|Purple Yellow Mosaic|
|Spice Mosaic...my personal favorite...|
A little history: In the times of nomadic desert travel, most homes were constructed of canvas walls and roofs - tentmakers would embellishing the inner walls of these canvas structures with brightly colored designs, hoping to bring color and texture to the plain desert landscape. Over the years, these designs became extremely vibrant and more and more intricate. Although the use of these particular quilts as dwelling art has diminished in Egypt, they are still used for ceremonial purposes, such as: temporary decorations at weddings, funerals, henna parties, or Ramadan celebrations.
You can see additional photos of these intricate and colorful quilts by visiting the AQS Online Catalog, where there are many available for purchase.
UPDATE: I received a lovely comment from Kim Beamish after writing this blog post - Kim is the producer of The Tentmakers Of Chareh El Khiamiah - a documentary film focusing on the dwindling community of traditional Egyptian artisans know as the Tentmakers of Cairo.
Her comment reads: Great to see that you met Hosam and Tarek two very good friends of mine. They always enjoy the awe and excitement by quilters who know their thing watching them work. If you or anyone else is looking for more information about the tentmakers of Cairo please take a look at our website www.tentmakersofcairo.com and find out more about the documentary film we are presently in production of called 'The Tentmakers of Chareh El Khiamiah'.
Visit the website mentioned to see wonderful videos, photos, articles, and shop.
I hope you enjoyed today's post, filled with color, creativity, and design...just writing about these exhibits makes me want to rush to my studio and play!