Following the trail of Ibn Battuta

Square – in the geometrical Islamic Art

Lamps with square geometric patternsThis week I am showing you the photo challenge theme “Square” interpreted in the geometrical designs of Islamic Art, as seen in Lahore, Pakistan. In Islamic Art, generated from simple forms as the circle and the square, geometric patterns were combined, duplicated, interlaced, and arranged in intricate combinations, thus becoming one of the most distinguishing features of Islamic art.

The objects, which I photographed in Lahore, are part of the Lahore Fort and the Badshahi Mosque built by the Mughuls in the 15-16th century and UNESCO heritage sites. The other objects are a collection of wooden carvings from a Haveli, as the palace like houses with big courtyards are called. Today this particular building is part of a recommended restaurant in Lahore, the Cuckoo’s Den. The construction of this Haveli dates back to before “Partition Era”, which refers to…

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