• Imperial Threads FEATURED MOTIFS

    FEATURED MOTIFS

  • Imperial Threads FEATURED MOTIFS

    FEATURED MOTIFS

  • Imperial Threads FEATURED MOTIFS

    FEATURED MOTIFS

  • Imperial Threads FEATURED MOTIFS

    FEATURED MOTIFS

Featured Motifs

The Safavids (1501–1736)

The Ottomans (1299–1923)

The Mughals (1526-1857)

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Cloudband Motifs

The cloudband or tchi, is a wavy ribbon-like motif generally formed in the shape of a horse shoe. Derived from Chinese art, it can be found on a variety of media from the Islamic world.

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Medallion Motifs

The medallion motif is generally circular or ogival in shape, and is often found centrally displayed within a greater design field.

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Animal Motifs

Animal motifs had long been depicted in Islamic and pre-Islamic art, decorating objects including ceramics, manuscripts, textiles and stonework.

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Çintamani Motifs

The word çintamani comes from Sanskrit and means ‘auspicious jewel’.

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Saz Motifs

The conquest of parts of Persia by the Ottomans in the 16th century largely influenced Turkish design styles.

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Lotus Flower Motifs

Adapted from Chinese traditions, the lotus flower is a motif that frequently appeared in Islamic art following the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.

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Lattice Motifs

Mughal art often features floral compositions grouped into clusters and placed to fit within an interlaced or criss-crossed scheme, commonly called the lattice design.

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Flower Motifs

Flower motifs, a common design found in many compositions, are apparent in most of the objects featured in this exhibition.

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