Arts,Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture

Souleumaniye Mosque

6 Aug , 2015  

The Sulimaniye is a grand mosque, which was built on the order of sultan Suleyman I (the magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. It is considered to be a kind of architectural answer to the byzantine Hagia Sophia. That is more symmetrical, rationalized and light-filled interpretation of earlier Ottoman examples.

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle,People

WESTWING TOP-OF-THE-RANGE ON-LINE DECORATION PLATFORM

30 Jul , 2015  

The Westwing sales club, devoted to furnishings and decorative complements for the home, offers exclusive sales of products manufactured by renowned Spanish and international brands with important discounts that can reach up to 70%.

 

Silvia Arenas is the Creative Director of the company in Spain and responsible for the marvellous selection of rugs, decorative accessories, furniture, complements etc. that they make available on a daily basis to style lovers.

 

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Cities and Countries,Fashion and Lifestyle

CARPETS IN ARAB CULTURE

23 Jul , 2015  

The non-Arab cultures are inspired by nature; however Arabs in general are based on Turkish carpets due to theological ethics.

 

The carpet is the main furniture object for Arab cultures. They are highly important and some cities have even given their names to certain types of fabric such as muslin (Mosul), fustat (Cairo or Fustat).

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle

Westwing Home and Living

16 Jul , 2015  

If there is one proven recommendation we can make from the The African Blog it is the platform for on-line decoration sales Westwing Home and Living.

 

It was launched four years ago by Delia Fischer, former director of the magazine Elle Decor in Germany, and since then has not stopped growing thanks to its select offer.

 

Sales are made through campaigns that last only a few days, and each one of these has been meticulously selected by a team of experts in decoration, thus ensuring the quality of the product, its aesthetic, originality and functionality.

 

Furthermore, it offers an on-line magazine that compiles all of the latest trends in decoration, as well as having interviews with experts in interior design, advice, tips and reports.

 

It is no surprise to discover it is present in 15 countries (3 years in Spain)

 

The common denominator of Westwing is the quality of the top-of-the-range brand names amongst which we can find renowned names such as Calvin Klein, Laura Ashley, Becara, Sia, Smeg, Designer’s Guild, Gancedo, Rosenthal, Valentí, etc. and a select list to which The African Touch has also been added.

 

 

 

 

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Cities and Countries

NAZAR BONCUGU ‘TURKISH BLUE EYE BEAD’

9 Jul , 2015  

You will see this blue glass pieces everywhere in turkey.

 

Is a glass bead that protects the holder from evil eye. It is pretty common in turkey. Have a look around and you might discover countless Nazar Boncugu dangling from cars, from rear-view windows, backpacks, on necklaces and bracelets, pinned to the sweeter of babies and small children, and hanging above doors in restaurants, hotels, stores, and apartments.

 

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Decoración y arquitectura,Moda y estilo

WESTWING HOME AND LIVING

29 Jun , 2015  

SI alguna recomendación fundada podemos hacer desde The African Blog es la plataforma de venta de decoración on-line Westwing Home and Living

 

Se creó hace cuatro años por Delia Fischer, antigua directora de la revista Elle Decor en Alemania, y desde entonces no ha hecho sino crecer gracias a su oferta selecta.

 

Las ventas se realizan por campañas que duran unos pocos días, y cada una de ellas ha sido seleccionada por un equipo de expertos en decoración, que aseguran la calidad del producto, su estética, originalidad y funcionalidad.

 

Además ofrece una revista on-line donde recoge las últimas tendencias en decoración, además de entrevistas a expertos en interiorismo, consejos y reportajes.

 

No es de extrañar que esté presente en 15 países (3 años en España). Puedes visitar su sitio web en www.westwing.es

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle

SAFARI JACKET

11 Jun , 2015  

The Safari Jacket, also known as “Bush Jacket” or “Sahara Jacket”, has a military origin. This jacket was incorporated to the uniform of the Italian army in Libya as the summer version of the original warrior jacket; it was also used during the cruel colonization in Ethiopia. After that, the English army included this jacket as part of their summer uniform during First World War.

 

Anglo African hunters also incorporated this jacket in safari hunting.

 

Since the 30s, the safari jacket has been fashionable and continuously reinterpreted by relevant designers and fashion firms as an elegant but trendy garment and ideal as casual clothing.

 

The original jacket is made of cotton and characterized by its pattern similar to a shirt, four big lid pockets, a belt and epaulette in the shoulders. And of course, sandy or khaki colour.  

 

This colour is classic in famous films performed in Africa, like Mogambo with Clark Gable or Out of Africa with Robert Redford.

 

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Arts,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

SUZANI

29 May , 2015  

Suzani is a good example of the Silk Road over centuries. The oldest suzani record was provided by the Castilian ambassador in Tamerlane (15th Century). It is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan…). The households in those regions have suzani pieces across rooms and turn them baroque.

 

There are several types of Suzani (Bukhara, Lakai, Samarkand…). They are normally made by stripes which are sewn forming a single Suzani piece of art. These stripes are shared among women of every family who are the ones in charge of knitting. This is part of bride’s dowry.

Suzanis usually have a cotton fabric base when embroidered in silk thread and a silken fabric base when embroidered in cotton thread. The most common motifs are part of Zoroastrianism iconography and include sun and moon disks, pomegranates and tulips.

 

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Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

TRIBAL DECORATION, THIS IS AFRICA!  

21 May , 2015  

Environments of today are inspired by the immense plains of the Savannah with its unique colours and patterns. The African look is full of emotion and power like nature in its pure state and therefore is strongly linked to nature. This look focuses on ethnical and primitive aspects, as well as on things mankind can create with their bare hands. Decoration items are warm, attractive, mysterious, cosy, relaxing… these details undoubtedly turn a house into a home.

 

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