Gur Emir wall pattern - ks
- chris cambré
The walls of the van het mausoleum are decorated by S-shapes with kufic writing arranged by fout around a small square. In the S-shapes you can reafd the name Muhammad. Mostly, as the name of Allah, is inscribed in a square. This illustrates the flexibility to adapt the letters to the available space. In the drawing below the figures are filled not only with the name of Allah but also with the name of Mohammed, which is is fact written in two different ways in the calligraphy: once elongated in an S-shape and once in a square.
The picture below shows how the decoration is integrated in the brick construction of the wall: Coloured bricks (or thinner strips) are integrated into the layers or put upright in the brickwork to create horizontal as well vertical or oblique lines.