Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Wonderful Journey on Thankful Thursday

Good Thursday to one and all. This evening my friend Kathy and I went to visit The House of Mirrors. It is a small museum in the residential home of Lydia Al Qattan, an artist who came to Kuwait from Italy. Her husband, now deceased, was a renowned Kuwaiti artist. I have heard of this place, but in 15 years of being here, this was my first visit. Let me just say it is awe-inspiring! Every surface is covered in a mosaic of mirrors. Each room has a theme. She explained the process, the family stories and history behind her designs, and was so quirky and lovable. She described the tour as a journey. It was that and more! So please, sit back, relax and enjoy the journey through pictures (although they don't do justice to her amazing work). Something you definitely need to see to believe!

THE HOUSE




WORLD HALL (The kitchen)



PLANET EARTH HALL (The living room)




UNIVERSE HALL (bedroom)




SEA WORLD HALL (Bathroom)




KNOWLEDGE HALL (Library)


This beautiful stairwell ...


Led us to a gallery upstairs. I did not take a lot of pictures in this space. I did snap a photo of these wonderful pieces -- their bodies are made from the blades of a ceiling fan.


I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to visit this beautiful home. What an absolute treasure it is. Wishing you all much peace, joy and many, many blessings, Tammy

20 comments:

Jodie LeJeune said...

Wow Tammy...this is really...different!

Happy Birthday Month, Day 18!!!

Okay, back to that house...it's beautiful and can you imagine the hours it took to create those masterpieces? The patience? How do you clean that? ;)
Wow...

Which leads me to your Birthday wish for today....Reflection!

;)
everything vintage

Anonymous said...

Mashallah!! Without a doubt the most amazing home I have ever seen. I can imagine it was truly amazing to actually walk through it. I have not heard about this place while I was in Kuwait. Now that I am gone, it seems like there are a lot of really neat places that I missed. Glad you enjoyed your evening!!

Love ya,
Renee

Jane said...

That is one amazing house. I can't imagine the time it took to work on those mosaics. I'm glad you had to opportunity to visit.
Jane

Conny said...

Wow, what an amazing place. It is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing those pictures.
Conny

Rustique Gallery said...

Tammy, what a fun place to visit. I think living there would be maybe weird? But is is really beautiful to see and imagine! Thanks for sharing!
Sherry

Lori R. said...

Thank you so much for mentioning this in your visit to my post. How absolutely amazing was that tour? I am surprised that they allow people to walk on those stairs! I loved how even though this is such an unbelievable house, that they still had the "I love my grandma" frame on the frige with a grandchild's picture in it! Blessings to you, Lori

glor said...

How beautiful. Love it that you share that with us, something I would never see. Love and blessings to you.

Linda said...

Tammy,
You share the most interesting things! This is really something - I can't imagine how he created all of that, it's beautiful!

Sheila Rumney said...

What a beautiful artwork through mirrors. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Sandi said...

How unique! Loved the staircase! Thanks for sharing!!

Jeannette said...

Morning Tammy! Absolutely amazing!!! The time this must have taken (not to mention the cut fingers!!!) I'm not so sure about being in front of all those mirrors though!lol at least they are in pieces so I might reflect smaller!!lol I'm laughing because I've lived in areas for many years too and haven't gone to see things other travel miles to see!! Glad you had a nice time and got to visit the museum!!! Have a great weekend - Sincerely, Jeannette

Anonymous said...

It IS awesome! Was there many times with women who'd come to teach in Kuwait from all over the world. We were blessed to have the tour with Lydia & her husband (before he passed away). Happy Birthday - soon! Are you all set for your trip to Sri Lanka?
Blessings, Sheryll

Claus said...

A true piece of art! What a wonderful and unique house!! I can only imagine the hours of work put into it!, but then again, when you are an artist it must be a joy. I especially loved the staircase. Can you imagine it at night with candles all around? It must be magical!! Thank you for sharing Tammy!!
Have a great weekend!

GWENDOLYN said...

That is amazing. Was the lady who took you the artist? I can't imagine how much time it took to make that place. I bet you were in awe... I would have been.
Well , this is my last comment before I head off early tomorrow am for our flight to Florida. I hope you will have a great time on your trip too and have a very happy and blessed Birthday. Love to you!
Gwen

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Tammy,
What a crazy cool place! You see the most wonderful things in your faraway home. How lucky to explore & discover them all. Thanks for sharing it with me, it's almost as good as being there. Okay, maybe that's stretching it a bit. But it's fun seeing them through your eyes. Lisa

Yarni Gras! said...

just gorgeous! I think the sink is my favorite of all.....thank you for sharing!

Melissa said...

Hey there girl! Just got back from Dubai and stopped over here first thing in the morning to see what you've been up too. Obviously, you've kept yourself busy. This house is definately beautiful and unique and surely must be seen in person to appreciate the full beauty of it. I will have to go there with the kids, or maybe not. Could imagine the mess she would have to clean up with hand smeared mirrors...hehe. Hope you had a great weekend. My wish for you today is "beauty" and that you encounter it everyday, even appreciating it in the small things that you see....look in the mirror baby...hahaha!

Lori Ann C. said...

Just amazing . . .
Love that bathroom sink! And that stairway!
What fun you had.

Lori Ann

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What an amazing home...thanks so much for sharing it with us.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

wow...that is an amazing home..I've never seen anything like it, well, not in real life anyways!

thanks for sharing anD I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
ciao
carmelina

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