Doris Duke’s Shangri La, A House in Paradise
From Jali doors and windows commissioned from Delhi to early 18th century wood panels from Damascus, Syria, Doris Duke’s, “Spanish-Moorish-Persian-Indian complex” successfully integrated architecture and interiors from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria with a large collection of Islamic art.
This book is a glorious feast of 17th century Iranian tile-panels, mother-of-pearl Syrian trunks and Indian suzani textiles. One can get lost in the colors and patterns for hours. It’s perfect company for anyone especially after a harrowing day of traffic and carpool—made better with a cup of Turkish tea and a rose-water infused biscuit.
Doris Duke’s Shangri La, Amazon.com, $34.65