• Babur’s Bloom
  • Babur’s Bloom
  • Babur’s Bloom

Babur’s Bloom

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£3,200.00
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£3,200.00
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Afghanistan  | 
Artist Limited Edition
Regular price
£3,200.00
Sale price
£3,200.00
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price
per 
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ISHKAR unveils an exclusive capsule collection of carpets designed by French artist Louis Barthélemy. Like a beautiful escape in a heartwarming imaginary, the collection, consisting of a triptych of landscapes framed by a graphic border, draws you in a poetic and joyful world, portraying 14th century inspired gardens, with lush vegetation reminiscent of the Babur gardens in Kabul.

Hand-knotted by weavers in Afghanistan, each carpet is made to order, taking around 4-6 months to produce. The carpet size can be adjusted proportionally in consultation with the artist.

Please email contact@ishkar.com for more information.

*Please note the price provided corresponds to the carpet dimensions below. Price excluding shipping. 

Babur’s Bloom - 85 x 200cm: £3,200

Lead Time

Each carpet is made to order and takes approximately 4-6 months to produce.

Care

Basic care:

 • Vacuum rugs lightly
 • Avoid direct and prolonged sunlight exposure
 • Do not treat with stain products
 • If a stain occurs, act quickly preventing it from drying 

Tips for cleaning the most common household stains:

• The most important thing is to act quickly before the stain dries. 
• If the stain was caused by liquid, use paper towels to absorb. Work gently from the edges toward the center, so the problem area does not expand.
• For wine, coffee and tea, try to absorb as quickly as possible. Then apply a solution of warm water, detergent and white vinegar with a damp sponge. Wipe with clean cloth and let dry. If the stain persists, have it professionally cleaned.
• For spots of oil, chocolate, lipstick, nail polish, or ink: scrub – then soak – as much of the stain as possible with a white cloth or paper towel. Clean the rug professionally. Professional dry cleaning is always the best option for stubborn or dried stains.

Shipping

Please note, shipping is not included for this item. Our team will contact you with a shipping quote once your order has been placed. If you require a shipping estimate before placing your order, please contact us at contact@ishkar.com.

* Please note that customers outside of the UK may be required to pay import duties/local sales taxes; these are not included in the price of the goods you purchase and we cannot be responsible for the payment of these fees. Please contact your local customs office for further information.

    Returns

    Returns Policy:

    We will be happy to offer a full refund (excluding shipping) on items returned within 14 days of receipt of delivery. 

    * Returned items must be unworn, unwashed and undamaged products purchased directly from ISHKAR.com.
    * Proof of purchase is required.
    * Sale Items are non-refundable.
    * Custom and made-to-order objects are non-refundable unless faulty.
    * Photography prints are printed to order and are therefore not refundable.
    * For defective, damaged or incorrect items, please notify us within five days of delivery in order to receive a refund/exchange.
    * Email us at contact@ishkar.com to organise the return.

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    THE STORY

    THE COLLABORATION

    Combining their shared values of commitment to craftsmanship, ISHKAR commissioned multidisciplinary artist Louis Barthélemy to create a series of designs to be translated by a team of carpet weavers in northern Afghanistan. The resulting collaboration, made of a triptych of carpets, draws you in a poetic and joyful world, portraying 14th century inspired gardens, with lush vegetation reminiscent of the Babur gardens in Kabul, ponds and pavilions in hues of pinks, mauves and tangerine.

    THE COLLECTION

    Gardens and gardening have long held an integral place in Afghan culture. Inspired by this tradition, Louis has created a triptych of carpets around the theme of “garden of paradise”. A creative correspondence was initiated with the weavers, who provided drawings interpreting the same theme. The results were subtly merged within the 3 carpets and dialogue in harmony with Louis’ designs.

    If you would like more information on the carpets, or would like to see samples in person, please do get in touch: contact@ishkar.com

    THE PROCESS

    Each of these carpets are hand-knotted, taking a team of two weavers approximately four months to make. Every stage in the carpet making process is done by hand, from spinning the wool, to making the dyes, to finally weaving, washing and shearing the carpet down to its supple finish.

    The carpets are hand-knotted using Ghazni wool, a variety unique to Afghanistan known for its luxuriant finish as well as its unique way of absorbing colour giving each carpet a characterful abrash finish.

    THE WEAVERS

    Carpet weaving is at the heart of Afghanistan’s heritage but four decades of conflict have isolated the artisans from the rest of the world.

    Since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in 2021, women’s rights have been heavily curtailed. This collection draws crucial support for female weavers in Afghanistan, providing a crucial psychological and economic lifeline for over a million women working as carpet weavers in Afghanistan.

    Collaborating with world-renowned figures and artists such as Louis, enables cross-cultural dialogues and brings the artisans’ work to a wider audience, allowing us to generate employment for Afghan artisans at a time when economic opportunities are desperately needed in the country.

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