INSPIRATION PIC The Topkapi Scroll, a fifteenth century Timurid pattern book, is one of the few surviving documents to shed light on the conceptualization, theory, and practice of design in the premodern Islamic world.
Top & verso: Surat 6 An-Nam (Cattle), last verses here: "Say: 'Shall I seek for Cherisher other than God. . .Cherisher of all things that exist? Every soul draws the meed of its acts on none but itself: no bearer of burdens can bear the burden of another. Your goal in the end is towards God: God will tell you the truth of the things wherein you disputed." (v.164 Yusuf Ali trans). Heading for Surat 7 A'raf (The Heights). Mughal Koran, India, early 18th century. (Audrey Shabbas)