Tag Archives: Middle East Mosaic

A Lasting Legacy for Yves St. Laurent in Morocco

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Sylvia Smith   Almost a decade has passed since the untimely death of Algerian-born, French couturier Yves St. Laurent whose ashes are buried in the Jardin Majorelle, the garden that he created next to his house in Marrakesh. A new … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Success

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  Sylvia Smith The craft of perfumery is an essential part of Muslim culture. Arabian perfumes were refined and revered even as early as the early 16th century. In Shakespeare’s MacBeth written in 1606 Lady MacBeth cries out, “All the … Continue reading

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NUTS FOR ARGAN

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Sylvia Smith As Ayesha begins to crack her second sack of nuts of the day, she wipes her hand across her forehead. The sun in southern Morocco is hot and the work physically demanding. She looks over at her neighbour … Continue reading

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Leighton in the Limelight

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Mosaic Video Arts Sylvia Smith: This year marks 120 years since the death of Frederick, Lord Leighton, perhaps best remembered for his remarkable house in Kensington, near Holland Park. This personal, architectural tribute to Middle Eastern art and decorative crafts … Continue reading

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Dubai Design Week 2015

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Grand Design on an Epic Scale Sylvia Smith Dubai is all about design. You see it in the hand-crafted cars parked at the Dubai Mall, where 75 million satisfy their shopping habit annually, as well as in the latest in … Continue reading

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