Crafts Senior Teresa Percontino's Winning Carpet Design in Production

Her floral design, woven on Langhorne Carpet Company's Jacquard Wilton looms, to be showcased at Philadelphia Flower Show

Teresa Percontino '13 (Crafts) poses with her first-place floral design in April 2012. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

January 25, 2013

Production of the floral carpet design by Teresa Percontino '13 (Crafts), first-place winner of Langhorne Carpet Company's inaugural Morrow Design Competition held last April, is underway. The carpet featuring her winning design will be showcased at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, taking place March 2 – 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's annual show.

Percontino, who will be on hand at the ceremonial throwing of the shuttle to begin production, successfully demonstrated that her design 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.

Part of the Bucks County, Pa.-based carpet company's Conservation Collection, Percontino's pattern was chosen as the winner from original designs submitted by 20 teams of students from six area colleges, including her teammate Olivia Jones '13 (Crafts). Teams were required to submit at least one pattern evocative of the fragile plant kingdom and another representing the world of threatened wildlife.

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