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Volume :43 Issue : 167 2017      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Impact of Islamic Culture on the Use of Color in Arabic Domestic Interiors.

Auther : Dr. Fawzi A. Al-Zamil

     The use of color is one of the major tools (along with rhythm, contrast, harmony and balance) in any interior design project. The research described in this paper was based on the hypothesis that color is strongly influenced by culture and has different meanings across the world. The author argues that in order to understand and use color correctly, one has to understand local culture. However, this can be a problematic subject, especially for interior design projects in the Arabian Gulf states, as the population is exposed to global commercial culture that strongly influences life and guides personal taste, especially in interior design.
     To investigate the influence of culture on the use of color in Arabic interiors, the author started by tracing the cultural structure of the Arabian Gulf region. He found that Islam is the main religion in that region and forms one of the deepest foundations of Arabian culture. Based on this fact, the author has used evidence from the Muslim holy book (Quran) in order to illustrate the strong influences of the Islamic tradition in shaping Arabs' impressions of certain colors. In addition, this paper discusses human nature's drive for distinction and uniqueness, and how color has been one of the major tools of distinction throughout the ages, in all aspects of life, including interior design.
     The paper describes in comprehensive terms the scope of this research, focusing on the use of color in interior design in the Arabian Gulf states. Thus, the paper explains the geographical, cultural and functional factors that shaped how Arabs used color in their interiors. In doing this, the author provides examples of the use of color in interior design projects throughout the world, and focusing on the Arabian region.
     Finally, the paper refers to the role of modernization and consumption patterns in shaping contemporary interior design projects in Arabian Gulf states. Then, the author concludes with an outline of findings and guidelines that must guide the application of color in domestic interior design projects in the Arabian Gulf states.
 

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