…and ‘T’ is for tiles: the three ‘T’s that define the mosaic of Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on September 9, 2015


The word ‘tile’ sounds a lot less artistic than ‘mosaic’. But everywhere you go in Tunisia, it is the tiles you notice. Artistically arranged even if it’s just the one tile inset over the front door. Tiled steps. Faux archways carefully tiled with complex patterned squares reminiscent of Turkey’s Iznik pottery. An intricate sequence on a … Continue reading “…and ‘T’ is for tiles: the three ‘T’s that define the mosaic of Tunisia”

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T is for topiary: the 1st of three ‘T’s that define modern Tunisia

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2015


Click here and take a good look at the photograph of the spiral-shaped tree in the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, on the fringes of the Tunisian capital Tunis. The photo is by one Patrick Costello, who’s apparently from Portsmouth, England. He took it in March 2014, perhaps while on holiday in Tunisia. Sidi … Continue reading “T is for topiary: the 1st of three ‘T’s that define modern Tunisia”

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In Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia bares its Sufi soul & anxiety about ISIL’s imprint

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2015


If there can be any measure of Tunisia’s anxiety about the extremist imprint, it came at Sidi Bou Said’s celebration of itself. Last Sunday, the beautiful blue and white village in the Tunisian capital bared its Sufi soul. Two Sufi groups gathered to sing to praise God, love and life. “Do you understand what you’re … Continue reading “In Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia bares its Sufi soul & anxiety about ISIL’s imprint”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK