Archive for January, 2010

Ain Dara

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

You think you have big feet? Try Ain Dara in northern Syria where there are footprints three feet long and eighteen inches wide. They stand at the entrance to the remains of a neo(new)-Hittite temple – it’s not very new now – high up in a hill.
The hill is in the River Affrin valley, though what must have been a mighty river is just a stream now. When you walk along the path that winds to the top you can see the valley stretching out below, and you hear farming sounds – a tractor, a sheep – in the distance. There is also a surprise before you reach the top, but I’m not spoiling it for you here.

My Rugdesigner Rug

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Finally I have my own Rugdesigner rug – it’s almost big enough to be called a carpet – and I love it! The border is solid bands of sand and chestnut colour, and there are two shades of green as well in the overall pattern. However the total effect comes from the background colour of cream, the natural colour of the wool (I’m told). In my eyes it adds elegance to the pale green living-room with its dark furniture.
But oh! The critics!
“Carpets should be darker than that.”
“It’ll show every mark.”
“What an impractical colour to put on the floor!”
I assure them that wool is very robust, and that most marks come off with the vacuum cleaner. I even joke that dark carpets aren’t any cleaner, you just can’t see the dirt. They are not convinced, and some even take their shoes off when they come in.
So what? I don’t care. I know it is practical, whatever they say. Anyway, as I said before, I love it.