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In the years before I discovered embroidery, and needlepoint, I wanted a few oil paints to hang on the bare walls of our home. Oil paintings were expensive, and in those days we were always short of money.

I got my wish when we came across a struggling artist who was selling his work. I chose two for our home. One was of a rider on his horse with the setting sun in the background, and the second was a lovely scene of water, and trees. The first one was hanged in our living area, and it went well with the color of our sofas, curtains and carpet. The second oil painting was a combination of blues and greens. It complemented our bedroom.

A few years later my own needlework adorned the walls. Those paintings we had, needed their old frames to be removed. I had not liked their frames from the beginning. I wanted them reframed. I put them away, and then forgot them.

One day I was wading through our old paraphernalia put away, I discovered them again. I had to throw them, because un beknowest to me they had been damaged by termites, and in no way the damage could be undone.




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Wall Hangings

Wall to Wall
by Michelle W.
What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

The three chapters from the Quran in the wall hanging. They are Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas.

I used to display photographs, oil paintings, and tapestries on the walls in my home. Once I realized that it went against my religious injunctions, I removed them; except for a photograph of my husband in the hallway, and another one on one wall of the kitchen.

I feel bad about still displaying photos, but I can’t help it. I am keeping them to give me an illusion of him still being there.

I have removed photographs from my bedroom. That’s the place where most of the time, I say my prayers. I have packed the photographs, and put them in the attic. Now it has one wall hanging like the one above in the photograph. Another one is Calligraphy done in stone work.

I did waste time, effort, and money on objects, and displays on walls which I shouldn’t have done. My excuse is that I grew up mentally with time. A Persian saying is, “Der ayad durust ayad”. It means, “you got it late but right”, or “better late than never”, applies to me.