August 22, 2019
Damascene Brocade.

The beauty of Queen Elizabeth’s brocade wedding veil from Damascus

In 1947, the British Royal Palace requested brocade for the royal wedding dress. Syria sent a piece, its pattern ‘The Birds of Paradise’ later become known as 'The Queens' pattern'.
August 12, 2019
Mount Qasioun.

The Mountain of the 40 Prophets

I lived at the foot of Mount Qasioun, in the basin of middle-class oblivion. I often sat on my balcony and contemplated how beautiful it looked.
April 1, 2019

The singing children of Al-Hassakah

I remember, when we were young and winter came, how the people’s faces looked.
November 11, 2018
Black and white illustration of jugs and fruit

The artists of Homs

Friends. Families. Lovers. Art companions. Here conversations were made on culture, art and the city.
June 28, 2018
River Euphrates at Dura Europos

Postcards from the Euphrates

The Euphrates is stunning here: wide, dotted with tree covered islands and in the late afternoon sun it was a beguiling mixture of blues and greens.
January 19, 2018
Ruin of building of black and white stone

The City of Black Stones

My city is Homs, or as we Homsians call it: the city of black stones.
January 19, 2018
Interior of coffee shop

Coffee Shops

I miss the old coffee shops in Damascus, where time stopped hundreds of years ago. I miss the smell and the sound of bubbling water coming out of shishas, the laughters of tawleh players, the shouts and curses of card players.
January 19, 2018
Person walks through an arch in an Aleppo street

A Stroll in Aleppo

While visiting Aleppo in the summer of 2010, I invited my American-born husband to stroll through its streets, starting from our old house in Azizieh.
January 19, 2018
Mega Arsheed performing a song

Swedish Idol

I wish I could see those people that snickered at my dreams. I could tell them how unreasonable dreams do sometimes come true.