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by Georgina Callan
From a family of rug makers who relocated from what is now Turkey to Argentina,
Kehayoglou takes the excess threads from the family carpet making factory in
Buenos Aires and weaves them into unique pieces. Focused on the natural
landscape, the rugs that resemble grasslands and pastures may play a role of
a traditional rug or could be hung on a wall, or draped over furniture or become
part of the language of furniture. The rugs have a narrative quality that is absent
from many mass-produced rugs but present in traditional rug-weaving where the
colors and threads and designs often told a story.
The idea that a rug is simply something with which to cover the floor and be walked
upon is completely turned around in the hands of Kehayoglou. And that’s as it should
be. For generations rug weavers from all over the world have used rugs as tapestries,
to cover table tops, seat covers, and as blanket covers.
Made of wool, Alexandra Kehayoglou’s rugs bring a natural expressive organic dimension
into the home. See more at her website:

In nomadic societies rugs were prized possessions and as no one stayed anywhere for
long, a rug had to be multifunctional and perhaps the last place it was used was on
a floor.

The 33 year old artist is shifting sensibilities around rugs. She creates pieces that are
clearly intended to be hung on a wall, like a tapestry, but other pieces flow from
wall to furniture, or floor, reminiscent of the flowing pastures of Argentina, her
country of birth, providing a luxurious reminder of the outdoor world.

As a reader of this space you’ll be more than comfortable with the idea of a rug as a piece of art.
Which is why the work of Argentine artist Alexandra Kehayoglou may interest you.