V&A Style in Islamic Art Quiz

Safavid style

The Safavid style developed in Iran from 1500, when the country was re-united under the dynasty of this name. Unlike their Ottoman neighbours, the Safavids had no qualms about depicting human beings in all forms of art. These figures became an unusually prominent feature of the Safavid style, but floral scrollwork was also important. When the capital moved to Isfahan about 1600, both underwent a change in style. The Safavid state collapsed in 1722.

Courtyard of Masjid-i Shah, Isfahan, Iran
© Oliver Salway

Courtyard of Masjid-i Shah, Isfahan, Iran