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Inside Masjid Wazir Khan
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Masjid Wazir Khan – Revisited

As part of our quest to find a portable point and shoot camera for our photo essays, we decided to test out the Fuji X10 by revisiting our favorite spot in Lahore –…

Inside the Naulakha Pavilion. Photo by Islamic-arts.org

The Naulakha Pavilion

The Naulakha Pavilion, so named for the mystical number nine and for the nine lakhs of rupees it took to build it, is a small white marble building, with a large arched entrance and an extraordinary curved, convex roof.

Photo © F.Bhatti (islamic-arts.org)

Badshahi Masjid Lahore

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

Shahi Mosque Chiniot. Photo copyrights - Nadeem Khawar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadeemkhawar/)

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid (Badshahi Mosque) was built by Nawab Saad UlIah Khan (1595- 1655) during the regime of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58).

Phot by claudia yeh - Creative Commons License.

The Tomb of Etimad ud Doulah

Etimad-ud-Daula’s Tomb (Urdu: اعتماد الدولہ کا مقبرہ‎, I’timād-ud-Daulah kā Maqbara) is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as ‘jewel box’, sometimes called…

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Arms and Armour Collection

A GOLD-OVERLAID WATERED-STEEL SHIELD, PERSIA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY of domed circular form with four applied bosses with gold overlaid decoration at the outer ring, comprising wholly of cusped cartouches filled with animal motifs…

Islamic Dynasties Chart

The Islamic Dyansties

This schematic chart provides a simplified picture of the political complexities of certain periods. (Large parts of Central Asia, China, South-east Asia and Africa have been omitted.)     islamic dynasties mammaluks in…

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Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore

The Wazir Khan Mosque  in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive tile work and frescos. It was built in seven years starting around 1634–1635 AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor…

Fig 2: Woven Kashmir pashmina shawl, c. 1820

Kashmir & Shawls of Paisley Design

Shawls of Paisley design were in fashion for nearly 100 years, from around 1780 until the 1870’s. During this time millions were woven, embroidered and printed in Kashmir, Persia, India, Russia, USA and…

Mughal Gardens in Kashmir

By the time Kashmir passed into the hands of the Mughals in the 16th C., these gardens embedded with the Persian spirit were already established in Kashmir. What perhaps the Mughals did later…

Agra - Red Fort

The Agra Fort

Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the…

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…

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