Ordinary Life Illuminated

By MelissaTabeek

My first selfeet in Iraq

In a tent made with black woven goat hair in the Kurdish Textile Museum in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, I stand on Kurdish carpets from the 1900s. The museum has more than 400 carpets. The history and culture of Kurdistan with a focus on Erbil is extensive and beautiful. To be surrounded by such beauty for an hour and a half is a reminder that even in a region with violence and war surrounding on all sides, there is some place where peace and splendor prevail.

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