10 Facts about Islamic Art 2020. - Salaamy Creative Community

Islamic art has been progressing for centuries but still, a lot about Islamic art is still unknown to the new generation. To understand Islam it’s very important to take a close look at Islamic culture as Islamic art represents the values, ethics and beliefs of Islam. Islamic art has been innovated and developed at different times and geographies to adapt itself as per the need and demand of the everchanging time. To date, Islamic art is cherished and celebrated in the Arab & nonarab regions. The interest of the young generation in calligraphy, Islamic illumination, Islamic geometry patterns continues to grow as it relates to their beliefs and upbringing. One thing we Muslims crave for is beauty and aesthetics & Islamic art satisfies our cravings for creativity and beautification. Islamic art is not just adorable to the eyes but also connects to our soul and gives a delightful experience.

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Let’s talk about some Interesting facts about Islamic art.

1- Islamic art can be classified into three mediums Islamic Architecture, Art of Books, and Art of objects. (1)Islamic architecture consists of Mosques, Royal palaces, Islamic monuments, Islamic heritage buildings, and Islamic Holy Sites. (2)Art of books comprises of Calligraphy, Illustrations, Illuminations & Book Binding (3)Art of objects include Islamic Home Decor, Islamic metalwork, Islamic glasswork, textiles, Carvings, Ivory, art installations, Islamic Miniature, Islamic Paintings, Crafts & Decorative art, etc

Islamic geometric patterns (Aydar kadi mosque, Bitola, Macedonia).jpgCredit Petar Milošević
Islamic geometric patterns (Aydar kadi mosque, Bitola, Macedonia).jpg
Credit Petar Milošević

2)Islamic art is nonfigurative which means the use of figures like animals, humans, or living forms which may lead to idolatry is strictly prohibited. For the same reason, you won’t notice any figurative artworks in holy sites and mosques, and also for the same reason artists explore calligraphy to use words as a medium to deliver their artistic expressions.

A monumental planispheric astrolabe made for Shah Jahan, Punjab, Lahore, 1648–58 AD. From the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.Source https://www.nasserdkhalili.com/the-eight-collections-2/
A monumental planispheric astrolabe made for Shah Jahan, Punjab, Lahore, 1648–58 AD. From the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.
Source https://www.nasserdkhalili.com/the-eight-collections-2/

3 Some of the most prized collection of Islamic art can be found in

(1)Metropolitan The Metropolitan museum which has a collection of more than 15000 objects from the seventh to the nineteenth century.

(2) The david collection is one of largest collection of Islamic art in the west


(3) The Harwards Museum Islamic art collection


(4) The cleveland Museum of art has a inspiring collection of Islamic art


(5) The National Museum of Asian art has more than 2200 objects of Islamic art


(6) One of the greatest collection of Islamic art can be found in MIA (MASTERPIECES OF ISLAMIC ART)


I will be coming up with an article on the best Islamic art collection & Islamic art museums so Muslim artists can take some inspiration and collectors can dive into some more prized possessions.

4) There are more than 77 recognized museums where you can make new discoveries and find treasures from the Islamic World of Arts. Please check out the link.


Museum of Islamic Art, Doha interiorCopyright JukoFF
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha interior
Copyright JukoFF

5) Taj Mahal is the most famous Monument of Islamic art which was built by Shahjahan for his love Mumtaz, There are lakhs of visitors who come every year to see and feel the Masterpiece, I have personally visited around 7 to 8 times and it keeps calling me back, the vibes are just amazing and the site is full of peace and glam. It would take me a whole book to write about Taj Mahal as I don’t think a blog is enough for it.


6) Islamic art has been existing since the last 1400 years starting from the 7 th century, From Saudi Arabia to Turkey, Iraq, Iran, North Africa, and to every corner of the world where Islam exists. Islamic art will always be in the trend until the end of the world.(Inshallah)

(7) Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib, cousin, and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad was a renowned calligrapher.

“The beauty of writing is the tongue of the hand and the elegance of thought.”

Ali ibn Abi Talib

8)The oldest Islamic Monument is the Dome of Rock which was build during the 6th century. It is one of the most sacred sites of Islam and is praised for its Islamic architecture and artworks.

Islamic art,Dome of Rock
Dome Of Rock

9) Kufic Script is said to be the Oldest Arabic script and is regarded as the mother of all Calligraphic scripts.

Islamic art
Kufic Script

10)The most Luxurious Manuscript ever created is the Blue Quran. It is called the Blue Quran because of the use of Indigo Dyed parchment used for its folio. It was made During the 9th & the 10 centuries.It is not clear whether it was made in Spain, Italy or Africa so this topic is debatable.

Source http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Text/Mss/blue.html
Source http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/Text/Mss/blue.html

I hope you enjoyed these facts about Islamic art, do let me know if you enjoy reading these Blogs on Islamic art. It would be great if you can join over the growing community of Muslim artists from different corners of the world, All you have to do is register free . Spread good vibes, breathe more think less and don’t forget to travel around the world and explore the beauty of the creator and his creations .


May Allah Bless them and their ancestors of the creations of Allah who created this Platform .....

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