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The artist has publicly stated that the fashion retailer is currently selling a vest which features his artwork Oiling, which depicts his signature 'melting' carpet.

In a statement to The Art Newspaper, Ahmed said the copy of his work is ''deeply disrespectful to the artist and other people whose creative energy is invested in every work.''

''It is important to understand that I am not seeking a financial reward, but an understanding of this issue.''

Ahmed's manager Olga Seleznyova are calling for Topman and manufacturer Globe to halt the sale of the shirt and acknowledge the plagiarism. Depending on how the retailer and manufacturer respond will determine if the artist will involve the courts. Both have yet to comment.