How Handmade Carpets, Alhambra and Nature are Connected

Erika Chaudhary
5 min readMay 23, 2021

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 features are considered beautiful compared to those who have less symmetrical features. Aristotle believed in:

‘Beauty resides in what is being observed and is defined by characteristics of the art object, such as symmetry, order, balance, and proportion. Such criteria hold, whether the object is natural or man-made.’

I learned that a symphony of symmetry and mathematical precision can completely make you fall in love with an object.

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

I lost count of how many times I’ve been to Alhambra with my husband. I love it. In the Rough Guide:

“If you are going to visit one monument in Europe it should be Alhambra”

When I first saw Alhambra I couldn’t believe a building can evoke so much in me. For others, it’s simply a bit of ruin with some leftover Islamic tiles.

The significance of Alhambra is often misunderstood and not always very well explained. However, those who seek knowledge understand the significance and beauty of Alhambra. Maybe all of this in another blog post. What does the handmade carpet have to do with Alhambra?


Alhambra is an incredible example of how precision, mathetics and science can create something absolutely astoundingly universally beautiful. Even for those that think it’s just a ruin. Most agree it’s the most beautiful building in Europe leftover from the…

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