Transit



The Transit carpet explores the car culture and associated roundabout architecture that was a prominent feature of khaleeji cities (particularly Doha) until recently (where many roundabouts have been demolished and replaced with more efficient traffic signal type intersections). The demolition of these roundabouts has had a notable effect on traffic efficiency in Doha, but at significant cost to the visual identity of the city.


Patterns of Human Behavior is a series of hand-made carpets used as a mechanism to document unconventional cultural patterns, local identities, and urban behaviors. Each of these carpets is carefully hand-made preserving the traditional islamic carpet practices of preparing local wool, hand-dyeing the fiber with natural ingredients, and hand-tying the design one knot at a time.
    The series was conceived of by Levi Hammett, based on a previous research project by Levi Hammett & Pornprapha Phatanateacha. The carpet motifs were developed in collaboration with Qatari designer and artist Maryam Al Homaid.

Fig.1. Rainbow Roundabout.

Fig.2. Demolition of Rainbow Roundabout in 2014.

Fig.3. Demolition of Oryx Roundabout in 2015.
Hammett, Levi., Maryam Al Homaid, & Pornprapha Phatanateacha. Transit. Hand-dyed wool, hand-knotted carpet. 104cm x 182cm. Edition of 3. 2015.

Exhibitions & Publications:

Edition 1 held in the private collection of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Doha, Qatar. (International).

D’Souza, Priya., Nadia Y. Abudayeh. Cultivating the Arts. Doha, Qatar: Akkadia Press. p. 119. (Published image) 2019.

Poonsap, Supakdipa. The Bubble Breakers (Feature article), Vogue Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand. Print. (National) August 2018.

Bangkok Design Week 2018, Thailand Creative Design Center, Bangkok, Thailand. (Juried, Group Exhibition, International). 26 January - 5 February, 2018.

Form(Force), The Gallery, VCUQatar, Doha, Qatar. (Juried, Group Exhibition, National). March 2017.
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