For this edition of Imagining Islamic Aesthetics I would like to bring forward the topic of Islamic Ironwork. I have to note that this topic focuses on the subject of iron wares, not armoury or weaponry, which will be covered in another edition. Also, I have touched this topic before, however I would like to concentrate on non-weaponry items here.
Iron and other metals have been one of the preferred material/medium for Islamic artisans to express their creativity. They create daily items such as incense burners, ewers, plates and cutlery, and decorate them in typical Islamic style such as geometric art or vegetal motifs. Gold and other luxury metals are not usually used for making daily items because of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, frowned upon the usage of excessive luxuries. Hence, during the Abbasid Caliphate, the Muslims discovered metallic lusterware, to imitate the colours of golds and silvers.