I finished a great novel this weekend: Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud. The weather was fantastic but I spent most of Saturday inside, powerless to resist the urge to keep reading “just a little bit longer”. Now that it’s over (both the book and the weekend, sadly) I’ve pulled another unread book off the shelf: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart, chronicling Stewart’s trek across Afghanistan in 2002. I’ve yet to read the first page but I’ll still use it as an excuse to highlight this beautiful Pashtun cushion cover featured on the website marlamallett. (The site is full of beautiful pieces for sale.) While this particular textile is attributed to the Swat Valley of Pakistan, Pashtun people are found in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.