Publication : TORREH Persian Handmade Carpet Journal Interview 24/07/2016

Colors Enlivening Carpets

Torreh’s Interview with Ali Anvari, a painter whose canvases have turned into carpets

It is hard to believe… Just imagine after living far from homeland for 16 years, how can this artistic work still be a vibrating part of one’s life? Who knows the secret of its eternality? It is wonderful to see how relieving this art-industry has been to man’s mind and soul throughout centuries and how it can make artists create new and innovative works.

This is Germany but you can smell Iran at every single point of Ali Anvari’s expo. A brief look at the artistic and colorful paintings is enough to remind you of all the nostalgic memories of home back in Iran.

Ali Anvari is an Iranian artist who left Iran 16 years ago to study in Germany. He currently holds a BA degree in Arts from the Academy of European Arts and his main occupation is painting. Some of his recent exhibitions in the past three years include “An Abstract Iran”, “You Are Beautiful”, and “Art Workshop”. His artworks are a combination of his own paintings with his ancestors’ art of carpet weaving to present a new culture full of colors and images to the European visitors.


  • Using his painting tools, he has animated some old forgotten carpets to create creative works. Carpets from Kashan and Naeen, three small rugs and another carpet from Kashmar have turned into his canvas. He has high regard for the carpets for being both handmade and Persian, as handmade carpets for him are works of art woven by feelings and passion that are preserved in them forever. In this sense, his work has been based on Persian carpets.

    Getting back to One’s Origin We, Iranians, get acquainted and later intermingled with Persian carpets’ colors and patterns from early childhood. “I always try to return to my origin in my works and Persian carpet, with all its constituent elements, is a main part of my origin as an Iranian. My works generally originate from Persian art, colors, patterns, images, architecture and most importantly Persian carpet,” Anvari says. He is also interested in abstract paintings. “My studies in European Arts may have been the reason for my interest in abstract paintings. Before working on carpets, all my previous works featured the abstract genre.”

    Some works took a year to finish Speaking about the number of his works featuring carpets, he notes: “I presented 7 works on carpets at my previous expo and now have 25 new works in my painting workshop some of which took even a year to finish.” He goes on to say that his last exhibition was held in a city bordering Germany, Luxemburg and France for 6 weeks that was widely reflected in the countries’ media.

    Recreating Art Anvari’s works have also been criticized by some critics who believe that Anvari should not have mixed the rugs and carpets with colors. On the contrary, those interested in his works figure that his innovative works have created a link between Iranian and German cultures and should therefore be praised. Anvari himself believes that he has been successful in conveying his message to the new European generation. “When they see my works, their first question is ‘why carpet?’ and then we will have a dialogue which leads to the answer to this question.” It should be noted that colors are not easily placed into the carpets and this shows how hard the job is for the artist. “It is very difficult, as carpets are resisting colors all the time and constantly changing,” Anvari states. Asked how Persian carpet can promote to a higher status, he replies: “Innovation and emphasis on the artistic aspects of carpet are the solutions. Surely, we would like to keep the originality of the works but through creativity and innovation, we can help raise the status of this art-industry in the world.”



    From: TORREH Persian Handmade Carpet Journal Interview 24/07/2016
    http://en.torreh.net/2016/07/24/colors-enlivening-carpets/

Publication : BBC Interview August 11, 2015

Publication : Farsh Magazin, Iranian Hand-Woven Rug Quarterly winter of 2016
  • Publication : Farsh Magazin, Iranian Hand-Woven Rug Quarterly winter of 2016

Publication : Printed in Volksfreund June 17, 2015

Ausstellung in Trier: Uralte Traditionen in Farbe und Knoten

Trier. Ein malerischer Beitrag zum interkulturellen Dialog, bei dem sich persische und europäische Kultur reizvoll durchdringen, ist die Werkgruppe "Abstrakte Perser" des Trierer Künstlers Ali Anvari.

Trier. "Sein Teppich begleitet den Perser wie sein Schatten", notierte der französische Schriftsteller Théophile Gautier, als er im 19. Jahrhundert den heutigen Iran bereiste. Teppiche überall: auf dem Boden, den Sofas, den Ma-tratzen, sogar vor den Fenstern, staunte der Reisende aus Europa. Natürlich hatte auch er seinen Reiseteppich dabei.

  • Teppiche sind wohl schon seit dem 5. Jahrhundert untrennbar mit der Kunst und Kultur Persiens verbunden, woher bekanntlich bis heute die edelsten der farbenprächtigen Knüpfungen kommen. In ihren Mustern und Farben verdichtet sich die Identität ihres Schöpfers und seines Volkes zu Symbolen. Uralte Traditionen, Erfahrungen und Glaubensinhalte sind in den Abertausenden Knoten aus Wolle und Seide festgemacht. Auch Ali Anvari, der Wahlmoselaner aus Persien, findet sich in jenen orientalischen Knüpfungen wieder, von deren kunstvoller Vielfalt und Bilderwelt der mittelalterliche persische Dichter Firdusi schwärmte, sie sei "prachtvoll wie das Gefieder eines Pfaus".

    Wenn der Trierer Künstler für seine abstrakten Gemälde traditionelle Perserteppiche als Bildträger wählt, so ist das viel mehr als eine originelle Idee. In Anvaris ost-westlichen Teppichbildern verschmelzen Orient und Okzident zu einer harmonischen Einheit, die aus der Vielfalt kommt und von ihr lebt. Mehr noch: In seinen textilen Gemälden setzt sich Anvari mit der Ambivalenz der eigenen Identität und des eigenen Bewusstseins auseinander und führt sie bildmächtig und feinsinnig zusammen. Sicher verwurzelt im uralten Boden seiner heimischen persischen Kultur veräußert der Maler fantasievoll in der Bildsprache europäischer Kunst, was ihn bewegt. Ohne Frage sind Anvaris Bildschöpfungen Schritte auf dem Weg zu sich selbst, im Wortsinn Sinnbilder der Selbstfindung. Ganz deutlich wird das auch in jener anderen abstrakten Werkgruppe, in der aus dem Seelengrund der Farbe Schriftzüge in Farsi (Persisch) auftauchen. "Mach, dass ich mich selbst erkenne", wird darin der weltberühmte persische Mystiker Rumi zitiert. Goethe hatte eben mal wieder recht, als er im eigenen interkulturellen Dialog (lange bevor es den Begriff überhaupt gab) feststellte: "Orient und Okzident sind nicht mehr zu trennen". er

    Mehr lesen auf https://www.volksfreund.de/region/kultur/ausstellung-in-trier-uralte-traditionen-in-farbe-und-knoten_aid-6202376#v6V8FiOV2HuaCUz7.99

    Von: Eva-Maria Reuther

Publication : Printed in Nord Art Catalog July 2017


In Anvari’s east-western carpet paintings, Orient and Occident merge into a Harmonious unity that comes from the cultural diversity and lives on it. In his textile paintings, for which he uses hand-knotted Persian carpets, which he abstractly paints, the artist composes the ambivalence of his own identity. Rooted firmly in the ancient soil of his native Persian culture, the painter expresses imaginatively and deliberately in the visual language of European art, which moves and drives him. " I am enthusiastic about the carpets“, says the artist . Not only from their colors and ornaments , but I also see the people who created them.“ In the textiles exported all over the world, the painter also paints his own journey across borders and continents. Anvari’s pictures are equally images of self- discovery and self-experience, such as bridges between cultures.

Rumi & Shams Oil , acrylic, Gold on Persian rug 300cm x 80cm 2017

Rumi & Shams

Oil , acrylic, Gold on Persian rug
300cm x 80cm
2017

Nain  -  Oil , acrylic on Persian rug 275cm x 175cm 2015

Nain

Oil , acrylic on Persian rug
275cm x 175cm
2015

Golden Terme-  Oil , acrylic, Gold on Persian rug  150cm x 80cm 2017

Golden Terme

Oil , acrylic, Gold on Persian rug
150cm x 80cm
2017