Re: WOW! this looks like what I doodle, and have been brainstorming!

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 11, 2002 at 01:37:49:

In reply to: WOW! this looks like what I doodle, and have been brainstorming! posted by Anne Beltestad on July 11, 2002 at 01:22:13:

: knotwork meets arabic vines meets very norse looking spiraled : :

I agree absolutely that the Islamic Knotwork is related to
Norse/Celtic knotwork! The Vikings were moving up and down the river
system in western Russia to Istanbul, bringing down furs and slaves,
and bringing back Islamic metalwork, which had precisely this sort of
knotwork! Local northern artisans adapted and made the knotwork their
own. There was also a trade corridor from Venice to Istanbul, carrying
the carpets, metalwork, and ceramics .............. and some henna, to
gauge by the fancy for "Titian Red" hair. I love seeing interface
between the Islamic and Euro worlds. You can see faux Kufic in
Renaissance painting, and Islamic knotwork all over Italy, Persian
carpets all over the Flemish paintings. A third avenue of exchange
was Moorish Spain up to Ireland. The manuscript ornamentation sloshed
back and forth there for centuries, other media too. And of course,
everyone who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem came home with goodies
......... The Islamic world leaked wonderful, wonderful things into
Europe through the medieval and renaissance periods!


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