Traditional Jewish paper cuts began to develop as a folk art in Europe and North Africa. In many homes it was the custom to hang a delicately cut piece of paper (called a mizrach, from the Hebrew word for “east”) on the eastern wall of a room, to indicate the direction of Jerusalem. Archie Granot has raised this folk tradition to new levels with his extraordinary multi-layer contemporary designs. Prices can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Granot’s works are in the collections of the Israel Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Judaica.
- Frommer's Staff