Paperblanks Midi, Shiraz 5 x 7 Inch Lined Journal
This 16th-century Islamic binding was originally crafted from black goatskin that was embossed, gilded, painted and covered with delicate gold filigree. Said to have been first commissioned by one of the Safavid princes of Shiraz, it came to be in the possession of Suleiman the Magnificent, the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Suleiman, a distinguished poet and gifted goldsmith, was also a great patron of the arts who orchestrated the development of one of the most glittering periods in artistic history.
In its original form, this was book cover was decorated with rows of golden lockets, hand-painted with flowers and rosettes, and overlaid with filigree. Artists of Persia's Safavid dynasty (1501-1722) insured that its bookbinding and decor represented a pinnacle of cultural achievement.
- Hard Cover
- Dimensions 5 x 7 Inch
- 144 pages
- Lined Paper
- Smythe-sewn binding - book opens flat.
- Elastic Band closure
- Memento pouch on the inside back cover
- Ribbon marker
- ISBN 9781439725399