What is "Lines of Gold"?

Salam/Peace. My name is Salwa Medani and I'm the artist behind Lines of Gold, an art studio located in Northern Virginia, USA. I create art pieces - decorative and jewelry- that are inspired by art from the Islamic world, mainly tezhip, also known as the art of illumination or arabesque and ebru or watermarbling. This art focuses on floral and vegetal designs initially used to decorate the Qur'an - the Islamic Holy Book. Later, this art was used to design beautiful pieces to decorate the home.

I also work with ebru - a Turkish water marbling art form that uses natural pigments to create designs on water surface, which are transferred to the object, such as paper, wood, fabric, ceramic and much more. Ebru is a wonderful art form that is relaxing and can be enjoyed by any age group. For details, please visit the Ebru page.

The name for Lines of Gold was inspired by the art itself. Tezhip uses lines to create the designs and these lines are usually made with real gold. These lines represent the connections between different peoples and cultures. The term "Gold" symbolizes the invaluable and precious connections - just like the precious gold metal- made between the various people connected to Lines of Gold.

Events / Exhibitions

1- Bridges of Faith and Tradition
September 12-November 4, 2016
Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

An art exhibition in 2016 where a number of Muslim artists showcased their artwork. The art display continued for a month.



2- All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
May 5-7, 2017
Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

During the ADAMS Center Inauguration and Open House in 2017, a number of Muslim artists - from the young to the mature- had the opportunity to exhibit their artworks. The event hosted a number of local government officials, faith community members, and non-Muslim neighbors and community members.



3- Passport to the World

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA)

Washington, DC, USA

On Thursday March 1st, 2018, Lines of Gold exhibited its jewelry and art pieces at the "Passport to the World" event hosted by the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) in celebration and fundraiser highlighting of the LSS/NCA’s past and present as it pivots to the future, the "Bold Journey".