WHAT IS ‘MODERN ISLAMIC WALL ART’?


Home décor has several categories, spiritual or religious being one of them. A popular spiritual home décor form is Islamic wall art. In the online marketplace, one can find several varieties of Islamic wall art – from the economical wall decals or vinyl stickers to premium colorful canvas frames as well as downloadable digital art.
Islamic wall art isn’t a new trend. In fact, its history goes back to the 7th century, shortly after the advent of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula. As Islam forbade human or animal imagery, there had to be a new way to express art, one that was in conformity with the rules and regulations of the new religion.
Thus, began the tradition of Islamic calligraphy – the art of writing the verses of the Quran in very stylish, artistic forms. It helped that the Arabic script, with its dots, dashes, loops, curves, and symbols representing vowel sounds, rendered itself wonderfully to calligraphy.
Over time, the art of Islamic calligraphy evolved into different regional fonts – from the Kufic style that developed in Iraq and the Diwani font that emerged in Turkey to the Nastaliq font which flourished in Persia and the Tughra or figurative writing that found patronage in northern India.
At a time when Islamic empires ruled vast swathes of territories – from Spain in the west to India in the east, Islamic calligraphy flourished in the courts of the Muslim rulers. Islamic calligraphy was used to adorn the walls of Taj Mahal, for example, while the Ottomans used this form of Islamic art on the walls of the Blue Mosque in Turkey. Besides being used as Islamic wall art, Islamic calligraphy was also used in handicrafts such as pottery, marble work, and carpets.
Over time, Islamic wall art became more democratized, and ordinary folk too started decorating their walls with black fabric on which text would be sewn in golden thread, or Turkish carpets with calligraphy neatly stitched in.
Now, new forms of Islamic art are emerging, with the application of modern materials and digital technologies.
Modern Islamic wall art combines new mediums and technology with traditional Islamic calligraphy. Now, a wide variety of Arabic fonts can be downloaded and used to write text artistically. For those who want handwritten pieces, well, even those, with the intervention of technology, can be scanned, colored, sharpened, enlarged and then printed on new mediums such as canvas or leather.
Kings and princes who used to pay artists have now been replaced by tech-savvy users who ask calligraphers to make custom pieces for them. Modern Islamic wall art not just serves to decorate your homes, offices or restaurants, but can also be given as a gift to a loved one on occasions such as weddings. What can be more beautiful a gift that a reminder from the Holy Quran?
Indeed, as the interest and demand grow, Islamic wall art is set to see exciting new trends and ideas in designing and materials used for producing the art.
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