Alexandra Kehayoglou’s Pastoral Carpet Designs Imitate Nature

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There may be no such thing as a magic carpet, but Argentine artist Alexandra Kehayoglou’s distinctive carpet designs will instantly transport you to another place. Her imaginative works have been described as romantic and fairytale-like woven playgrounds, imitating textures of nature like moss, sand, water, tree bark and grassy pastures, as in her “Pastureland” and “Garden” series. Kehayoglou sources her materials from the leftover scraps from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires, shown here in this short video documentary about her work. One of Kehayoglou’s latest projects, titled “En los pies de Elpiniki” (At the foot of Elpiniki) is a giant, elaborately woven shoe that fantasizes about the beginnings of her family’s tradition of making carpets. She explains, “I was born and grew up with carpets. 90 years ago, my grandmother Elpiniki, a woman I never knew, crossed the ocean in a shoe, bringing a loom that would be the beginning of a new textile tradition. I learned the trade and got curious at the factory. Following a genetic impulse, I found freedom in the legacy and tradition. Weaving made me connect with the other side of my life.” Take a look at more works by Alexandra Kehayoglou below.

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