10 Interesting Facts about Islamic Art

Have you ever seen an Islamic Art? Where do you find it? Facts about Islamic Art will inform you about visual arts which contain the artistic traditions in Muslim culture. Islamic artists never use human figures or animals in their design. Because we only worship god not the other. It is written in the Qur’an. Geometry and patterns are important in the Islamic art. Unlike Christian art which focus on the religious work, Islamic art tend to produce all art form or all the artistic traditions in the Islamic world. The other facts about Islamic art will be explained below.

Facts about Islamic Art 1: The best collections of Islamic art

The best collections of Islamic art can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Approximately, there are 10,000-piece collection at there. Besides, Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art is the display area of it.

Facts about Islamic Art 2: Design

There are many kinds of Islamic art design, including patterns and intricate designs. Arabesque is one of the commonly pattern which is used by Islamic artists. Leaves and flowers are the intricate patterns in the arabesque. Whereas tessellation (geometric patterns) and calligraphy (artistic writing) are also used by them.

Arabesque pattern

Arabesque pattern

Facts about Islamic Art 3: Three principal vehicles

Architecture, the arts of the book (illustration; bookbinding; calligraphy; and illumination), the arts of the object (glass; ceramics; textiles; metalwork; ivory; and woodwork) are three principal vehicles for artist expression in the Islamic world.

Facts about Islamic Art 4: Ceramics

Ceramics is one of the main form of Islamic art. There are many kinds of ceramic glazes and styles. The style is also influenced by Chinese porcelain. Besides, ceramic tiles are used by the artists to create a great pieces of art. The tiles can also be used to cover wall or religious buildings.

Ceramic

Ceramic

Facts about Islamic Art 5: Carpets

Carpets is one of the most useful forms of Islamic art. Because carpets are used in our daily life including for prayer mats, cushions, floor coverings, and wall hangings. Arabesque patterns or colorful repeating geometric designs  are usually used in the carpet design.

Facts about Islamic Art 6: Painting

Miniature painting is the most popular type of painting in the early Islamic world. It is usually used in the fancy books or illuminated manuscripts. Pictures of animals and people are used in this design due to they described scenes from stories in the book. That is why it is very different from the other Islamic art.

Facts about Islamic Art 7: Carvings

Like the other art, carving uses arabesque and geometric patterns in the design. Wood, stone, ivory, and plasters are materials which can be carved. Carving can be found in the important building such as mosque, church, etc especially in the doors, ceiling, and wall panels.

Facts about Islamic Art 8: Calligraphy

Calligraphy is very popular in Islamic art. It is also known as decorative writing. Calligraphy is often used in many design. It also can be combined with geometric and arabesque patterns. Verse from the Quran is usually used for the writing.

Calligraphy

Calligraphy

Facts about Islamic Art 9: The most famous monuments of Islamic art

Taj mahal becomes the most famous monuments of Islamic art around the world. It is located in Agra, India. Although Hinduism is the main religion, Islamic art and architecture still dominated the large area in India

Facts about Islamic Art 10: Kinds of art

Basically, there are two kinds of art which was found in the Arab and Muslim world. First is Islamic art which was usually found in the mosques. Second is secular art which was often found in the palaces.

Mosque

Mosque

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