Emirati designer Khalid Shafar in collaboration with the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) will be presenting the PUZZLE collection featuring three distinctive editions of handmade wool rugs woven in Afghanistan.
Part of a social initiative, it aims to provide employment to women in Afghanistan as well as healthcare and education.
The collection is an adaption of the Khalid Shafar signature pattern woven in the Afghani Chapat weaving style. The collection’s puzzle design was inspired by the pattern itself. It allows all three three to join in order to form a larger single piece.
To highlight the role of the craftswomen involved, specific parts of the pattern in each rug has been left as a blank canvas for the Afghani artisans to contribute their own designs.
The Afghani pattern that was chosen is a variation of the Mauri Gul motif that originates from the western province of Herat and is typically woven by nomads. There are many interpretations of the motif but the most widely accepted relates to the return of the nomads to the start point of their travels, hence the circular pattern.
This collection was first premiered in Milan, Italy during Milan Design Week last April, part of Wallpaper* exhibition ‘Middle East Revealed’.
FBMI and Khalid Shafar part of Dubai Design Week – PUZZLE on display at Dubai Design Week: