Created for Shatr Al-Masjid: The Art of Orientation at the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra), this wood mosaic minbar was produced by Ustad Abdul Rahman, Ustad Maher Darwish, Ustad Moataz Hammoush and Ustad Mehmet.
The Mosaic Wooden Minbar
The minbar is made out of walnut, maple, rosewood, eucalyptus, cherry and mother-of-pearl. Its decorative panels are made using the micro-mosaic and inlay techniques of artisan communities in Damascus and Aleppo, using geometries derived from the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
Created for Shatr Al-Masjid: The Art of Orientation at the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture (Ithra).
Maher is a master carpenter from Damascus. He moved to Amman in 2012 and is currently working with designers to develop new furniture pieces, whilst also training a new generation of young Jordanian and Syrian apprentices. He specialises in intricate joinery and is enthusiastic about solving design and structural issues that may arise when developing a product with his collaborators.
Up, close and personal.
Details of the wood mosaic.
The Minbar at the front of the mosque.
More on Turquoise Mountain's Virtual Exhibition below:
Below, discover the prayer rugs that fusion historical knowledge and local skills from transnational travels. Find out about the ancient technique of stone carving, the iconic Islamic geometric art of carved mosque doors, and the divinely inspired art of calligraphic panels. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about the lost art of wood mosaic carving in the wooden minbar and the Quran stands.