The Magic Carpet Project is a multi-media project that encompasses live performance, digital and audio-visual content that engages with cultural practice as progressive, and tradition as reflective and contemporary. 

Watch the documentary created through The Magic Carpet Project
Produced and Released in 2018

Conceived by George Bajalia and Tom Casserly through Borderline Theatre Project, The Magic Carpet is a piece of theatre that tells the story of the militarized border between Morocco and Algeria, the families who live on either side of it, and a young woman who sets out to discover her family's story by learning to decipher the rugs woven and passed across the border by her star-crossed parents. 


Photos by Ben Derico, George Bajalia, and Tom Casserly All Rights Reserved, 2015.

In conversation with The Magic Carpet, BTP is producing a documentary exploring the life of a Moroccan rug, and the artisans who create them.

The Magic Carpet Project is supported by partners across the world, including:

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Chicago 3AP 3Arts Campaign

Chicago-Casablanca Sister Cities Committee

Hannoun Rugs From Morocco, Chicago

Bleu de Fes, Tangier

American Language Center, Tangier

Tangier American Legation Institute for Maghreb Studies