Islamic and traditional
Introduction to Islamic art
by Dr Linda Komaroff
This illustrated introduction links history with artistic developments and covers the early Islamic, early medieval, late medieval and later Islamic periods. It is
based around the extensive collection of works at Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
ranging in date from the seventh to the 19th century and geographically from southern
Spain to Central Asia. For a quick overview of the items discussed, see the page of thumbnail images.
Art of the
Illustrated elections from a book by Dr. Esin Atil, describing the art of the Mamluk
empire that ruled in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine for more than 250
and pattern: the art of oriental rugs
Site created by Carol Bier, curator of the Textile Museum. Detailed commentary on
aspects of design, involving some simple mathematics.
Rugs: design, dyeing techniques, materials, weaving and knotting, classification, etc.
Skin decoration in the Middle East. What is an "Arabic
A comprehensive website about henna, used for skin decoration in many parts of the Arab
world - including how to do it yourself.
More about henna
Art and Islam
Elisabeth Siddiqui discusses the relationship between Islamic art and the principles of
A selection of exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
London art dealer specialising in 19th century and contemporary
Three sets of sculpture from the
Detroit Institute of Arts: South
Arab Art Exchange
Probably the best site for modern Arab art. Extensive list of artists with links to their
work, reviews and
Portfolios by Lebanese artists, plus links to several Beirut galleries
Work by several groups of artists, such as the Baghdad School and the Pioneers
Muslimah Artists' Network (IMAN)
Works by contemporary women artists
Work by Egyptian artists for sale
Kahlil Gibran's Art
The writer turns artist
A site for Moroccan artists and writers
Monde Arabe - Paris
A variety of on-line exhibitions (with text in French)
Comprehensive Arab art site based in Jordan
Palestinian artists and poets
A selection of watercolours and oils by Caroline Lees
Lebanese artist, painter and poet
A site for artists, painters, photographers and poets.
photography of Hakim Talbi
Talbi was born in 1966 in Oran, Algeria. He
learned the basics of photography at the Algiers
Military School of Engineers (ENITA) where he graduated in
1990. He covered many political events in
Algiers with his 35mm camera from 1988 to 1993. He now lives in New York and is working on two
books about his art.
Foundation for Images
A non-profit organisation which aims to locate, collect and
preserve the photographic heritage of the region.