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Ways to Decorate Your Home with Islamic Art

With the recent decision of New York’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to increase their representation of Islamic  art, more attention is now being given to Muslim artists around the world.

Artists like eL Seed.

El Seed against a backdrop of his Calligraffiti art

The renowned French-Tunisian street artist el Seed centers his work around what he calls “calligraffiti”. Born in 1981 with Tunisian heritage, it was this heritage and its history that led him to study Arabic and incorporate Arabic calligraphy into his art, creating mesmerizing modern works with inspirational messages.

Bold in scale, El Seed’s most ambitious work has been his “project of peace painted across 50 buildings”: a mural across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.

El Seed is not alone in the rising tide of artists from the Muslim world. Mehdi Bennaceri is an award winning Muslim photographer who travels the globe to document Muslim lifestyle and history. This includes stunning architectural shots of
mosques and palaces, but also forgotten bits of beauty in less known structures as well as snapshots into the day-to-day life of ordinary people. Mehdi Bennaceri is known for his passion for documentation and his mission to use his art to raise awareness  about social and cultural issues within the communities he visits.

Historically islamic art is known for three things, its grand architectural feats, complex geometric patterns or floral motifs and artwork with elegant calligraphy scripts.

However in the modern context, not only is Islamic and Muslim art visually stunning, from the work of contemporary artists to the documentation of everyday Muslim lives and history, but it is powerful—A statement of cultural pride. The unique characteristic of Islamic art is its timelessness. It blends into modern day homes of  everyday people, whether they inhabit a contemporary apartment or a traditional villa.

Ayat al Kursi in Modern Kufic Script

There are many Muslim artists creating beautiful, unique yet affordable work that will enrich your home. Artizara is proud to collaborate with Muslim artists such as Peter Gould, Salva Rasool, Aadil Abedi, Rabia Arshad, Ameena Khan, and Maaida Noor who beautifully synthesize the modern with the past.

Salva Rasool Contemporary Bismillah
Peter Gould Modern Islamic Art Prints

Support global Muslim artists in their appreciation of peace, harmony, and beauty. Prints of their work available at
Artizara.com so you can bring a piece of the centuries old Islamic art tradition seamlessly into your modern home.

Add a little spring bling with Islamic jewelry

“I love jewelry,” confesses actress Sofia Vergara. “Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it.” Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez echoes the sentiment with a piece of her own advice, suggesting, “Women should never go without earrings. Passing on them is an opportunity missed.”

Islamic Jewelry - Sterling Silver Diamond-Look Sapphire long Earrings
For Muslim women, adding Islamic jewelry is a simple yet stylish and sophisticated way to to spruce up tunic dresses and modest clothing. In fact, designer Tracy Reese has noted, “A statement necklace glams up any outfit without feeling like too much.”

Islamic Jewelry - Long Hand Engraved Oval Aqeeq Evil Eye Tassel Necklace
Now with Artizara’s unique line of sterling silver jewelry, it’s easier than ever to add some extra sparkle to your appearance with a pair of sterling silver diamond-look sapphire long earrings for pierced ears and make a statement of your beliefs by wearing a statement necklace.

Islamic Jewelry - Diamond Look Sterling Silver Oval Filigree Pendant Necklace
Artizara’s line of necklaces feature inspirational Arabic calligraphy as well as sayings from the Qur’an. And since each piece is hand-crafted by artisans in Turkey or Egypt who apply ancient jewelry-making techniques, no two pieces will be exactly the same. You can choose from a variety of styles including mother of pearl, engraved discs and tassels, or multicolor semi precious stones.

Islamic Jewelry - Sterling Silver and Mother of Pearl Shahada Necklace
To further enhance your Islamic ensemble, you can add an exquisitely crafted sterling silver bangle bracelet with the complete Quranic Ayat al Kursi (verses of protection) to your wrist or a large hand-engraved sterling silver and cabochon quartz Allah ring to your finger.

Islamic Jewelry - Sterling Silver Ayat al Kursi Bangle Bracelet
As the legendary Christian Dior once said, “Color is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face.” So, why not light up your look this spring with Islamic jewelry. Plus, enjoy free shipping on orders more than $100. Simply scroll down to see some of the beautiful options Artizara offers.

Islamic Jewelry - Large Hand Engraved Sterling Silver and Cabochon Quartz "Allah" Ring

Peter Gould and his contemporary Islamic artwork

3 Reasons Why You Should Know Peter Gould

Peter Gould may not be as famous as Picasso or Monet but that’s no reason not to familiarize yourself with him and his award-winning artwork.

  1. Beautifully Fresh

Peter creates Islamic art with a contemporary twist. Using his vibrantly modern style, he conveys the timeless harmony of nature. As Juliana Rahim, the curator of the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia explains, “Peter’s beautiful work is a welcome addition to the contemporary Islamic art scene; a mixture of deep faith and youthfulness that represents tangible modern interpretations of Islam’s everlasting beauty in mind and spirit.”

  1. In Demand

From his native Australia to the United States of America, Peter’s work hangs in private and public collections around the world. In fact, the United Nations commissioned his art as well as the Saudi Arabian Royal family! Peter has also worked as a graphic designer on branding projects for Colgate, McAfee software and London’s Halal Food Festival to name a few.

  1. Priceless Yet Affordable

Since Peter has produced art for royalty, museums and more, you’d think his work would cost a fortune. Fortunately, that’s not true. In addition to selling Muslim dresses and other Islamic clothing, Artizara also carries an affordable line of Peter Gould prints that can visually add peace and harmony to your home or office.

Enjoy Islamic and Arabic artwork on display in Illinois museum

Enjoy Islamic Art in the Museum—and at Home

This winter, the Islamic world can be seen indoors in art. For the first time in many years, the Art Institute of Chicago has allocated a specific gallery to showcase the artistic culture of Islam.

Arranged in chronological order, the installation extends geographically from Spain and northern Africa to India and Central Asia with objects dating back from the medieval age to the great empires of Ottoman Turkey, Safavid Iran, and Mughal India.

Located in the museum’s gallery 50, the installation highlights architectural pieces such as wooden doors and beams from Morocco and tile spandrels from Iran. Islamic ornamentation, paintings, calligraphy, textiles and carpets are also on display, however these pieces will be rotated since some are on loan from both public and private collections.

From 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Art Institute offers free winter weekdays through February 10, 2015 to Illinois residents. The museum also provides an ongoing free admission offer to Illinois residents every Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information on the Islamic art display, visit http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/new-galleries-islamic-art.

Once you view the museum’s display, you’ll want to bring the Islamic aesthetic into your home with artwork of your very own. Artizara carries an affordable line of original Arabic and Islamic art and photographic prints. To peruse the collection, check out http://www.artizara.com/islamic-art-islamic-photos-arabic-art.