Zellige, is the famous clay or terracotta based mosaic tiles in Morocco, normally displaying intricate geometric patterns and range of colors. It is the characteristic element of Moroccan architecture. The tiles are handcrafted and displays Islamic geometric patterns like radiating star, polygon, squares, diamond etc.
Thanjavur or Tanjore paintings is a classical painting form of South India which derives its name from the place of its origin, the town of Thanjavur. It is an ancient art form that originated during the reign of the Chola dynastyin the 16th century and then later patronized by the Maratha princes, Nayakas of the Vijayanagar empire, Rajus of Tanjore and Tiruchirapalli and the Naidus of Madurai. This ancient indigenous painting creates a 3D effect on every single artwork. Tanjore Painting has EMBOSS on it. That is, the painting has areas that are ELEVATED from the surface to produce a 3-D effect on the painting. Tanjore paintings are adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones and 22-karat pure gold.
Tiébélé village, in Burkina Faso, (a landlocked country) of West Africa is well known for its amazing traditional Gurunsi architecture and elaborately painted cob homes. It is inhabited by the ethnic groups of the Kassena and the Gurunsi people. The designs and patterns on the walls of Kaseena community houses are inspired by the earliest Paleolithic cave paintings based on sacred geometry, mystical symbols, and religious beliefs of the Kassena people. Find out more about it. It's one of its kind-
The marvelous Mashrabiyas of Arab are not just an aesthetic element but they have many others roles to play in architecture. Here are the 10 features offered by these beautiful sustainable Mashrabiyas -
Here are the top 10 ancient marvels made with MUD- 1. Shibam Hadramawt - Yemen 2. Taos Pueblo - New Mexico 3. Arg-e Bam - Iran 4. The Siwa Oasis - Western Egypt 5. Djinguereber Mosque - Timbaktu 6. Aït Benhaddou - Morocco 7. Khiva Wall - Uzbekistan 8. Kasbah of Sfax - Tunisia 9. Great Mosque of Djenne - Mali 10. Chan Chan - South America Check them out -