Paperblanks Arabic Artistry Zahra Journal Collection
The Zahra cover design of the Paperblanks Arabic Artistry Journals is a 17th century example of the highly refined design aesthetic of the Arabic Royal Court. The Arabic Artistry Zahra design is inspired by a binding that once contained a precious copy of the Koran.
This Zahra binding, so called for its Arabic denotation of flower, blossom and beauty, is characteristic of an era when books were precious items and not as easy to come by. They were presented as treasured gifts to heads of state and were much sought after as status symbols.