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A Carpet Page from the Timurid Quran

A Carpet Page from the Timurid Quran


This practice-based course focuses on a beautiful carpet page, a folio taken from a 15th-century Quran manuscript. The course aims to instruct how to simply analyse, draw and paint this folio in the Timurid style. The participants will practice various steps of making an illuminated page; from drawing the design and preparing the paper to a finished work. The course aims to develop several skills at the same time, i.e., 


1.   How to draw the geometric structure

2.   How to draw individual motifs in this page

3.   Where to add your creative touch?

4.   Preparing the paper; staining, sizing and burnishing procedures

5.   how to make the shell gold

6.   Tracing and transferring the pattern on our prepared papers

7.   Gilding, mixing colours and applying them

8.   Delicate outlining

9.   How to draw the braided band

10. How to draw and paint the needle-like patterns and finish the work



While working on this piece, you will be familiar with the basics of composition especially regarding how to fill the geometric tiles with the motifs. The focus will be on a quarter of the composition, however, through completing 1/4 of this structure, students will acquire the required skill and knowledge to complete and paint the entire pattern by themselves.

The course will be running in 8 consecutive weeks with each session lasting 120 minutes. During the course, participants will be able to send their practices to our tutor and receive the instructions and feedback individually. No background in arts is necessary, so beginners are also welcome. 

Please note that the course will be recorded and you will receive the access link within a few hours after the live session. If you wish to rely on the recorded class, you will get the full help and support from our tutor during the course. 

Participants will receive the list of the required materials right after the registration.

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