2018 Student Rug Design Competition

For 29 years, Hagopian has fostered educational excellence in design with their annual Student Rug Design Competition and Scholarship. This competition not only recognizes rising design stars, but offers scholarships and donations to local colleges.

Hagopian World of Rugs and The College for Creative Studies celebrated this year’s competition with judges from our local design community. The 2018 criteria was “Detroit-50 years later”- asking students to consider the 1967 riots and how the residual social and economic effects helped to shape the City of Detroit that we now know. They were asked to use their youthful perspective to create a rug using color and interpretive design to reflect a vision of the City then, now, and in the future.

Appearing left to right:
Alecia Haney, CCS
Edmond Hagopian, Hagopian World of Rugs
Suzanne Hagopian, Hagopian World of Rugs
Angela Hagopian Snow, Hagopian World of Rugs
Linda Shears, Linda Shears Design, LLC
Andrea Lupo, Lupo Interiors
Alyson Derry, Cloth & Kind
Don Kilpatrick, CCS
Shannon McPartlan, CCS


First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Manal Shoukair
Senior, Fine Arts

Inspired by The Heidelberg Project –
in part of a political protest as neighborhoods began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots.The Heidelberg Project welcomed visitors, developed a creative art center, community garden and a welcoming atmosphere to name a few. The design of this rug should be used in any optimistic, creative and welcoming space.

Nadine DuPont
Senior, Interior Design

This rug design is a deconstruction of Woodward’s original plan for the City of Detroit. The pattern represents communities coming together, to build a better future. The colors are meant to evoke happiness and positivity, while the color disbursement shows activity and activation expanding outwards from the heart of Detroit.

Indigo Carr
Senior, Fine Art

Being born and raised in Detroit I can witness firsthand how things have changed and evolved here in my hometown. The theme I decided to focus on was Detroit’s transit. In honor of black history month, I learned that all the people-mover stations downtown was designed by a black architect and now the QLine being here, Detroiters are able to get to destinations all over midtown and downtown the transit system has changed drastically, the growth here as definitely shown in transportation so I decided to make that the focus of my design for this year’s Student Rug Competition.

Honorable Mention

Katherine Chmielewski
Senior, Interior Design

The Detroit uprising of 1967 brought to the light, just how divided the city was. Because of the men and women who stood up for their rights and the rights of others, Detroit is moving forward towards an increasingly integrated community. This rug represents a hopeful future for Detroit. As if looking down on the city and all of its rooftops, this abstract design illustrates pockets of different cultures and people blending together to create a beautiful and unique city.

Katherine Chmielewski
Senior, Interior Design

As we commemorate the 1967 Detroit Uprising, we remember those who took action against inequality and discrimination. It was this event that drew a great amount of well-deserved attention to this issue. Just as people joined forces with one another to fight for civil rights fifty years ago, this rug represents the people of Detroit continuing to stand together, arm in arm, to create a community that exercises equal treatment and equal opportunity.

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