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Opening of Mazandaran Kilim at Athr

An upcoming exhibition at Athr Gallery draws an intriguing connection between ethnic textiles from Iran and minimalistic art.

Mazandaran Kilim
In collaboration with Iwan Maktabi
Opening: Tuesday, 13th Nov, 2012
7.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Athr Gallery


Undiscovered Minimalism: Mazandaran Kilims

In collaboration with Iwan Maktabi

Werner Weber first visited Mazandaran in northern Iran in the mid-1990s. In remote villages in the Hezar-jerib area, he and his colleagues saw powerfully expressive heirloom kilims with ‘minimalist’ abstract designs unlike any others known in the trade, but which, in their colours and patterns evoke the modern painting and architecture of the West.
The patterns and colours of these flatweaves have an uncanny resemblance to Minimalism… It is interesting that Persian women in their remote villages could produce textile art reminiscent of works by major Western artists of the 20th century.” Parviz Tanavoli
Heinz Meyer compares them to contemporary artworks of Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, and Barnett Newman. This exhibition encourages the viewer to think outside the domain of ethnography, in an attempt to capture the underlying elements that connect “textile art” to simply “Art”.
Undiscovered Minimalism will run from the 13th to the 22nd of November.

Above text and image reproduced from Athr’s invite and copyrighted to them.

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2 thoughts on “Opening of Mazandaran Kilim at Athr

  1. Thank you for sharing! We hope to see you at the opening.

    Best Regards,
    Athr Gallery team


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