When we arrived, our apartment was pretty bleak. Perfectly comfortable, but no color or decorations. So, in the interest of making our home more personal and, from a more altruistic point of view, supporting the local economy, we’ve bought several handmade rugs and two paintings. We’re not close to done, but the apartment is starting to feel more like home.
This rug was hand woven in Madaba. I’m usually drawn to brighter colors, but I love how these tones are really indicative of the region. We’ve hung it on our dining room wall and can already envision where it will hang at home.
Made in Iraq. I love the colors and the animals. What isn’t apparent in the picture is all of the hand stitching. The base of the rug is a burlap type material and the designs are embroidered with yarn. It’s much more stunning in real life. It also seems delicate, so we hung it on the dining room wall to protect it from the Crack Puppies.
Made in Madaba, the photo doesn’t do the colors justice. I think this is my favorite of the rugs.
Made in Afghanistan. When we bought it, the boys exclaimed “it looks just like home!” So, for those of you who have been to our house in Vermont, it will look familiar…
This is actually two rugs sewn together to make a wider rug. Made by local Bedouins.
Made in Madaba. I’ve never seen a rug with such a vibrant green color. It smells like freshly shorn wool, so it makes me feel right at home!
And, another Madaba rug.
Don’t you just love the animals?? Made in Madaba.
Finally, we fell in love with two paintings at Souk Jara (the open air market). The pictures aren’t great, and they haven’t been framed yet, but I couldn’t resist including them. I love the colors, the movement, and especially the subject matter.
We fell in love with this painting. I’ll take another picture when it is properly framed and hung.
I wish we’d asked for the name of the artist. I hope we’ll find him in the Spring when the market opens again.
So, those are our fabulous local finds. Fortunately, we still have a lot of empty wall and floor space, so we can keep shopping. 🙂
xo from Jordan