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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

Scandinavian Art Design Challenge

Scandinavian Art

Vote Now

Winners to be announced December 20

Astrology Design Challenge

Astrology

See the Challenge

Submissions close December 18 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins December 20

Be My Valentine Design Challenge

Be My Valentine

See the Challenge

Submissions close January 1 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 3

Animal Print Design Challenge

Animal Prints

See the Challenge

Submissions close January 8 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 10

Moon Landing with Princess Awesome Design Challenge

Moon Landing with Princess Awesome

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Submissions close January 15 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 17

Rockabilly Design Challenge

Rockabilly

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Submissions close January 22 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins January 24

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