Islamic Art and Architecture Vol. 2 – Decor

The Museum of Islamic Art had a fascinating section that included ceramics, textiles and woodwork dating back to the 7th century. Here are just some of the stunning samples we saw, such as the Turkish tile above c1560, that uses a technique called ‘fritware’ in which ground glass is mixed with the clay and baked at high temperatures to ensure appropriate fusion with the ceramic.

Not so old 19th century Indian cabinet – wood with ivory, pewter and ebony inlay.


15th century carved wooden panel from Iran.


17th century Cuerda Seca tiles from Kashmir or Lahore. Tiles like this were traditionally used to decorate the walls of both palaces and tombs. The Cuerda Seca technique involves the use of thin lines of some sort of greasy substance to prevent the water soluble glazes running together.


17th century carved sandstone Jali screen from India.


Early 15th century silk pile Ashtapada (Chessboard) carpet from Central Asia.


Further examples of Cuerda Seca fritware tiles, this time from 17th century Iran.


Egyptian wooden door from the 14th century with ebony, cedar, walnut and bone (ivory) inlay.

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