Taher Asad-Bakhtiari

The Iranian artist who's using artisan skills for a modern interpretation of the kilim
Monday , 21 March 2016
Taher Asad-Bakhtiari
Taher Asad-Bakhtiari
• I’ve been working on my tribal weaves, which reinvent the kilim and the gabbeh – Iranian rugs characterised by an abstract design that rely on open fields of colour and playfulness with geometry, giving a conceptual interpretation of the natural world. These are woven by semi-nomadic tribal women using entirely naturally dyed, hand-spun wool. Each piece takes up to four months to make, depending on its size.
 
• Unlike the traditional Iranian carpet, Iranian tribal weaves display quite simple patterns. Weaving skills are being lost as city life advances and I’m motivated to help preserve this craft and aesthetic for future generations. My clients are people who enjoy raw individualism and the avant-garde. What I create represents this tribal lifestyle and my world inserted within it.
 
• Over the past year, I’ve held a solo exhibition featuring my kilims in Tehran, had a show at the Abu Dhabi Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, presenting metallic kilims formed as partitions, and also took part in Design Days Dubai. 
 
• In 2015, I was named ‘Tastemaker’ in Architectural Digest, nominated for the Jameel prize – awarded globally to those who produce artworks that are inspired by Islamic tradition – and I was also a nominee for Emerging Designer at the Harper’s Bazaar Interiors Awards.
 
• When I’m not working, I sleep, workout or hang out with my friends. My body is my most prized possession. 
 
Website: taherasad.tumblr.com