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Announcement    Welcome To The Arabesque, Our Multicultural History Project To Learn History Through Arts And Crafts. Oh, And To Collect Some Really Cool Things Along The Way!

Thank you to all our wonderful customers who have made this dream come true. Here is to 2021!


Last updated on Jan 1, 2021

Welcome To The Arabesque, Our Multicultural History Project To Learn History Through Arts And Crafts. Oh, And To Collect Some Really Cool Things Along The Way!

Thank you to all our wonderful customers who have made this dream come true. Here is to 2021!



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Tasneem and Ali Alibhai

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Tasneem and Ali Alibhai


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About TheArabesque

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On Etsy since 2015


When a crafter, artist, and talented woman lives with an eccentric and often absent-minded historian with a PhD there is bound to be some sort of an incredible outcome from the friction and fusion of two diverse personalities. The Arabesque is a design concept which has come about from this union. Tasneem and Ali have both traveled and lived all over the world, especially in different places in the Middle East and India where the arabesque is popularly used in several artistic and architectural settings - historical and modern. The art form of the arabesque is an age old design concept which was widely employed in the Middle Ages where artists combined linear rhythmic patterns to create intricate scrolling or interlacing foliage or geometric designs in order to ornament buildings and objects made of all types of mediums. Ali and Tasneem envisioned The Arabesque as an incentive to bring interesting, elegant, and exceptional historical motifs from the medieval world to the everyday worlds of their customers. Since the arabesque and Islamic art are living traditions they also wanted to bring the inspiration, visual beauty, and enjoyment they have experienced from Islamic art and architecture from their travels, research, and own cultural upbringing to the consumer market by making interesting home and office decor products and fashion accessories. They believe that the dissemination and popularizing of several historical motifs in newly conceptualized home decor and everyday products will foster more cultural understanding and competence - something they understand is much needed in today's world. Tasneem and Ali sincerely wish that by reconceptualizing this age old technique and by using various historical motifs and arabesque designs from all around the medieval Islamic world in new formats and concepts, they can bring a little bit of history, charm, and beauty into people's lives.

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  • Ali and Tasneem Alibhai

    Owner, Creator, Curator

Production partners

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    Houston, TX

    Everything Embroidered specializes in manufacturing of knits and woven materials with printing and embroidered decoration. We work closely and diligently with our sister factory in Karachi. Communication with is our customer is key. We will make your virtual dream into an awesome product.


    Yorkville, NY

    A DTG (direct to garment) printing shop.

  • T-shirt Printing Service

    United States

    The printed apparel products from this service are created using the highest quality Kornit printers which print the full CMYK spectrum of colors on both light and dark garments.

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Last updated on Jun 10, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

Yes. We can gift wrap your purchase for an additional $10.00 service charge. Your gift wrapping is guaranteed to be unique and one of a kind. We use a variety of paper, ribbon, and decorative embellishments to create a very elegant gift wrap. Just let us know in a note at checkout that you would like your gift wrapped and we will create a gift wrapping listing for you in order to bill you for the service.

Custom and personalized orders

We are committed to providing our customers with well thought of and exceptionally made custom and personalized orders. Scroll through our website and our custom products section to get an idea of what you'd like. Anything you see on our website can be reproduced in larger or smaller sizes. We can also make things in the colors that suit you. Contact us and we will get back to you with an idea and proofs that will give you a good idea about what your project will look like.

Wholesale availability

Yes. Wholesale ordering is available. If you need a certain item or design in wholesale quantity we will certainly do that for you with competitive pricing. Please contact us for further details.

Payment options

When you buy through our Etsy shop or at you will be directed to make an Etsy account. Etsy provides a secure platform for checkout and payment and accepts all major credit cards and Paypal. You now also have the option of checking out as a guest.