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Islamic art and calligraphy - Intoduction

Posted December 13th, 2012 at 07:43 AM by IndicanaHelvetica

The Islamic law forbids the artist to draw a living being, since it is a function exclusively reserved for God.
This restriction was not observed in some regions, for example, the Mughal Empire. And today it is hardly followed. But back then, when it all started, it was strictly observed and this gave rise to a new style of art in itself. Defined by ribbon-like flowing letters of Arabic, intricate work with stones, natural colours and marbles, the traditional Islamic art beats every cultural artform that existed along with it. They continue to survive, but still have not been able compete those motifs and calligraphy.
However, influence of other cultural art styles can be seen, such as that of the Romans.
Take in notice the following specimen.

Hagia Sofia
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The ceilings will look familiar because it is not entirely Islamic architecture. It's somewhat European, but the murals on the ceilings are undeniably beautiful, though fading. Renovation is underway.
Herat Friday Mosque
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This is one of the the finest work of art a man would have ever seen in his life. The artisans involved in its making surely have done a commendable job. The importance of symmetry as been noted here.
Textile Designing
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What we see here is Ilkhanid piece in silk, cotton and gold, early 14th century. Note the dexterity with which the artist has accommodated so many elements and has been successful in bringing them out.

In my next blog, I will be a bit more specific and provide distinction between architecture and artwork.
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