By Mirmola Soraya
Carpet: 250 x 350 cm / Silk Kilim: 160 x 220 cm / Kilim Silk Rug: 160 x 220 cm / Silk Kilim 294 x 201 cm
The Sword is a black-practicelike texture of letters and numbers and from a further view, two drawn swords inspired by the structure of the letter “ب” can be seen. The other part of the design of this work is a combination of Abjad letters and numbers. In the culture of ancestors, Abjad numbers and symbols were used to protect the house from evil and dark forces. In this work, if you look at the carpet in a square and rectangular shape which is a symbol of the earth, the world، the house, and the foundation; abjad letters and swords give a symbolic meaning to it’s spirit. This piece’s technique is kilim_rug and letters and numbers made from knots emblazon on the kilim background with the combination of hand-spinned wool and silk.
Story of Mirmola Soraya
In the beginning the patterns and the images of the Nomads were reflections of their way of life, their surrounding nature and the wishes of their weavers.
Later on, due to the migration’s to cities and industries, the once free imagination of these weavers became infected by trade an their inspiration imprisoned by industries. creative power changed to the patterns and shapes of industry and became their new ornaments. Simple images of animals and geometric patterns that were once the inspiration of the Nomad weavers. Gradually were replaced by noisy designs, became unreal and eventually lost the connection with the essence.
What we see later, is the still great industrialization of the art which fully satisfies the corresponding demands.
Theses days I am more inclined towards impromptu, improvisation, spontaneity and intuition of shapes and images. I avoid repeating the repeated, and abstain from those platitudes which are the creditors and collectors of static culture. I look around, at myself, my surroundings, at today and what is happening.
Sometimes my weaved images are rooted in stories long ago which yet follows me today, and sometimes in an incident which awaits me in future, lurking. I look at the weaved and see it as a ground to grow seeds of imagination.
Many years went on for me to learn the old ways-traditions- and then realizing again that it has become a solid repeatable industry. I believe imagination must be free, and it is then, that, what is weaved, whatever it is, is a realm for the artists to cherish their thoughts.
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