Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Silk Thread Martyrs

I know I'am late with this post but I can't resist sharing it after my rediscovery of it, its too beautiful not to.
Silk Thread Martyrs by Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury
A collection of 22 pieces inspired by Palestinian costume and embroidery and produced in collaboration with Palestinian embroiderers, and hand dyed.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Arabesque 2

A new book to add to my wishlist.

Found via Corinne Martin.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Streets

We took a wrong turning and discovered this little piece of wild green, unusual as most vacant plots of land are empty except for the sand which covers everything here.

I would like to find it again without a wriggly three year old on my knee for some better photos.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Only this week left and school is over for the the summer, I can't tell you how much we look forward to not waking up at 5.30am!!!. I will have a bit more time and inspiration for posting too.
In the meantime I will leave you with a few bits and pieces.

The weather is heating up and our white bouganvillea will soon start blushing again like this.

Dia Al-Azzawi Retrospective limited Edition book.

'Infinite cube' by Lulwah Al-Homoud from 'Discipline of the soul' Exhibition London.
via here

Traditional costume from the gulf region.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Dreaming of Iznik tiles.

Iznik tile from yurdan
I am in love this tile from Iznik, if my budget would only extend to it I have in mind the right space for it... maybe I could buy one as a trivit!!!!!

They are handmade and mixed with ground quartz with a great heritage behind them.

Take a look at this video on Iznik at cool hunting

Monday, 6 June 2011

Kohl - A favorite ritual

I developed a love of eyeliner at a young age, watching my Mother and my Egyptian Grandmother applying it. And the pots of kohl and application sticks my Grandma would send for my Mum. I have tried many brands and types of eyeliner but I always come back to those pots of Kohl and wooden sticks a little morning ritual that must have remained unchanged for centuries.

Some everyday things

Appartment block hallway both doors lead to the same flat, one everyday for the family and one that leads to the guest reception room.

Stones collected from Al-Baha I love the blues, pinks and whites of the rocks there.

Tiny shells collected by my children at Khobar beach.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

All images scanned from The handicrafts of Saudi Arabia by Abdullah Al-Akeel.
Continuing my obssesion with Carved wooden doors, I really love the faded blue on the top image they are so beautiful.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

I Love the graphics and brown with black here.