Excerpt: You are working on a big project for the opening show of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Can you talk about it?
AK: I am going to work with textile, steel, and gold plated pins to create a big carpet. The proportions and concept are inspired by the proverbial “red carpet,” the usual runner at VIP events. The garden design on the carpet comes from Persian gardens with the classical division between water channels, fountains, and foliage. From one side it will look very precious, very beautiful, and on the other side it will be plain red and the sharp side of the pins will be visible.
The carpet is going to be 6×18 feet and will be hung from the ceiling. The theme of the show is Garden of ideas. It will open in September 2014, which will also be the museum’s inauguration.