V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Abbasid style

The Abbasid style emerged in Iraq between 750 and 850, when the Abbasid dynasty was at the height of its power. The Abbasid caliphs constructed huge and lavishly decorated palaces at Baghdad and Samarra and stimulated the production of many forms of luxury art. Under their patronage, art began to move away from its pre-Islamic roots, and the new techniques and more abstract styles adopted at this time had a long-lasting influence on the Islamic art of later centuries.

Panel of stucco decoration from the Caliphal Palace, Samarra, Iraq
© Samarra Archaeological Survey, 1989

Panel of stucco decoration from the Caliphal Palace, Samarra, Iraq