Card Najat – Tree of Life

SKU: 9631

£3.65

Tree of Life: Near the town of Jericho, Palestine, are the ruins of an impressive country residence named after the Umayyad Caliph Hisham Ibn Abd al-Malik (724-743 AD). The house contained one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated mosaic floors in the world, entitled the “Tree of Life” mosaic. The design, represented by a fruit tree and gazelles, was designed to resemble an oriental carpet. In 746, the sumptuous palace was levelled by an earthquake, which had also destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The accumulated sand and debris helped preserve the palace’s lovely mosaics. The depiction of animals represent the Good and Evil in life. It is said that when the Tree of Life reaches its full height, it will emit a light that spreads around the world. Najat’s Artistic Technique: Najat’s hand-painted porcelain captures the essence of this historic mosaic’s effects by applying a special painting technique of her own using both pen and brush to create a mosaic effect. The tile then undergoes several firings at high temperature in a special kiln.

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Tree of Life:

Near the town of Jericho, Palestine, are the ruins of an impressive country residence named after the Umayyad Caliph Hisham Ibn Abd al-Malik (724-743 AD). The house contained one of the most beautiful and elaborately decorated mosaic floors in the world, entitled the “Tree of Life” mosaic.

The design, represented by a fruit tree and gazelles, was designed to resemble an oriental carpet. In 746, the sumptuous palace was levelled by an earthquake, which had also destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The accumulated sand and debris helped preserve the palace’s lovely mosaics.

The depiction of animals represent the Good and Evil in life. It is said that when the Tree of Life reaches its full height, it will emit a light that spreads around the world.

Najat Cards – Born in 1948, of Palestinian origin, Najat El-Taji El-Khairy lives in Canada. She is fascinated by Palestinian embroidery & was captivated by its outstanding floral and geometric designs, so she started collecting village dresses & other embroidered articles. She still owns and exhibits them today with the porcelain art and products she re-creates from them. The cards we sell are based on these images as well. All profits are donated to Palestine. Palestinian embroidery in particular caught her attention. She was captivated by its outstanding floral and geometric designs, so she started collecting village dresses & other embroidered articles. She still owns and exhibits them today with the porcelain art she re-creates from them. 

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Weight0.01 kg