Islamic Carpet Design


Carpet weaving is thought to have originated in Central Asia more than 2000 years ago, but it was the Islamic culture which shifted it into an art form. Many Islamic traditions have long frowned upon the depiction of sentient beings depicted in western art and because of this, carpet makers created landscapes of bright colors and complex patterns, with the mark of different tribes and ethnic groups recognized by the various dyes and pattern styles utilized. Patterns are so prevalent in Islamic culture because it is a form of expression which is permitted, unlike many others which go against the direct teachings of the Quran. It’s common for patterns to contain an eye somewhere along the line as a protective measure, or a small script to give thanks and praise to Allah, and sometimes even small depictions of hidden meanings like the head of a bird without the rest of its body. Typically, duplicates of the same Islamic carpet are not created, as the artist who created the original design did so because they felt a particular emotion during the creative process and because the same mood is or was not felt during the next carpet, the design is different to reflect the new mood experienced. The golden age of the Islamic carpet occurred during the 17th century when landscape art worked its way into these carpets causing them to become portable gardens of paradise. The images portrayed were not intended to hold a mirror up to nature, but to reflect what human beings value most of nature

Saudi Arabian Wealth

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Saudi Arabia generates $1,000,000,000 ($1 billion) per day in profit by selling oil to the United States of America. There is no social security in Saudi Arabia so it is customary for tribal and/or community leaders to give away money to those in need. The wealthiest person in Saudi Arabia is the grandson of Muhammad ibn Saud who was the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saud’s grandson Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud often gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars within a single evening, a few times per month. Saud’s net worth is an estimated $21,700,000,000 ($21.7 billion). Saud owns shares of hundreds of well known U.S. companies and has given away tens of thousands of vehicles and billions of dollars to those in need