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Central Park Carpets, Summer Green

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Central Park satellite view, NYC, Google Maps

A series of Persian-inspired carpets that depict New York City's Central Park.

The carpets were designed by Ido Michaeli and hand-knotted by traditional weavers in Afghanistan.

Central Park—the most renowned park in the world is more than a geographical location: it's a Western icon that is depicted here on carpets from the East.

 

The project connects the tradition of gardens in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, to the West of our time. It shows how the all-American park carries a tradition that began with the agricultural revolution: with the transition to permanent settlements, a longing for nature emerged and with it, the first urban gardens were created. They allowed people to connect with nature and were followed by carpets, depicting gardens, which brought nature indoors. To this day, most eastern carpets depict gardens. 

The Central Park Carpets are an attempt to find the common ground where it seems as if there is none, to deepen the understanding that it is not "us" versus "them" and to bring the poles closer together. It's an attempt to think in terms of global creativity and tell an inclusive story. In days of political conflicts and social polarization, the project strives for the coexistence of supposedly contradicting narratives, in one image, and offers a conversation between cultures and between countries.

Central Park Carpets

Central Park Carpets is a series four carpets, one for every season.

 

The carpets are 16 x 4 ft each, and are made of natural wool.

 

Rich in botanical arabesques, the pattern of the carpets is also a miniature model of the park, including every path, bridge, garden, and landmark such as the Bethesda, the Guggenheim Museum, and the carousel.

 

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Top to bottom: Spring Bloom, Summer Green, Autumn Rust, Winter Night

Central Park Carpets, installation view, Artport TLV | Images courtesy of Artport TLV | Photography: Tal Nisim  

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Central Park Carpets, Spring Bloom, 16 x 4', high-density hand-knotted wool

Right: Central Park, New York City (including The Lake, The Great Lawn, The Met, Toll Family Playground | Left: Central Park Carpets, Spring Bloom (detail)

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Central Park Carpets, Summer Green, 16 x 4', high-density hand-knotted wool

Right: Central Park, New York City | Left: Central Park Carpets, Spring Bloom (detail)

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Central Park Carpets, Autumn Rust, 16 x 4', high-density hand-knotted wool

Right: Central Park, New York City | Left: Central Park Carpets, Autumn Rust

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Central Park Carpets, Winter Night, 16 x 4', high-density hand-knotted wool

Right: Central Park, New York City | Left: Central Park Carpets, Winter Night 

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Elements

Elements, 12 paintings, watercolor on cotton paper, 18x12", installation view, Artport TLV 

Images courtesy of Artport TLV | Photography: Tal Nisim  

A series of watercolor drawings on graph paper, showing different elements from the Central Park Carpets. 


Following the ancient craft of carpet-making, every square in these drawings represents a knot on the Central Park Carpets.

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Watercolor on cotton paper, 18x12"

Elements, 12 paintings, watercolor on cotton paper, 18x12"

Weaving Plans

Ido Michaeli

Ido Michaeli is a multidisciplinary Mid-East artist, based in the US

Michaeli's work resides on the seam of fine art, design, and craft.

Michaeli holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums internationally. For the last decade, he's been collaborating with traditional artisans from around the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Palestine, India, and China. 

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