The WADE Photo-Archive : 2nd Edition

This website offers a FREE download of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. Historically, the decorative arts have always formed a major part of Islamic aesthetic expression. Its remarkable achievements in this direction (much of which are represented here) make it an invaluable resource for designers of all kinds as well as for art-historians and art-lovers generally.

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Tillya-Kari Madrassa (Registan complex)

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Alay Han

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Mausoleum of Shehzade Mehmet

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Tomb of Itimud ad-Daula

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Karatay Medrese

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Tomb of Salim Chisti

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Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad

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Royal Mosque

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Attarine Medersa

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Madrassa al-Faradis

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Tillya-Kari Madrassa (Registan complex)

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Saadian Tombs

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Shrine of Shah Ni'matuollahi

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Royal Mosque

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Akbar's Tomb

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Bolo-Khauz Mosque

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Other Material

In addition, and in support of the Photo-Archive, this website also offers a range of other relevant material – including a series of Background Notes; a number of Analytical drawings and diagrams; and a selection of images taken from Older published material – all relating to the broad subject of Islamic pattern and design.