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Colour and symbolism in Islamic architecture : eight centuries of the tile-maker's art

Author: Roland Michaud; Sabrina Michaud; Michael A Barry
Publisher: London : Thames and Hudson, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Colour and Symbolism in Islamic Architecture gathers together the largest collection of photographs ever published of the astonishing tiled domes, minarets and walls of Islamic Asia. Over three decades Roland and Sabrina Michaud have travelled from Turkey to the Chinese borders, through towns and cities such as Herat, Samarkand, Esfahan, Konya and Lahore, to photograph the mosques and buildings that carry the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Michaud; Sabrina Michaud; Michael A Barry
ISBN: 0500017115 9780500017111
OCLC Number: 35093913
Language Note: Translation of: Faïences d'azur.
Notes: "First published in French as Faïences d'azur"--Title page verso.
Description: 315 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 31 cm
Contents: Hanging gardens and trees of life ---
The birds of the seven climes. Central Asia ---
Western Persia and Azerbaijan ---
Anatolia ---
Barbary ---
Hundustan ---
The seven walls of Ecbatana ---
Nezaniʹs The birds of the seven climes.
Other Titles: Faïences d'azur.
Responsibility: photographs by Roland and Sabrina Michaud ; text by Michael Barry.

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