AN EXPLORATION OF ART HISTORY
Mihrab: a niche in the qibla wall, the wall facing Mecca, of a mosque toward which the congregation faces to pray. This niche can hold the Koran.
The image above is of the Mihrab from the Madrasa Imami in Isfahan. This Mihrab shows blue mosaics that illustrate verses from the Koran. The pointed arch, a characteristic of Islamic art, bears an inscription from the Koran. In the outer rectangular frame of the Mihrab is filled with a Islamic calligraphy known as Muhaqqaq, one of the main six styles of calligraphic script in Arabic. The mosaic tile ornament on the curving surface of the niche and the area above the pointed arch are composed of tighter and looser geometric and abstract floral motifs.