Faig Ahmed from Baku, Azerbaijan creates aesthetically pleasing rugs with a rather gripping twist. The visual language that is presented through his work catches the eyes of passers-by, and that’s how his story came to be known. Although he is a visual artist, his best work includes surreally made rugs.
It all started in 2006 when his work “Caucasus” was selected to be exhibited in the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Since then, Faig’s work has been shown all over the world, including Italy, Germany, Canada, UK and the USA. His work is available publicly and privately, usually in museums. After graduating from the sculpture program at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts in Baku in 2004, he continued his passion for art. His most renowned achievement right after graduating is his work being a part of Azerbaijan’s first pavilion in the Venice Biennale.
Buyers, sellers and Ahmed’s fans have shown wide interest in his work because of the infusion of glitches and distortions in traditionally woven pieces. The way he transforms his pieces into visually pleasing art is magical. He draws his sketches on a computer and then transfers them to a special engineering paper dot by dot. Then, with the help of a carpet maker, the threads and wool used are dyed with natural colours and using the ancient techniques of that region, his creations are made.
The decorative craft skillfully mixed and engineered as paintings show his qualities as an artist. The time taken by each piece depends on his creativity and the carpet makers. Some take years, months or weeks. The works, contemporary sculptures are powerful.. “I was captured by the fact that this material is very simple yet makes you think deeper and more concentrated because it builds certain boundaries,” he talks about how his heed developed in textile art.
He also mentioned how his early life influenced his thinking and imagination. As an artist, he believes it is not a profession or a job, but rather a lifestyle. Inspired by human habits which turn into cultures, global constructions and society, he often retrains himself going to museums and art galleries. Unusual for an artist, but he has a valid reason behind it. He wants to take inspiration from real people, rather than immaterial things.
His projections and art wave from soft, comfortable and warm to vibrant, bright and unimaginable at times.
His latest work Doubts, ‘destroying geometric intelligible boundaries of the patterns — overflowing they heal on the floor’ as explained by the creator has a melting pattern to it. He enjoys drafting pieces in his sketchbook, and the creator says that not all make it to the audience, but it’s worth practising his craft.
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