The Beautiful One whom I adore
Has pitched His royal tent inside of you,
So I will always lean my heart
As close to your soul
As I can.
Iznik tile panel from the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, 1571 CE. Source:- Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture.
Panel from the ‘Sitarah’ (door covering) of the Kabah. Black satin silk with silver embroidery, Cairo, Egypt, 19th century. Source:- Khalili Collection. The calligraphy says, “Truly did God fulfil the vision for His Messenger: you shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if God wills, with minds secure.” This text was used from the time of Suleyman the Magnificent.
Vase. Brass, engraved and inlaid with black lac. Mughal India, c.1580 CE. Source:- Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Door. Wood and ivory, Egypt, 1325 CE. Source:- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.