Argentinian artist Alexandra Kehayoglou makes excellent use of discarded thread from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires to create unique works of art. Her wool carpets and rugs result from a laborious hand-tufting process that takes several months to complete.
Kehayoglou describes her rugs as portals to memories, with a direct connection to her Greek grandparents’ past weaving of Ottoman-style carpets in Turkey. The wool carpets and rugs are inspired by landscape of her native Argentina—forests, desert islands, Patagonian glaciers, and the pastizales (grasslands) where the sheep from which the wool is sheared also graze.
The carpets are so well crafted that they can transform a space into a lush meadow with pools of water and tufts of grass. Many of her works are even used as tapestry and flow from walls to floor, or work as covers for chairs or stools.
Artist Alexandra Kehayoglou working at her studio