CANVAS TO CARPET

FROM CANVAS…

Listening | Acrylic on canvas | 2017

Allistair’s creative practice is an exploration of colour and pattern on a surface and as a synaesthete he sees a strong relationship between colour and the senses, in particular sound. Whether painting on a canvas, an iPad or translating an illustration into a woven carpet pattern, Allistair’s artwork presents sound as a two-dimensional pattern for the audience to visually experience.

Colour is an integral ingredient in Allistair’s artwork and he uses it with real confidence, describing music through gestural brush strokes and creating bold shapes, perfectly capturing the spontaneity and abstract fluidity of music on a surface. Allistair’s painted artworks are also abstract recordings of places, people and events.

The Night Café | Emulsion and Acrylic on canvas | 2017
Homage | Emulsion and acrylic on canvas | 2017

The Afternoon | iPad painting | 2015


… TO CARPET 

In January 2014 Allistair won the inaugural Afghan Made Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards at Domotex Hannover, for designing the surface pattern of the hand-knotted wool carpet, The City. A Carpet Design Award is an international accolade of distinction for an artist or designer and is awarded in recognition for design excellence and quality in hand-made carpets and rugs.

The City | hand-knotted Afghanistan wool carpet | 2014

Domotex Hannover, the world’s leading trade show for floor coverings, was Allistair’s first introduction to the high-end international carpet design industry and the award has become a professional milestone in his career.

AfghanMade Best Young Designer stand | DOMOTEX Hannover, Germany  | 2014

Winning the Carpet Design Award has raised Allistair’s professional profile, gaining national and international recognition for his work, and encouraged him to refocus his practice to include designing surface patterns for carpets, which Allistair describes as ‘woven prints’ of his paintings. 

The expressive brush strokes and splashes of colour that feature in Allistair’s energetic paintings, whether created by hand or using an iPad, have been effortlessly translated into stunning hand-knotted carpets, hand-crafted using the finest Karakul wool in Afghanistan and New Zealand wool in Nepal.

The Study of The City | acrylic painting on canvas | 2009

Inspired by Allistair’s acrylic painting Study of The City, an abstract representation of the skyline and southbank of London, The City carpet was handmade in Afghanistan, using hand-spun wool and natural vegetable dyes to achieve the vibrantly coloured and painterly inspired surface design.

The City carpet is a testament to the expert skills of the Afghan craftsmen and women, demonstrating to the international markets that their traditional weaving techniques, combined with a rich heritage, can create a woven artwork that is both contemporary and luxurious.

Since 2104 Allistair has collaborated with Rug-Maker, and has slowly developed the #Canvas To Carpet collection, a dynamic series of woven artworks that initially launched during the London Design Festival in 2015 with three designs; RhythmEclipse and Paint

Rhythm | hand-knotted Nepalese carpet  | 2014

Rhythm’s surface pattern is based on an iPad drawing while the abstract compositions of Eclipse and Paint are directly inspired by enlarged sections of Allistair’s paintings. The colours of the original artworks have been faitihfully reproduced in wool and the attention to detail is shown in the delicate brush-like hand crafted finish.

Paint | hand-knotted Nepalese carpet  | 2014

Eclipse | hand-knotted Nepalese carpet  | 2014