Dries Van Noten commissioned the carpet artwork by Alexandra Kehayoglou for his Spring/Summer 2015 Paris Fashion Week show. Summer Festivals, the solstice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired the show, which Vogue Paris described as a “21st-century version of Arts and Crafts”.
The Buenos Aires born artist Alexandra Kehayoglou follows the rug and carpet making tradition of her Greek grandparents, who migrated from Greece to Argentina. Her biggest project to date, the highly textured, three-dimensional carpet measuring 48 x 3 meters (4 parts 12 meters each) is a homage to nature and evokes moss and grass. The carpet was woven and tufted by entirely by hand from Patagonian wool.
The visual and tactile impact of this piece bears striking resemblance to Tibetan Tsuktruk rugs, artistic pieces of nomadic tradition. The idea of bringing the colours of nature in the form of rugs into the house or tent, to protect against the cold but also as a reminder of spring to come, is common to many nomadic traditions. The depths and shades of green are reminiscent of lush pastures and forests in spring and invite us to sit down and explore these pieces.
It is inspiring to compare these works of art from different times and cultures, to see the parallels and differences in the artist’s approach to nature.