Artistic Tiles

Our Artistic Tiles Collection includes artisan ceramic tiles, each being designed and hand-crafted with unique aesthetical quality carrying multilayers of visual elements and content. Most of these tiles include content that is inscribed in Kufic Arabic-Persian calligraphy intertwined with an historical geometric patterns inspired by the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition, and being forged on a background occupied with Tweets or Facebook posts from individuals living through recent times of conflict (in Iran/Syria/Iraq/Yemen/Afghanistan/Libya) and people around the world responding with wish for the end of conflicts and a start for peace.

Such juxtaposition of contemporary messages and traditional calligraphic-geometric design makes the wall at once grounded in tradition while in dialogue with contemporary issues and voices. The piece strives to convey a tradition’s aesthetic beauties without fetishizing them as objects frozen in time, available to the highest bidder. It sparks a dialogue that centers on the interplay of morality and justice in contemporary cultural and media landscapes.

You may order these tiles individually as a unique artistic piece framed on the wall. The option of ordering several tiles with one design for covering a wall is also available, however, please understand that because of the unique process involved in making this work each individual Artistic Tile may look a different from one to the next.


Collection 1: Hidden Bird

This collection consists of 4 x 4 inch tiles, each with a unique design, composition, and content with a bird figure scratched on them in a way that is intertwined with the rest of the visual elements. These tiles are inspired by contemporary Afghan poetry and most of them are bearing verses written in a free-style Kufic calligraphy style. The poems are mostly illustrating the situation of Afghanistan and Afghan people after war, the issue of immigration, a ruined country, a ruined home. They have several layers of content and imagery added via several surface treatment techniques including volumetric image transfer, calligraphy brush and pen work, sgraffito, and shadow printing.

References of the poems:

http://www.bbc.com/persian/afghanistan/2009/03/090310_a-afghan-political-poems-amini.shtml
http://ayateghamzeh.persianblog.ir/post/10
http://www.jafarimahmood.blogfa.com/cat-20.aspx
http://www.negahpenhane.blogfa.com
 

Collection 2: Faces of Children

This collection consists of 4 x 4 inch tiles, each with a unique design, composition, and content that includes faces of Syrian children in the heat of the war and conflict in their home country and then in refugee camps outside. The designs are inspired by contemporary Syrian poetry and most of them are bearing verses written in a free-style Kufic calligraphy style. The poems are mostly illustrating the situation of Syria and Syrian people during the time of war and conflict, the issue of immigration, a ruined country, a ruined home. They have several layers of content and imagery added via several surface treatment techniques including volumetric image transfer, calligraphy brush and pen work, sgraffito, and shadow printing.

References of the poems:

https://arablit.org/2014/02/24/voices-from-the-syrian-tragedy-three-new-poems/
https://alisariram.wordpress.com/more-poems-in-arabic-and-english
http://polarabicpoetry.tumblr.com
http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/aleppo-diary/original
http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/fading
https://mohammedjehankhan.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/beautiful-arabic-poetry-collection-with-english-translation-2/
Reference of the images:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/syria-conflict-horrifying-photos-reveal-5098258
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