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ARABESQUE AND AZULEJO it

flourished textile excellence existed also.

woven threads forms

The

93 bright play of

the basis of Arabian art wherever

it

spread

or melted into other styles, and is the only characteristic which the architecture of the Arabs preserved intact in all those parts

of the three continents conquered by the Mohamedans. upon the backs of swaying dromedaries, " Camels Shaking

the

tufted o'er with in

women, during

Yemen's

Seated

shells.

every breeze their light-ton'd bells,"

the long journeys of the

nomad

tribes,

spun

the fine threads of camel or goat's wool, while during the noonday and evening halts of the caravans they wove and embroidered carpets and garments with all the fantasy which in the epic poems of the Arab story-tellers.'

But

it

must be confessed that

this native

is

said to appear

weaving of pre-

Mohamedan days

Neither is largely gathered from conjecture. for us an or Arabian Helen nor Penelope. legend pictures story No Homer of the Desert sang of the warlike deeds or graceful

home

Pliny himself is silent, and the sunbrowned fingers that wove those vanished stuffs were guided by no motive of heroic figure or gallant act. But conjecture in this arts

of Arabia.

nevertheless almost proof. • Weaving is probably older see than any architectural system with every race of people. case

is

We

the high-warp

we

see

it

loom represented

to-day but

little

in the caves

changed

of Beni-Hassan

at the Gobelins.

We

as

read of

the early monuments of Bible times hung with rich hangings, and the otherwise rude walls of Assyrian buildings preserve in solid stone or stucco the legend of a vanished but perfected All the designs and architectural imitations of textiles tapestry. of the great past embody the same tendencies as the Oriental

hangings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, as well as of the And it would be strange if the best Eastern work of our day. •

Reber.

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