Crafts Students Take First Prize in Textile Design Competition

Winning flora design by juniors Teresa Percontino and Olivia Jones to be included in Langhorne Carpet Company's Conservation Collection this fall

Crafts junior Teresa Percontino poses with her first-place flora design at the Morrow Design Competition, held at the Marketplace Design Center on April 27. (Photo by Sarah J. Glover)

April 30, 2012

Teresa Percontino '13 (Crafts) and Olivia Jones '13 (Crafts) took first prize for their textile designs in the Langhorne Carpet Company's inaugural Morrow Student Design Competition. Twenty teams of students representing six area colleges submitted original designs for patterns that will provide the foundation for the company's Conservation Collection; the carpets should be available for purchase this fall. Proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Zoo and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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The students' research included site visits to the Langhorne carpet mill in Bucks County, Pa., as well as special tours of the Zoo and Philadelphia Flower Show.

The teams were required to submit at least one pattern evocative of the fragile plant kingdom and another representing the world of threatened wildlife.

In addition, they needed to demonstrate that their proposed carpet designs could be woven on the mill's Jacquard Wilton looms – the gold standard of global carpet making dating back to 18th-century England that uses hand-cut punch cards to "program" the looms.

Judges included Philadelphia decorator Bennett Weinstock, an Architectural Digest Top 100 member; New York-based designer Alex Papachristidis, an Elle Décor "A List" member; and Hilary Jay, executive director of DesignPhiladelphia.

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