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Oct 25, 2015
| ISBN 9783791381473
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Oct 25, 2015 | ISBN 9783791381473
One of art history’s previously overlooked treasures—the vibrant ceramic tiles of Syria and especially Damascus—are the subject of this fascinating study by a leading Islamic art expert. Architectural ceramic decoration is one of the most celebratedmanifestations of the arts of Islam. Spanning a period from the13th to the 20th century, the tiles featured in this book exhibita rich range of influences from Persia, Turkey, China and evenEurope. A renowned specialist in the fields of Islamic andIndian art, Arthur Millner explores the historical context thatallowed the uniquely creative achievement of Syrian craftsmento flourish, and why tiles from this region are less restrictedin artistic expression than those from better-known centersof production. The complex and interconnected nature of tiledesigns, techniques and color palettes is explored, highlightingwhat is distinctive about Damascus ceramics and how theyrelate to tiles produced in other parts of the Islamic world.Finally, the author traces the journey made by many of thesetiles to the West, embellishing the interiors of wealthy clients asIslamic art became both fashionable and influential in late-19thcenturyart and design.
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