Carpets of Eden: A Tapestry of Art and Fantasy

Behrang Samadzadegan’s latest curation at Leila Heller Gallery explores woven dreams and forms a tapestry of realms

‘Carpets of Eden, Gardens of Fantasy’, which runs until 20 September at Leila Heller gallery, invites viewers on a pilgrimage through these ornate works.

In the intricate realm where fibres and threads are woven together, carpets and rugs emerge not just as functional objects but as masterpieces of craftsmanship. They stand as silent storytellers, whispering tales of mystical realms and transcendent paradises. Each thread and hue are meticulously selected by artisans, creating a mesmerising ballet of fantasy – a dance of intricate patterns and vibrant colours that enchants the senses and ignites the imagination. Throughout history, carpets have held a revered status beyond being mere floor coverings. These textile wonders embody the allure of faraway lands, transforming our living spaces into sanctuaries where dreams take flight.

Carpets of Eden, Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, identity

Carpets of Eden, Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, identity

Captivated by the hypnotic allure of these textile gardens, the artisans featured in this exhibition find themselves drawn into the intricate embrace of their creations. Some revel in the structured beauty of the carpets, losing themselves in the rhythmic geometry and meticulous order of patterns. Yet, within this structured realm lies an uncharted territory of creativity – a space where artists can explore boundless fantasies and weave layers of imagination that transcend the tangible.  Each step reveals a new narrative, alluding to a brushstroke of creativity inspired by the rich tapestry beneath our feet. It’s a celebration of the extraordinary potential found in the overlooked corners of our daily lives, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. This exhibition not only offers fresh perspectives on carpet research and artistic exploration, but also presents carpets as models for understanding art and art histories on a broader scale.

Carpets of Eden, Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, identity

Images courtesy: Leila Heller Gallery

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