Wednesday, November 17, 2010

جدارية في الرباط

mural decoration at café maure on bazzo st., oudaïas, rabat | photo courtesy of hristo stankushev

while europe was drowning into medieval darkness, natural sciences were flourishing in the arab world all the way from spain to india. based mostly on the knowledge of the ancient greeks, islamic philosophy, medicine and mathematics had their golden age between the 9th and 13th centuries. the rise of natural sciences along with the fundamental prohibition of figurative images led to the development of an immense tradition in non-objective decoration. geometric ornamentation can still be seen covering great parts of religious and secular buildings.

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