Thursday, May 28, 2015

Moroccan Berber Symbols for Henna

The unique geometry of Moroccan Berber design is a result of ancient animistic beliefs and Islam's prohibition of artistic depictions of animals or humans. 
While the Berbers converted to Islam, many still secretly clung to their traditional beliefs. They developed simple geometric representations of animals, which they used without overtly violating Islamic codes. 
We see these geometric motifs in rugs, ceramics, and jewelry and in henna design.
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