Tiles from Egypt


Came across a collection of delicate Egyptian tiles of 12-14th century. Love the colour palette! They remind me of mosques decoration in Damascus.  Probably the same period of history.  Source – Metropolitan museum of art, New York. 8 lovely pieces ->Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_6Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_5 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_4 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_2 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_3 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_7 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_1 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met



Baku – Arabesque in stone

My article ‘Baku – Arabesque in stone’  http://islamic-arts.org/2013/baku-arabesque-in-stone/

African sketches


Made some sketches on African theme. Don’t know how to use them for textile design yet, need to wait for some enlightment.

Original African textile designs are simple and have a sense of rythm. Tribal culture in general is very much based on ‘rythm’, probably reflecting a heartbeating. Have a look on my African textils collection on http://www.pinterest.com/marinaalin/african-textils/ if you’re interested.

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Weaving in clay – square tile Zillij


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Tile decoration of mosques always looks like a carpet for me.  Painted with biomorphic design tiles symbolise Paradise. Square tile pieces, usually small, when put toghether form a patterm that remind me of rugs, or kilims.  Being fasinated with the decoration … Continue reading

Zillij – The art of ceramic lace


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In Arabic cut-tile work is called Zillij. This work I made on the 2nd year of my Masters and it is a copy of a zillij panel in the Jame Mosque of Yazd (built in 1330-1365 AD). Zillij is basically … Continue reading