Wednesday, 25 August 2010

FESTIVAL OF QUILTS 3/GARDENS OF EDEN OF MESOPOTAMIA.

This exhibition of Embroidered Wedding Blankets from Southern Iraq completely blew my mind.    Each one a work of art.  These embroidered wedding blankets were made by Marsh Arabs up until a few decades ago.  They are completely different from any other textiles from the Middle East and information about these works of art is extremely scarce.  Flowers, animals, human figures, symbols and geometric motifs are embroidered by hand in wool on a hand-woven stitching ground,  Each blanket is unique.  Coming from the land of the legendary Gardens of Eden they are truly awe inspiring and made my heart leap with joy at their beauty. 

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