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EVOLUTION OF ISLAMIC WALL ART

Have you been thinking of doing up your home with Islamic art wall décor? Have you been looking for Islamic wall art for sale? Sure, that isn’t a surprise as Islamic wall art is aunique tradition in which passages from the Glorious Quran are inscribed on the walls of monuments, buildings and residences.



The main featureof Islamic artwall décoris Arabic calligraphy, wherein the verses from the Quran are written in calligraphic style. This kind of art came about because imagery of humans or animals is not allowed in Islam. And thereforewall art of Muslim monuments consists of Arabic calligraphy.

Calligraphy, the Greek word for stylish handwriting, became the mainstay of wall art in the Islamic world, be it the Ottoman sultanate, the Safavid empire or the Mughal dynasty. From the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the most tourist-friendly Muslim monuments are adorned with Quranic verses engraved in calligraphic styles.

The Arabic script particularly is suited to the art of calligraphy. The loops, curves, dots, and diacritical marks in the Arabic script can be neatly navigated to create a beautiful piece of writing. Individual letters of the Arabic alphabet can be also be reduced to half their size in order to join them to other letters.

As Muslims vanquished different parts of the globe, they employed calligraphers to write verses of the Quran which could be displayed on monuments and buildings. The artists would also paint/engrave/sew/etchayatson handicrafts such as ceramics, wooden artefacts and wall carpets. Calligraphers also wrote court papers.

From each Muslim-ruled empire, new styles of Islamic calligraphy arose. The Kufic style of straight, angular strokes came about in Kufa, Iraq; the Diwani font of decorative, intricate writing developed in Turkey; the Tughra school of free-hand, often figurative, writing flourished in parts of northern India.

Over time, as European imperialists defeated Muslim kingdoms, Islamic calligraphy stopped receiving royal patronage. But as new nations gained independence at the end of World War II, Islamic calligraphy made a comeback.

Recently, interest in Islamic calligraphyis coming up largely due to the emergence of online retail. From monuments past, Islamic calligraphy now has made way into modern, sleek spaces. Thanks to e-commerce, and the increasing exposure of people to different arts and cultures, Islamic calligraphy has made a comeback in the form of ‘Islamic art wall décor’. A significant number of online retail stores have Islamic wall art for sale in different forms- wall decals,vivid giclee prints, paintings on canvas and sleek metallic frames. Young artists and curators now trade their artworks of art on the Internet, and sometimes make custom work too. Significantly, English translations are also written besides or below the original Arabic verse for the benefit of non-Arab Muslims who greatly outnumber Arab Muslims. Clearly, in terms of language, material, and technology used for printing as well as profile of buyers, the world of Islamic art is seeing interesting and positive changes for sure.

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