The Azerbaijani tradition of weaving carpets is one of the most ancient arts and crafts of the country and dates as far back as the 2nd millennium BC. Because of their high aesthetic value, these vibrant carpets have been used in Azerbaijan to cover floors, decorate interior walls, sofas, chairs, beds, and even tables.

Faig Ahmed is an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan who is known for turning these classic rugs into impressive contemporary works of art. "His works reimagine ancient crafts and create new visual boundaries by deconstructing traditions and stereotypes," reads the description on Faig Ahmed's Facebook page. Usually, his mesmerizing carpets begin as a classic pattern, but then turn into an obstacle or glitch. Some rugs get turned into pixelated versions of themselves, some melt into a multicolor swirl, and some get remade into unique-looking mandalas. The list goes on. And no matter what this artist decides to create, each of his pieces turns out absolutely stunning.

Bored Panda invites you to take a look at some of the most impressive pieces created out of traditional Azerbaijani carpets by the artist Faig Ahmed.

More info: faigahmed.com

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Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

STUNNING 💖

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

I want this!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I see a face in the middle of the rug. It resembles an evil Padme from Star Wars.

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According to The Guardian, the artist sees rugs as “something very stable. Carpet is the result of ages. Even 2,500 years ago there were similar patterns, similar techniques to today. The center and the borders are like a social structure, giving the idea of everything we know.”

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Sarah Blanche Brinsfield
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1 month ago

My favorite!

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Kesam
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1 month ago

*checks internet connection*

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

I need a small palace to house all the rugs I want!

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"Ahmed is among a new wave of contemporary artists exploring crafts in innovative ways to produce conceptual works that break away from conventions associated with the craft by bringing it into a global contemporary art context. Ahmed explores fresh new visual forms that examine tradition and challenge our perception of traditions through iconic cultural objects," reads the description on the artist's Facebook page.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

I'd love to see this in context.

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Kesam
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1 month ago

Oooh, it's a Banksy! ;-)

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Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Yeah, I couldn't decide if I want modern or traditional..

"The artist experiments with traditional materials and colors such as the rug weavings in Azerbaijan or Indian embroidery, yet he explains that 'he is not interested in merging the past and present,' but is interested 'in the past because it’s the most stable conception of our lives.' Among his art historical inspirations, Ahmed lists Hieronymus Bosch and Otto Dix; among his contemporaries, he admires James Turrell and Anish Kapoor," reads the description on Faig Ahmed's Facebook page.


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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

Beautiful, it reminds me of a cityscape at sunset.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I love the swirled blob in the middle. It reminds me of Paul Smith's design, which I have always enjoyed.

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mph seti
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1 month ago

Trippy.

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NoodleBear
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1 month ago

This one looks like it could star in a horror film

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@Daisychain
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1 month ago

Imagine coming home drunk to this...

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Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

If the Red Part Hung To The Floor, I'd say MY CATS WOULD DISCOVER A NEW BED... An EXPENSIVE One!

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

wow...

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Janet Huggins
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1 month ago

Where can I buy one?!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I would probably side-step parts of this rug for months.

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tal bar
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1 month ago

I love the colors

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Like jeans.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago

Like a rorshak test. However it is spelled.

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Rissie
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1 month ago

Don't you just hate it when half of your rug just won't load?!

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Margot Piasecka
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1 month ago

Fantastic 🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

Neat

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

All the imperfections and contradictions of the human condition, in a rug. Well done!

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Petra Pan
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1 month ago

Reminds me of a Christmas tree... :)

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

Outstanding!

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Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

RED BULL GIVES U WINGS... Sorry, just popped into my head.🙄

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Diana Dodd
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1 month ago

Love!

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