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And Diverse Are Their Hues

Colour in Islamic Art and Culture

written by Professor Sheila S Blair, Jonathan M Bloom

Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300175721

Hardback – 408 pages


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The Koran uses the phrase 'and diverse are their hues' to describe the glorious chromatic variety of God's creation. Colour has always been an important signifier in Islamic art, and its uses have encompassed the practical as well as the mystical and poetic. This comprehensive volume is the first to analyze the use of colour in Islamic art and architecture from a range of artistic and cultural perspectives. A prestigious team of international scholars discusses the applications and implications of colour in Islamic cultures from medieval to modern times and from Central Asia to Spain and beyond. They look at art, architecture, literature, philosophy, mysticism, optics, and conservation studies. Amply and vividly illustrated, "And Diverse Are Their Hues" is also a remarkable visual resource for Islamic carpets, ceramic tiles, manuscripts, gardens, and buildings.


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