V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Ottoman style

A distinctive Ottoman style in the decorative arts had developed by the 1550s, when the Ottoman empire was at the height of its power and prosperity. The Ottomans promoted themselves as the defenders of Islam, and this explains why their public art includes a rich variety of ornamental designs but no human figures. Plant- and flower-based patterns were the most common, while calligraphic and linear geometric designs were mostly restricted to architectural decoration. This style flourished until about 1700.

Interior view of Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
© Peter M. Wilson/Axiom

Interior view of Süleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey