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Islamic Wall Art & Canvas Prints

Islamic Canvases & Wall Art

Islamic Art is a key feature of the early Islamic culture. Ever since the 7th century, Islamic artistic expressions have been produced, developed and exhibited in Muslim inhabited territories throughout the world. Visual Arts is a dominant art from in Islamic culture, especially Islamic Wall Art. An interesting thing about Islamic Visual Art is that it is non-representational. This is primarily due to Aniconism. Nevertheless, Islamic wall art features some of the most picturesque designs and exquisite patterns. Islamic wall art can be divided into three main elements, geometric patterns, calligraphy and vegetal patterns.

The earlies Islamic wall art was inspired by Byzantine Art also known as the Early Christian Art, Roman Art and Sassanian Art. Later over the years, as the Islamic civilization expanded its art was also influenced by Central Asian Nomadic tribes as well as Chinese Art forms, Islamic Civilization was not geographically bound. It was spread wide through the world connecting different cultures races and communities. Same was the case for Islamic Art. Every region had its very own style of Wall Art yet they all followed the general Islamic thematic. Islamic Art as a concept is often viewed critically by modern art historians. It is argued that it is a western idea to generalize art forms during the time into Islamic Art. However, the former argument about each region having its unique art while following a general theme which is only found in “Islamic Art” makes   the latter critique invalid.

Geometric Patterns are a key element of Islamic Wall Art. It is heavily used in most art designs since figurative images are forbidden in the religion. Geometric patterns largely consist of squares and circles that form an intricate, overlapping and interlaced pattern. The geometric patterns used in Islamic wall art are based on 6 -13-point patterns and some even go as further as 16 points. Other than this, the use of floral designs coupled with geometric patterns is a common technique in Islamic Wall Art. Together, the linear lines and patterns alongside vegetal designs form arabesques.

Islamic Wall Art is also reliant of calligraphy. The artistic attempt of writing Arabic words as well as alphabets is commonly seen in most if not all wall arts. Apart from Arabic, Islamic wall art calligraphy also features Persian, Urdu and Ottoman calligraphy. A major reason for using Arabic is the Muslim Holy Scripture, the Holy Quran. As it is an all-encompassing book of guidance for Muslims, easily spot Quranic verses in Muslim Wall Art. While calligraphy is used heavy in Islamic Art it does not stem of Aniconism. However, one can only understand the importance of written text the civilization.

Overall, Islamic wall art has a diverse range of artistic impressions that are a true reflection and representation of Islamic culture during the golden age. Wall Art itself is a unique and creative artform with enthusiasts all over the world.  

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Wall Art

A mural is an official term for wall art. Mural is a Spanish term that means “attached to a wall.” A mural is a painting or other kind of art that is layered onto a wall or ceiling in the realm of art. Thus, a mural, also commonly known as wall art, is any combination of images that is produced and painted on a wall, and sometimes on a ceiling. Wall art techniques are classified into four categories: fresco, mosaic, graffiti, and marouflage. Using these techniques various kinds of Wall Art can be produced such as Abstract Wall art or Islamic Wall Art to name a few. 

Abstract Wall art, as the name suggests, is wall art using abstract art form. Typically, abstract art is based on visual language. It comprises of shapes, colors, lines and even patterns that are used as a medium of expression by the artist. Abstract art is often confused with non-figurative art because of the level of similarity they have however, they are two different art forms. While non-figurative or non-representational art may have a connection with the real world, abstract art is essentially a depiction of an alternative reality and it is not necessary for abstract art to resonate with any ideas of contemporary art styles. This not only includes imagery but colors, styles and patterns as well. Abstract wall art is mostly used to deliver messages to its viewers. Traces of abstract art is found in almost all wall art techniques but it is most prevalent in graffiti. Graffiti as a medium of expression heavily relies on abstract art style.

Islamic wall art features some of the most picturesque designs and exquisite patterns. Islamic wall art can be divided into three main elements, geometric patterns, calligraphy and vegetal patterns. The earlies Islamic wall art was inspired by Byzantine Art also known as the Early Christian Art, Roman Art and Sassanian Art. Later over the years, as the Islamic civilization expanded its art was also influenced by Central Asian Nomadic tribes as well as Chinese Art forms, Islamic Civilization was not geographically bound. It was spread wide through the world connecting different cultures races and communities. Same was the case for Islamic Art. Every region had its very own style of Wall Art yet they all followed the general Islamic thematic. Islamic Art as a concept is often viewed critically by modern art historians. It is argued that it is a western idea to generalize art forms during the time into Islamic Art.

Geometric Patterns are also key element of Islamic Wall Art. It is heavily used in most art designs since figurative images are forbidden in the religion. Geometric patterns largely consist of squares and circles that form an intricate, overlapping and interlaced pattern. The geometric patterns used in Islamic wall art are based on 6 -13-point patterns and some even go as further as 16 points. Islamic Wall Art is also reliant of calligraphy.

All in all, wall art can be a great addition to any wall.


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Islamic Calligraphy

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One of the most prominent features of Islamic art is Islamic calligraphy. Since Islamic visual art is non-representational, Islamic calligraphy is one of the most popular art forms in the Muslim world. It involves writing alphabets that are derived from the sacred Muslim Scripture, The Holy Quran. But it is not solely based on that. Islamic Calligraphy also involved beautifying texts from other languages such as Urdu, Persian, and the Ottoman. Calligraphy in Arabic is also known as Khatt Arbi which roughly translates to Arabic designs or lines. It is commonly believed that Calligraphy became a major art form in Islamic Art because it avoids figurative representation however, this is not the case entirely. Reading and writing have a profound place in the Islamic religion. The first revelation revealed upon the Holy Prophet(PBUH), also stated that the first thing created by God was a pen. Therefore, Calligraphy also has religious importance and is considered a craft of great importance and value.

Islamic Calligraphy has been practiced since the beginning of the 7th century in Muslim territories throughout the world. The two major art forms that have emerged as a result of this are Kufic and Naskh. The Islamic civilization was spread all over the world, therefore regional variations are part of the two major styles mentioned previously.  Overall, Islamic Calligraphy comprises 5 styles, Naksh, Nasta’liq, Diwani, Thuluth, and Reqa. Traditional calligraphy technique requires the use of a pen also known as a kalam locally. It is made from dried reed or bamboo.

Islamic calligraphy is not restricted to paper and has been applied to numerous materials such as tiles, vessels, stone, and carpets to produce exquisite and picturesque calligraphy ornaments. Long before the paper was introduced, calligraphy was also performed on papyrus and parchment. The advent of paper acted as fuel to the fire as libraries in the Muslim world were full of texts and books that contained countless ideas and subject matters camouflaged in between the layers of beautifully written letters and words. Calligraphy was further developed and supported in 692 when the coinage was reformed by the Islamic Caliphate. The coins then used Islamic phrases and verses from the Quran. These were common on dinars and other gold coins of high value.

In the modern world, Islamic Calligraphy still holds its exalted status but was transformed into a modern art movement during the mid-20th century. It was initiated by Ibrahim el Salahi in 1955 in North Africa. Modern artists now use calligraphy as a graphic element in their artworks. This use of calligraphy also became known as the Huruffiya movement. Harf is an Arabic word that translates to the letter and Huruf is the plural form. The movement allowed Muslim artists to mix together, Muslim artistic expression with western art concepts. In other words, artists were able to display the cultural heritage and Islamic traditions using a contemporary composition. To date, calligraphy is a dominant art form that continues to present itself through various expressions.

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