Avant-Garde Carpets Look Like They’re Melting Into Viscous Puddles

Faig Ahmed Artist Creates Avant-Garde Carpets Which Appear to Melt Into Viscous Puddles

“Yahya al-Shirvani al-Bakuvi” by Faig Ahmed

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed is known for his mesmerizing textile masterpieces. He debuted Doubts, an intricate red tapestry in 2020 after COVID-19 interrupted his artistic practice. Now, three new works join the piece on display in a solo exhibition titled Faig Ahmed: PIR at Sapar Contemporary in New York. This exhibit includes three textile pieces inspired by spiritual minds that are highly influential in Azerbaijani culture, as well as a video from the artist himself.

Entitled Shams Tabrizi, Yahya al-Shirvani al-Bakuvi, and Nizami Ganjavi, the three textile works of PIR appear almost liquid. Each piece descends the walls of the gallery, pooling on the floor like rivers of paint. The gallery describes the pieces as “sites of [Ahmed's] own cultural geography, a tapestry of cultural and political history, language, spiritual values, and art.” Viewers are all at once entranced by color, history, and mysticism.

The title of the exhibit, PIR, draws upon the history of the three mystics and poets, in addition to the land of Azerbaijan itself. Pyr means “fire” in Greek, and Azerbaijan takes its name from the holy fire of the ancient Zoroastrian religion. Pir in Persian and Arabic indicates a Sufi spiritual guide. As such, the new textile works bring together the rich history of Azerbaijan.

PIR is currently on view at Sapar Contemporary in New York until January 17, 2022. Ahmed also has an upcoming solo exhibition at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) in California starting on February 12 that will run through May 15, 2022. To learn more about these beautiful works and the artist behind them, explore Ahmed's website.

Textile artist Faig Ahmed creates melting carpet installations in brilliant woven designs.

Faig Ahmed Melting Rug Sapar Contemporary

“Doubts”

Ahmed is inspired by the history and culture of his homeland of Azerbaijan.

Faig Ahmed Melting Rug

“Nizami Ganjavi”

Surreal Carpet by Faig Ahmed

“Speech of Birds”

He is fascinated by the traditionally woven carpets of his culture and how they are translated to contemporary art.

Surreal Carpet by Faig Ahmed

“Gautama”

Faig Ahmed Melting Rug

“Shams Tabrizi”

Faig Ahmed Melting Rug Sapar Contemporary

“Yahya al-Shirvani al-Bakuvi” at Sapar Contemporary

Faig Ahmed: Website | Facebook
Sapar Contemporary: Website | Facebook | Instagram
SLOMA: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Faig Ahmed and SLOMA.

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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