Alexandra Kehayoglou, ‘Nº 24 "Pastizal"’, 2015, Chamber

The textured, multicolored terrain of Kehayoglou’s “Pastizal” rug is an elaborate landscape that reveals its pattern slowly, owing the great technical precision and commitment of the artist to its creation.

“Pastizal” was inspired by the verdant pastures of Buenos Aires, and by weaving a “grass carpet,” the artist seeks to immortalize natural scenes and landscapes within her memory, and at the same time, draw attention to the issue of environmental conservation. She tufts her rugs manually, and each is unique and unrepeatable, made from repurposed or excess material from commercial production.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Alexandra Kehayoglou

Kehayoglou crafts wool rugs as unique works of art, with a hand-tufting process that takes several months to complete. Using discarded thread from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires, she describes her rugs as portals to memories, with a direct connection to her Greek grandparents’ past weaving of Ottoman-style carpets in Turkey. Whether room-sized, wall-hung, or used to cover furniture, the rugs take their natural subjects from the landscape of her native Argentina—forests, desert islands, Patagonian glaciers, and the pastizales (grasslands) where the sheep from which the wool is sheared also graze. Kehayoglou has collaborated with Olafur Eliasson, and made a carpeted runway for fashion designer Dries Van Noten, whose mossy textures referenced John Everett MillaisOphelia and Éduoard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur L’Herbe.

Argentinian, b. 1982, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina