The Beauty of Islam
Growing up in UK and spending many summers in Spain, Malta and travelling often to India and Indonesia I have a sincere appreciation of Islamic, Hindu and Sikh architecture and garden design.
This award winning design from Chelsea 2015 by Kamelia Zaal is based on a traditional, Arabic pattern that is set into a 45-degree angle, The Beauty of Islam and is different from the typical, traditional courtyard quadrant. Under dark clouds this garden actually shone out due to the use of white. It also had a clean and simple refreshing look next to the business of its neighboring show gardens
A seamless combination of modern and classic materials from countries touched by Arabic and Islamic culture, including Turkish white marble, form the foundations of the garden’s design and flow. The classic marble and pearl give it an unmistakably Arabic feel.
Water flows linking each room - a lifeline which is typical of Islamic design. Dividers of stainless steel and cement add contrast and a backbone for the high quality established trees and planting
Interesting Islamic plants have been used including Orange, Olive, Fig and Pomegranate trees, Cardamom, Pepper, Turmeric, Jasmine, Rosemary and Papyrus. Through the plants chosen, visitors to the garden embark on a journey, mapping the growth of the Arabic empire through its history, rooted in trade.
The garden tells the story of the Spice Route, which spread by sea and overland from the Indian Ocean, the Far East, India, the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and into Europe.
Coffee and cardamom are peppered throughout Al Barari’s The Beauty of Islam,
Through the use of horticulture, poetry, scents and calligraphy, its designer, Kamelia Bin Zaal of Al Barari, Dubai, will take the garden’s visitors on a contemporary, atmospheric voyage through Islamic and Arabic culture.
“The gates of the Garden of Eden will open up to them,” are the words from the Holy Qu’ran, Surah Sad: Verse 50, carved into the white marble water wall that majestically overlooks the garden.
The text is seen in traditional Islamic Thuluth calligraphy, originally painted by Emirati calligraphist Hamda Abdulla Al Hashmi. The focal point of Al Barari’s The Beauty of Islam is a magnificent stainless steel sculpture that sits in the water feature and reads, ‘Ullah’.