Geometry of Muqarnas in Islamic architecture
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Geometry of Muqarnas in Islamic architecture by Mamoun Sakkal

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Published by [s.n.] in [s.l.] .
Written in English


  • Muqarnas,
  • Architecture, Islamic

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementby Mamoun Sakkal.
LC ClassificationsNA380 S23
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 222 leaves :
Number of Pages222
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14759281M

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She also compares the Islamic understanding of geometry with that found in medieval Western art, making this book particularly valuable for all historians and critics of architecture. The scroll.   Muqarnas are a feature unique to Islamic architecture. They serve to create a smooth transitional zone between, for example a dome and the walls that support it. Muqarnas can be considered three-dimensional versions of the more familiar two dimensional Islamic geometric design. The way they are designed is very similar; they use the same language. Figures 5: Muqarnas drawings in The Topkapi Scroll, the best preserved example of its kind, displaying geometry and ornament of Islamic architecture: (5A) Vault fragment with black-dotted polygonal grid lines, triangular one-twentieth repeat unit of a decagonal vault, and fan-shaped radial Muqarnas quarter vault; (5B) Fan-shaped radial muqarnas quarter vault, and shell-shaped radial muqarnas quarter vault; .   Islamic art and architecture also used geometry in many ways. As a math geek, I have been fascinated with the calligraphy of the Quran. As a math geek, I Author: Ali Kayaspor.

  Muqarnas is the Arabic word for stalactite vault. It is an originally Islamic type of wall or ceiling decoration, which is used to make a smooth transition from the rectangular basis of the building to the vaulted ceiling. You can also see muqarnas on minarets or the eaves of a building.   Islamic craftsmen turned geometry into an art form because pictures of people were not allowed in holy places. Dutchman Eric Broug - who lives in the north of England - . Islamic decoration, which tends to avoid using figurative images, makes frequent use of geometric patterns which have developed over the centuries. The geometric designs in Islamic art are often built on combinations of repeated squares and circles, which may be overlapped and interlaced, as can arabesques (with which they are often combined), to form intricate and complex patterns, including a wide variety of tessellations. These may constitute the entire decoration. Three-dimensional decorative device used widely in Islamic architecture, in which tiers of individual elements, including niche-like cells, brackets and pendants, are projected over those below ().Muqarnas decoration, executed in stucco, brick, wood and stone, was consistently applied to cornices, squinches, pendentives, the inner surfaces of vaults and other parts of buildings throughout the.

Muqarnas is significant in Islamic architecture because its elaborate form is a symbolic representation of universal creation by God. Muqarnas architecture is featured in domes, half-dome entrances, iwans and apses. The two main types of muqarnas are the North African/Middle Eastern style, composed of a series of downward triangular projections. Muqarnas: the Muqarnas is basically a three-dimensional decoration of Islamic was initially built to be structural in purpose made out of stone, but later on it became of a more crafted decoration and made of plaster, these clusters niches were used to decorate the area between the wall and the dome in Islamic architecture. Muqarnas: Geometrical and Stereotomic Techniques in Ancient Islamic Architectures: Ceilings and Domes of Mameluk Buildings in Old Cairo: /ch The topic of this chapter is the geometry and the construction of vaulted and decorative systems called ‘muqarnas', one of the most typical elements ofCited by: 1. Her books include The Topkap Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture and The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire. Product details. Series: Studies and Sources in Islamic Art and Architecture: Supplements to Muqarnas (Book 13) Hardcover: pages;/5(2).