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  • They showed me where the 'flaw' was in each handwoven rug. It was a 'mistake' purposely woven in to honor Allah as a reminder that humans are imperfect and only God can be perfect.

    excerpt from The Rug Vendors by Barbara Shipka

    I am like a Turkish rug
    made up of
    geometric patterns
    interwoven, designed
    to be wonderous
    and yet imperfect
    my flaws define me
    my impatience, restlessness
    my foolish dreams
    my sometimes despairing
    and contrary heart
    my humanity
    a struggle as old
    as time itself
    because only
    God is perfect

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