Maryam Omar

Afghanistan

Maryam Omar is an Afghan-British designer. She has worked for ten years alongside carpet weaving communities in Afghanistan, honing her skill and knowledge of different weaving techniques. Born and raised in Afghanistan, after graduating from The University of Arts London, she returned to Kabul in 2013. In 2015, she started working for the Turquoise Mountain Trust, and now leads the Design Centre at the Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture.

Maryam draws profound inspiration from the heritage and landscapes of Afghanistan in her process. For this exhibition, she has worked with the women weavers of Bamiyan, from their homes and workshops in the central highlands of Afghanistan, to design and develop the carpets shown in Weaving Poems.

Maryam has drawn deeply from the traditional poems associated with weaving practice that are still cherished by the women weavers of today.

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