Saturday, 12th April 2014
The abstract pattern is more than just decoration. It’s a so-called Tughra, the mark of the Sultan. In a tughra, the Sultan’s name gets turned into a striking emblem or insignia, The document you’re looking at is a ‘ferman’ or imperial decree.
So generally documents like this were not made for display, but obviously when you displayed it in some sort of judicial or other setting, the fact that it was so grand almost meant that no-one could argue before they’d even read it.
there are two compartments; the lower one is filled with little clumps of flowers and above that is an abstract pattern which we call an arabesque. And the uprights have similar patterns but the variety is given by the use of plain or gold grounds. So this is not just a text, it’s also one of the finest examples of Ottoman illumination as an art form.
I work in The Museum Of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar so I know this stuff :)
Thursday, 10th April 2014
ILEKO CALENDAR is a new type of calendar which you can look both monthly calendar and weekly calendar on the same page. One set of 2 books and each book contains a half year calendar.
Wednesday, 9th April 2014