Backgrounds and Architecture Gallery

A collection of images from the natural and the human world especially the geometric forms found in Islamic architecture. The structure of lichens is of endless fascination, and they are easily found in most landscapes if you take the care to look. The strictures in Islam against the representation of living creatures produced an ingenuity of construction and of pattern that almost makes the onlooker dizzy with detail, and a source of continuing pleasure. 

Many of the techniques used have been utterly lost to us, nowadays. Some of the stonework friezes were constructed to shield the women of Hindu rulers’ palaces from onlookers while they were able to observe events unseen.


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