The islamic world
The first of these artworks is by far the largest, one of a pair of carpets from Ardabil in Iran. The carpets come from the funerary mosque of Shaykh Safi alDIn(1252-1334)the founder of this line.
The kind of mosque lamps depicted on the Ardabil carpets were usually made of glass and lavishly decorated. Islamic artists perfected this art form and fortunately despite the unique fragile natural.
In the Islamic world, the art of calligraphy, ornamental writing, help a place of honor. The faithful wanted to reproduce the Korans sacred words in a script as a beauty as human hands could contrive.
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