Authors

John Ria

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Year Completed

2019

Abstract

The Pattern Research Project involves research and analysis of contemporary patterns found in the textiles and wallcoverings of the built interior environment. Patterns use motif, repetition, color, geometry, craft, technology, and space to communicate place, time, and concept. Through this research and analysis, built environments - their designers, occupants, construction, and context - can be better understood.

Ria John, VCU Interior Design BFA 2020, selected the Mughal Art for the 2017 Pattern Research Project. The text below is excerpted from the student’s work:

“The pattern is a combination of lattice and flowers. The motifs woven on this pattern are floral motifs inspired by Islamic Art. Most of the patterns woven are flowers, leaves and animals. This form of pattern evolved when the Mughals invaded India. With the invasion, there was an emergence of Islamic art and architecture influence in India which is the reason for these motifs. These patterns were woven on mainly sarees which was intended to be used by women, but these patterns were also used on carpets, curtains, wall hangings, cushion covers, sarees in the present times but in the past, during the rule of Mughal Emperor Akbar, these patterns were used in shields, turban, architecture, garments, furniture etc. This pattern has been woven on the silk cloth. Mughal inspired patterns have evolved over time from the past, although they still use the traditional Mughal inspired designs but now they also use Hindu gods in the patterns.”

Geometry

Organic

Color

Red, Gold

Craft

Hand Woven

Material

Silk and gold thread

Pattern's Place of Origin

1520's - Today

Culture

Islamic

Disciplines

Art and Design

Department

VCUarts, Dept. of Interior Design

Date of Submission

1-21-2019

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Pattern Research Project: An Investigation of The Pattern And Printing Process - Mughal Art

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