Traditional Islamic Art
Traditional Islamic Art has always been a classic! Its always adored by Islamic rulers and high-ranking nobles. If I guess it correctly, its probably because the supplies are extremely costly, require a lot time and labour, powdered forms of precious stones and gold and silver leaf.
Some of the different types of Traditional Islamic Arts that I have a lot of interest for are the ones inspired by the Ottoman Era which include:
Tezhip: (Ottoman Illumination)
The illumination is created surrounding Arabic Calligraphy text taken from the Qur'an or the Hadith. It's a very detailed border that uses bright natural earth pigments (Such as: Lapis Lazuli, Burnt Sienna etc.) and consist of gold or silvers that comes from gold-leaf or silver leaf. Illumination requires a lot of steps (from drawing a border, to transferring it to the paper, to filling the gold, to adding colours and creating all the details and outlines). The artwork is done on a thick paper that can easily be framed.
This type of traditional art has a different technique. This art requires a slow mixing of water and mainly gold with Arabic gelatin. This method starts from the colouring of the interior motifs and moves on to the detail outlines using the same colours (mainly gold). Most of this style of work is done on darker papers with bright light colours used for the artwork itself. This artwork is also created on a thick paper that can easily be framed.
NOTE: Because this kind of work takes up to lots of weeks and months, I have only been able to do a few pieces. Most of the pieces are sold out. You may place an order for a traditional Islamic Art piece minimum 3-4 weeks in advance.
See 'Traditional Art' category under 'SHOP ART' for more Islamic Traditional Art.