Poetic nights
ليالٍ شعريّة

Pillowcase with calligraphic quotes from Mahmoud Darwish

‘Poetic nights’ combines the fine arts of both calligraphy and fabric design in a handmade pillowcase, with an original design inspired by Arabic poetry. Artist Ayed Arafah reflects on how the occupation also takes part of the body and mind; to protect his dreams from this violence, he often reads poetry before sleeping. That’s why he made these pillow cases: to provide a warm and creative touch to the bedroom, with the lyrical content and meaning allowing poetic dreams to appear.

One pillowcase shows a quote from Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘In Praise of the High Shadow’: “How we’d love the navy blue except the broken shadow above the sea.” The other pillow case comes from Darwish’s poem ‘Diary of a Palestinian wound’ and reads: “Tell her I’m fine… My homeland is not a suitcase and I am not a traveller.”

This pillowcase’s cotton fabric is made in Al-Khalil (Hebron); it is designed by artist Ayed Arafah, and is screen-printed and tailored in Bethlehem.


  • Ayed Arafeh (PS)

    Ayed Arafah was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Dheisheh refugee camp. Nowadays, he works and lives in Ramallah. He has a BA degree in contemporary visual art from The International Academy of Art and a BA in social work from Al Quds Open University. Combining classic and contemporary media, he explores the conceptual image that aims to motivate a better understanding about the self (my self and others) in relation with society’s issues related to politics, culture and economics. His aim is to engage with different levels of society.


  • Silkscreen print on Palestinian-made cotton fabric

    2 variants currently available (Diary of a Palestinian wound & In praise of the high shadow)


    60 x 70 cm