Islamic art

Calligraphy from Ottoman Dervish Lodges

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Calligraphy from Ottoman Dervish Lodges

Alongside the art of the book, which was promoted by rulers at their courts and by religious scholars in mosques and Qur’an schools, Arabic calligraphy was also cultivated in the context of everyday religious practice. The popular calligraphy of Sufis and dervishes is an example of artistic expression which reflects piety and spirituality to a particular extent. Characterized by the harmony of their lines and the magic of their beauty, many of these works exhibit a special aura: decorating the walls of aesthetically designed rooms in dervish lodges (khanqah, tekke), they create not only an important visual dimension in veneration and...

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Gold as a decorative art in the Muslim Near East

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Gold as a decorative art in the Muslim Near East

In Islam hoarding gold and silver is denounced in the Qur’an and willyet artists have long used these metals in a variety of artistic forms Gold has a long history of decorative use in the Middle East starting with Egypt and continuing through Sumer, Babylon, Greece and Rome. In Islam, hoarding gold and silver is denounced in the Qur’an [Chap. 7, V. 34 and 35] and will result in punishment in the afterlife; accumulating it to use in God’s way was not and Islamic traditions [hadith] reinforced this. In spite of this, the prohibition seems never to have stopped the use of...

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The secrets of Islamic Art and Architecture

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The secrets of Islamic Art and Architecture

  One of the major contributions of the Islamic civilization was in the field of art as it went beyond the limited traditional concepts of direct representation through painting human figures or sculpting animate statues and transcended to the infinite world of abstract designs. These new invented designs introduce the viewer to new horizons where he can break loose from the confinement of time and the restriction of place and takes him to a new world where he transcends beyond the visible to take a glimpse of the beauty of the unseen.The indirect, stylized impersonal abstract art of Islam symbolizes...

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Tughra Origins of Ottoman Sultans

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Tughra Origins of Ottoman Sultans

  The first known tughra of an Ottoman sultan is attributed to Orhan, the second Ottoman ruler, who ruled from 1326 to 1362. The original tughras were meant to show the official character of the Ottoman state and sultan, as well as serve as his official signature and seal. Thus, the tughra was intentionally made difficult to read and copy, to prevent forgeries and ensure the authority of the sultan. The earliest tughras were written to seal official letters, declarations and coins.   A tughra was meant to have a very specific style and form. There are numerous theories about...

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History of Marbling Art Ebru

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History of  Marbling Art Ebru

  For centuries, marbling art was an art form found only inside the covers of books. Contemporary artists and designers have rediscovered this versatile design motif, and marbled papers are now seen everywhere, in picture frames and lamp shades, wine labels and fine art. This ancient craft, named "ebru" (cloud art) by its 15th-century Persian practitioners, is now undergoing a renaissance. By most accounts, European-style paper marbling originated in Persia in the 1400s. The name of the first marbler is a mystery. The invention was probably an accidental one, made by some observant artists who noticed that paints would float...

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