Saturday, January 29, 2011

An Almohad legacy

Detail of a pattern on a minaret.
This abstract floral motif I have noticed repeatedly throughout the Fez Medina in varying forms and materials. 

The diamond-shaped meshing became a classic in the Al-Andalus region of Morocco and Southern Spain during the Almohad Dynasty around the 13the century.  The most famous examples of its usage are the three 'sister' mosques, the Koutoubia in Marrakesh, the Giralda in Sevilla, and the Tour Hassan in Rabat. 

The design's geometry, repetition and frequent use of green-colored tile, are all symbols of the lush gardens to be found in Paradise.  

Minaret in the Andalusian quarter of Fez.

Top of minaret in the 'Mellah' or Jewish quarter of Fez.

'Bab' or gate to the Funduq in Fez I am currently studying.

Close-up of plasterwork at the Ecole de l'Artisanat in Fez

1 comment:

Laura said...

Very beautiful. Thank you for your interesting posts: thanks to them I notice interesting details in the medina I'd never noticed before.