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Oaki Design's Indian Dhurrie rug design
Oaki Design's Indian Dhurrie rug design
Oaki Design's Indian Dhurrie rug design

Indian Dhurrie

In 2015 Mahout Lifestyle ran a unique competition to commission two brand new designs for their existing range of traditional and contemporary rugs. Mahout stock a wide and vibrant collection of fair trade Indian floor coverings, also known as dhurries. The brief was to design a striking and innovative new rug, that was both original and reflected current design trends. The winning designs were to be produced and displayed for the first time at Decorex – the luxury interior products show in London. My design was selected from over 40 entries from KLC students across the globe and judged by representatives from Mahout, KLC and Homes & Gardens Magazine.

“I was struck with the overall professionalism of the entries, as well as the impressive and imaginative mood boards. The winning designs featured patterns that were of-the-moment, as well as colours that are right on trend.”
Ali Brown, Decorating Editor, Homes & Gardens Magazine

“The winners were chosen for their considered designs, beautiful concepts and subtle tones, these simple differences set them aside from the other entries. It was wonderful to see the emotional journey each designer had taken throughout the process.”
Diana McKnight, Director of Studies, KLC

The inspiration for my design transpired from the love story behind the Taj Mahal, the vibrant and striking nature of traditional Indian weddings, and the shapes and hues of spring.

The winners met with Director of Mahout, Michael Curtis, at the KLC in Chelsea Harbour, where they selected the thread colours for the cotton dhurries. The rugs were then hand weaved by traditional craftsmen in Rajasthan. Both rugs were displayed at Decorex and Top Drawer, and are now available for purchase from the Mahout Lifestyle website:

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