In January 2014 Allistair won the Afghan Made Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards at the Domotex Hannover in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for floor coverings. The Carpet Design Awards are an international badge of distinction, given in recognition of quality and design excellence in hand-made carpets and rugs.
Attending Domotex in 2014 was Allistair’s first experience of the global carpet design industry and to win a prestigious Carpet Design Award for his first carpet design was a unique achievement. Winning the award and gaining international recognition for his artwork encouraged Allistair to refocus his practice to create woven artworks for interior spaces.
The expressive brush strokes and splashes of colour that feature in Allistair’s energetic paintings, whether created by hand or using technological devices such as the iPad, have effortlessly translated into stunning limited editions of hand-knotted rugs, hand-crafted from the finest Karakul wool in Afghanistan and New Zealand wool in Nepal.
The City rug was Allistair’s first venture into designing for the carpet design industry and won Allistair the AfghanMade Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards in 2014. Inspired by Allistair’s acrylic painting Study of The City, an abstract representation of the skyline and southbank of London, The City rug was handmade in Afghanistan, using hand-spun wool and natural vegetable dyes to achieve the vibrantly coloured and painterly inspired surface design.
The City rug is a testament to the expert skills of the Afghan craftsmen and women, demonstrating to the international markets that their traditional weaving techniques, combined with a rich heritage, can create a product that is both contemporary and luxurious.
Since 2104 Allistair has collaborated with Rug-Maker to develop the #Canvas To Carpet collection: a dynamic series of woven artworks that initially launched with three rug designs; Rhythm, Eclipse and Paint.
Allistair has achieved that rare quality of creating an aesthetically pleasing interior design product that serves a practical purpose yet still keeps the spontaneity and distinctive style of his colourful compositions.