Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada, 2019

Concept designs for a ceiling installation; a response to the Wagner Carpet


In 2019, I was asked to propose concept designs, as a response to the Wagner Carpet, placed in the center of the Aga Khan Museum gallery, and the museum lobby. I proposed Cloud and Chandelier installations for the gallery and rows of fabric strips for the lobby. Either of the Cloud or Chandelier arrangements is suspended directly above the 17th c. Wagner Garden Carpet in the museum enhances the viewer’s experience and highlights the importance of the garden in Iranian culture.

A grand Persian garden carpet in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland is called the “Wagner Garden Carpet” after a former owner. It is the third-oldest-known Persian garden carpet, dating from the seventeenth century. The weaving technique of the carpet supports an attribution to Kirman in southeastern Iran.