Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Mabkhara designed for Zari crafts by Nedda El-Asmar

Mabkhara for Zari Crafts by Nedda El-Asmar

I just popped in to post this beautiful Mabkhara, with building work going on here access to the net is a rare thing.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Saudi Art movement

Friday, 3 February 2012

Pinned Image
Mameluke House in Cairo, taken in 1800s, from Cornell University archives.

Pinned Image
Interior of an Egyptian home, taken in 1800s, from the Cornell University archives

Pinned Image
Interior of an Egyptian home, taken 1800s, from Cornell University archives
Pinned Image
Interior of an Egyptian home, taken 1800s, from Cornell University archives.
I found these treasures the other day aren't they such lovely photographs. I am hoping to find more.
Its interesting to see a Victorian influence in the last two even though they are still strongly Middle Eastern.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I am loving these pieces by Lebanese artist Nabil Nahas

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A small obsession confession.

Rosewater sprinkler, Iran 18th-19th Century.

I have a rosewater addiction.

I use it on my face as a cleanser/toner, to perfume fabrics and occasionally rinse my hair with it.
I use it in sweets and biscuits, drink it in cool water.
On hot days I use it to cool my skin.
And I have always loved the old middle eastern tradition of sprinkling your hands and the hands of guests after a meal with it.

 So as an addict this limited edition rosewater collection went straight onto my wishlist when I discovered it.
I love the idea of trying waters from the roses of different countries and discovering  how their scents can vary.
Moroccan rose, Turkish rose and Omani rose.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Little luxuries

I love fresh flowers in the house.
It is a rare thing here though, so I am trying to grow them.

My own little cutting garden.

Tea in the garden

and some good old fashioned tree climbing.
Bubu should be able to harvest the dates soon!!!!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Darling little B is six.
We love you B x

Mushrabayya puzzle

I unwrapped a giant jigsaw puzzle the other day.
The bubble wrap unopened since it was sent to us in England from Egypt.
I hope I can piece it together.

Any tips?