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I had one of these years ago, and used it until it fell apart. I had a very difficult time finding anything about them on the internet, until my fellow Etsian Mary Anne (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BunnysLuck) informed me that it's most likely Syrian or Lebanese, and the writing around the border is Arabic and contains a blessing. Thank you, Mary Anne!! It measures 54" square including the fringe, and is heavy cotton with silk embroidery. It's in absolutely beautiful condition! I prefer the reverse side where the colors are more vivid (photos 1,2, and 4). There is what appears to be a tiny fray, but it may be part of the fabric's texture. No stains, fading, or holes anywhere.