The truth behind Islamic handmade carpet designs

Everyone right now is into “Moroccan design” and Morocco has become a popular destination for design before (covid-19). However, what do we really mean by “Moroccan design”?

Handmade carpets in Morocco are made by the Berbers community which is wildly known. Handmade carpets from Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan are outstanding; they have a huge variety of people making them.

What’s more, a true handmade carpet is rare to find at the right price and a good selection in the West.


Thoughts of a total newbie on Islam

Usually, people avoid discussing politics, religion and money, sometimes even within the same family. I understand why. I am not well versed in politics nor religion. Money, well, I am not interested in anyone’s wealth.

I am more interested in the wealth of your soul.

Since Ramadan this year I have been reading the Holy Quran. It naturally made me think more about religion. Let me be clear I know nothing about Islam. I am a total newbie. I reverted to Islam before I got married four years ago and thought nothing of…


Nature, Alhambra and handmade carpets share beauty secrets

Why handmade carpets are beautiful? Why nature is so inviting and put people at ease? If you’ve ever seen Alhambra in Granada, Spain you’ll be asking that same question. It begs a question does beauty have universal truths? Is there such a thing as universal beauty?

There’s a lot of research on what facial beauty is and how it doesn’t exist based on culture, race and other aspects. However, there’s a school of thought that believes the more symmetrical facial features are the more beautiful they are. People with the most symmetrical…


Things to know when placing handmade carpets in your home

Everyone wants a beautiful home. Beautiful can be subjective particularly when it comes to your own home. However, when it comes to designing a house there are some universal truths. You need windows, walls and good flooring. When it comes to carpets ideally you’ll have no machine-made carpets, however, sometimes it’s unavoidable.

If you have stairs in the English home you’ll probably use the machine-made carpet for it. The machine-made carpet will last you a maximum of 5 years if you use it a lot. However, it fits the English…


If you are building a house in a hot country the questions to answer

Since I live in Spain swimming pool has always been a must. It’s always so nice to go for a dip in blue beautiful water when it’s sizzling hot. It’s amazing to swim with the sun in your face. However, having a swimming pool comes with a few commitments and requirements.

Before I lived in a villa with a swimming pool I’ve never realised what it entails to have a swimming pool. Do you know? I’ve learned the hard way. The pool we had was huge…


A few facts about handmade carpets I learned

If you ever tried to get yourself a handmade carpet you’ll know it’s a total jungle out there. It depends on where you are in the world of course. If you are in the West looking for an art piece in other words a handmade carpet you need a reliable source. You don’t want to be ripped off either. Understing the prices and knowing a little bit about handmade carpet can help you a lot.

After living in London for fifteen years, I forgot things can be handmade. Can you believe it…


TRAVEL. SPAIN

Travelling in Covid-19 time and what you learn about the cities

What do you know about Malaga?

I knew nothing before we went last summer. We went to discover it. It was Coronavirus time.

What happened?

We ended up buying a little house in the Malaga mountains, which is about a 15-minute drive to the centre of Malaga. No, it wasn’t an impulse buy. It was a well-researched buy. It was the beginning of Covid-19 too. We had the time to research things.

Malaga is in Al-Andalus. It’s the fourth largest city in the region after Seville. Malaga is not a show-off city either.

It’s a city for the cool dudes…


The durability of the handmade carpets

Handmade carpets online red and yellow colours

Handmade carpets are unique pieces. Carpets not only act as floor coverings but also are a piece of art. Not everyone is aware of this fact often all we want in our homes is a carpet. Only when you start searching and researching carpets you learn the real difference between machine-made, handmade and their durability.

Once you travel to the Old Silk Road (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan and many other countries on this route) and learn the significance of the handmade carpets it changes your life and the whole concept of it.

The…


Travel. Pakistan. Islamabad.

You might miss them too if you visit Islamabad, Pakistan

Where do I begin?

When my husband asked me ‘what do you miss about Pakistan’ I said:

“I miss EVERYTHING”!!!

If you’ve never been, it’s hard to understand what I mean by everything. Here’s a small list of what I miss about Pakistan1, the land of the pure. It’s by far not limited to these things, and if I could, I would continue with it on and on, but I decided to keep it short.

The Real Nature

Islamabad is a city with real nature. It’s got the most incredible Margalla Hills. It’s the foothills of the Himalayas. It has been said the…


The truth about working for yourself and creating a business

“The majority of ordinary people lack fulfilment and peace of mind because their values are confused and internally conflicted. We waste our lives chasing after an illusion of Happiness, based on a mixture of hedonism, materialism and egotism — crazy, self-defeating values absorbed from the foolish world around us.” — by Donald Robertson in his book Stoicism and the Art of Happiness.

Everyone now wants to create another Facebook and Google. Everyone wants to be famous. Children go to school and their aspirations are to become famous and rich. Is that what we want our next generation to be? …

Erika Chaudhary

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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