Islamic Arts – Qurans

Date: September 30, 2023 6:24 pm Published By: Qurans Qurans form the largest body of illuminated manuscripts in the Islamic world, and in some cases constitute the only surviving form of manuscripts from a given period. Their development has been bound inextricably to that of the Arabic script (see the ‘Calligraphy’ section) and they form a key part of the art of Islamic… View Article

Islamic Arts – Calligraphy

Date: August 20, 2023 6:19 am Published By: Calligraphy Calligraphy has always held a pre-eminent position in Islamic art. As the medium of the Quran, being the word of God, Arabic script was accorded an exceptional status in Islamic society. In the absence of religious imagery, the written word became a form of visual expression, with inscriptions revealing the profound expression of God’s… View Article

Islamic Arts – Books and Bindings

Date: July 6, 2023 8:16 am Published By: Books and Bindings Early Islamic book bindings consisted of wooden boards covered with leather, with leather straps to hold the book closed. The leather is usually decorated with tooling, a technique in which a pattern is carved or stamped with a metal tool into damp leather. By the 11th century, wooden boards had been superseded… View Article

Islamic Arts – Ceramics

Date: May 4, 2023 5:14 pm Published By: Ceramics Early Islamic ceramics typically followed the traditions of Byzantium, Parthian, Sasanian Iran and the Classical Mediterranean, making it often hard to distinguish between Islamic objects and those of the preceding period. Khorasan, Transoxiana, Nishapur and Samarqand emerged as the main centres of ceramic production under the Samanids, during the 10th and 11th centuries, producing… View Article

Islamic Arts – Textiles

Date: January 22, 2023 6:50 am Published By: Textiles Textiles other than silk fabrics include those that were decorated with printed or painted designs. These include shirts, usually of cotton, inscribed in ink with verses from the Quran, prayers and the attributes of God, sometimes with geometric and floral decoration. Such talismanic shirts were worn during military campaigns by Ottoman and Safavid rulers…. View Article

Islamic Arts – Jewellery

Date: December 10, 2022 8:02 pm Published By: Jewellery The work of Islamic jewellers included pendants and necklaces, earrings, beads, pins, bracelets, rings, head ornaments, such as crowns and diadems, arm bands, anklets, belt trappings, seals and cases. Jewellery was typically made of gold, silver or bronze, either cast or in the form of sheet metal. The most common types of decoration include… View Article