Oct 13, 2021

Islamic calligraphy: the Kufic style

Islamic calligraphy: the Kufic style

As mentioned in the first post about Islamic calligraphy, various types of scripts are used to write the Arabic alphabet. The oldest one is the Kufic style which originated from Kufa, Iraq. This

Oct 10, 2021

Islamic art history: the Abbasid dynasty

Islamic art history: the Abbasid dynasty

After overthrowing the Umayyad dynasty in 750, the Abbasids took over the power. They moved the capital to Baghdad in Iran and established another city called Samarra. These cities became the cultural and

Oct 6, 2021

Islamic art history: the Umayyad dynasty

Islamic art history: the Umayyad dynasty

Following the death of the prophet Mohammad (632), four caliphs (successors) took part in the spread of Islam. However, after the 4th caliph, Ali ibn Abi Talib, passed away in 661, Mu’awiya

Oct 3, 2021

Islamic floral patterns

Islamic floral patterns

Flower patterns are one of the components of Islamic art. The arabesque, which means "in the Arab fashion" in French, is a well-known Islamic art design. It is a combination of interlacing and

Sep 29, 2021

Islamic calligraphy

Islamic calligraphy

Islamic calligraphy can be defined as the artistic practice of writing in the Arabic alphabet's languages (Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Urdu). It is considered to be the essential element of Islamic art. Calligraphy can

Sep 26, 2021

Islamic geometric patterns

Islamic geometric patterns

As seen in the first post (introduction to Islamic art), geometric patterns are one of the three non-figural elements of Islamic art, including calligraphy and floral designs. Geometric patterns are prominently connected with

Sep 22, 2021

Introduction to Islamic art

Introduction to Islamic art

Islamic art encompasses the visual art created by Muslims and non-Muslims who lived in Muslim countries. This art has gone through numerous style iterations in different countries from the 7th century onward. Thus,