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Painting by the french architect, Pascal Coste, visiting Persia in 1841.

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of…

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Safavid Palaces

Most of the palaces, pavilions, and villas built in the Safavid period have not survived. Many were destroyed, especially during the Afghan conquest of Isfahan in 1722. Others were neglected and left to…

The “Mantes” Carpet Northern Iran, second half of the 16th century Pile knotted in wool on cotton foundation, asymmetrical knot H. 7.83 m; W. 3.79 m Formerly in the Collégiale de Mantes Musée du Louvre, acquired 1913 OA 6610

Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Textile Art

In traditional Islamic society, textiles and dress played a significantly greater socio-cultural role than in the western world. A crucial item of furnishing in the Islamic world, the carpet served not merely as…

Dish with stylized vegetal decoration. Iran, Kirman (?), second half of the 17th century Stonepaste, underglaze painted and colored slip decoration H. 8.2 cm; Max. Diam. 47 cm; Base Diam. 27 cm.

Safavid Ceramics and Tiles

The complex history of Safavid ceramics is due in part to the geographical position of Persia, placed as it was between the Ottoman Empire, the lands of Uzbek rulers, the Mughal empire and…

Design of the Ardabil Carpet (1539-1540)

The entire surface of the Ardabil carpet is covered by a single integrated design – an impressive feat in view of the great size of the carpet. The basic design is relatively simple,…

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…

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