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ACU student wins national interior design competition for second time

For immediate release
April 25, 2003

An Abilene Christian University student beat out hundreds of other entries to win a national interior design competition for rug design – again.

Redi Karameto, senior interior design major and native of Albania, was awarded $2,500 for his first place entry in the category of rug design in the 2003 International Design Guild/ASID (American Society of Interior Design) Student Design Awards competition.

“Redi is interested in being an independent thinker and entered this competition entirely by his choice,” said Kitty Wasemiller, associate professor and interior design program director.

This is Karameto’s second top honor in this competition; he won the grand prize for the broadloom design category in 2002.

The competition included schools across the nation from the Art Institute at Miami International University to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. ACU did very well, competing against some top-notch schools, Wasemiller said.

The group that sponsors the competition is a group of rug and carpet manufacturers hoping to find new talent and encourage students to get involved in designing. All contestants give up the rights to their work, and these companies have the right to manufacture the students’ designs.

Karameto’s design was a combination of circular, diamond and rectangular forms, enhanced with  subtle variation of colors – deep tan and orange. His design can be viewed at Click on “Best of 2003 Student Carpet Design.”

“This work was totally original, and he got very little input from professors,” Wasemiller said.

Entries were judged by a jury of members from the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Design Guild that met during the guild’s annual convention in Atlanta Feb. 28-March 2.

“The selection is a blind format,” Wasemiller said. “Judges never see what school the entries are from, so it is all chosen based on merit.”

Karameto will graduate in May and plans to attend the University of Colorado to work on a graduate degree in architecture.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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