Architectural Decoration in Islam: History and Techniques

  • Ruba Kana'an
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8634

Architectural decoration has been one of the most resilient of the Islamic arts. The partial and more often overall decoration of buildings has been a characteristic feature of Islamic architecture from the eighth century onwards. Religious monuments as well as secular complexes have been decorated with an array of styles and techniques that reflected the multiplicity of Muslim societies and their cultural expressions. The importance given to decorating one's built environment has also been applied to temporary settlements such as tented encampments.

Up until the eleventh century, most decorative techniques such as the use of decorative brickwork or moulded stucco in the Muslim east, and mosaics, ablaqand carved stone in the central Muslim world were inherited from pre‐Islamic cultures and societies. Muslim artisans transferred these skills into their respective contexts and adapted them to their architectural needs. It was only in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries that the use of...
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