Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

January 2014

Islamic Art and Architecture Sign

Selector: Karen Liston

I invite you to explore the beautiful variety and history of Islamic art and architecture.  Wayne State University's library collection includes both online and printed volumes that showcase the splendor of individual pieces and explain the processes, influences, and development of genres as varied as pottery, glasswork, tilework, mosaics, painting, ceramics, embroidery, textiles, metalwork, jewelry, calligraphy and the very architecture and layout of Muslim cities themselves. The most challenging aspect of this display was deciding what to include; so be sure to look through the volumes I've selected and discover the beautiful treasures revealed in their pages.  Online images from our own Detroit Institute of Arts -- as well as museums all over the world -- are also available for your exploration and delight!

Highlights of some specific types of Islamic Art and Architecture include:
     Introductory Texts
Architecture and Cities
Religious Art
     Pottery, Ceramics and Glass
     Tilework and Mosaics
Pattern, Motif & Design
     Metalwork and Jewelry
     Embroidery, Textiles and Carpets
Calligraphy
The Art of the Book

The Art of the Book

Online Resources

Beautiful Mosque Interior

General Introductions & Overviews

Tilework and Mosaics

 

Beautiful Tile with Calligraphy

Pattern, Motif and Design

Picture of the Display

Photo of Islamic Art and Architecture Display

Religious Art

Paintings

Pottery, Ceramics and Glass

Metalwork and Jewelry

Embroidery, Textiles and Carpets

Calligraphy

Architecture and Cities