Chinese visual traditions encountered on Safavid furniture

Abouali, L., Wu, Z. and Kaner, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7946-7433, 2018. Chinese visual traditions encountered on Safavid furniture. Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov. Series II: Forestry, Wood Industry, Agricultural Food Engineering, 11 (2), pp. 81-94. ISSN 2065-2135

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Abstract

This paper investigates the design patterns derived from the Chinese tradition of wood-based crafts which were applied on furniture as found in the illustrated books of “The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasb” and “The Shahnama of Firdausi” during the Safavid period. The intimate connections between the Middle East and Asia over the past centuries (1501 to 1722) raised interest in both the handcrafts and decorative design motifs of the two regions. This resulted in the appearance of Chinese decorative motifs in Safavid miniatures which commenced in early Islam when Shah Ismail became a Chinese art appreciator. The Shah’s patronage is explicit through the painters and designers working in the court workshops where the practice of Chinese structural composition and designed patterns are evident with continued production during the following Safavid kings.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov. Series II: Forestry, Wood Industry, Agricultural Food Engineering
Creators: Abouali, L., Wu, Z. and Kaner, J.
Publisher: Transylvania University of Brasov
Date: 8 January 2018
Volume: 11
Number: 2
ISSN: 2065-2135
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Mar 2019 13:13
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 13:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35866

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