• Inspired by books Wood Carving

    Inspired by books Wood Carving

    INSPIRED 
    BY BOOKS

Background

Salam Al Hajiry wanted to create wood carvings and designs based on traditional Islamic designs. He wanted to think about making contemporary items like bowling pins, snooker cues and wooden flower vase decorated with traditional Islamic designs. It was important to Salam that the designs related to the history of Islamic art and showed designs from several different periods.

Using the Library and collection to find inspiration

Salam Al Hajiry visited the MIA Library for several months to research his topic of interest. He used over 13 books in the library to complete his research. Some of these books include:
Ivory : 8th to 17th centuries : treasures from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar by Rosser-Owen, Mariam. Call number NK5895 .R67 2004
Metalwork treasures from the Islamic courts by Allan, James W. Call number NK6473 .A45 2002
كنوز الإسلام : روائع الفن في العالم الإسلامي / تأليف برنار أوكان ؛ ترجمة نورما نابلسي.‫‫أوكان، برنار.‬ NK720 .K86 2009
Jewelled treasures : from the Mughal courts by Qatar Museums Authority. Call number NK7376.Q2 2002

Creating designs

Salam came to the museum and library to do research into Islamic Art Design. He made photocopies of the images in the books on Islamic Art. He then created the design as a sketch and then as a computerised template using AutoCAD. He then selected the type of wood to be used which in this case was teak.

The Finished product

He then began carving the final object from his design - it took over a year and a half to complete the wooden flower vase. It is over one metre in size. At the moment the vase has only been display in his home but he has taught several workshops in wood carving and had lots of good press coverage including an spot on Qatar TV and in several newspapers. He is now working on more designs for objects such as: bowling pins, pool sticks and trophies.