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Quran Intro Page - (Iran XVI) (Daily deviation) by somk Quran Intro Page - (Iran XVI) (Daily deviation) by somk
Wow, people ! A DD <3 

It touches me to see how this is appreciated by muslims and non muslims alike! This means a lot to me. 
This really is a universal message. Trying to touch true beauty and peace through patience and work is a humbling experience and a marvellous path to walk :)  so... Thank you, all of you, everywhere! <3

================== Aaaaand back to our original programming :

My take on reproducing this beautiful double page 

"Traditional Islamic ornament is eminently functional -- but its function is not utilitarian.
It seeks to compensate for the spiritual losses of civilization by re-establishing something of the primordial beauty of virgin nature, and to transport the viewer from immersion in the mundane to serene contemplation.
Islamic design can be a form of visual music; the repetition and rythm of its motifs establish an inner sense of balance and act as a visual extension of the invocatory remembrance of the Divine." - (Daud Sutton)

It reads "If men and jinn combined to produce a book akin to this Koran, they would surely fail to produce its like, though they helped one another as best they could"

Double intro pages of Iranian Quran (16th century)
Size of each page is 17x26cm
Gold leaf, lapis-lazuli, various dyes and pigments on walnut stained paper.

In progress picts can be found here : www.flickr.com/photos/somk/set…

Edit sept 29th: aaaaand sold! (but 8x10 PRINTS available here www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studi… )
Edit January 3rd : Finally a good pic and a detail. The detail is one inch by 2.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-01-15
Amazing illumination which is breathtakingly beautiful even for those who may not care about the Quran.

Quran Intro Page - (Iran XVI) by somk ( Suggested by SunGryphon and Featured by pica-ae )
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Sophia-MRefaat Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just incredibly good !
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shaded-sun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Wow! This is stunning. I dropped by your table at Loncon yesterday & I'm only just now looking through the other work you have completed. I am in awe.

I love that you used walnut & lapis lazuli - original pigments for Persian illumination. May I ask where you found the original 16C Quran you worked from?
Thanks!
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somk Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
In Paris, Bibliotheque nationale de France ;) They have the original !
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ax010tl Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely magnificent! Ax
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somk Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :)
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KINAMATIX Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, absolutely amazing. 
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Baraja19 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing artwork
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dragonladych Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! Really deserved! That's crazy work :D
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Serenya Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Beautiful !!
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shifaabanana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Breathtaking!
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Ionait Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
This is truly beautiful.
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puimun Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You make my head spin (in a good way) as always! 
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy fudge nuggets that's intricate! I love frontispieces!
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keealy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Digital Artist
this is my favorite thing to read when i am praying
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196238 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
amazingly amazing and very very amazing artwork
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roninvalkyrie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Woah. What kind of tool did you use to draw on the paper? I saw it in the flickr account, but I've never seen one like it before.

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somk Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I used several tools but mainly a very thin nib (Brause slim), a qalam and various brushes :)
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful work. Thank You and congrats on the DD.
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C-Puff Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is so beautiful! it reminds me of the book of Kells in its level of detail and colours!
Congrats on the DD. it's well deserved!
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Naklac Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Wonderful job :)
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I'm really honored! TwT
thank you whoever gave this one a DD :love:
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somk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Totally! I am so happy too! :)
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renatadomagalska Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it
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azeemb Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Wow :wow:

the step by step was really interesting as well
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somk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I always try to keep pics of the progress steps :) glad you liked it.
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Quixoticparadise Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
beautiful 
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Spikey-T Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely incredible work and very well deserved DD!  It's worth looking at the in progress pics to really appreciate how brilliant this is!  Wonderful :)
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somk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks :) !
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lichtie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Very Beautiful Thoughts and Art
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freaky208 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful MashaAllah! :heart:
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plangkye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely incredible... it always makes me so happy to see that people still keep these crafts alive.
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
All of those gorgeous details and beautiful calligraphy--this is incredibly beautiful work!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my goodness! So pleased to see this go a DD ^^
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Absolutely Magnificent! Congrats :D
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lindahabiba Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful! Congratulations:happybounce: 
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bussdriver63 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible quality of work.  Congratulations
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Masya Allah.... this is so beautifulllllllllll
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Kalliroe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome details :thumbsup:
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emcic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Just plain beautiful!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work, So.
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazingly crazy!
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Angelic-Artisan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is just beautiful insanity! :jawdrop:  I can only imagine how meditative filling in all these details must have been.  The progress pics are works of art in and of themselves.  Very well done!
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GirlofPaper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful ..
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is so beautiful.. I really don't have any words for it.  :wow: 
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
It's a great pic, never fear. You've caught the light without the glare, and the colours really pop. :)
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Yetac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This-is-stunning! I've always loved the gold work in the Quran, so beautiful. Great work! :heart:
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maxlover Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
nice
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