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Paintings inspired by Persian carpets on show at Tehran gallery


Report by Tehran Times; photos by Farzan Qasemi, Honar Online

TEHRAN - A new exhibition of paintings, inspired by the wonderful motifs and attractive colors of Persian carpets, has opened at Tehran's Etemad Gallery. Entitled "Where Is My Ney?", the collection created by the young artist Homa Arkani was placed on exhibit in the gallery on Friday.

Painter Homa Arkani poses at an exhibition of her works at Tehran's Etemad Gallery on May 28, 2016.

"In all the paintings, carpet is the symbol of the living world and the motifs repeated on each carpet resemble the roles we are playing in this world," Arkani told the Persian service of Honaronline on the opening day.

"The existing world in a carpet somehow resembles the repetition and the rhythm of birth, death and the rebirth again," she added.

She also explained that she has made use of Rumi's Masnavi in her works as the source of inspiration, and said, "I have had a different look at the Masnavi focusing on its social and cultural aspects, for they can be quite useful in the world of today.

"The great potentiality of Rumi's poetry is that it has been composed for all periods of time. It is even useful for us now and I tried to focus on the cultural aspect of his works rather than the mystical side," she added.

The opening ceremony continued with a performance by musician Nader Mashayekhi.

"We aimed to give dimensions to the motifs of the paintings and turn them into three dimensional artworks. The sounds heard during the performance refer to the ears observed here and there on the paintings, inviting us to be all ears and listen to the sounds of the world," she explained.

There will also be another performance on Friday in the gallery.

The exhibition will be running until June 7 at the gallery located at No. 4 Bukan St., off Yaser Ave., in the Niavaran neighborhood.

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