Carpets of Distinction (3 stars)

Carpets of Distinction

This cross-disciplinary collaboration between seven artists and Glasgow-based designers Panel, working with Dovecot Studios, explores the practical and historic relationships between art, craft and industrial design, creating contemporary narratives on traditional techniques, framed within the broader context of the Scottish textile industry.

Work by John Byrne, Ruth Ewan, Nick Evans, Alasdair Gray, Nicolas Party, Tom O’Sullivan and Joanne Tatham is inspired in part by the Templeton/Stoddard carpet factory archive and is all for sale. Carpets of Distinction is presented in a space in the Dovecot that blurs the line between gallery and showroom, while exploring a range of different values including those of commerce and tradition.

Ewan’s wide-eyed giant comic cat references the Calton Weavers’ ancient vow, depicted upon their coat of arms – incorporating a strong historical narrative into the work alongside stories of individual identity. And Party’s fantastical ‘Landscape’ – one of four works to be displayed on the gallery floor – not only plays with ideas about space, colour and perspective, but uses the tradition of landscape to explore the boundaries of art, design and functionality.

Dovecot, Edinburgh, until Sat 12 Jan

Carpets of Distinction

An exhibition of six hand-tufted rugs designed by seven artists, John Byrne, Ruth Ewan, Nick Evans, Alasdair Gray, Nicolas Party, Tom O’Sullivan and Joanne Tatham, and executed in collaboration with Dovecot's Jonathan Cleaver.

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