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The Beauty of Islamic Art

While doing research for my Art History paper, I found the most fascinating fact about the geometric patterns. According to several sources, Islamic artists purposely create a imperfection in their geometric patterns and mosaics because the belief is there is nothing perfect other than Allah (God) himself. As a muslim, I thought this was the most beautiful nod to Islam and it’s beliefs.

August 1998, Samarkand, Uzbekistan --- Detail of Islamic Tilework --- Image by © Gérard Degeorge/CORBIS

August 1998, Samarkand, Uzbekistan — Detail of Islamic Tilework — Image by © Gérard Degeorge/CORBISh

This is a piece I like a lot because of two reasons. First, its a piece that I have seen in multiple scenarios such as family homes or mosques back home. The second is the blue pattern on the outer is slightly altered in each corner so its not a perfect patterns, however it is mimicking the flow of the lines of the word Allah in arabic.

I personally, am in love with Islamic art. Is there a specific style of art that you guys enjoy? What do you think about making the art imperfect?

One Comment

  1. npatter2 wrote:

    I am absolutely in agreement, I think it is so beautiful and ornate. The complexity is stunning as well.

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