Lecture: Carpet Code

Faig Ahmed, artist

Join us for a special talk by Faig Ahmed, the emerging Azerbaijani artist whose work throws conventional carpet structures into chaos. Ahmed's creations take inspiration from traditional carpet patterns, but at some point in the design a glitch or obstacle causes a disruption and creates a disorienting but beautiful effect.

In 2007, Ahmed represented Azerbaijan at the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale and in 2013, he was nominated for the Jameel Prize 3 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His fascination began with the carpets on the floor of his childhood home in Azerbaijan, but today Ahmed's carpets are displayed on the walls of galleries and museums around the world. During his time here in Washington, D.C., Ahmed will be researching The Textile Museum's historical collections to inform his new body of work.

Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.