#Islamic Art

monir farmanfarmaian Women Artists

Iranian Mirror Mosaics of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019) was a contemporary Iranian artist who became a living legend while she was still alive. Her oeuvre...

Marga Patterson 9 January 2023

Architecture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – A Contemporary Architectural Marvel

Located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a contemporary architectural triumph that synthesizes different...

Maya M. Tola 22 December 2022

Medieval Art

All That Glitters: The Sparkling World of Medieval Mosaics

Welcome to the sparkling world of medieval mosaics! Although not as famous as illuminated manuscripts or stained glass, the mosaic was a popular art...

Alexandra Kiely 5 December 2022

Asian Art

Colors Shimmering in the Light: Islamic Mosaics Panorama

One of the most characteristic aspects of early Islamic architecture all over the world is the abundant use of mosaics, both in secular and religious...

Magda Michalska 5 December 2022

Design

The Fascinating Ceramic Tile Art of the Anatolian Seljuks

The ceramic tile art of the Anatolian Seljuks dazzled with its mystical turquoise hues, fantastical creatures, and figural depictions. So, who were...

Marga Patterson 9 November 2022

Artist Stories

Osman Hamdi: The First and Last Ottoman Orientalist

The first and last Orientalist painter of the Ottoman Empire is Osman Hamdi Bey. Born in modern-day Turkey, educated in Paris, and highly regarded as...

Irina Diana Calu 24 October 2022

Plate with Arabic Inscription, ca 975-1000, painted and glazed earthenware, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Plate with Arabic Inscription

Plate with Arabic Inscription is a masterpiece of 10th-century Islamic art. It combines minimalism, abstraction, and morality into a beautiful and...

James W Singer 20 October 2022

Art State of Mind

True Tips for a Happier Life from the Miniatures of Reza Abbasi

Everyone wants to be happy and each of us has a different idea of happiness. For some, it is finishing college and getting a new job. For others, it...

Rute Ferreira 13 October 2022

Literature

Most Beautiful Qurans You Must See

Three monotheistic religions are the so-called “religions of the book”. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all refer back to a spoken, and...

Magda Michalska 7 August 2022

Contemporary Art

More than a Stone. Representation of the Kaaba by Hamra Abbas

The 17th century world map from an Ottoman book on the discovery of the Americas Tarih-i Hind-i Garbi (History of the West Indies) points to Mecca...

Magda Michalska 7 August 2022

Art Travels

A Journey to Andalusia – Discover the Cultural Crossroads of Seville

Today, Seville’s golden age may have passed, but that is not to say it is without its treasures. Now the capital of Andalusia has inherited a...

Kacper Grass 7 August 2022

Art History 101

Everything You Should Know About Islamic Art

Bright colorful mosaics, stunning arches, amazing constructions in the middle of the desert, beautifully ornate calligraphy, incredible rock crystal...

Irina Diana Calu 7 August 2022