Islamic religious art cannot contain any human representation, including images of their God. Human portrayal is seen as a form of idolatry. In contrast, Christian art often contains images from the bible including Jesus, God, and the saints.
Instead of animal and human figures, Islamic religious art often contained vegetal motifs and patterns. Gardens, tree groves, flowing streams and flowers were all common. These were used to represent places of Paradise awaiting the faithful Islamic.
Secular Islamic Art, unlike religious Islamic art, is able to contain human and animal figures, and often did. This carpet contains an animal design, perfectly fine for private use but unfit to decorate a Mosque.
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