Taj- Mahal by noidarocker


									Taj Mahal of India ” The Epitome of love”
Taj Mahal of India - "a monument of immeasurable beauty
and Love " constructed in1632-54 at Agra in Uttar Pradesh,
India, as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife
of Shah Jahan. Built of white marble and inlaid with semi-
precious stones and mosaic work, it is a masterpiece of Mughal
architecture, and a world heritage site. A huge central dome
surrounded by four smaller domes surmounts the main
structure, which is flanked by four slim minarets. The whole is
mirrored in an ornamental pool.
The Taj Mahal (sometimes called "the Taj") is generally
considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style
that combines elements of Persian, Indian and Islamic. The
Taj Mahal has achieved special note because of the romance of
its inspiration. While the white domed marble mausoleum is
the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is
actually an integrated complex of structures.
The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises
of five main elements:

  1.The main gateway (darwaza) is a monumental
  structure built primarily of red sandstone.
2. The Garden: The complex is set in and around a large charbagh (a
formal Mughal garden divided into four parts). Measuring 320 m × 300
m, the garden has sunken parterres or flowerbeds, raised pathways,
avenues of trees, fountains, water courses, and pools that reflect the
Taj Mahal .
3. The mosque's basic design is similar to others built
by Shah Jahan, particularly to his Jama Masjid in
4.The Naqqar Khana or rest house
5. The Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum
                     The structure:
                     Essentially square in shape, with peaked arches cut
                     into its sides, the Taj Mahal surmounts a square
                     marble platform marked at each corner by a high
                     minaret. Topped with a huge central dome, it rises for
                     over 55m, its height accentuated by a crowning brass
                     spire, itself almost 17m high.

On approach, the tomb looks ever larger and
grander, but not until you are close do you
appreciate both its awesome magnitude and the
extraordinarily fine detail of relief carving,
highlighted by floral patterns of precious stones.
Carved vases of flowers including roses, tulips and
narcissi, rise subtly out of the marble base, a
pattern repeated more colorfully and inlaid with
precious stones around the four great arched
recesses (pishtaqs) on each side.
Influences on Taj Mahal design
The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on many design
traditions, particularly Persian, Hindu, Ottoman, and
earlier Mughal architecture.
The overall design derived inspiration from a number of
successful Timurid and Mughal buildings.
Hindu craftsmen, particularly sculptors and stone cutters,
plied trade throughout Asia during this period, and their
work was particularly prized by tomb builders. Whilst the
rock-cut architecture which characterizes much of this
construction had little influence on the Taj Mahal
(carvings are only one form of the decorative element),
other Indian buildings such as the Man Singh palace in
Gwalior were an inspiration for much Mughal palace
architecture and the source for the chhatris which can be
seen on the Taj Mahal
Design elements
Consistent repeated design elements are employed throughout the

 Finial: decorative crowning element of the Taj
 Mahal domes.
 Lotus decoration: depiction of lotus flower
 sculpted on tops of domes
 Onion dome: massive outer dome of the tomb

                             Drum: cylindrical base of the onion
                             dome, raising it from the main building
                             Guldasta: decorative spire attached to
                             the edge of supporting walls.
                             Chattri: a domed and columned kiosk
Spandrel: upper panels of an archway

Arch: also called pishtaq (Persian
word for portal projecting from the
facade of a building) and

                     Calligraphy: stylised writing of verses from
                     the Qu'ran framing main arches.

                     Dado: decorative sculpted panels lining lower
Exterior decoration

Nearly every surface of the entire complex has been decorated.
The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest
to be found in Mughal architecture of any period.
Decoration motifs are repeated throughout the complex.

These motifs are alive on the walls of Taj for thousands of
years, we made an attempt to extract them from those walls
and give them a new life in the world of Fashion.

This historical inspiration and modern interpretation is
presented through a small range of hand embroidery.
                     The Taj collection
1. Honey comb wall

                        This honey comb wall is a creative
                        inspiration for beautiful hand embroidery
                        from Lucknow.The idea of combining
                        opaque fabric with the sheer net is an
                        Interesting interpretation of the walls in
                        Taj Mahal.
2. Honey comb wall

Another interpretation of Honey comb wall
presented with beautiful Lucknow hand
embroidery enhanced with jaali work.
3. Drainage holes in Taj Mahal

                           The drainage holes in the Taj Mahal could never
                           be thought of as a beautiful hand embroidery.
                           The strokes from Lucknow have beautifully
                           rendered the architectural design.
4. Meenakari on marble wall

                     A beautiful interpretation of colored meenakari on
                     the walls of Taj Mahal as an elegant tone on tone
                     hand embroidery, Perfect embellishment for fashion
5. Floral design on the walls of Taj Mahal

                                        Floral motif extracted from the
                                        walls of Taj Mahal and rendered
                                        with exquisite Lucknow hand
6. Carving on wall

  Hand embroidered floral motif is
  inspired by this carving on the
  walls of Taj Mahal.
Various interpretations of floral
motif on the walls of Taj
7. Meenakari on the Taj Mahal pillars

 Colorful Meenakari in hand embroidery
 from the pillars of Taj Mahal.
  8. Royal bath tub from Taj Mahal

The bath tub in Taj Mahal is
rendered with intricate hand
embroidery techniques and converted
into a beautiful motif.
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