Kaftan (Arabic: qafṭān).
From ancient Turkish ‘kap ton’ or covering garment.
A garment of royalty, worn by sultans and queens throughout the Middle East for thousands of years. Fluid lines and elegant silhouettes that have stood the test of time. Artisanal patterns that start a meaningful conversation.
“This Ramadan season we celebrate the artistic traditions in Islam that date back over 1400 years”, says Sarah Ansari, Artizara’s founder. “
“Islamic artistic motifs, like infinite mosaics and fluid calligraphy, signify the vast diversity of the universe and a deeper meaning that resonates with people of all backgrounds.”
According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
“ As islam is not only a religion but a way of life, it fostered the development of a distinctive culture with its own unique artistic language that is reflected in art and architecture throughout the Muslim world.”
This season Artizara celebrates masterpieces of Islamic art, through the lens of the Kaftan.
Opulent gold, lapis blue and turquoise tile from the famed Dome of the Rock inspire the Jamila kaftan.
The first piece of Islamic architecture created as a work of art in the 7th century, the Dome of the Rock represents the earliest stage of the emergence of a distinct Islamic visual style.
The Calafia kaftan features stunningly original visual composition inspired by a masterpiece: The 8th century Great Mosque of Cordoba. A testament to Muslim artisans’ brilliance in melding regional traditions into their own unique architectural style.
A study in brilliant color, the Cadira kaftan is decorated with rich, radiating mosaics evoking the dazzling dome of the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
An extraordinary combination of the familiar and the innovative, a formal stylistic vocabulary that can be recognized as ‘Islamic’ even today.
The Hamra kaftan was inspired by the splendid plaster reliefs of the 13th century Moorish fortress: the Al Hamra (the Red One). A masterpiece from Nasrid Spain, a testament to one of the most extraordinary periods of art and culture in medieval Europe.
Rich pigments in tones of gold, lapis lazuli, azurite, malachite and cinnabar decorated the fabled Alhambra. Whispers of those colors still remain amidst the lacy plasterwork, and inspire the Almeria kaftan.
Pearlescent flowers carved in white marble that look so real, you want to touch them.
The Mumtaz kaftan was inspired by white marble reliefs from jewel of islamic art in India, the Taj Mahal. An ode to love, the Taj was dedicated by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century.
Expanses of intricate florals dancing in a heavenly garden. Patterns so precise, they look painted on. Colors still vibrant, centuries later.
A kaftan design inspired by sumptuous Parchin Kari, the art of precious stone inlay in white marble. An art that reached its height at the Taj Mahal.
A Persian word that means ‘beloved’.
Decorated with ruby red blooms inspired by precious stone inlays at the Taj Mahal, against an unexpected black marble background. Non traditional, unique: the Nigar kaftan.
The Baraka kaftan recalls the flamboyant flowers, fruit and cypresses that decorate the 17th century Blue Mosque, in Istanbul. Its Iznik tiles pictured more than fifty different tulip designs.
Stylized blue florals inspired by the Blue mosque against a midnight black background. Brilliant geometric borders that evoke Islamic zellij tilework.
The Bushra kaftan is a pared down take on the traditional.
Glittering. Brilliant. Fit for a Mughal queen.
The Zeba kaftan recounts the intricate mirror mosaics of the fabled 17th century Sheesh Mahal, Lahore.
The Zeenat kaftan is a more modern interpretation of Sheesh Mahal motifs. A stylized rendering of the elaborate ancient mirror designs, in a way that’s very present day.
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