Azem Palace in Damascus, Syria was originally built in 1750 as a residence for the Ottoman governor of Damascus As'ad Pasha al-Azm. The palace now houses the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions. It was one of our favorite places to visit in the suk and the tile work was splendid. This piece I designed as a gift for my good friends Meis and Yousef Barkoudah who introduced us to many of the wonders of Syria. The fabrics are Syrian handwoven silk and Bedouin embroidery pieces.