Islamic architecture and modern design
Our contribution to Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration
One thing all great civilizations have in common is the ability and wisdom to peacefully respect the culture and tradition of the people of conquered territories and incorporate their knowledge and traditions into their own culture. Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration were nurtured under such a process.
Our work at Nomad Inception is the latest turn of the wheel. We have managed to incorporate the latest design tools and fabrication processes developed in the last few decades and create a new paradigm for Islamic architectural design and the implementation of Islamic decoration in modern architecture.
Just like Byzantine artists contributed their skill and craftsmanship in designing and sculpting floral motifs that eventually evolved into floral arabesques under the hands of the Islamic artists of the past, today we contribute our expertise in information technology, our skills in Computer Aided Design and our proficiency in programming and operating modern industrial robotic machining systems to help architects and designers take Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration to a whole new level.
Computer aided design of modern Islamic decoration
The heart and soul of Islamic decoration are Islamic geometric patterns and floral arabesques. We have developed a computer system that assists us in the design of unique Islamic patterns respecting every rule of the age-old art form. Similarly, we are able to produce beautiful floral arabesques in an assortment of styles.
Our capacity to seamlessly produce Islamic designs within a CAD environment allows us to manipulate Islamic decorative elements directly within the 3D architectural models of the building, enabling us to articulate the decorative elements with functional and structural elements, resulting in beautiful spatial works of art, ready for client approval before cutting the first tile or buying the raw material.
Watch this video to learn about our technology and the fabrication processes that allow us to design and implement modern Islamic decoration the world over.
Producing Islamic decoration with a modern and scalable approach
The modern architecture, engineering and construction industry has very specific needs to succeed in the current economy: the ability to plan projects thoroughly, predictability, and the guarantee to stick to a budget and schedule, not to mention suppliers' services scalability and the capacity to work anywhere in the world.
The traditional craftsmanship industry is not prepared to cope with such demands. It is critical for the subsistence and further evolution of secular Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration to fulfill the needs of the modern industry.
Else, Islamic architecture will forever be relegated to the few religious and traditional implementations in palaces and mosques, that can afford timeless construction schedules and massive budgets.
Our production oriented design solutions guarantee that every piece of Islamic decoration we design will be produced and manufactured to a tight specification, on time and with a precise budget, using any of the materials available to the industry and on the quantities and scale the client needs.
The following video shows a complex design with floral arabesques being carved in plaster. We can also carve wood, MDF, stone and every other material in the AEC industry.
Islamic Architecture: growth by absorption
Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration are two concepts that could be defined separately, but the truth is both subjects are so interconnected that, in the scope of our field of work, we prefer to see them as a whole.
Islamic architecture and Islamic decoration have a common history, where assimilation of ideas, skills and technology from other cultures played a significant role in modeling the shapes and styles characteristic of these forms of art.
Islam originated in the remote areas of the Arabian desserts, where Bedouin tribes had nomadic lifestyles and thus no building knowledge or tradition in architecture.
However, the expansion of Islam and its liturgy gave birth to a new need to build: Muslims were required to meet once a week for group prayers, and the first type of Islamic architecture was born. The first mosques were modest and deprived of all but the simplest decoration.
The later conquest of the vast territories then occupied by the Byzantine and Persian empires, and the realization of the impressive architectural knowledge they had, helped grow Arab's desires to develop their own prestigious Islamic architecture.
Along the centuries, Islamic architects, craftsmen and artists learned from the conquered peoples of vast extensions, from Western Europe to the Middle East, and even further into Asia where the Islamic faith was readily adopted by many. In this centuries-long process, they developed numerous styles of Islamic decorations, by incorporating the knowledge, ideas, skills and technology available.