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Baby’s Room

Our little grandson is old enough to start spending the night with us. First, AdventureMan had to install a gate, as the Baby room is at the top of stairs, and oh, he loves stairs. We can’t take a chance on him tackling the stairs without one of us present to ‘assist’ (i.e. supervise; make sure he is safe).

Back when I first got to Kuwait, I found these gorgeous turquoise panels at the Kuwait Thursday-Friday market for a song. They are a color I think of as Tuareg Blue; the men of the mountains in Algeria and parts of Morocco wear this gorgeous deep turquoise shade, and the dye rubs off and colors their skin, so some call them The Blue Men.

I’ve carted them around for six years now, waiting for the right use. I thought about parting with them when I left Qatar . . . but didn’t. I thought about parting with then here, as I went through a spree of paring down and packing things out to the Waterfront Mission . . . but I didn’t. All of a sudden, I knew how they were meant to be used, and what a wonderful blast of color they put in ‘Baby’s Room.’

I LOVE the patterns on the panels. Every one is different; I could not find any two panels the same. The vendor was Sudanese; I am tempted to think these might be Sudanese; I have never seen anything like them before or since in the fabric souks of Kuwait or Doha. They aren’t quite enough fabric to be saris, but they might be just enough for a sefsari, the cover worn by the women in Tunisia when we lived there – maybe 4.5 – 5 meters each, sold for less than $3.00 a panel. 🙂

We needed to get black-out curtains up, as the Happy Toddler takes after me, up with first light. It’s better for all of us if he can sleep a little later 🙂 But these panels attatched easily to the under curtains, and now his room is all ready for him – now he sleeps in a big boy bed and the crib has converted to a settee.

After all the wonderful days of family and friends, and eating meals back and forth, I was ready for a quiet projects day. I feel so good getting this project DONE! Don’t you love the color of these panels?

December 27, 2011 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, color, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Home Improvements, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Shopping


  1. Wow-these are lovely! Do you suppose the designs are representative of anything? Maybe tribal symbols or something?

    Comment by momcat | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. I think they are kind of silkscreened on – or maybe stenciled . . . and there are sequins and crystals hand sewn in scattered areas (you can actually see them as bright spots in the designs). The designs look fusion to me – definitely African, tempered by Indian and SouthWest Asian 🙂 Indian fabrics are usually more densely patterned. It’s a mystery. I’m just glad I held on to these; they have changed the room utterly.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. fantastic! can’t wait to see them in person 🙂

    Comment by Grammy | December 29, 2011 | Reply

  4. 🙂 Soon!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2011 | Reply

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