Weave a Flying Carpet


Saturday, 6th July 2019 | 12:00 - 18:00


Join artist Shorsh Saleh for a participatory flying-carpet weaving workshop as part of the Sink Without Trace exhibition.

Participants are invited to design and weave miniature flying-carpets around the theme of travel and migration, using traditional water motifs. Participants will learn basic flat weaving techniques.

This workshop is suitable for for adults and children aged 14 and over.

Tickets include all materials and 50% of the proceeds will go to Alarm Phone charity for boat migrants in distress.,


Shorsh Saleh is a Kurdish mixed-media artist, carpet designer and weaver. Having travelled to the UK as a refugee 17 years ago, Saleh deals with the subjects of migration, borders and identity through his work. Saleh is an experienced Persian carpet maker and many of his works are inspired by the symbolic motifs used in traditional carpets, combined with contemporary imagery. His current series of works are based on the subject of migrant journeys by sea and the imaginary notion of flying carpets being used to cross borders.

Saleh studied MA Traditional Arts at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, where he has been teaching carpet weaving since 2015. He has also been teaching at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha since 2017. Saleh has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His works are held in the Royal Collection Trust, the British Museum, the Bagri Foundation and The Islamic Art Museum, Malaysia.




The workshop is supported by the Art Council England, University of Westminister and Refugee Week.