Aesthetic Analysis of Mosques’ Ornamentation and Tiling in the Safavid Era: A Case Study of Sheikh Lotfollah, Char Bagh, and Shah Mosques in Isfahan

Mehnoush ORAK, Behzad VASIGH
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Abstract. Ornamentation in the Islamic architecture in addition to elegance, suggest other concepts such as pantheism and tiling considers an elegant method of ornamentation throughout Muslim’s world.In Safavid era seven-colored tiles were widely used in Isfahan palaces.

The present study aims to analyze the ornamentation of mosques inSafavid era from an aesthetic point of view. Therefore, Shaikhlotfollah, Char Bagh and Shah Mosque of Isfahan are samples studied in a descriptive-analytical method and library document data collection, data analysis is based on the Gestalt principles. Finally, aesthetic of mosque’s ornamentation is analyzed based on the principle of perception and formulate some criteria to identify it.


Safavid era, M osques, Tiling, Aesthetic Analysis

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