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Carpets transformed into paintings

Damascus, (ST) – It is a mixture of  heritage and oil paintings that has been created by the plastic artist Mohamed El-Olabi in his exhibition, which reminds us of  the aesthetic heritage of carpets that has been the first decoration of the walls for many years.

The exhibition, entitled “Stories of Imagination”, was held in Zawaya Center Hall in Damascus where the artist used various ways to show different spaces in the carpets in beautiful ways.

"Damascene Miniatures" exhibition inspired by local Syrian heritage

The Arab Cultural Center in Abu Rummana is holding an exhibition entitled “Damascene miniatures" for the artist Reem Qibtan.

The exhibition displays 44 various paintings depicting a calligraphy and oriental heritage. Artworks are miniatures divided into two parts; calligraphy consists of poems about Damascus, and still nature art.

The artist used watercolor and oil painting technology in her various paintings that are ranged from medium to large sizes.

"I like strong and bright colors that draw the audience attention’s. I focus on blue because it has a strong relationship with environment and civilization, it is as well the color of the sky" explained Ms. Qibtan..

Syrian zaghārīt … Lululululish

The new issue of the quarterly folklore magazine published by the Ministry of Culture included a number of studies and research on costumes, proverbs, and popular myths, in addition to Damascene zaghārīt. The issue included many topics, including “Damascene zaghārīt and its occasions” by Ahmed Pops, lyrical heritage by Shadi Sami Hammoud.  Whereas, Mahmoud Muhammad Alqam wrote about ancient water mills in Barada Valley.

Alulation is a long, wavering, high-pitched vocal sound resembling a howl with a trilling quality. It is produced by emitting a high pitched loud voice accompanied with a rapid back and forth movement of the tongue.

"Wadi Al-Saqi” village a World of Beauty in Tartous

Beautiful scenes of nature , fresh air, hospitable people and a quiet life come to our mind when we think of that village. There is something divine and mysterious in that picturesque village .

“Wadi Al-Saqi is a beautiful village, which is located  between two mountains along a small river called Taanita , west of the city of Al-Qadmous in Tartous Governorate.

The site  of "Wadi Al-Saqi" on the line separating the sea and the mountain  and its richness in underground water, springs and rivers, has given  the village its name.When visiting this village one feels as if one  is in  paradise .  It provides   irrigation water for agricultural lands and neighboring villages.

  Head of the village municipality Saer Ibrahim  told  SANA  that the village  is 11 km away from Al-Qadmous city  and has a population of 2000 people and it is 450 meters above sea level.

“ Wadi al-Saqi” village is characterized , according to Ibrahim, by  its possession of a unique   oak tree, which is considered the largest of its kind in the region  with a circumference of 8 meters and a height of more than 25 meters, and its branches cover an area of 2500 meters.

Embroidery is a Damascene craft cope with our time

Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials by stitching designs using thread or yarn and a needle. Often, other materials such as metal strips, precious and semi-precious stones, and sequins are used to add to this decorative stitching technique.

The art of embroidery is one of the most ancient Syrian arts that spread to neighboring countries through commercial communication and travel. This art spread through the Syrian regions, decorating traditional clothes with drawings and geometric shapes, and reflecting the culture of Syrian capitals and the surrounding natural environment.