Flying Rug

Chandrashekar Bheda

Devi Art Foundation

Devi Art Foundation

Textile designer Chandrashekhar Bheda's work has focused on breaking away from the square grid of the woven textile. Altering this fundamental principle, he creates a radical weave where warp and wefts no longer conform to traditional loom principles. From one end to the other, and from the bottom to the top, the character of the fabric keeps changing. Curvilinearity and weight vary continuously. A surface chequer-board of black and white diamonds, constantly advancing and receding in scale, heighten the illusion of spatial curvature and linear movement.

The result is a highly dynamic object that defies gravity and perception, floating freely in space like the proverbial flying carpet. For this project, Bheda restructured the Panja Durrie loom by changing its fundamental geometry and technique. This work is the first in an upcoming series of large-scale textiles being woven by his team of weavers.

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  • Title: Flying Rug
  • Creator: Chandrashekar Bheda
  • Date: 2014
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Physical Dimensions: 120.0 x 420.0 inches (flat) and 96.0 x 252.0 inches (displayed)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Method or Style: Weaved and ribbed cotton
  • Collaborators: Mahender Singh

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