The invention of Photographic Chromo-Lithography in the mid-19th century introduced a new, highly sophisticated method of printing in full colour. As the examples in this section show, this process was soon taken up by various notable figures in the Art world of the time who, together with their teams of assistants, produced a series of magnificent publishing projects dedicated to the decorative arts (including those of Islam). The results were these veritable masterpieces of the Art of the Book.
The enthusiasm for the Arts and Architecture of the Islamic world, following from the greater degree of contact during the late 19th century, led to a profusion of printed books on the subject, examples of which are shown here.
There has long been an interest in the unique, particularly geometric features of Islamic pattern. The examples here examine these more technical aspects from an analytical, constructive point of view.