Everyone who lives in Muscat has driven past the architectural wonder that is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Many have visited, and many have prayed there too. This iconic monument of faith is not only a wonderful place of reflection and prayer, it is also home to an architectural museum of sorts, paying homage to the various eras of Islamic design, as well as many notable modern architectural features that serve as inspiration for the eyes and soul.
The Ottoman art cherishes paradise-inspired designs, from flowers to geometric Islamic touches. With influences from Chinese and Timurid tile art, these designs sport a soft and emerald greens, turquoises, blues, and reds. And, large repetitive patterns can be found here, gracing white backgrounds, which are subtly brushed with tulips, roses, lotus blossoms, and grape clusters to name a few.