Kaftan (Arabic: qafṭān).
From ancient Turkish ‘kap ton’ or covering garment.
A garment of royalty, worn by sultans and queens throughout the Middle East for thousands of years. Fluid lines and elegant silhouettes that have stood the test of time. Artisanal patterns that start a meaningful conversation.
Artizara celebrates masterpieces of Islamic art, through the lens of the Kaftan.
A kaftan inspired by the white marble reliefs from jewel of islamic art in India, the Taj Mahal. Pearlescent flowers carved in white marble that look so real, you want to touch them.
An ode to love, the Taj was dedicated by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to his wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century.
Expanses of intricate florals dancing in a heavenly garden. Patterns so precise, they look painted on. Colors still vibrant, centuries later.
A kaftan design inspired by sumptuous Parchin Kari, the art of precious stone inlay in white marble. An art that reached its height at the Taj Mahal.
A Persian word that means ‘beloved’.
Decorated with ruby red blooms inspired by precious stone inlays at the Taj Mahal. Black marble background. Unexpected, non traditional, unique: the Nigar kaftan.
A stunningly original visual kaftan composition Inspired by a masterpiece.
The 8th century Great Mosque of Cordoba. A testament to Muslim artisans’ brilliance in melding regional traditions into their own unique architectural style.
A kaftan in brilliant color. Rich radiating mosaics evoking the dazzling dome of the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
An extraordinary combination of the familiar and the innovative, a formal stylistic vocabulary that can be recognized as ‘Islamic’ even today.
A kaftan inspired by the splendid plaster reliefs of a Moorish fortress: the Al Hamra (the Red One). A masterpiece from 13th century Nasrid Spain, a testament to one of the most extraordinary periods of art and culture in medieval Europe.
Rich pigments in tones of gold, lapis lazuli, azurite, malachite and cinnabar decorated the fabled Alhambra. Whispers of those colors still remain amidst the lacy plasterwork, and inspire the Almeria kaftan.
Opulent gold, lapis blue and turquoise tile from the famed Dome of the Rock inspire the Jamila.
The first piece of Islamic architecture created as a work of art in the 7th century. The Dome of the Rock represents the earliest stage of the emergence of a distinct Islamic visual style.
The Baraka kaftan recalls the flamboyant flowers, fruit and cypresses that decorate the 17th century Blue Mosque, Istanbul. Its Iznik tiles pictured more than fifty different tulip designs.
Stylized blue florals inspired by the Blue mosque. Midnight black background.Brilliant geometric borders that evoke Islamic zellij tilework.A pared down take on the traditional kaftan.
Glittering. Brilliant. Fit for a Mughal queen.
The Zeba kaftan recounts the intricate mirror mosaics of the fabled 17th century Sheesh Mahal, Lahore.
A kaftan that's a modern interpretation of Sheesh Mahal motifs. A stylized rendering of elaborate ancient mirror designs, that look very present day.