An ancient (18th. Century?) Armenian religious tapestry, currently located in The Gibran Museum in Bsharri, North Lebanon.
According to the museum’s director this Armenian artifact was a gift to Gibran Khalil Gibran by an Armenian priest while he was in New York, USA. This tapestry was hung on his living room wall until his death on April 10,1931.
Gebran museum: http://leb.net/gibran/ Photos of the tapestry courtesy of Seto Berj DerSahakian.
Khalil Gibran Full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran, sometimes spelled Kahlil;[a] Arabic: جبران خليل جبران / ALA-LC:Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān) (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
Khalil Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern-day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran(Rahmeh). As a young man Khalil immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature; especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture.Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”