The Land of the Sunset, Maghreb Design
The Land of the Sunset, Maghreb Design is inspired by the rich history and the diversity of the Maghreb region in northwest Africa.
The Maghreb region compromises of seven nations, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, State of Libya, Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Tunisia, and Western Sahara. The Maghreb region is filled with culturally-rich landmarks including: Koutoubia Mosque, Tassili n'Ajjer National Park, The Great Mosque of Tlemcen, Beni Hammad Fort, The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Borj Nord, Dar Hussein, Al-Zaytuna Mosque, The Todgha Gorges, Kasbah Museum, Royal Mausoleum of Tourbet el Bey, Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, Monument of the Martyr, Ouzoud Falls, Kasbah des Caids, The Temple Beth-El (Jewish synagogue in Casablanca), The Ribat of Monastir, El Ghriba synagogue, Le Jardin Secret, The Museum of Marrakech, The Agdal Gardens, Bab Agnaou, Dar Ben Abdallah, The Madrasa of Abu al-Hasan, The Menara Gardens, The Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Almoravid Koubba, Dar Jamai Museum, Kasbah Square, Dar Lasram, Lahdim Square, Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul, Aben Danan Synagogue, Hassan Tower, Castelo Real of Mogador, Dar Batha, Saadien's Tombs, Bou Inania Madrasa, Nejjarine Fondouk, Jemaa el-Fna, Bardo National Museum, Chellah, El Badii Palace, Bahia Palace, Al Attarine Madrasa, Kasbah of the Udayas, The son of Joseph School, Hassan II Mosque, Jardin Majorelle, and The Atlas Mountains.
The Arabic calligraphy writing "بلاد المغرب" means literally "Maghreb" which is an Arabic terms that refers to where the sun sets, or land of the sunset. As historically, the Maghreb region was as far west as the Arabic-speaking civilisations could travel, and hence the name originated. The sunset drawing is used to communicate the meaning further. The man in the picture is wearing a traditional Maghreb outfit that suits the diverse landscapes of the region.
Arabic writing is usually viewed with suspicion and fear as many people associate it unjustifiably with terrorism. Thus, through showing the beauty of Arabic writing and Arabic calligraphy via printing it on hippie T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, canvas, tote cotton bags, and mouse pads; we hope to change the perception of Arabic writing towards admiration and appreciation.