Floating gardens

[SAROUK]

We buy what we cannot control, the rugs,
rhythm-makers, containing refrains of
the oldest story: a man takes a journey.
I have no stories inside me, he says,
so travels on, to rest beneath a carpet
of blue constellations, star patterns
at the edges of disordered border walls.
At the center, a meditative medallion
makes a moving immortal-flowered ground:
to live there is to give oneself over
to greenness, redness, occasional blues,
holding those spirits of woollen dyes
rising from the knots within to breathe
against the woven, multi-colored air.

—excerpt from Figures in the Carpets by David Schloss

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Inspired by a photograph of the small and exquisite ruins of a saint’s tomb along the banks of the Nile in Egypt. And by The Girl Who Loved The Wind. And by Persian and Indian miniatures…

Now available as a giclée print, or stretched canvas, on Society6.

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It’s childish and naive, but I keep coming back to this sort of image: a lush and stylised garden—as from a Persian or Moghul court miniature—with an ornately decorated building topped by a minaret in it. It was this children’s book, illustrated by Ed Young, that got to me at the tender and impressionable age of 6 or so. I have been wistfully recreating that garden scene ever since…

Here, for example,

Habagat Garden: title page

and here,

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I love Islamic patterns and art. Always have. The genius of their craftsmen and artists.