The Koutubia® cushion dresses up your home, with its lively and stylish colours.
The Kutubiyya minbar - the inspiration of this new SEP pattern - was ordered in Córdoba in 1137 for the congregational mosque in Marrakech. It was most probably ordered by the ruling Almoravid sultan, 'Ali ibn Yusuf, whose 36-year reign is generally regarded as one of the most brilliant in the history of the Muslim West. Each of the triangular sides of the Kutubiyya minbar is decorated with a geometric pattern of intersecting bands, which outline a design of irregular polygons of four different shapes: two sizes of eight-pointed star, an elongated hexagon with triangular projections on the long sides, and an irregular Y-shaped, six-pointed star, known as difda'a—and colloquially in Morocco as jarana, or "frog." A Quranic inscription on the minbar says: "He brings them forth from the shadows into the light."
Can be made bespoke in any dimension and colour for you. If your preferred colour is sold-out, just email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange it for you.
All our suppliers assure us they do not use harmful chemicals and they work with their employees within ILO guidelines. It is important to us that our materials are of top quality, they respect the environment and human beings and can be passed on to your children and theirs!
While at SEP we mainly deploy the cross-stitch technique, at the SEP-Tamari Academy we train artists in many other embroidery techniques, some of which are thought to be extinct. Try us out in out-of-the-box techniques, for a special occasion or event!
Each SEP creation is born out of a unique marriage between modern stylish colours, materials, moods and the heritage, the history represented by each pattern.
We research and develop each pattern, to make sure we stay true to its roots: the registered patterns Alhambra®, Koutubia®, Putrajaia®, Sultan Han® are cross-stitch adaptations of masterpieces of architecture; their original objective was to re-create the perfection of our Creator by the means of art. We try to do just that, by the hands of a SEP artist, each time we embroider one of our creations.
The traditional Palestinian patterns talk about villages, ceremonies, heritage; they talk about the roots which are so hard to protect, when you are a refugee, away from your home. This is precisely what SEP endeavour to protect and treasure, with each of our creations.