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The Art of the Islamic Tile Hardcover – 7 Oct 2002


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 208010876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080108760
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.9 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,504,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ceramics of the Islamic world have penetrated far beyond their geographical origins, often in the form of household wares but also via architectural ornamentation in the form of magnificent hand-decorated tiles. The extraordinary technology developed in this decorative process is testament to the consummate skill of Islamic craftsmen. Their work, which adorns architectural monuments from Morocco to India, exhibits not only a vast array of decorative designs but also highly sophisticated techniques which are impressive even by today's standards. This book presents a comprehensive overview of Islamic architectural decoration in all its diversity from a vast geographical area: not only the Middle East, but also Spain, northern Africa, Turkey, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent. Sumptuous color illustrations, accompanied by text that places each monument in its historical, artistic, and technological context, reveal the long-hidden secrets of the techniques of tile making that made this art form possible, and draw readers into a dazzling, magical world of fabulously decorated buildings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, no matter how many times you go through it you are completely captivated by the pictures of the stunning mosques, mausoleums, palaces, etc. From the exterior tiles, renovations, patterns, to the intricate interior, domes, borders, etc. It actually makes you want to visit the whole muslim world country by country.
From Esfahan (my personal fave), to Cairo, From Samarkand, to Cordova - (countries included: Morrocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Uzbekistan and Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India)
Obviously it can't have every muslim country and every stunning monument but it has the main ones and is well priced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The pictures will hypnotize you 23 May 2005
By Top 100 UK Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, no matter how many times you go through it you are completely captivated by the pictures of the stunning mosques, mausoleums, palaces, etc. It actually makes you want to visit the whole muslim world country by country.

From Esfahan, to Cairo, From Samarkand, to Cordova - (countries included: Morrocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Uzbekistan and Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) obviously it can't have every country and every monument but it has the main ones and is reasonably priced.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous! 20 Jan. 2005
By D. Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of wonderful photos! An excellent resource book for anyone who is interested in studying the visual richness of this medium.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good photos but poor texts 7 May 2004
By Vladyslav Serdyuk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I understand that it is almost impossible to write about many different centres of Islamic tiles but at least the authors should try but not just put a lot of color pictures of the tiles and write short text about it. This books is just good title and size.
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