FBMI proudly presents PUZZLE by UAE Designer Khalid Shafar at Dxb Design Week

FBMI proudly presents PUZZLE, a carpet collection by UAE Designer Khalid Shafar on display at Dxb Design Week.

Object: Rugs, 2015, Unique Editions
Description: 100% wool | Dimensions: 150 x 200cm

PUZZLE is a collection of 3 unique editions of handmade 100% wool rugs woven in Afghanistan. Designed by Khalid Shafar and woven in collaboration with FBMI (Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative); a social initiative dedicated to provide women in Afghanistan with employment and to offer them and their families critical social services in healthcare and education.
The collection is an adaption of the KHALID SHAFAR signature pattern woven in the Afghani Chapat weaving style. The collection’s puzzle design was inspired by the pattern itself. It allows the joining of any 2 rugs of the collection or all 3 together forming a larger single piece.
To further highlight the collaboration beyond the making by FBMI, specific parts of the pattern in each rug were left as a blank canvas for the Afghani women weavers/artisans to contribute their own design using Afghani. The Afghani pattern they chose is a variation of the Mauri Gul motif that originates from the western province of Herat and is typically woven by nomads. There are many interpretations of the motif but the most widely accepted relates to the return of the nomads to the start point of their travels, hence the circular pattern.

This collection was first premiered in Milan, Italy during Milan Design Week last April, part of Wallpaper* and Dubai Design District (d3) exhibition 'Middle East Revealed'.

See Khalid Shafar bio below.

FBMI and Khalid Shafar part of Dubai Design Week - PUZZLE on display at Dubai Design Week

Dates: Oct 26 to 31, 2015
Timings: 10am to 10pm.
Location: Retail Unit R02 at D3

About Khalid Shafar

Born in 1980 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. As a business graduate of the American University in Dubai Khalid worked in marketing and communication for almost seven years. In 2005 Khalid completed a degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design and by the end of 2009 had decided to leave marketing and follow his passion for design. Khalid has studied and specialized in Furniture & Objects design, first at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, then at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand.

In 2011 Khalid opened his own studio in Dubai and in Nov 2012 Khalid inaugurated his first showcase space ‘KASA’.

Khalid’s approach to design encompasses his personal expression of form, movement, emotion, and in particular, ‘the tale’ of objects.

Among his notable international collaborations, Khalid collaborated with the Brazilian duo Campana Brothers on an installation for Abu Dhabi Art 2010. He recently collaborated with the historical French cabinetmaker Moissonnier, with the carpet industry leader Tai Ping, and with the design brand Kartell on special limited edition releases.

About FBMI

FBMI is Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan humanitarian initiative.

FBMI, an Abu Dhabi-based program, in partnership with Tanweer Investments of Afghanistan, is dedicated to empowering Afghan women through the employment opportunities of carpet production, as well as providing healthcare and education to its workers.

The carpets produced through FBMI employs traditional crafting methods, operating strictly within Afghanistan. Wool from Afghan farmers, natural vegetables dyes and, of course, a local workforce (over 4,000 workers to date) are all pillars of the FBMI program.

FBMI enjoys fantastic collaborations with international and local designers such as Norma Kamali, Khalid Shafar and pop artist Maria Iqbal.

FBMI has received many awards amongst which the Humanitarian Award at Arab Woman Awards UAE 2014 and was granted an honouring Insignia in the category of Leading Emirati Project (Humanitarian) by H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (Chairwomen of the General Women`s Union and Family Development Foundation and President of  the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood , the Honorary President of the UAE Red Crescent Authority).

The organization currently has four showrooms: in Kabul, London, Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Rd and in Abu Dhabi Yas Mall open to professionals as well as local consumers.

Locations and details
FBMI showroom on Jumeirah Beach rd, Dubai - 865a on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite side Burj Al Arab.
Tel +971 4 388 1103
FBMI Boutique at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi - 1st floor, easy access Geant hypermarket parking.
Tel +971 2 566 9600


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