Monday, February 23, 2009

ISLAMIC DESIGN - Boats and Ships





The Hariri Ship, the first known picture of an Arab sailing vessel.

The traditional boats of the Gulf are obviously neither Islamic in any way nor are they elements of Gulf architecture. However, they seem to me to have so much in common with traditional Gulf architecture and the way of life prior to development irrevocably changed the life of Qataris. In this sense I see boats being as important as the traditional architecture, and I feel that they should be looked at in parallel with land-based architecture.

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