More than a thousand years ago, women in the Arabian Peninsula already wore burqas like the ones carefully selected and framed by satami.

Traditionally, girls started wearing a burqa when they got married, which until a few generations ago could have been as early as 13 years old. Back in the old days, only members of the middle and upper class could afford a burqa. Those who owned one, wore it with pride. Some women would even decorate their burqas with gold coins and wear them during special events and celebrations, just as they would put on their most beautiful dresses today.

Besides being a prestigious accessory, the burqa also had a very practical aspect: it protected the wearer from the sun, the heat and the sand. There are different styles of burqas and in the past you could tell which region a woman was from, by the shape of her burqa. For instance, women living in the desert, were easily recognizable by their big burqas that covered almost the entire face, whereas residents of the coastal areas were known for their much thinner models. Today, the burqa is mostly worn by elderly women as it no longer suits the lifestyle of the younger generation.

By giving this beautiful historical accessory a modern twist and bringing it into your homes, satami hopes, the tradition will live on.