V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Ilkhanid style

The Ilkhanid style flourished in Iran. It was formed from three traditions, Chinese, Iranian and Islamic, under rulers descended from the Mongol conqueror Chingiz Khan. Chinese porcelain and silks were imported in large numbers, and local traditions such as lustre tilework flourished. At first, non-royal patrons commissioned the religious art, but once the Ilkhanids themselves became Muslim, in 1295, they too took on this role. The last Ilkhanid ruler died in 1353.

Tomb of Öljeitü, Sultaniyyah, Iran
© Prof. Ernst Grube

Tomb of Öljeitü, Sultaniyyah, Iran