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Bold colors, geometric patterns and symbols that tell a story are three design traits you’ll notice when exploring the rich culture of Turkish kilim rugs. Traditionally, a loom, beating comb, shuttle and a pair of scissors might be what you need to create a kilim rug but for this week’s challenge, use your favorite design tool to create a design that embodies this classic accent piece.


Overview

The Spoonflower community is a melting pot of designers from all over the world and during January’s design challenge, we’ll be celebrating this designer diversity with a sampler of five international inspired themes. We’ll be starting our adventure in Africa with a challenge celebrating the newest exhibit at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and ending our excursion in Turkey honoring a handwoven form of artistic expression. Pack your tool box because it’s time for a design adventure!

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Kilim Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 3 PM EST.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 12/08/2017: Submissions open
  • 01/23/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 01/25/2018: Public voting opens
  • 01/30/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 02/01/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

The Tortoise and the Hare Design Challenge

Tortoise and the Hare

Vote Now

Winners to be announced March 1

Art Deco Design Challenge

Art Deco Large Scale

See the Challenge

Submissions close February 27 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 1

Sisterhood Around the World Design Challenge

Sisterhood Around the World

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 6 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 8

Monochrome Design Challenge

Monochrome

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 13 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 15

Summer Cookout Design Challenge

Summer Cookout

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 20 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 22

Modern Farmhouse Design Challenge

Modern Farmhouse

See the Challenge

Submissions close March 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 29

Current Challenge Past Challenges