Islamic art

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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251 years old Ottoman calligraphic Galleon

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251 years old Ottoman calligraphic Galleon

The contribution of the Muslim World to a wide range of arts, sciences and academic disciplines is often overlooked or taken for granted. This site provides a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage within the Muslim World and the significant role that Muslims have played in the advancement of knowledge. It presents the rich creativity of Islamic Arts and Architecture, traces the historical development of Islamic regions and dynasties, highlighting their diversity of artistic expression from the inception of the faith until the present 251 years old Calligraphic Galleon, Ottoman period, A.H. 1180 / 1766–67 A.D. Calligrapher: Abdul Qadir Hisari,...

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