SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Turquoise Tiles & Arabesque Curves

Sussan Babaie, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Date: 22 February 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 February 2017Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture to coincide with the exhibition Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams 19 January – 25 March 2017.

This talk considers the visual links between building surfaces and architectural techniques of brick and tile decoration, on the one hand, and textile patterns and textures, on the other. Focus is on the architecture of fifteenth-century Timurid Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia. We look closely at some of the most spectacular tombs and shrines in Samarqand, Herat and Mashhad but also at the soft architecture of Timurid tents and their draped environments.

Sussan Babaie is Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has taught widely including at the University of Michigan and the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. She is the author or co-author of Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis (2014), Shirin Neshat (2013), Isfahan and Its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi‘ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (2008), Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran (2004), Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1989), and of numerous articles.

Organised by

Marian Chanduray (Bhukari), and the Brunei Gallery, SOAS in conjunction with the London Middle East Institute

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