Faig Ahmed | Fluid Forms

Elvina Halli
Sep 28, 2014 8:14AM

Faig Ahmed stretches traditional threads farther in his continued reinvention of the conventional Middle-Eastern carpet. The artist uses the most basic component of a deconstructed rug, woolen threads and arabesque patterns, to elasticize our perception of the cultural icon.

At his solo exhibition entitled Fluid Forms, the Azerbaijani artist and nominee for Victoria and Albert Museum’s Third Jameel Prize, will unveil new bodies of work created during his residency with Cuadro Gallery earlier this year.

Ahmed’s works include hand-woven rugs encompassed in sculptural arms that extend out of thread into neon geometric forms. The artist’s signature optical illusions stretch beyond the carpet frame – a conventional rug dissembles midway, bleeding onto the floor in a meticulously woven pool of melting threads. 


Faig Ahmed graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. In 2007, he was chosen to represent Azerbaijan at the nation’s inaugural pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and again in 2013. The Victoria and Albert Museum shortlisted Ahmed for the 3rd Jameel Prize in 2013. 


The Residency at Cuadro is a three-month program, offering a select group of local and international artists accommodation and studio space in which to expand their practice. Cuadro works closely with the artists to meet their creative and professional needs, providing career mentorship and exhibition opportunities. 

Elvina Halli