Throwback Thursday

Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday!

The Islamic design and lifestyle have an intense religious focus, much like Japan’s devotion to nature. The Islamic design esthetic focuses on tradition, with a unique flare, consistent and intricate. The designs remain consistent throughout the centuries; with timeless beauty, why change?

Early architectural techniques were derived from early conflicts and influences. This provided the knowledge of architecture but allowed the people to evolve a unique design style. The Islamic style is a rare form of design, manifestly in religion and lifestyle. The Koran structures society by gender and class. Separate entrances for men, women and classified people are part of the design of public and some private buildings. The Koran also influences architecture by its calligraphy. Koran calligraphic motifs reflect throughout public buildings, including mosques and other religious structures. Other popular motifs include meanders, stars (representing heaven), frets, rosettes, vines, scrolls, palm leaves and tendrils. Structural features however are principal attractions of Islamic design, and are icons of Islamic design. The Taj Mahal is the most notable example. The onion dome centers the exterior design as the highest peak and its largest feature; the onion dome is a distinctly Islamic design. Another noted feature is the pointed or ogival arch which cascade around the exterior. These arches are unique to Islamic design.

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Although exteriors have an immensity of detail, the majority of the intricacy of Islamic design is found in the interior. With complex patterns, vivid colors, arches and vaulted ceilings, Islamic interiors reflect the divine infinity and the everlasting presence of their Almighty. Most colors derive from decorative elements, such as tiles, paintings and rugs. Recurrent colors include blues, greens, reds, gold, black, and cream. Textiles were heavily used for decorative, functional and comfort purposes. Due to the nomadic Arab lifestyle and heritage, minimal furniture was minimal, so textile usage was abundant.

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Like Islamic designs, Mystic Valley Traders designs are intricate and unique. In The Namaste Collection, Mystic uses popular Islamic colors (blues, greens, and cream) as well as intricate symmetrical patterns.

I hope you all enjoy today’s throwback!


How To: Measure For Upholstery

Last week we discussed How To: Upholster A Chair. I highlighted measuring the chair to determine fabric yardage requirements. Well, here’s how!

You need:
A tape measure
Something to record measurements
Graph paper

First review the piece of furniture. Notice each section of its body, where each piece connects. For instance, my arm chair has two inside arm sections, two front arms, the seat (also known as the deck), and the front rail that continues to the floor.

After analyzing the furniture, measure each piece with the tape. Add a few inches, I like to use 4-5″, so we have enough extra fabric to hide the staples. Always record measurements Width by Length for consistency.

When finished measuring, take graph paper and cut it to demonstrate the sections of fabric. Use a scale of 1 square equals 6″; if the section is 48″ x 24″, you’ll have 8 x 4 squares. Then, graph each section on the graph paper. Label each section clearly. Next grab a piece of 1/4 inch graph paper to represent the length of fabric. Since every square is equivalent to 6 inches, and typically upholstery is 54 inches wide, the representation will be 9 squares wide. Once done, count the squares and multiply by 6, to determine the inches of fabric required. Divide this by 36, which equals the total number of yards required.

These guides, from All Things Thrifty, show dimensions of popular pieces of furniture. Now go measure furniture like a pro!

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