arabic manuscript

anonymous asked:

What do you think about a room in a room? Do you think it's practical or a waste of space? I saw a picture of a small minimalistic circular library in the middle of a square room and it looked cool but idk how practical that would be for a household (in the pic it looked like it was in a home)

I cannot make a blanket statement whether a room within a room is practical or impractical. In the hands of a good designer the room inside a room strategy can have great results, like in these examples:

Arabic and Persian Manuscripts Room Beyazıt State Library Tabanlioglu Architects

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LJS 51 Collection of alphabets and encoded correspondence. 15th Century.

This text is a collection of encrypted correspondence between the compiler and various correspondents, in approximately 150 alphabets, accompanied by transcriptions of the letters in Arabic. The variation in the scripts between the top and bottom parts of the page are distinct.

More information on this text is available here on OPenn.


A real #TBT today — I made this piece in February but forgot to track it when I sent it out and worried that it had been lost… But I was thrilled to hear yesterday that it finally arrived. Arabic is from the Qur'an (49:13): “We created you from one pair, and placed you in different nations so that you may know one another,” and Hebrew from the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 4:5): “Therefore humanity was created from a single person, so that no-one could say ‘My ancestor is greater than yours.’" 

Folio from a Qur'an

Date: ca. 900-950 Geography: Made in Probably Tunisia, Qairawan Medium: Gold leaf, silver, and ink on parchment colored with indigo Dimensions: 11 ¼ x 14 ¾ in. (28.5 x 37.5 cm) Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations Few objects demonstrate the inventiveness of early Islamic artists as elegantly as the now-dispersed Blue Qur’an. The manuscript reflects an awareness of Byzantine purple-dyed luxury manuscripts written in gold and silver. The later Muslim scribes’ innovations, however, are evident in the manuscript’s horizontal format, indigo-dyed blue parchment, and golden Kufic script. The combination gold and blue may have carried heavenly associations, as the same color scheme was used in the Qur’anic inscriptions in the Dome of the Rock dating to roughly the same period.

Libra - Islamic astrology, Book of Wonders, Kitab al Bulhan, composite manuscript in Arabic, late 14th century A.D. Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, Bodleian Library