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Taher Asad-Bakhtiari (Iranian, b. 1982) is a self-taught artist and designer whose practice encompasses three-dimensional works, textiles and experiences where the spirit of ancient traditions are reinvigorated with a dynamic contemporary aesthetic and relevance. Truly a citizen of the world, born in Tehran, Asad-Bakhtiari spent his childhood and student years in Canada and Switzerland, and after studying multimedia and management, he opened a creative agency in Tehran. He currently divides his time between New York City and Dubai. Throughout his career, Asad-Bakhtiari has created several bodies of work that typically investigate his ancestral Persian background, the Bakhtiari tribe, deftly employing a variety of methods and materials, both centuries-old craft techniques and modern fabrication capabilities. His ongoing The Tribal Weave Project, a multi-tiered re-imagination of tribal artifacts, is renowned example of this practice. His subsequent exhibition Recovered Barrels received great acclaim for shining a light on an industrial waste product that could be repurposed as a design object of great beauty.

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TAHER ASAD-BAKHTIARI
b. 1982, Tehran

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2019    TEFAF New York Spring, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
            Nomad St. Moritz, Carwan Gallery, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2018    Nomad St. Moritz, Carwan Gallery, Samedan, Switzerland
            Design Miami / Basel, Hostler Burrows, Basel, Switzerland
2017    Beirut Design Fair, Carwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
            Nomad Monaco – Villa La Vigie, Carwan Gallery, Monaco
2016    The Pond House, Carwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (Solo Exhibition)
            One of a Kind: First Year Anniversary, Architectural Digest, Dubai, UAE
            Design Days Dubai, WASL, Dubai, UAE
2015    Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE
            Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2014    Villa Paradiso, Carwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
            Wallpaper* Middle East Revealed in Association with Dubai Design
                 District, London, UK
            Reinvention: Dastan Outside the Basement, Tehran, Iran
                 (Solo Exhibition)
            Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2013    L’Ebeniste, Carwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
            The Mosaic Rooms, London Design Festival, A.M. Qattan Foundation,
                 London, UK
            Alaan Artspace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
            Miart, The International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art,
                 Milan, Italy

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2018    “New Creatives: Taher Asad-Bakhtiari,” Architectural Digest,
                 October, pg. 104
            Kwun, Aileen. “Textile Message,” Surface, July / August, Issue 148,
                 pg. 78-79
2017    Habib, Rania. “A Tribal Heart,” Architectural Digest Middle East,
                 pg. 78-81
2016    “AD + Vestiaire Collective, le meilleur de la décoration,” Architectural
                 Digest France, October 14, pg. 22
            Butterfield, Charlotte. “AD Tastemakers: Prince of Persia,” Architectural
                 Digest Middle East, Spring, pg. 55-61 and 75
            “Pond Memories,” Cover: Carpets and Textiles for Modern Interiors,
                 Autumn, pg. 100-103
            “Tisser la Laine et L’eau,” L’Officiel Hommes, June, Numéro 66,
                 pg. 212-214
            Akel, Joseph. “Getting Knotty,” Four Two Nine, Issue 07, pg. 162-163
            “All For One,” Architectural Digest Middle East, March / April, pg. 111
            “Radar Trends: Modern Bedouin,” Architectural Digest Middle East,
                 pg. 49
            “Boy Wonder,” Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, Spring, pgs. 64-69

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