Persian carpets need no introduction. Originating from the crossroads of Europe and Asia, they date to a time before antiquity. World renowned for exquisite artisanship, they have long inspired merchants from the East and West to crisscross the globe.
It is no wonder that Persian carpets are synonymous with the site of home and hearth. Each carpet may travel thousands of miles and touch countless lives. As they pass through generations and among nations, we imagine each carpet tells a tale. The sight of tens of thousands of hand-tied knots joined in patterns of rare beauty has a unique capacity to inspire. Might it be, as intuition so often suggests, that our lives and stories are interconnected? Perhaps, as the great Persian poet Saadi expressed, we are woven of one essence.
Inspired by the poetic vision of Saadi, Why Knot? is a revolutionary three-dimensional Persian Carpet made to represent the globe. Woven on a custom spherical loom, work on the Why Knot? globe commenced with the help of professional Iranian weavers in 2010, and it will be completed by ordinary people from around the world. This one-of-a-kind project invites us to look at the world anew – to see how the earth is woven together through our actions.
At its best, art invites us to make the world a more beautiful place. We invite you to weave your tale into the world. You too can be part of this unique and exciting project, bringing people together through the ancient tradition of carpet weaving – Why Knot?
Is a three dimensional Persian globe woven by people around the world? That’s right you too can be a part of this unique project bringing people together through the ancient tradition of carpet weaving.
At its best art invites us to make the world a more beautiful place. Inspired by the words of the celebrated Persian poet Saddi, Why Knot?