This is the page to put links to things of interest, but don’t belong on any other page…
As pages get made, things will move around and find better homes! But for lack of anything better-
Tent and Pavilions
An article on weaving and black tents. Another article about black tents, including some dimensions. Another article which covers how to make a black tent in BioOne Online Journals and the article in Jstor which is fully available if you are a member.
If you are feeling wealthy, you can purchase a Bedouin tent here at Tentworks.
This is an article about Turkish tents, or mobile Sarays as a Saray is a palace! Eventually there are huge complexes of tents, as plush as a palace… This is a good slide show of many things Turkish, including floor plans of palaces, mosques and wonderful pics of dancers in a tent city.
This is a pdf about the Ottoman war encampments, if you feel militaristic!
This is a site about Bedouin weaving.
Different weaving styles found in the Middle East here.
Books on Amazon on tribal rugs.
Henna is something that went very far back & was mentioned in the Bible. There are Persian miniatures with obvious henna patterns on the hands of the women. The Henna Page also covers history as well as how to apply.
Here is an amazing article in Scribd which also has pretty pics!.
Another article by the same author Catherine Cartwright-Jones about more Persian Techniques.
Calligraphy and Illumination
Here is the Wikipedia page on Islamic calligraphy.
This WordPress blog covers the history of Ottoman Calligraphy, but has not been posted to in some time.
These are some small articles by Mamoun Sakkal about The Art of Arabic Calligraphy.
This site is to the Walters Art Museum and their current exhibition. Check out the Chester Beatty Library (link found on the Museum & Libraries page) for their collection of manuscripts.
Things differed from region to region but please be aware that Kuchi jewelry looks wonderful but isn’t period.
Here is an article on Ottoman jewelry.
This is a reprint of a book about Byzantine and Early Antiquities.
This is a site that sells Byzantine jewelry.
This is a pdf about face veiling in Moorish Spain.
Furniture and furnishings
This book called Medieval Islamic Civilization by Josef W. Meri is available to read on Google Books. It is a small entry in an A-Z book.
Here is an article on Byzantine furniture and furnishings (but is also small).