Islamic Art: BBC: The 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world – Shah Mosque, Isfahan

Islamic Art: BBC: The 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world - Shah Mosque, IsfahanSource: BBC Culture

In 1598, Shah Abbas moved the Persian capital to Isfahan. Here, he commissioned a remarkable sequence of ambitious and beautiful religious and civic buildings. But, because the only readily available building material in Isfahan was baked mud brick, there was a fear that, however grand, the new buildings would look rather dull. New techniques in firing coloured mosaic tiles, however, allowed the Shah’s architects to revel in wondrous displays of decoration, brought to perfection here in the Shah Mosque (1612-38). Designed by the master calligrapher and miniaturist Rezza Abbasi, the blue, yellow, turquoise, pink and green tiles catch and reflect the light of this bright and hot city, animating cool spaces under the great blue dome of Abbas’s mosque. (Credit: Hossein Lohinejadian / Alamy Stock Photo)

Read more – Dated: 17 March 2016

 

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