Italy / India
Must carpets always be square or rectangular, or sometimes round or even oval? The Iranian artist Taher Asad-Bakhtiari did not think so. He let his fascination for arrows inspire him to create a stunning floor accessory line of seven rugs for his Archer collection that he designed for the Franco-Italian company CC Tapis. The ingenuity of the design won Taher Asad-Bakhtiari the AD Design 2020 Award. The collection is a suitable showcase of artisnal skills, entirely hand-knotted and produced in the cc-tapis Atelier in Nepal, using Himalayan wool, pure silk, lurex and mohair.
The artist explained his fascination for the arrow shape, and reportedly said, ‘I’m a Saggitarius and to me, the arrow stands for the values or energies—think peace, or success, or love—that we throw into our lives. The arrows are symbols of how we unleash these energies, watch them gain momentum and experience where they end up pointing.’ There are elements of his heritage, the religious iconography, the elements around him that find reflection beyond the arrow shape. Taher Asad-Bakhtiari lives in New York.
And why just seven designs?
‘From the seven days of creation to the seven seas, from the seven colours of the rainbow to the seven chakras, the number seven is an auspicious one in the global imagination,’ says he.
Sources Unlimited, one of the pioneers in importing furniture, accessories and lighting from global fashion houses to India, have collaborated with CC-TAPIS to make available locally, their contemporary hand-knotted rugs, including this Archer collection.