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Chicago, Show Recap

Best of NeoCon 2022 Area Rugs and Broadloom Winners, Plus Rug Innovations at the Show

West Elm + Shaw Contract take home gold; Haworth & GAN collaboration wins silver in area rug category; Mohawk sweeps broadloom and modular carpet categories, while Mannington and Delos launch rug firsts.

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The West Elm-Shaw Contract collaboration with seven rug styles garnered the Best of NeoCon 22 gold award for the
carpet: area rugs category. Shown, Flame Rug

CHICAGO -- The 99 winners of Best of NeoCon Awards in 52 categories for the 2022 edition of the prestigious competition, now in its 32nd year, were selected from scores of groundbreaking product submissions from leading manufacturers in the commercial design industry.
Announced during a breakfast celebration on June 13 at the MART, the awards included gold and silver awards for area rugs, which went to West Elm + Shaw Contract, and Haworth GAN respectively. Mohawk Group won Gold and Sustainability awards in two categories: Carpet/Broadloom and Carpet/Modular.

Chigago’s TheMart decked out for NeoCon 22.

“Best of NeoCon has been an invaluable component of the NeoCon experience since 1990,” remarks Best of NeoCon Awards Competition Director Eileen McMorrow of The McMorrow Reports. “The caliber of our jury is unparalleled recognition by this group of highly active industry decision makers is incredibly powerful and a great achievement. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Other rug news from flooring showrooms at the Mart included a new sustainable carpet launch from Dalton-based Delos, and Mannington Commercial’s introduction of ts first area rug collection.

Gold Winner Carpet/ Area Rugs: West Elm + Shaw Contract

The Diamonds rug and broadloom from the Best of NeoCon 22 Gold award winning West Elm + Shaw Contract collaboration.

The West Elm and Shaw Contract collaboration combines the aesthetics of residential flooring with the performance attributes of commercial carpet. Coordinating rugs and carpet tiles offer a range of textures that simulate the look and feel of handwoven rugs, while maintaining the performance necessary for commercial applications.

This allows commercial spaces to create a residential feel through color, texture and feel. A warm color palette with hints of mid-century modern patterns, which West Elm is known for, provides options to create unique spaces that feel warm.

The Kista design by West Elm + Shaw Contract is available in rugs and broadloom.

These unique styles and performance requirements have been realized through a combination of different yarns, using machines in innovative ways. Rugs are available in 4 standard sizes of 6’x9’, 8’x10’, 11’ circular and 12’x15’, with either surged or hidden edges. Custom sizes are also available to truly create a unique space. There are 7 different rug styles. All rug styles will also be sold as broadloom.

Silver Winner Carpet/Area Rugs: Haworth Collection GAN Patch and Cord Rugs

The Patch area rug, silver winner of Best of NeoCon 22, from Haworth by GAN in outdoor setting.

Designed for both durability and style, two new GAN rugs, Cord and Patch, are the next iteration of Haworth Collection’s exclusive offering, and continue GAN’s craftsmanship tradition. Made by hand, piece by piece, each rug is created in India from a collaboration between experienced artisans, who use 100% recycled PET.

Patch by Patricia Urquiola for Haworth Collection with GAN is manufactured using a dhurrie technique.

Designed by Patricia Urquiola, these fresh designs are available in four colorways. The Patch rug is manufactured using a dhurrie technique and available in grey, black, rose and light blue.

The Cord rug is manufactured using a loom technique and available in grey, yellow, rose and light blue.

GAN incorporates fresh designs, colorways and techniques—all brought to life by the hands of global artisans. This ecosystem of innovation emerges from designers who reinterpret the application of traditional techniques to contemporary designs. GAN products are not merely objects—they are a system of shapes and volumes that redefine the concept of craft.

The Cord rug by GAN for Haworth collection is available in gray, yellow, rose and light blue.

Gold Winner Carpet/Broadloom: Mohawk Group

Mohawk Group took home a gold for broadloom and a sustainability award for its Painted Perspectives.

Mohawk won gold for broadloom and a sustainability award for Painted Perspectives, a collection that expresses the inclusive power of art and its ability to create communities. The soft surface collection was inspired and developed from the work of two artists, Alicia Sterling Beach and Scott Benner, both of whom are part of the ArtLifting community. ArtLifting champions artists who are impacted by housing insecurity or disabilities by providing a platform to amplify their voices and participate in the contemporary art market. This collection was also entered in the Carpet/Area Rugs category.

Mohawk Group's Painted Perspective broadloom was also shown as coordinating area rugs.

Gold Winner Carpet/Modular: Mohawk Group

Mohawk Group’s Social Canvas modular carpet won gold and sustainability awards.

Mohawk Group’s Social Canvas modular carpet won gold and sustainability Best of NeoCon awards. Using the work of artist Charlie French as a point of departure, this collection is a result of a collaboration with ArtLifting, an organization which champions artists who are impacted by housing insecurity or disabilities.

Delos Sneak-Peeks Sustainable Azure Collection

Delos showcased its new Azure collection rugs made from Econyl nylon at Aquafil’s showroom (Econyl is made by Aquafil).

Delos tipped its hat to well-serving the planet at Neocon 2022 with a sneak peek at the launch of the Azure Collection of rugs manufactured from ECONYL nylon, made from recycled waste, including fishing nets, carpets and nylon waste. This unique series of art for the floor was inspired by the tranquility of water and demonstrates Delos’ ability to push the boundaries of robotic tufting.

The live launch of Azure rugs this fall will benefit Healthy Seas, an organization that works to clear waste nets from the ocean with the help of volunteer divers. These nets are then recycled into ECONYL fiber and used in various products, including Delos’ Azure collection.

A detail of the eco-friendly Azure collection rugs from Delos.

Mannington Introduces First Rugs + Custom Rug Studio

Mannington introduced its first area rug collection, Elevate, at NeoCon 22. Shown, Assimilate design

Mannington Commercial, a flooring source with carpet, luxury vinyl tile (LVT), rubber and resilient sheet lines, introduced Elevate, its first area rug collection at NeoCon 22 as well as its online custom rug studio. The Elevate Collection features eight running line styles and a sophisticated, tailored look. The launch also includes the introduction of the Mannington Rug Studio, an online area rug customization tool where designers can create their own one-of-kind rug creation.

Mannington debut its inaugural area rug collection, Elevate, and a new custom rug design studio at NeoCon. Shown, Structure

A gallery and the full list of Best of NeoCon 2022 Winners is available on neocon.com. There is also a Gallery of all Entrants and Winners.
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