Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Xinjiang: Family Trade

Family Trade, originally uploaded by shepandpaula.

A mother and daughter work together selling produce.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Bulgaria: Shumen Mosque

3319-shumen-mosque, originally uploaded by loupiote.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Spain: Intricate Inscriptions

200503CP02_0014, originally uploaded by mcobby.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

United Arab Emirates: Lively leadership

Leader, originally uploaded by hupaishi.

Friday, August 19, 2005

India: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, originally uploaded by babasteve.

A monument to God, and to love lost

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Egypt: Universal sisterhood

Egypt n001, originally uploaded by babasteve.

"All Muslims are like one foundation, some parts strengthening others; in such a way they must support each other." -the Prophet, peace be upon him

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Pakistan: Chitral

Chitral - Pakistan, originally uploaded by Doxid.

"A cricket match, a mosque and the mountains of Afghanistan in the background."

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Tunisia: Hand knotting in Kairouan

Originally uploaded by Opiliones.

"Kairouan is one of the few places in Tunisia where the women do the weaving, chatting gaily as their deft fingers ply the shuttle. They turn out two types of carpet—pile and short-nap. The latter are subdivided into mergoums, which have a diamond pattern worked into a neutral ground, and klims, formed by alternate strips of natural-colored wools. Most sought after are the zerhiyas, which are pile rugs. Their traditional design of a central motif bordered by an arabesque pattern is largely responsible for the widespread appreciation of Kairouan carpets."

"Legend has it that in 1830, Kamla, daughter of a governor of Turkish origin, took two years to weave the first example of this knotted-tassel rug, after being inspired by her father’s collection. When she had finished, she donated the rug to the city mausoleum." -AramcoWorld/