The graphic splendour of Damascus

Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world - about 10 000 years old, and the Umayyad Mosque stands on a site that has been considered sacred ground for at least 3,000 years. The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus or formerly the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world and considered the fourth-holiest place in Islam. After the Arab conquest of Damascus in 634, the mosque was built on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist. The mosque holds a shrine which today may still contain the head of John the Baptist, honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike. 

I was blown away by the similarity in patterns between these amazing afghans and the patterns to be observed within the Ummayad Mosque. 

Vintage Crochet Afghan available from and photos courtesy of Soul Pretty 

 The amazing stained glass windows at the Ummayad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. Own Photo

 Vintage Crochet Afghan 

 Ummayad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. Own Photo

Granny Graphic Afghan

Simple exterior walls in the old city of Damascus conceal a richly interwoven inner world with every surface covered in colour and pattern. This amazing graphic Afghan is a fine example of what the walls and floors, ceilings and stained glass windows look like.  I certainly am hooking this pattern before the end of this year as a reminder of all the amazing times I spent strolling the narrow alleys of this incredible city. Photo courtesy of and pattern available as a PDF download from Crochet Today. 

Ummayad Mosque Stained Glass Windows. Own photo.

Cheers, that's all for now but I have already lined up the work of a hooker in Damascus and will show you shortly what her crochet pieces look like. I LOVE Damascus, my heart is breaking for the bloodshed the wonderful people of this country continue to endure. I am very happy that my memories are only filled with the smells, tastes and colours of the city and the compassion and pride of the people.


  1. That vintage afghan is amazing! I've never seen anything like it. Truely inspiring.

    1. I agree, I have never seen anything like it! I also have a personal dislike for olive green, maroon and navy blue because these are colours than can very quickly look soooo conservative and are often printed in the wrong fabrics and textiles. Yarn wise it also requires a great yarn to elevate it to the next level so that it doesn't appear flat and dead. Seeing the navy here makes me rethink the colour though.