STEP at COVER Connect Virtual Fair, 12-15 Jan 2021

COVER Connect—the ultimate online rug resource for design professionals hosted by our media partner COVER magazine—is happening this week, 12-15 January 2021.

Talks – Inspiring Panel Discussions

COVER has invited some of the most successful and creative minds in the industry to discuss inspiring projects and exemplary practices. The online Talks, 12-15 January 2021, are free to watch and open to all. Register to attend via the COVER Connect website.

Seven Talks will address the interrelated themes of Sustainability, Collaboration and Interior Design; among them:

  • Sustainability in Practice
    12 January 2021, 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 1pm EST / 10am PST
    with Label STEP Director Reto Aschwanden on the panel
  • Design Inspired by Heritage
    13 January 2021, 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 1pm EST / 10am PST
    a conversation with Thalia Kennedy and Toby Ash from STEP Partner Turquoise Mountain
  • Collaboration in Interiors
    14 January 2021, 5pm GMT / 6pm CET / 12pm EST / 9am PST
    with Carol Sebert from STEP Partner Creative Matters
  • International Trade Fairs
    15 January 2021, 5pm GMT / 6pm CET / 12pm EST / 9am PST
    Domotex sponsored Panel Discussion with Reza Rejaye from STEP Partner Reza’s Oriental & Modern Rugs
COVER Connect Talks Schedule
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Trade – The Virtual Fair

Featuring 37 of the most coveted international rug brands—selected by COVER—Trade will act as a virtual launchpad for new collections and the latest designs. It offers numerous encounters with outstanding rugs and the companies who create them. These twelve STEP Partners exhibit at the COVER Connect virtual fair:

If you would like to attend please register here (open to buyers, interior designers and architects only)

Events – Exhibitors’ Creative Content 

In the Event series, accredited visitors can find exclusive new digital content from sixteen Trade exhibitors, to provide insight into the stories, people and processes behind the rugs. Many highlights feature STEP Partners:

On Tuesday 12 January 2021:

  • Kristiina Lassus introduces the processes, materials and people who create her handmade rugs in Nepal. View on-location behind-the-scenes footage and gain an understanding of the steps that go into creating her handmade rugs.
  • Join Kabul Carpet Export Center (KCEC) live from Kabul, Afghanistan via Zoom to view and purchase rugs directly in a special online show and sale produced for COVER Connect.

For the duration of COVER Connect nine Events will be available to watch on-demand; among them:

  • Edelgrund presents a virtual exhibition
  • Tamarian offers a narrated look at their latest designs from their showroom
  • Creative Matters explain how their designers approach design development and offer a range of custom options

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