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It would seem that the calligrapher did not wish to interrupt the visual flow of the page.
By the time the Safavid dynasty came to rule in Persia — between 1501 and 1732 — a new delicacy and refinement had begun to replace the established style of illumination.
This paper about the styles of illuminationin AI-Qur'ans from the Malay world.
Of interest, too, is the fact that the text layout is continuous and chapter headings are merely indicated by a change of colour, with red ink overlaying the gold, but with no additional spacing between the lines.
Ornate frontispiece of a 10th-century Qur'an, probably from Egypt, with arabesque decoration in gold and overlapping chain-patterns in white photo:.
It has seven volumes, each of which has a magnificent double frontispiece; these carpet pages are illuminated in the Mamluk style, which is characterized by the extensive use of geometric patterns and gold filigree work.
A number of design features characterise these illuminations such as arabesques interwoven flowing patterns of floral motifs and geometric patterns.
These are generally illuminated in gold or other colours, or written in a different script from the rest of the text, and sometimes even with a combination of all three.
The chapter heading within the rectangular panel is in white kufic.
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Where they were not, it can be assumed that they worked together, collaborating in the planning of the page layout and the format of the volume.
Description: The pages immediately following the frontispiece were also especially embellished.