Poetic Nights

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 mentions how the occupation also takes part of the body and mind, and to protect his dreams from it 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.”

These pillowcase’s cotton fabric is made in Hebron; it is designed by artist Ayed Arafah and 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