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Carvings on the side of the Quwwat Ul-Islam arched screen. Though the decorative motifs here, such as the Arabic calligraphy and the depictions of plant life, are common features in Islamic buildings throughout the world, the very exuberant, dense, high relief, and somewhat less stylized, manner in which they have been rendered is unusual, and much more in-keeping with Hindu artistic sensibilities than with those more often associated with Islam. Mehrauli. Delhi

Carvings on the side of the Quwwat Ul-Islam arched screen. Though the decorative motifs here, such as the Arabic calligraphy and the depictions of plant life, are common features in Islamic buildings throughout the world, the very exuberant, dense, high relief, and somewhat less stylized, manner in which they have been rendered is unusual, and much more in-keeping with Hindu artistic sensibilities than with those more often associated with Islam. Mehrauli. Delhi

The arches of the Quwwat Ul-Islam mosque must rank among India's most pronounced Hindu-Islamic artistic syntheses. Here, the form of the structure is Islamic, as are the various decorative motifs such as the calligraphic carvings and the renderings of  plant life. But the actual artisans who built the screen were almost certainly Hindus who would have used methods familiar to them from working on temples. Mehrauli. Delhi

The arches of the Quwwat Ul-Islam mosque must rank among India's most pronounced Hindu-Islamic artistic syntheses. Here, the form of the structure is Islamic, as are the various decorative motifs such as the calligraphic carvings and the renderings of plant life. But the actual artisans who built the screen were almost certainly Hindus who would have used methods familiar to them from working on temples. Mehrauli. Delhi

Tomb of Itimud ad-Daula, Agra, IndiaTen pointed star in marble and stone inlays, parchin kari craftsmanship (love the siamese-rosette-weird-tessellation-thing going on in the top and bottom rows)

Tomb of Itimud ad-Daula, Agra, IndiaTen pointed star in marble and stone inlays, parchin kari craftsmanship (love the siamese-rosette-weird-tessellation-thing going on in the top and bottom rows)

Taj Mahal by Marc Shandro  The Art of Parchin Kari – Marble InlayThe parchin kari at the Taj Mahal is one of the finest quality examples of the era. At the Taj, the technique is used most spectacularly to depict well observed blooms and flowering plants. Similar to the Italian technique known as ‘pietre dure’, a variety of colored stones including lapis lazuli, carnelian, agate and garnet, were used to achieve stunning depictions of the colorful flowers of India. Even greater detail was…

Taj Mahal by Marc Shandro The Art of Parchin Kari – Marble InlayThe parchin kari at the Taj Mahal is one of the finest quality examples of the era. At the Taj, the technique is used most spectacularly to depict well observed blooms and flowering plants. Similar to the Italian technique known as ‘pietre dure’, a variety of colored stones including lapis lazuli, carnelian, agate and garnet, were used to achieve stunning depictions of the colorful flowers of India. Even greater detail was…

Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore’s old Walled City, Photographs by ||| Tammie

Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore’s old Walled City, Photographs by ||| Tammie