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“Carpet is a portal to other worlds”: Azerbaijani artist reinterprets oriental carpets in the form of glitch art

Carpets break into pixels, spread across the floor and turn into three-dimensional objects.

Social networks drew attention to the works of the Aresbaydjan artist Faig Ahmed from Baku, who turns oriental carpets into works of modern art. Under his hand, traditional patterns turn into pixel ones, twist into multi-colored vortices or “flow” to the floor.
Ahmed makes sketches on a computer, and then sharpens them on special engineering paper. After that, he gives the image to the weavers who hand-make the carpet. Woolen or silk threads are dyed with natural dyes.

Carpet sewing process

The artist told The Guardian that he created his first work as a child, when he ran his fingers through the “maze” of the pattern on the carpet, and then cut it into pieces to “connect” the end and the beginning. He ended up cutting the entire carpet and joining the pieces into new patterns.

Ahmed calls the carpets “very stable”: “Even 2,500 years ago, craftsmen used similar patterns and techniques. The center and edges of the carpet resemble a social structure, giving an idea to everything we know. ” The artist notes that carpets used to be as important as smartphones are now.

The carpet was originally created as a talisman or portal to other worlds. Its symmetrical structure is built on an equilateral cross and comes from the ancient shamans who used these symbols as an anchor to return back to our world.

Faig Ahmed
artist
Ahmed emphasizes that his work should be hanging on the walls, not lying on the floor.

Hereinafter – photo by Faig Ahmed

In other cases, the artist breaks the rugs into pixels

And sometimes Ahmed distorts the space and turns carpets into three-dimensional objects.

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