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Description - Art of the Islamic Tile by Yves Porter

The ceramics of the Islamic world have penetrated far beyond their geographical origins, often in the form of household wares but also via architectural ornamentation in the form of magnificent hand-decorated tiles. The extraordinary technology developed in this decorative process is testament to the consummate skill of Islamic craftsmen. Their work, which adorns architectural monuments from Morocco to India, exhibits not only a vast array of decorative designs but also highly sophisticated techniques which are impressive even by today's standards. This book presents a comprehensive overview of Islamic architectural decoration in all its diversity from a vast geographical area: not only the Middle East, but also Spain, northern Africa, Turkey, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent. Sumptuous color illustrations, accompanied by text that places each monument in its historical, artistic, and technological context, reveal the long-hidden secrets of the techniques of tile making that made this art form possible, and draw readers into a dazzling, magical world of fabulously decorated buildings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9782080108760
ISBN-10: 208010876X
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
Imprint: Flammarion
Publisher: Editions Flammarion
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: France

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Author Biography - Yves Porter

Yves Porter holds a PhD in Iranian Studies and is a lecturer in Islamic art at the University of Provence. He has written a book on the technique of Persian painting as well as numerous articles published in both scientific and popular journals. Gerard Degeorge is an experienced photographer of the Islamic world. An historian and specialist in the study of Syria and the Arab world generally, he is on the teaching staff of the Ecole d'Architecture at Parisla-Seine.