Iwan (noun) An iwan is a vaulted room open on one side, usually onto a courtyard in an Islamic mosque. The iwan in Omar Khayyam’s tomb in Neishabour, Iran is decorated with characteristic Islamic geometric and vegetal motifs.
Calligraphy is prevalent in Islamic Art because the Muslim religion is revealed though sacred scriptures, the Quran, which is believed to be the word of God brought to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. Kufic script, named for Kufa, a city … Continue reading
The Musée du Louvre recently opened the doors to their new 32,000 square foot gallery space filled with Islamic art. It is the first big addition to the building since I. M. Pei’s glass pyramids were finished in 1993. Nearly … Continue reading
Dikka (noun) An elevated platform upon which a cantor stands in a mosque.
The focus of the Haram al-Sharif, or the Temple Mount, a religious sanctuary in Old Jerusalem that is sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, is the Dome of the Rock. Built from 688-691 BCE by Caliph Abd al-Malik, it is … Continue reading
Horror vacui (noun) Fear or dislike of empty space in the visual arts. Many accuse artists from the Ancient Egyptian era to Jackson Pollock of suffering from horror vacui. The term frequently is used to describe Islamic art in which … Continue reading