Saudi Dates: A Portrait of the Sacred Fruit
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From serene desert expanses to coastal regions teeming with flora and fauna, the many wonders of Saudi Arabia are explored in Assouline’s latest collection. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia series features original works by premier photographers and artists. Each volume uncovers a unique treasure of the Kingdom, whether an ancient city or historic tribe.
Date palms emerge across the landscapes of Saudi Arabia, sprouting sacred fruit, creating the ideal oasis. The palm offers shelter and sustenance and is held in high esteem in the region. Dates are referenced throughout the Qur’an and some consider the palm as the tree of life and power. Harvesters in Saudi Arabia have honed their skills over the centuries ensuring the best product. Saudi Arabia is home to the world’s largest date palm oasis which is also a UNESCO’s Heritage site.
Saudi Dates: A Portrait of the Sacred Fruit explores the many facets of this important fruit and its unique beauty. Original photography by Oliver Pilcher and illustrations by Rafael Alterio are supplemented by images by Ayoub Alsuhaibani.
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Assouline Publishing was founded as a family company in 1994 by Proper and Martine Assouline. It has published approximately 1500 titles on subjects ranging from architecture, art, design, fashion, lifestyle, and travel and has brought the illustrated book market to life with products that are modern, luxurious, and creative.
Created with the goal of becoming the first luxury brand on culture, Assouline aims to supply everything needed for a contemporary library. An active contributor to the growth of the illustrated market and its integration into the worlds of luxury, fashion, and design, Assouline provides the highest quality book-objects, sharing a distinctive graphic identity and editorial savoir-faire that have captured imaginations while addressing new themes in a contemporary manner. With its style and vision, the brand is a true pioneer.
Released in March 2023
Created in collaboration with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture
Author: Mohammed Bin Ismail Al-Ismail
Publisher: Assouline Publishing Corporation
Book Details: 208 pages, over 100 illustrations
Material: Silk hardcover
Dimensions: (L 33 x W 25.4 x D 5) cm
Weight: 2.2 kg