Till recently, Islamic art for home usually comprised ayats from the Quran stitched with a golden thread on a black fabric, made of silk or velvet. The economical varieties used golden sequins or stencilling for the text. The golden-black combination was inspired by the colours of the cloth covering the Ka’aba, the central cubical structure at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The more artsy buyers would go for colourful Turkish, Persian or Kashmiri wall carpets – where the Islamic calligraphy would occupy the centre of the carpet and be surrounded by floral motifs and borders. Islamic art for sale online now includes not just traditional Islamic wall art as discussed above but also a new class of materials and designs, as well as technological intervention.
In modern Islamic wall art,the traditional carpet or silk or velvet fabric makes way for canvases, leather, vinyl stickers, fine art paper and even metallic, often stainless steel plates.Also, the stitching or stencil work is substituted by digital printing, thereby reducing production time and making possible mass reproductions more convenient.
When it comes to artistic appeal, it would be unfair to compare one medium with another as eashhas its own aesthetic quotient. A digital or giclee canvas print looks very much like a colourful painting from a distance, a leather piece has a rustic, raw and antique look, and vinyl stickers are modern, minimalist art – the focus being on the calligraphy against the bare wall.Based on individual tastes in art as well as budgets (vinyl stickers are the cheapest, canvases are mid-priced whereas stainless steel artworks are quite expensive), one medium may be chosen over other.
That said, modern Islamic wall art, unlike most traditional Islamic wall art, has more variety not only in terms of materials used, but also the text. The Holy Quran is full of inspiring, uplifting verses, but, most traditional Islamic wall art frameshave focussed only on just a few, for example, ‘Masha Allah’ (‘By the Will of Allah’), ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Raheem’ (‘In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful’), the Ayat Al Kursi (the ‘throne verse’), ‘FabiAyyiAla’IRabbikumaTukazzibaan’ (‘So which of the favours of your Lord would you deny?’ and the ‘4 Quls’ (four small chapters of the Quran that begin with the Arabic word ‘Qul’ which means ‘say’ in English).
However, nowadays, it’s likely to find many lesser-known verses being written for use in modern Islamic art for sale online. Some of the examples we have seen include ‘Innallahama’assaabireen’ (‘Indeed, Allah is with the patient’), ‘Inna ma’alusriyusra’ (‘Verily with hardship comes ease’), ‘InniTawakaltu-ala-Allah (‘Indeed I have relied on Allah’), ‘Innalaha ala kullishai’inqadeer’ (‘Indeed, Allah has power over all things’) to name just a few. It’s therefore amply clear from the aforementioned details that Islamic artfor homeis a dynamic home décor category that is seeing new, modern and innovative trends in terms of materials, production technologies, online availability and range of text to choose from.