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Carpet Collection from Star Architects

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American non-profit organization ARZU STUDIO HOPE, working in Afghanistan, entered into a serious competition with fashion design studios, inviting legendary architects of our time for cooperation. The project, entitled Masters Collection includes handmade carpets woven by Afghan women from sketches by Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Zaha Hadid, Robert Stern, Margaret McCurry and Stanley Tigerman.

Handmade Carpets Made from Famouse Architects’ Sketches

The Collection’s main goal is social support and employment for Afghan women. The architects have created sketches of nine carpets of various shapes, designs and sizes.

The carpets are made by hands in limited quantities and can be ordered only by reservation. The masters are Afghan women, the material is 100% wool.

Carpet by design of Margaret McCurry, Simeon I

Carpet by design of Margaret McCurry, Simeon I

Frank Gehry who offered the bright print called Puzz comments on his participation in the project:

Coming up with the design of the carpet – volumetric colorful puzzles – we solved the architectural problem. It was necessary to move the object from a three-dimensional measurement to  two-dimensional graphics so that it does not lose its volume and dynamics. Through trial and error we seem to have found a solution.”

Carpet by Frank Gehry's design, Puzz

Carpet by Frank Gehry’s design, Puzz

In design of Arabesque1 and Arabesque 2 Michael Graves, architect, designer and artist in his characteristic manner avoids any certainty.

Creating rugs, I never give them orientation. In other words, they have no top or bottom, and any party may become them. My carpets can not be put or hung upside down. Compositionally I try to solve the drawing so that people saw ideal composition from whatever side they may watch.”

Carpet by Michael Graves's design, Arabesque 1

Carpet by Michael Graves’s design, Arabesque 1

Long and narrow rugs from Zaha Hadid are variations on the theme of travel in time and space.

One thing I’m sure a hundred percent is that our rugs bring excitement, challenge and provocation into the house.”

Carpet by Zaha Hadid's design, Pink

Carpet by Zaha Hadid’s design, Pink

Stanley Tigerman also was inspired by the ancient times, taking as a basis the patterns of the XII century. The architect came up with two prints: Abrahamic Tribal Patterning I and Abrahamic Tribal Patterning II.

Carpet by design of Stanley Tigerman, Abrahamic Tribal Patterning I

Carpet by design of Stanley Tigerman – Abrahamic Tribal Patterning I

Robert Stern, inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece, built his design on the repetition of the same pattern – the navel of the Ionic order. The architect explains his choice:

Weaving and repeating pattern resembles both the vine shoots and fractal geometry. On the one hand the print is ultra-modern, and on the other – an absolute classic.”

Carpet by design of Robert A.M. Stern, Volute

Carpet by design of Robert A.M. Stern, Volute

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