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Artist: Faig Ahmed
Technique: hand-made woollen carpet
Measurement: 213 x 147,5 cm
Date: 2016

The traditional carpets have been made in what is now Azerbaijan since antiquity. They have usually been woven by the women, who have been passing the skill from one generation to the next. Faig Ahmed has deconstructed typical Azeri kilims, modifying their patterns and shape. He uses old carpets, which he cuts up and combines with additional elements. He also creates brand-new designs, which are then produced by craftsmen. In his works, Ahmed has elevated the local craft to the rank of art, forcing the viewer out of the stereotypical division into high art and utilitarian art.