Decorative Textiles from Arab and Islamic Cultures

Decorative Textiles from Arab and Islamic Cultures

This exceptional collection of Islamic textiles published here ranges widely in region, material and technique.

Author: Jennifer Wearden


ISBN: 1907372873

Category: Embroidery

Page: 200

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One of the most distinctive features of Islamic design is the evolution of an increasingly abstract and repetitive repertoire of motifs, which are shared among all media - metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, tilework and textiles. In textiles the main themes are based on angular and geometric shapes - vertical and horizontal striped bands; hexagons and octagons, which can be linked and infinitely extended; stylized and rhythmic scrolls of foliage and flowers; and Arabic calligraphy, of which the letters can be formed into continuous borders, panels and medallions. These motifs can be used separately or combined into complex patterns, of which the repetitive and two-dimensional features are ideal for textile production, especially where varying lengths are required - for hangings, curtains, robes and shawls. Valued for their role in the subtleties of court ceremonial and fashion, these textiles were also much admired beyond the Islamic lands. The exceptional collection published here ranges widely in region, material and technique. There are textiles and garments from North Africa, Syria, Arabia, Iran, Turkey and the Indian subcontinent linked by a shared vocabulary of ornament - evidence of the international nature of Islamic design. Materials represented are silk - the most prestigious of fibers, requiring highly respected weavers - wool, cotton and linen. Decoration is based on variations of weave and color and embellishment through embroidery, printing and appliqué and illustrates the work of both professional and domestic workers. The strengths of the collection are concentrated in the textile production of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which, thanks to the basically conservative nature of textile technique and design, preserve and continue the traditions established in the medieval Islamic world. They are important in an assessment of Islamic textiles both for their quality and as illustrations of survival and adaptation in a major industry. Their heritage reaches back well over a thousand years, even though their very high perishability means that for the earlier part of the tradition our knowledge is reliant very largely on written sources. These, however, attest to the superb quality and quantity of textiles at the courts of the period.REVIEWS "An attractive and scholarly book, and a stimulating appraisal of the Al Lulwa collection."Asian Textiles
Categories: Embroidery

Sociology on Culture

Sociology on Culture

In India, China, Japan, the region of Islamic culture centered in the Middle East,
and in old Europe beginning at least as ... Europe was influenced by important
elements of Arabic culture – scholarship, architecture, the decorative arts, textiles,

Author: John R. Hall

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415284844

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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Culture has become a touchstone of interdisciplinary conversation. For readers interested in sociology, the social sciences and the humanities, this book maps major classical and contemporary analyses and cultural controversies in relation to social processes, everyday life, and axes of ordering and difference - such as race, class and gender. Hall, Neitz, and Battani discuss: self and identity stratification the Other the cultural histories of modernity and postmodernity production of culture the problem of the audience action, social movements, and change. The authors advocate cultivating the sociological imagination by engaging myriad languages and perspectives of the social sciences and humanities, while cultivating cultural studies by developing the sociological imagination. Paying little respect to boundaries, and incorporating fascinating examples, this book draws on diverse intellectual perspectives and a variety of topics from various historical periods and regions of the world.
Categories: Social Science

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought

Aesthetics in Arabic Thought

draw attention to the Arabic tradition out of which Kitāb al-manāẓir springs, in
spite of the book's consiberable innovations. ... and gardens; and (2) the arts: a)
calligraphy, b) decorative designs, c) linear designs, d) images, e) glass, f)
textiles, and g) dance. ... from the stars, plants, and gardens are even more
commonplace, if possible, in Arab-Islamic culture, as we have seen many times
in these pages.

Author: José Miguel Puerta-Vilchez

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004345041

Category: Art

Page: 954

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Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus offers a history of aesthetic thought in the Arabic language from the pre-Islamic period to the Alhambra, with special attention to the great Arab philosophers of the Middle East and al-Andalus.
Categories: Art

Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World 2 Vol Set

Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World  2 Vol  Set

A Fatimid textile of Coptic tradition with Arabic inscription. Journal of the
American Research Center in Egypt, 4 (1965) pp.145-151. THOMPSON,
Deborah. 'Miniaturization' as a design principle in late Coptic textiles of the
Islamic period: ...

Author: Susan Sinclair

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004170582

Category: Reference

Page: 1512

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Following the tradition and style of the acclaimed Index Islamicus, the editors have created this new Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World. The editors have surveyed and annotated a wide range of books and articles from collected volumes and journals published in all European languages (except Turkish) between 1906 and 2011. This comprehensive bibliography is an indispensable tool for everyone involved in the study of material culture in Muslim societies.
Categories: Reference

The Universality of Two Decorative Motifs in Indian Textiles and Ornaments the Mango and the Lotus

The Universality of Two Decorative Motifs in Indian Textiles and Ornaments  the Mango  and the Lotus

His invasion ended the rule of the Arabs in Sind in 1005 A . D . The development
of Islam in India was a process of evolution rather than of imposition . Indifferent
to culture , the Turki - Afghan rulers sought neither to impose Islamic culture on ...

Author: Prathima Victor Lam


ISBN: CORNELL:31924003559683

Category: Plants in art

Page: 142

View: 357

Categories: Plants in art

Arab Modernism as World Cinema

Arab Modernism as World Cinema

The tradition of textuality and the decorative in ArabIslamic culture is well
established in part through the importance ... carved wooden doors, and rich
fabric upholstery are elements of the culture that are present and ubiquitous in
the city, ...

Author: Peter Limbrick

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520330566

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 302

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Arab Modernism as World Cinema explores the radically beautiful films of Moroccan filmmaker Moumen Smihi, demonstrating the importance of Moroccan and Arab film cultures in histories of world cinema. Addressing the legacy of the Nahda or “Arab Renaissance” of the nineteenth and early twentieth century—when Arab writers and artists reenergized Arab culture by engaging with other languages and societies—Peter Limbrick argues that Smihi’s films take up the spirit of the Nahda for a new age. Examining Smihi’s oeuvre, which enacts an exchange of images and ideas between Arab and non-Arab cultures, Limbrick rethinks the relation of Arab cinema to modernism and further engages debates about the use of modernist forms by filmmakers in the Global South. This original study offers new routes for thinking about world cinema and modernism in the Middle East and North Africa, and about Arab cinema in the world.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Essential Guide to Collectibles

The Essential Guide to Collectibles

Author: Alistair McAlpine

Publisher: Studio

ISBN: UCSD:31822031379944

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 640

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Featuring seven hundred entries on more than 170 subjects, this comprehensive guide to collectables on both sides of the Atlantic combs the museums and private collections of Europe and the U.S. for stunning images.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Islamic Textiles Material for a History Up to the Mongol Conquest

Islamic Textiles  Material for a History Up to the Mongol Conquest

The terms “ Muslim ” and “ Islamic ” as used here connote a cultural area and not
a religious division . The Arab eruption overflowed into the former territories of the
Byzantine and Persian empires . ... The debased naturalism of late Hellenistic art
had been giving way to an abstract and decorative tendency in every sphere ...

Author: Robert Bertram Serjeant


ISBN: IND:32000003322031

Category: Art, Islamic

Page: 263

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Categories: Art, Islamic



Caliphs and Kings : The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain ” includes coins ,
textile fragments , maps , plates , and floor tiles showing the Islamic , Christian ,
and Jewish cultures of Islamic Spain . And there is ... Wall labels and a map
connect 23 paintings and decorative objects in the permanent collection to this
show . From Giotto to Renoir , thanks to the trade in luxury goods with the Islamic
world , European artists delighted in pseudo - Arabic writing and Islamic fabrics .
And painters ...



ISBN: UOM:39015058909014

Category: Art, American


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Categories: Art, American

Arab Islamic Silver

Arab   Islamic Silver

... kinds of industries - purpledyeing , textile weaving , metalwork , glasswork ,
ivory carving , building and mining . ... Greek culture too is steeped in Phoenician
influence , and Homer's Iliad is full of praise for Phoenician weaving and
metallurgy . ... in Syria and many others . . regions , but Arabic and Islamic culture
A feature of the Ummayad style is the was , and is , strongly influential and use of
frescoes , mosaics and plaster evidence of Islamic traditions can be seen
decoration .

Author: Saad Al-Jadir


ISBN: UCSD:31822034588681

Category: Islamic art metal-work

Page: 216

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"'Arab and Islamic Silver' presents the varied skill and glory of the craft over the centuries up to the present day, from Morocco to Indonedia, from Safavid Samarkand to modern Baghdad, from Holy Mecca, from Yemen, Muscat and the Gulf, from Mughal Delhi, from the Mediteranean and hinterland cities of Algeria, Libya and Egypt, the Levan and Turkey, from Iran, Afghanistan and modern Pakistan."--from back
Categories: Islamic art metal-work

Silk and Religion

Silk and Religion

This contradiction had an effect on the artistic and technological development of
Islamic textiles from the beginning to the time that they began ... With the
development of sericulture and silk industry , silk and partially silk textiles
became rather common materials that commoners could afford to wear . ... The
Arab conquerors were motivated to seize all the silk workshops that ... From the
twelfth century , the Fatimids began to use more decorative , round naskhi letters
( Kühnel 1952 , 3 ) .

Author: Hsin-ju Liu

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015036088675

Category: History

Page: 235

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The author studies the silk trae in Eurasia between the seventh and twelfth centuries to explore how religious ideas and institutions affected economic behaviour. Long-distance silk trade had been established for centuries in ancient Eurasia, well before the state in Tang China and the Byzantine Empire set up state silk industries and clothing codes to regulate the trade and consumption of silk textiles. Silk textiles were invested with symbolic meaning and their use restricted to bureaucratic and religious hierarchies in both regions. Although this state monopoly never totally disappeared, silk textiles once again became commodities available in many parts of Eurasia after the tenth century. Religious concepts and institutions played a significant role in this process. Buddhism and Christianity facilitated the process of breaking state control over luxury goods, and Islamic regimes actually spread sericulture and silk-weaving technology over a vast area. This work will interest all those curious about medieval religion, culture and economic life.
Categories: History

Minbar Al Islam

Minbar Al Islam

The use of Arabic letters as decorative patterns was not confined to the Islamic
world . ... This merchandise included silk textiles , brass objects inlaid with silver ,
carv : ed ivories , ceramics and other things many of which were ... It formed with
South Italy one state that had been ruled and inhabited by the Arabs until the
eleventh century where Islamic culture existed and even flourished during the ...



ISBN: UOM:39015082614051

Category: Islam


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Categories: Islam



Constantinople remained preeminent in textile work far into the fourteenth
century . ... They carried with them not only the word of Allah but also a political
system , a language , and a culture that combined the ... We can thus speak of
Islamic weaving as that practiced by Arab craftspeople as well as by native
artisans in all the lands under the dominion of the Caliphate ( fig . ... and purely
decorative form .

Author: Shirley E. Held

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: CORNELL:31924067905988

Category: Art

Page: 425

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The artistic and practical aspects of creating fabric are considered in discussions on weaving on the loom and by hand, spinning and coloring yarn, and designing materials.
Categories: Art

Textiles of the Islamic World

Textiles of the Islamic World

May , Florence Lewis , Silk Textiles of Spain : Eighth to Fifteenth Century , 1957
Medjitova , Elmira , Turkmen Folk Arts , 1990 ... Palestinian Costume , 1989 - ,
Costumes from the Arab World , 2002 Rau , Pip , Ikats : Woven Silks from Central
Asia ... Middle Eastern Costume from the Tribes and Cities of Iran and Turkey ,
1981 - , Domestic Culture in the Middle East ... 1991 Volbach , W. Fritz , Early
Decorative Textiles , 1969 Von Falke , Otto , Decorative Silks , 1936 Von Folsach
, Kjeld ...

Author: John Gillow


ISBN: UCSD:31822040884736

Category: Design

Page: 319

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Offers a region-by-region survey of textiles made, worn, used, and displayed in the Islamic world.
Categories: Design

Guide to Islam

Guide to Islam

Author: David Ede

Publisher: G K Hall

ISBN: UOM:39015015893624

Category: Reference

Page: 261

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Categories: Reference

Islamic Culture

Islamic Culture

... of Textiles ) ; Sykes , ii , 203 , 206 ; Hadiqah , 217 ; see also Sanai , 150-171 ,
and the scholarly Arabic paper entitled ... Käri or the decoration of the folios of
books under the Safavis , see A.A.A. , 124-127 ; T . Arnold , Painting in Islam ,
239 ...

Author: Marmaduke William Pickthall


ISBN: UOM:39015062028025

Category: Civilization, Islamic


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Categories: Civilization, Islamic

International Who s who in Art and Antiques

International Who s who in Art and Antiques

Mozarabian art , coins , early sculptures and paintings , folklore , Spanish
ceramics , religious art , Etruscan mirror . ... New Kingdom , Napatan Period ,
Meroitic culture , Islamic culture , etc. ... Objects from African , Asian , American
cultures , coins , rugs , decorative art , folklore , costumes , textiles , paintings ,
sculpture .

Author: Ernest Kay

Publisher: Cambridge [Eng.] : Melrose Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105031726800

Category: Art

Page: 525

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Categories: Art

Islamic Art

Islamic Art

In 1038 al - Thalabi wrote that : The Arabs used to call every delicately or
curiously made vessel and suchlike ... The Mongols The Mongol invasions of the
Middle East and of China in the thirteenth century brought Chinese and Islamic
culture closer together than ever before . ... Such was the popularity of Chinese
textiles that some Muslim potters strove to get a textile effect in the decoration of
their pots ...

Author: Robert Irwin


ISBN: STANFORD:36105020485954

Category: Architecture, Islamic

Page: 272

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Among the greatest and least understood areas of art is that of the Islamic nations and peoples. Robert Irwin, an expert in the arts of Islam and a compelling writer, takes the reader deep into the cultures in which some of the world's most splendid art was created. Working thematically, he surveys the refined and exquisite arts of porcelain, enamel, manuscript illumination, metalwork, calligraphy, textiles - and more - within a larger picture of a powerful faith, a profound tradition and a magnificent history. Writing in a lively and engaging style, Irwin places this complex art in context. He pays close attention to patronage, to how works of art are used and displayed, to the traditions within the Islamic cultures of fine craftsmanship, and to the shifting relationship of art to religious practice and belief.
Categories: Architecture, Islamic