High quality products, right price and great service. Wide variety of all products. Thank you for all you do.

Marsha Mesa, AZ

More Testimonials »

Styles & Periods
Islamic Art

Islamic art is vast both temporally and geographically, reaching from the seventh to the 16th century and from southern Spain all the way to Central Asia. Though Islamic art shows marked variety, its main concern lies in its association with the Qur'an. This attention to the holy book of the Islamic religion makes calligraphy a preeminent element of Islamic art. Complex geometric designs, a bold, graphic use of color, and nonrepresentational decoration in public art are emblematic as well. Figural elements have been largely excluded from Islamic religious art because the Qur'an clearly forbids the worship of idols, although figures do appear in decorative objects designed for private use and in courtly art. While painting and sculpture are dominant forms in the West, in the Islamic world illuminated manuscripts, woven textiles, mosaic and colored tile, and blown glass are primary forms. Art was commonly sponsored by the patronage of rulers, who were responsible for constructing and decorating the mosques, which served, not only as religious buildings, but as cultural and educational centers for Islamic culture. Islamic mosques and monumental structures display, in their intricacies of construction and decoration, a love of pure form, arabesque. Innovation in Islamic art began to wane in the 15th century, as many of the Islamic courts which had long funded the arts fell to imperialist influence. Though Islamic art stagnated for some time, it remains a rich element of religious worship and culture throughout the world, responsible for the preservation of techniques and artistic sensibilities that may otherwise have been lost.


Feeling inspired? Try out these fine products…

From $23.96

Painting Self-Portraits

by Crowood Press

A valuable analysis of the art of self-portraiture.

From $20.00

How to Draw & Paint Figures & Landscapes

by Lorenz Books

Expert techniques, and 70 exercises and projects shown.

Up to 52% Off

Caballo Easel

by Best

Elegant and versatile

Up to 45% Off

From $23.53

Mastering Composition

by North Light

Great guide for all levels of painters.

From $2.85

Colored Pencil Assortments

by Pentel

Economical colored pencils that are great for students.
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Nov 21)
 

Craft-tastic Paper Bowl Kit

by Ann Williams Group

Great colorful bowls for your room

  Craft-tastic Paper Bowl Kit

 
List: $18.89
 
Non-Member: $13.99
26% OFF
 
VIP Member: $12.09
36% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

I asked a question about cleaning up the Adhesive and I reeived a very quick answer which solved my problem! Many thanks ! Laurence Anderson
- Laurence Anderson in Houston Texas
I love the idea behind this product. I use the Redi-Lead to do a stained glass effect on bottles. I would give the product more stars if it had a better adhesive. I have had to resort to using a glue for glass to keep it adhering to the curve of even large bottles, and when making curved shapes; like leaves.
- Bryan B. in Huntington, WV
Other than the few that kept breaking as I was sharpening them, I was impressed with the vibrant colors & how they went on so smoothly.
- Janet Stewart in Martinsville, IN (46151)

Free Download for Kids

Download free coloring book pages Download FREE
coloring book
pages to color at
home or school.

View Pages »

Please wait...
Please wait...