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Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House in Paradise: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art: Donald Albrecht, Thomas Mellins, Tim Street-Porter, ...

Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House in Paradise: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art: Donald Albrecht, Thomas Mellins, Tim Street-Porter, ...

القاعة الشامية في المركز الاسلامي في هاواي

القاعة الشامية في المركز الاسلامي في هاواي

The Syrian Room is Doris Duke’s interpretation of the qa’a, a reception room found in Syrian homes of the late Ottoman period. She created this in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after acquiring architectural elements including ‘ajami wood paneling, a wall niche (masab) and marble paneling.    ©Tim Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Syrian Room is Doris Duke’s interpretation of the qa’a, a reception room found in Syrian homes of the late Ottoman period. She created this in the late 1970s and early 1980s, after acquiring architectural elements including ‘ajami wood paneling, a wall niche (masab) and marble paneling. ©Tim Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Damascus, Syria, Before And After - War destroys everything it touches.  Now imagine that first one as a street in California.  It could be, you know; someday.  This is much how people felt about the Civil War too.  That one was the last major war on American soil

Damascus, Syria, Before And After

Damascus, Syria, Before And After - War destroys everything it touches. Now imagine that first one as a street in California. It could be, you know; someday. This is much how people felt about the Civil War too. That one was the last major war on American soil

Syria, Damascus, I took these pictures my self when I was there 3 years ago. This is in old Damascus, an old traditional house converted to a hotel called Talizman. Elham Zaid.

Syria, Damascus, I took these pictures my self when I was there 3 years ago. This is in old Damascus, an old traditional house converted to a hotel called Talizman. Elham Zaid.

The Suleiman the Magnificent Suite at Beit Al Mamlouka, a seventeenth-century house turned hotel in Damascus's Old City

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The Suleiman the Magnificent Suite at Beit Al Mamlouka, a seventeenth-century house turned hotel in Damascus's Old City

damascus style. I'm always soothed and refreshed by the spare sophistication of these small stone sitting rooms with Islamic patterns. (It moves me to alliterate, apparently.) Would definitely consider having a room inspired by this aesthetic in my own home. -RS

damascus style. I'm always soothed and refreshed by the spare sophistication of these small stone sitting rooms with Islamic patterns. (It moves me to alliterate, apparently.) Would definitely consider having a room inspired by this aesthetic in my own home. -RS

Many old Arabic houses down in the souk have been renovated and turned into restaurants...Al Khawali, Opaline are among the nicest in town.

Many old Arabic houses down in the souk have been renovated and turned into restaurants...Al Khawali, Opaline are among the nicest in town.

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