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Persian carpet, Kashan type, Iran Late 16th century A.D. Made of silk Approximate size: 6 feet wide by 8 feet high Unlike many carpet designs, the animals in the central panel are not arranged symmetrically. Instead, they look like they are running free in a forest of plants. Some of the beasts show the influence of Chinese art. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Phoenix and Lotus tile. Frieze tile, probably Kashan, Iran. 1270-1280 A.D. Lustre glazed. Approximate size 14.75 in. x 14.25 in. Another example of Chinese influence in Iran after the Mongol conquest. This tile probably came from the summer palace known as Takht-I Suleiman. It alternated with tiles decorated with dragons. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Ewer (water pitcher) 7th century A.D., Iran This bronze pitcher copies the shape of pitchers made before Islam. The body of the pitcher is covered with abstract plant designs, while the handle is made in the shape of a four-legged animal. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Door panel, wood. Egypt, 11th century A.D. Carved horses’ heads and spiraling vines create a pleasing light and dark pattern. A piece like this would have been found in a rich person’s house, since wood is a scarce resource in Egypt. The carving is very fine, showing that someone took a great deal of time to finish this piece. In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Carpet, Iran 16th century. In the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Inscription band in mosque. Al-Ashraf Barsbay, Cairo, Egypt.

Ivory plaque, 10th Century A.D. Cordoba, Spain In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Science dish, Nishapur, Kazakhstan. 10th century A.D. Earthenware pottery. Calligraphy says: “Science, its tast is bitter at the beginning but, at the end, sweeter than honey. Blessing.” Louvre Museum, Paris.

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Mihrab Decoration. (Prayer niche pointing the way toward Mecca.) Al-Azhar Mosque Cairo, Egypt.

Stucco window grille. Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo, Egypt.

Detail of inlaid wood carving, From the book Al-Andalus:The Art of Islamic Spain, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992, p. 364

Writing desk. From the book Al-Andalus:The Art of Islamic Spain, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992, p. 158, plate 149

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The Ardabil Carpet, Iran. 1539-40 A.D. Wool and silk. 23.5 feet x 13 feet In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of J. Paul Getty

Book binding from Iran. 15th century A.D. leather, gold tooling, and paint. Iran. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ivory carving with flowers and leaves. From the book Art of Islam: Language and Meaning,by Titus Burkhardt., Plate 11, pg. 29

Kufic (square) and Cursive Arabic inscriptions made from bllue and tan tiles. From the book Art of Islam: Language and Meaning,by Titus Burkhardt., Plate 26, pg. 54

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Geometric tiling patterns. From the book Art of Islam: Language and Meaning,by Titus Burkhardt., Plate 45, pg. 67

More geometric tilings. From the book Art of Islam: Language and Meaning,by Titus Burkhardt., Plate 35, pg. 62

Calligraphic signature panel. Carved wood. Late 15th century A.D., Northern Iran. The inscription says, “made by Husayn ibn Master Ahmad, woodcarver of Sari.” In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Painted ceiling in the Gayer-Anderson House/Museum. Mid-20th century. Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Jerri Lejeune, 2004.

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Detail of carved and inlaid cupboard door. The white inlay is ivory. Mamluk period. Egypt. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Red and black cushion. Gayer-Anderson House Museum. 20th century. Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Jerri Lejeune, 2004.

Manuscript page. Late 15th century. Herat, Iran. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Foundation stone. 15th century. Marble with traces of gilding. Egypt In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Lustre glazed tile panel. Early 14th century Kashan, Iran. Twining vines on large tile, surrounded by calligraphic inscription from the Koran on small tiles. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Decorated Mashrabiya panels in the GayerAnderson House Museum. Late 19th-early20th century. Cairo, Egypt Major Anderson bought the panels from different houses that were being demolished and installed them in his house. Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Metal faucet handle. Gayer-Anderson House Museum. Late 19th-early20th century. Cairo, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Geometric stone floor tiles. Gayer-Anderson House Museum. Late 19th-early20th century. Cairo, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

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Indoor fountain. Gayer-Anderson House Museum. Late 19th-early20th century. Cairo, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Wooden panel, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, The Citadel Cairo, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Glass oil lamp with enameled calligraphy. Mamluk Syria or Egypt. The inscription says, “God is the Light of the heavens and of the earth.” In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Horshead dagger, Jade hilt with precious gems 17th century India In the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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Janissary’s cap ornament. Ottoman empire. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Detail from Koran folio Mid 14th century, Mamluk dynasty Egypt 40 cm x 64 cm Ink, watercolor, and gold on paper. In the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.

Metal window grille. Mosque of Mohamed Ali, The Citadel Cairo, Egypt Photo by Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Muqarnas tile used as building decorations. Early 15th century A.D. Ottoman empire, Bursa. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Peacock plate Turkey, Isnik period Ca. 1530 In the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Star and Cross tiles. Produced in molds and influenced by Chinese designs. Ca. 1270, northern Iran. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Stone floor mosaic, Qaitbey’s Fort Alexandria, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Koran page. Ca. 1550-1575 Iran 20 x 13 inches ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Carpet with medallions repeated in geometric pattern. Gayer-Anderson House Museum. Cairo, Egypt Photo, Jerri Lejeune, 2004

Manuscript page from the Shahnama. Ca 1550 A.D. Tabriz, Iran In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Doorway tiles called a spandrel. Isfahan. Ca 1650. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Silk textile fragment. 15th century A.D. From The Alhambra, Granada, Spain In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Tile Syria or Egypt 15 century A.D. 16 ¼ x 21 inches

Calligraphic Art, “Allah”

Lion plate Egypt In the collection of the Cairo Ceramics Museum

Water containers. Egypt. In the collection of the Cairo Ceramics Museum.

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Arches in the Mosque. Cordoba, Spain

Kirman Ceramic Plate Tareq Rajab Museum Kuwait No date available.

Mamluk Vase Egypt

Calligraphic Bowl In the Tareq Rajab Museum Kuwait No date available

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Ornate bowl in the Tareq Rajab Museum Kuwait No date available

Star tile, Tareq Rajab Museum Kuwait No date availabe

Calligraphic and animal plate in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait No date available

Tile design. From the book Art of Islam: Language and Meaning,by Titus Burkhardt., Plate 149, pg. 158

NOTE: To match pictures with provenance, separate the text pages from the photo pages. Page 1 of photos matches page 15 of text. Picture placement and text placement correspond on each page. Cut out photo and text, glue back-to-back, and laminate. One complete set consists of 56 cards. 28

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