is based in western Austria, actually in the province where I was born and where I grew up. Shame on me! Tisca had a strong presence at the Domotex fair thanks to its beautiful rugs and the fantastic styling work of Lotta Agaton and Pella Hedeby. Both ladies went on an inspiration quest to Transylvania in Romania where the rugs are handmade. Inspired by the craftsmanship, the tools, and the nature they brought in a fantastic set of props to match the natural hues of the soft Tisca rugs. The result was a clean, contemporary styling that appealed to many fair visitors. Not to mention to us interior bloggers!
Bazar du Sud – the traveling rug souk
I love everything about kilims and Moroccan rugs, whether we talk about Boucherouite, Beni Ourain, flatweaves and other Berber rugs. Bazar du Sud came all the way from Marrakech to Hannover and they brought an entire rug souk with them. Piles and piles of rugs, colourful stapes, shaggy Boucherouites, black and white Beni Ourain rugs, kilims galore – the sight was a feast to my eyes. If I had the opportunity, I would have shopped a few rugs for sure. No idea where I would have put them, but how to resist? It was like a candy store for kids! Just the interior version. Check them out if you like oriental rugs.
Edelgrund – the rug dealer from Hamburg
When you think of colourful kilims you might not have Hamburg in mind. Well, not necessarily, but Edelgrund is a fantastic counter proof. Based in the north German city of Hamburg, Edelgrund offers a wide range of beautiful and colourful kilims that blend traditional patterns and modern designs. They are known for their vast variety of unique rugs. Look at the piles of flatweaves – I mean who can resist!? Definitely a brand to watch!
I hope you enjoyed this tiny little tour of my favorite rug discoveries from this year’s Domotex fair. As you can see all the photos are iPhone pics but I hope you don’t mind the quality. Thanks again to Holly of Decor8 for organizing this great tour and also a virtual wave to my other blogger friends who joined: Niki of My Scandinavian Home, Agata of Passion Shake, Mette of Monsterscircus, Desirée of Vosgesparis and Stefan aka Trendstefan.
The tour was sponsored by the Domotex fair. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
iPhone photography by Holly Becker and Igor Josifovic