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Magic Carpets // Selvedge Magazine, November 2018

September 26, 2018


In a workshop in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, a woman sits in front of the vertical frame of her loom weaving, knotting, and pressing a carpet into life. But the carpet that is taking shape on the loom is in the process of abandoning the rules and designs that have made oriental carpets instantly recognisable for the last five hundred years. As she works, well-mannered arabesques are dissolving into an iconoclastic, molten swirl of colour. This is the workshop where artist Faig Ahmed comes to have his carpets woven, and where a traditional craft form and its well-used motifs are literally reshaped to pose very current questions about what we can expect from life, as well as textiles. This is a medium where traditionalism reigns, but for Ahmed, within the border of the carpet, the field is wide open.



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