Although Qajar architecture is frequently dismissed as lacking in innovation, the cuerda seca tilework of this period shows a further refinement of the naturalistic style, as shown in the panel above from the Masjed-e- Sayyed. Notice the incorporation of scenes from the surrounding area in the picture of the bridge, and the ever increasing richness of the ornamentation.
With the increasing skill the range of motifs widened and European and Chinese motifs become more apparent, whether in the incorporation of naturalistic scenes or the use of peonies and the development of rose pink and brown pigments.
Last Updated December 19, 1998