The Rich Culture and Tradition of Islamic Art

Traditional Islamic art undoubtedly captivates the hearts of its spectators regardless of their artistic milieu. But what is the essence of these illustrations that lures the eyes and the mind of the beholder?

Islamic art can be dated back 1400 years ago to the time of the birth of Islam. With the expansion of Islam, Muslims spread across the Arabian Peninsula to Africa and as far as Spain and Persia. As a result, the Muslim artists picked up the varying styles of their states and combined it with the culture of Islam. The prohibition of drawing figures leads to Muslim artisans’ usage of fauna and flora in their pieces of art. The Byzantine, the Copts, Sassanids, early Christian, Greek and Roman styles had a profound influence on Islamic illustrations. It is not inherent to a particular area and Muslim artisans across the globe but, by both Muslims and Non- Muslims in regions initially reigned by Muslim rulers.

Architecture, calligraphy, ceramic art, glasswork, metalwork, textile designs, and wood work are also part of the Islamic crafts. Floral, vegetative, abstract, repetitive, geometrical and the traditional usage of domes in its patterns associated with the application of vibrant and rich colours gives this type of art its unique and distinctive identity.

Calligraphy is a very common form of Islamic art seen in mosques and various other Islamic sites. These calligraphic artworks are the artistic expressions of not only Quranic verses, but hadiths, quotes and poems. These could be seen in Islamic historic as well as modern sites today, relaying various types of messages and stories of prophets and the history of Islam to mankind.

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, completed in 691 CE is the oldest and the most traditional depictions of Islamic art. Vibrant colours, calligraphy and floral vines and patterns embellish the walls of this historic shrine. The calligraphic art portrays Quranic verses of the story of Prophet Muhammed’s ascension to heaven which plays a vital role to the religion of Islam. The Great Mosque of Cordoba, the Friday Mosque at Zavareh in Iran and the Friday Mosque of Isfahan are few of the most renowned sites of traditional Islamic art. Morocco, Spain, Iran and Turkey are some of the countries in which Islamic art can be widely found.

The intricate designs in ancient Islamic art can be summed up in one word—arabesque. The main theme of these pieces of art is the combination of nature with religion. The rich Islamic culture is greatly depicted in their crafts. These enthralling designs gives a sense of calm and serenity and puts the mind into a state of peace.

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