Issue Date: 2016 MAY, Posted On: 5/25/2016

05252016 Top 12 Contemporary Rug Designs at ICFF
By Lisa Vincenti

Young upstarts joined seasoned rug manufacturers to offer architects and designers a glimpse at what's new and next

NEW YORK -- The 28th edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair attracted a slew of fresh faces and seasoned rug industry players alike. Some are based right in the show's backyard, while others hopped the pond in an effort to reach the U.S. designers and architects that walk the show looking for what's new and next. 

Held in early May, the seminal New York City design fair proved a revealing showcase of the best in contemporary rug designs. On display were a  range of weaves, materials and styles that ran the gamut  from ultra high-def digitally printed tufted designs to shaggy Tibetan crossweaves to tweaked Persian motifs in a jolt of bright colors. Below are 12 of the best contemporary designs picked by RugNews.com editors -- stay tuned for more on show at ICFF. 


Brooklyn rug studio Amy Helfand returns to ICFF after a four-year break with a new hand-knotted collection of Tibetan wool and Chinese silk called Be Good Do Good. Shown, Folklore.

Designed by Brigita Krasauskaite for Dandelion, a fledgling NYC 'human-centric' rug company, the abstract Stand design (with a series of women's legs visible only from a distance) is hand knotted in India of Iranian wool and bamboo silk.


Young design studio Eskayel, which began with a range of wallpapers and fabrics, moves its signature look to the floor with a booth wrapped in rugs. The latest additions are crafted in Nepal in a Tibetan crossweave of pure Matka silk or bamboo silk. Shown, Diego rug, 100 percent bamboo silk.


Chicago-based weaving studio and textile brand Herron introduced the High Desert Rug designed by Dee Clements and made to order on traditional peg box dobby looms of New England wool.


In addition to introducing a new design from its award-winning Spacecrafted collection (pictured above), Jan Kath focused on a presentation of its vibrant Erased Heritage rug designs that give traditional rug motifs an electrifying update.


New Zealand designer Lucy Tupu highlights her eponymous NYC furnishings showroom's debut rug collection, the 1970s inflected South Pacific. Shown, Moa of New Zealand wool and silk in the pink colorway.


New York rug showroom Marc Phillips presented a selection of designs by artist Kimberly McDonald from her Signature collection of stone-inspired motifs (Laguna Agate shown).


Contemporary home decor brand Mineheart, which exhibited via the British European Design Group, showcased Japanese Repose, a hyper-realistic digitally printed tufted polyamide rug, with action back.


Spanish architectural and interior design focused rug maker Now Carpets introduced four Landscapes collection rugs by renowned designer Arik Levy. Huelva, shown, was on display along with his award-winning Brazil design (read full story).


French rug maker Serge Lesage debuts at ICFF introducing audiences to its contemporary designs, including the hand-tufted Ecclectique in bleu pacifique, crafted of New Zealand wool and viscose.


Warp & Weft toys with the concept of art rugs in the debut of Strokes, a new collection designed by the NYC rug gallery. The modern painterly renditions are hand tufted from the company's finely spun nylon. Shown, Strokes III. 

Woven Concepts, which was selected as a stop on a VIP tour produced by ICFF and online architect and building database Architizer, highlighted its award-winning phosphorescent-like, multi-textural Odyssey collection (read full story). Pictured, Armstrong in sarin colorway.

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