Armand Point and Islamic Architecture

Interior Decoration

The outside walls of a traditional Islamic courtyard house are plain with few windows, and usually just one small entrance door. It isn't until you enter the house that you can appreciate the shape and design of the building.

Decoration is reserved for the inside of the house. Armand Point shows us a quite modest house, but depending on the wealth of the owner, some houses are much more ornately decorated. Interiors are often decorated with ceramic tiles in continuous, geometric patterns on the floors and walls. Other decorative elements include pierced grills or stonework, which allow patterns of light to decorate the interior walls. Rugs, cushions and textiles bring colour and texture to rooms which often have few pieces of furniture.

Arches, supported by slender pillars, give a sense of lightness and space. The horseshoe arch is a very important structure in Islamic architecture, and is used repeatedly in doorways, windows, and vaults.

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