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Unity in Diversity– Reflections on Styles in Islamic Art

It seems that Western art showed a variation in styles in its history, while Islamic art remained stable. The article shows that Islamic art was also driven by the spirit of change.

Cairo, street and mosque near the citadel. Count Atnadeo Preziosi,C1850

Domestic Culture of Cities in the Middle East (16th to 19th century)

This article invites the reader to enter and enjoy wealthy urban homes in Turkey, Egypt and Iran between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. This was a period of flourishing traditional culture and also of…

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Arabesque Art of Islamic Spain

The arabesques and geometric patterns of Islamic art are often said to arise from the Islamic view of the world. To Muslims, these forms, taken together, constitute an infinite pattern that extends beyond the visible material…

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Carpets from the Islamic World

Under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal dynasties, carpet weaving was transformed from a minor craft based on patterns passed down from generation to generation into a statewide industry with patterns created in court…

Interior view of Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey © Peter M. Wilson/Axiom

Style in Islamic Art – 1500-1700 A.D.

Ottoman style A distinctive Ottoman style in the decorative arts had developed by the 1550s, when the Ottoman empire was at the height of its power and prosperity. The Ottomans promoted themselves as…

Style in Islamic Art (1250 – 1500 A.D)

Ilkhanid style The Ilkhanid style flourished in Iran. It was formed from three traditions, Chinese, Iranian and Islamic, under rulers descended from the Mongol conqueror Chingiz Khan. Chinese porcelain and silks were imported…

Style in Islamic Art (750-1250 AD)

Abbasid Style The Abbasid style emerged in Iraq between 750 and 850, when the Abbasid dynasty was at the height of its power. The Abbasid caliphs constructed huge and lavishly decorated palaces at…

The Evolution of Style

‘One would enquire in vain for the masters who brought this system to its flowering or those who later opened up new ways for its development. This art is totally anonymous and it…

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