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Design Meanings

  • Bliss or Misery, Omar Khayyam Poetry

    Bliss or Misery is a stanza from the famous Rubayyat of famous Islamic Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, Omar Khayyam.

    Omar Khayyam عمر خیّام‎; was born on the 18th of May 1048 and passed away on the 4th of December 1131. Omar Khayyam was born in an area north-eastern of the historical land of Persia, in a city called Nishapur, now modern day Razavi Khorasan Province in Iran. Omar Khayyam was a multi-talented man. He was a poet, a mathematician, a philosopher, and an astronomer. He shined the most during the Seljuks state, close to the time of the First Crusade.

    In astronomy, his works where highlighted through his development of the Jalali calendar. The Jalali calendar is a solar calendar using an incredibly focused 33-year intercalation cycle. His calendar was used as the basis for the Persian calendar that is still around after almost a millennium. In mathematics, two of his most known works are his contribution to the understanding of the parallel axiom as well as providing geometric solutions of cubic equations. In poetry, Omar Khayyam's quatrains (rubāʿiyāt رباعیات‎) came as a definition of Persian poetry. 

    The Persian calligraphy writing "بر لوح’ نشانِ بودنى ها بوده ست.      بيوسته قلم ز نيكـ وبد فرسوده ست       در روزِ ازل هر آنجه بايِست، بداد.     غم خوردن و كوشيدنِ ما بيهود ست" has a literal translation of "Twas writ at first, whatever was to be, By pen, unheeding bliss or misery, Yea, writ upon the tablet once for all, To grieve or strive is all but vanity." In a more simplified English, it means: "On the eternal day, we as human beings have been given all the things we need to live on the earth. Thus, we should not envy things we don’t have since those things are ingrained in our existence. We only need to find them."

    This design was suggested by Helen Righton, an appreciator of Persian literature.

    Arabic and Persian writing are usually viewed with suspicion and fear as many people associate them unjustifiably with terrorism. Thus, through showing the beauty of Arabic and Persian writing and Arabic and Persian calligraphy via printing them on hippie T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, mugs, canvas, tote cotton bags, and mouse pads; we hope to change the perception of Arabic and Persian writing towards admiration and appreciation.

  • Don't Spoil the Soil

    Don't Spoil the Soil! is inspired by the saddening degradation of the soil cover worldwide.

    Soil all around the world, is having its quality compromised through loss of valuable chemicals and organic materials, change is physical structure, drought, and erosion. This leads to the soil being less fertile, as the upper layer of soil is disappearing. Needless to say, the ecosystem suffers greatly, and thus humans suffer as a consequence, but also as a causing factor.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "لا تفسدوا التربة" was the literal translation of the phrase "Don't Spoil the Soil!". This call to "inaction" for people to stop the harmful practices that damage the soil including unregulated farming, mining, and unplanned developments. The use of small, growing plant, symbolises the life force captured and provide to Earth by the soil.

    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.

  • Palestine Design

    The Palestine design was inspired by the never-ending perseverance of the Palestinian identity in the many faces of injustices throughout history.

    Palestine is a beautiful nation with a lot of history and ever-lasting cultural influence on the Levant region. Palestine has many landmarks including Al-Aqsa Mosque, Abraham (Al-Ibrahimi) Mosque, Old City, Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Nativity, Great Mosque of Gaza, Mosque of Prophet Yunus, Great Mosque of Nablus, Mar Saba Monastery, Tomb of the Prophet Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, Hisham's Palace, Underground Passages and Necropolis Under City of David, Tell Umm El'Amr, Herodium (Herod's Palace), Dome of the Chain, Milk Grotto, Mount of Temptation Monastery, The Church of St. Catherine, Sanctuary Bethlehem, Dar Zahran Heritage Building, Cave of St. Jerome, Hisham's Palace, Aida Camp, Tomb of Rachel (Kever Rachel), Star Street, Carmel of the Holy Child Jesus, Cave of the Patriarchs, The Monastery of Saint Gerassimos, Gush Etzion Heritage Centre, Jacob's Well, Zaccheus' Tree, Tel es-Sultan, Nabi Musa, The Good Samaritan Museum, Ein Prat Nature Reserve (Wadi Qelt), Mosque of Omar, Masjid-el-Khalil Mosque, Shepherd's Sanctuary, Genesis Land, Ancient Shiloh (Tel Shiloh), Cremisan Monastery, Mansour House, Campo dei Pastori, Shalom Al Yisrael Synagogue, Susya - National Heritage Site, Great Mosque of Gaza, Mosque of Prophet Yunus, Great Mosque of Nablus, Al Khader Church, Churuch of St. Lazarus, Yasser Arafat Square, Balm of Gilead Farm - Biblical Agricultural Revived, Tower of David, Western Wall Tunnel, City of David, Timna Park, Walls of Jerusalem, Caesarea National Park, Qumran National Park, Ben-Gurion House, Al-Jazzar Mosque, Carda, Bethesda, Nimrod Fortress National Park, Christ Church Jerusalem, Palmach Museum, Monument of the Negev Brigade, Solomon's Pools, Bible Lands Museum, Antonia Fortress, Khirbet Kerak, Museum of Underground Prisoners, Tell Balata, The Biyar Aqueduct, St. Mary Church for Greek Orthodox, Annunciation Latin Parish, Saint Nicholas Church, Mount Eival, Beitillu Nature Reserve, Aor Hbib Synagogue, Nablus Old City, Syriac Orthodox Monastery of Saint Mark, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mary's Tomb, Church of Saint Porphyrius, and Chapel of Saint Helena.

    Influential cities of Palestine include: Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Bethlehem, Gaza, Ramallah, Al-Khalil (Hebron), Nablus, Tulkarm, Jenin, Al-Naseryyah (Nazareth), Tiberias, Akka (Acre), Haifa, Al-Khadayrah (Hadera), Netanya, Yafa, Ashdod, Rafah, Khan Yunis, BeerSheba (Be'er Sheva), Qalqilya, Bet Shemesh, Ramla, and Lod.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "فلسطين" is the Arabic Translation of "Palestine". The map used is the complete map of Palestine including the Golan Heights. The stamp is designed by Levant 2 Australia owner and symbolises the Palestinian diaspora. The background of the stamp is a Palestinian Koufiyah (type of scarf) that in itself has a lot of symbolism. The intersecting central lines represent the fishnets Palestinian people use to fish. The wavy surrounding lines, represent the agricultural practices of the people. The fist represent the struggle for justice that Palestinians have been undergoing for centauries. 

    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.

  • Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity!

    Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity! is inspired by the importance and contribution of bees into the Earth's biodiversity.

    Bees contribute in so many ways to the health of the environment and the ecosystems. Bees are pollinators, and thus they help the growth of flowers, trees and many other plants. This green cover is needed to capture Carbon in the atmosphere. Bees role as a connector between complex ecosystems, positions them as an invaluable asset to the environment. Many bee populations are at risk of extensions due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Through saving their natural habitat, we maintain a healthy bee population and thus a healthier environment.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "انقذوا النحل، حافظوا على التنوع الحيوي" was the literal translation of the phrase "Save the Bees! Conserve Biodiversity!". This encouragement to take better care of the environment that  provide bees with a home. The bee in the design, represent the different type of bees in the world.

    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.

  • Ditch Plastic! - Turtle Design

    The Ditch Plastic! - Turtle Design is inspired by the suffering that animals undergo from humans' plastic waste.

    Every year, humans produce millions of tons in plastic that inevitably end up in the oceans, creating a garbage island bigger than France. This plastic takes centauries to biodegrade if at all, meaning that animals over generations would struggle with it. Many animals get stuck in plastic bags, straws, and caps.  The pictures showing the extend of pain and deformity that these animals go through are extremely heart-breaking. Microplastics as well enter the food chain of both animals and humans leading to many health problems.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "تخل عن البلاستيك" was the literal translation of the phrase "Ditch plastic". This encouragement to reduce or even fully stop the use of plastic products, aims to reduce the human waste and protect the environment. The turtle in the design, represent the animals that suffer from our plastic waste, as many pictures and videos of turtles stuck in plastic were circulated around the internet, becoming a symbol for marine life suffering.

    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.

  • Beirut, the heart of Lebanon - Cedar Design

    Beirut, the heart of Lebanon - Cedar Design is inspired by the beautiful city of Beirut and Lebanon in general.

    Beirut is a beautiful city with a lot of history and diverse population. It is the capitol of Lebanon, the country of heritage for many Australians. Beirut has many landmarks including: National Museum of Beirut, Sursock Museum, Hamra, Mohammad AlAmin Mosque, Gouraud, Zaituna Bay, Martyrs' Square, Corniche Beirut, Raouche Rocks, Verdun St, Saint George Maronite Cathedral, AlOmari Grand Mosque, Sanayeh, Beit Beirut - Museum and Urban Cultural Center, MIM Mineral Museum, Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Badaro, Place de l'Étoile, Sursock Palace, American University of Beirut Museum, Roman Bath Vestiges, Villa Audi Mosaic Museum, Beirut Luna Park, Downtown Beirut, Ramlet Al Baida Beirut Lebanon, Dalloul Art Foundation, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, AUB Beach, Maghen Abraham Synagogue, La Maison Rose, Musée de la Préhistoire Libanaise, Prince Monzer - Mosque, Saint Elias and Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Cathedral, Marfa' contemporary art gallery, Mzaar Ski Resort kfardebiane Jonction slop, Corniche El Manara, St Elias Greek Catholic Cathedral, Mansour Assaf - Mosque, St. Maroun Maronite Catholic Church, Saint Louis Cathedral of the Capuchin Fathers, Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Crypt Museum, Heneine palace, St George Rmeil - Greek Orthodox Church, Roman Cardo Maximus, Roman Baths, The Archaeological Museum, Saint Nichan Armenian Orthodox Cathedral, Al-Abed Clock Tower, Ziade Palace, Rene Mouawad Park, Bustros Palace, Sassine Square, St. Elie - Church, Salah El Dine - Mosque, Rashed Al Houri - Mosque, St. Nshan - Church, Omar Bin Abd El-aziz - Mosque, Al Sultan Mohammad Al Fateh - Mosque, Casino du Liban, Lebanon Mountain Trail Association, Holy See of Cilicia, Aïshti Foundation, St Savior Church, Jelly Beans Park, Mar Antonios al Kabir, The Silk Museum - Bsous, Mar Abda - Church, Deir el kalaa, and Cilicia Museum.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "بيروت، قلب لبنان" was the literal translation of of the phrase "Beirut, the heart of Lebanon". Lebanon is a very diverse country with a rich history. Beirut summarises the diversity and history in one place. The Lebanese cedar tree was used as a unique symbol of Lebanon that transcends politics and religion.

    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.

  • Ocean Spirit, Whale Design

    The Ocean Spirit, Whale Design is inspired by the ongoing dangers facing our oceans and the human impact on the health of the ocean overall and the ecosystem within them.

    Humans' agricultural and industrial activities result waste that goes through water streams to the oceans. This waste comes in many forms including plastic, chemical, and metals. Fish and other living organisms suffer greatly and gradually drift towards extension. Not just waste that harms the oceans; extensive fishing and whaling contributes to the struggles in the oceans. I strongly believe that humans have the moral responsibility to protect and rehabilitate the ocean.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "لنحمي محيطاتنا" was the literal translation of "Let's protect our oceans". The whale and flower symbolises the beauty of the ocean and its creatures.

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Voyager (Camel Design)

    The Voyager (Camel Design) is inspired by the endless journeys humans take physically, spiritually, and intellectually, either voluntarily or forcefully.

    Life is a voyage in itself on many levels. Many people who can afford to travel chose to to explore the world to find themselves and experience different cultures. On the other hand, refugees, like the owner of Levant 2 Australia, had to undergo this experience with no choice of their own. Regardless of how someone ends up "on the road", being on a voyage teaches people to think differently and empathise with others. It teaches them to predict the worst but hope for the best. But most importantly, it teaches voyagers to appreciate every single opportunity they have.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "سافر تجد عوضاً عمَّن تفارقهُ" was translated by meaning into "Travel to find better things", encouraging people who are facing challenges and are stagnant in their life to travel and seek new experiences as they are very likely to end up with new opportunities which they can cease.

    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.

  • The Environmentalist (Tree Design)

    The Environmentalist (Tree Design) is inspired by the duty of care humans have for Earth.

    Planet Earth will survive with or without humanity, but the human civilisation would not. Throughout Earth's 4.5 Billion years of age, countless environmental disasters struck our planet. Yet, life survived and persevered. Unfortunelty for humans, the world does not revolve around us, neither does life. If humanity did not learn to care for our planet, the human civilisation might cease to exist either through climate change, pandemics, or wars over resources.

    The Arabic calligraphy writing "أحفظ الأرض، تحفظك" is the literal translation of "If you care for Earth, it cares for you." This is a simple, direct message aimed to reinforce the environmental responsibilities humans have for Earth. The selection of a tree symbol is based on the simple fact that it's easily recognisable.

    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.