‘Kilim’ as a visual medium under contemporary social-cultural concerns. Female-artisans hand-woven carpet in Iran, an artistic participatory project

Start - End 
2015 - 2019 (ongoing)



This project seeks to examine the potential of domestic Iranian women-artisans to include new aesthetic motifs in their weaving, thus encouraging through their practice a reinterpretation of the gendered and economic subjectivities by which they are subordinated. The focus of this project is on ‘Kilim’, a carpet weaving technique that serves as a visual medium in the context of socio-cultural exchanges. Such exchanges, common among the women-artisans, the artist conducting the research, families and surrounding  villages  and  consumers, is carried out in a form of a participatory work created by the artist and local women-artisans in Gilan, a northern province of Iran where Kilim weaving is one of the main activities, especially during winter. Central to the project is an attempt to collaboratively sketch and weave new forms and motifs inspired by their everyday lives and culture and, in doing so, to illustrate the gap  between  their  ‘private’  and  ‘public’  lives.  However,  this  may  prove  to  be  a challenging activity given that they had been used to using traditional forms derived from the surrounding nature and environment. These traditional forms arise out of the shared experiences of many past generations and have not changed overtime. The present approach seeks to emphasize the relationship of these women’s power and authorship with respect to their creative process and the communicative capacity of Kilim in wider society.







Phd Student(s)