V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Fatimid style

In 969 the Fatimids conquered Egypt and founded Cairo as their capital. They commissioned many of the luxury arts favoured by their Abbasid rivals in Iraq, such as lustre ceramics and carved rock crystals. But Abbasid power had now faded, so it was easy for the Fatimids to outdo them. Their art shows a well-integrated, more clearly ‘Islamic’ style, without obvious links to the earlier Roman and Iranian art. Fatimid rule ended in 1171.

Façade of al-Aqmar Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
© Prof. Nasser Rabbat

Façade of al-Aqmar Mosque, Cairo, Egypt