Rug Star: under this label, Jürgen Dahlmanns designs and produces luxurious, hand-knotted carpets featuring avant-garde designs. Within just 15 years, he has catapulted his company from a one-man show to a carpet empire with 1,600 employees.
Diversity, movement, colour, quality and story-telling patterns are the label’s mantras. Jürgen Dahlmanns doesn’t want to confine himself to one style – he is interested in the diversity of the living environments – Rug Star has developed 1,400 designs since its foundation, all of which are still available and customisable on request. Motifs that inject a sense of movement into a room are a Rug Star trademark – as are the brilliant colours and animated patterns as
well as the high quality of the yarns. For Jürgen Dahlmanns, carpets have an architectural dimension because they create a room within a room without adding walls. “I consider my designs to be complete only after they are installed in their intended resting place. For me, it’s the lock-and-key principle. Different types of architecture always have a special feature, and rooms often have a problem. Once everything is combined with my carpets and a balance is established in the space – only then are they perfect to me.”
The biography of this former architect does not correspond to that of a typical carpet dealer. As a 23-year-old student, Jürgen Dahlmanns hiked along the Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek through Nepal. After hiking around the Ice Giants, the gorges of the Kali Gandaki river and through mystical rhododendron woods, he purchased an old carpet in a sleepy farming village during his descent. Following some more detailed research conducted back home in Berlin, he discovered that it was a typical khaden rug, a Tibetan sleeping and seating rug, roughly 60 years old and particularly valuable because of its pattern. This rug kindled a passion in the young student that remains with him to this day.