The Magic Carpet

magic carpetThis is by Victor Vasnetsov, and brings a  certain Russian realism to the world of Araby. I haven’t yet read a story from the Arabian Nights which contains a flying carpet. Flying horses, yes, flying carpets, no. I feel I would need to know exactly what kind of carpet it  was, and where it was woven, and by whom, before I would trust it. Remember, too, that every weaver is supposed to weave in a deliberate mistake, because perfection is only for Allah, and given that a strict view of the Quran would forbid representation of any living creature, the pattern would probably contain writing, and who knows what that would say…?


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