Wihdeh: Naqsh Collective’s Exploration Of The Beauty in Unity

Shawl artwork - Inspired by the different units of embroidery from the Levant region, specifically Palestine.
2015 - Solid Walnut Wood with brass inlay (180 cm X 365 cm)

"This shawl used to sway on her shoulder, it used to warm her
child, in that same shawl she used to collect her olives,
here’s the remains of it...."

It all started with the vision of two sisters Nisreen and Nermeen Abu-Dail. Naqsh Collective was founded in 2010 in Amman, Jordan, where the two sisters began to exhibit unique pieces of art and furniture inspired by both contemporary and traditional Arabic aesthetics, integrating the beauty of their rich culture: art, architecture and calligraphy in a minimal modern look that fits into everyday life, through its shapes, meanings and compositions.

It wasn’t the first time I view their work. But this year, at Dubai Design Days 2017, I was dazzled by Naqsh Collective’s showing of their “Wihdeh Collection”. It is inspired by the language of embroidery, where every group of stitches is referred to as a ‘unit’. Stemming from Nisreen and Nermeen’s strong belief in the spirit of unity, Wihdeh sheds light on the beauty of unity and the delights of Arabic culture.

Two prominent elements are present in this line; embroidery (tatreez) to give the cultural feel, and their personal Naqsh stroke to add an extra designer-personalized dimension. Those two elements are presented through engraved solid walnut wood/corian surfaces enhanced with brass fillings, to create minimal structures with sculptural feel. The use of those two materials allows the presence of cultural elements in non-traditional patterns and presentations.

All images courtesy of DDD

 

Naqsh Collective
Shawl artwork – Inspired by the different units of embroidery from the Levant region, specifically Palestine, reflecting the effect of the various eras the region went through

 

Naqsh Collective
Corian with brass inlay. (75 cm X 75 cm) – 2015

 

Naqsh Collective
Table Design – Corian with brass inlay

 

Naqsh Collective
Corian with brass inlay. (75 cm X 75 cm) – 2015

 

Naqsh Collective
Naqsh Collective booth at Dubai Design Days 2016

 

Naqsh Collective
Shawl Artwork

 

Naqsh Collective
Shawl artwork – Inspired by the different units of embroidery from the Levant region, specifically Palestine, reflecting the effect of the various eras the region went through

Naqsh Collective

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