Location: Marrakech, Morocco
An adventure searching for the perfect derelict Riad, through the constuction itself, to the end result (insha'Allah!)

Sunday, 12 February 2012

A logo for Riad Romm'an

Our very good and talented friend Samuel Sparrow of Sparrow & Co, kindly created this lovely logo for Riad Romm'an.  The inspiration came from the ancient pomegranate (romm'an in arabic) tree which lived in the original courtyard of the old riad.  

The pomegranate has offered significant cultural and religious symbolism throughout history.  In Islam, according to the Qur'an, pomegranates grow in the gardens of paradise.  The Qur'an also mentions pomegranates three times, as examples of good things God creates.  In Judaism, it is traditional to consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana because the pomegranate, with its numerous seeds, symbolises fruitfulness.  Also, it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah.  In Christianity, pomegranates are found in Christian religious decoration.  They are often woven into the fabric of vestments and liturgical hangings or wrought in metalwork.  Pomegranates figure in many religious paintings by the likes of Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci, often in the hands of the Virgin Mary or the infant Jesus.  The fruit, broken or bursting open, is a symbol of the fullness of Jesus suffering and resurrection.

The original pomegranate tree in the old riad sadly did not survive the renovations, but it is nice to remember it with an image which will be associated with Riad Romm'an for a long time to come.  We will of course be planting a new pomegranate tree in the courtyard as soon as it is practical to do so.  Thank you Samuel. x

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