Collection Online
196.5 × 165.0 × 87.5 cm (installed)
Place/s of Execution
Baku, Azerbaijan
ed. 3/3
Accession Number
Contemporary Design and Architecture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Sarah Morgan and Andrew Cook, 2018
© Faig Ahmed
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
In his work, Faig Ahmed re-imagines the historical Azerbaijani carpet. Ahmed digitally distorts and rearranges centuries- old carpet patterns and compositions to unravel, often quite literally, our perception of tradition. Hal, 2016, is a woven woollen carpet made by the master weavers of Ahmed’s home town, Baku – the capital city of Azerbaijan, in the South Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. Both tactile and cerebral, the work is a new interpretation of Ahmed’s signature deconstructive approach, whereby a classical rug pattern ‘liquefies’ into a handwoven puddle on the gallery floor.