event / Jeddah

Undiscovered Minimalism: Mazandaran Kilim in collaboration with Iwan Maktabi

13 November 2012 — 22 November 2012
Sat to Thu: 10:00am - 11:00pm , Fri: 01:00pm - 11:00pm
Athr Gallery, Serafi Megamall Office Towers, 5th floor,



UndiscoveredMinimalism: Mazandaran Kilims

In collaboration with Iwan Maktabi

Opening: Tuesday, 13th Nov, 2012

Athr Gallery

Werner Weber first visited Mazandaran in northern Iran in the mid-1990s. In remote villages in the Hezar-jerib area, he and his colleagues saw powerfully expressive heirloom kilims with ‘minimalist’ abstract designs unlike any others known in the trade, but which, in their colours and patterns evoke the modern painting and architecture of the West.

”The patterns and colours of these flatweaves have an uncanny resemblance to Minimalism... It is interesting that Persian women in their remote villages could produce textile art reminiscent of works by major Western artists of the 20th century.” Parviz Tanavoli

Heinz Meyer compares them to contemporary artworks of Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, and Barnett Newman.

This exhibition encourages the viewer to think outside the domain of ethnography, in an attempt to capture the underlying elements that connect “textile art” to simply “Art”.

UndiscoveredMinimalismwill run from the 13th to the 22nd of November.