Check out this blue and white floor tile idea by Reclaimed Tile - we love the boldness. And we think these designs would make a great patio floor too - you can use the tiles inside or out.
This being summer, naturally our thoughts turned to out. The examples below are based on an installation that Reclaimed Tile did for the contemporary furniture and design store, The Coran Shop. They used their Azure collection of encaustic tiles.
We love the way the blue and white sets the stage for a beautifully designed space in any room. We're in love with that blue fireplace, too. Can you see this kind of blue and white pattern on your patio?
It looks so great with the white dining chairs and blue accents - so crisp and fresh and summer. We wish it could last forever.
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Dubai developer Nakheel on Monday signed a trio of contracts worth AED2.4 billion ($653.4 million) for construction work at its new mixed-use community of more than 1,500 villas and serviced residences at Nad al Sheba.
The project will be built in three packages by UAE-based Trojan General Contracting, United Engineering Construction LLC and Metac General Contracting Company.
Nakheel said in a statement that package 1 is a AED830 million contract awarded to Trojan for main community infrastructure work and the construction of 489 villas.
Package 2 is a AED789 million deal to UNEC for 482 villas and infrastructure work while package 3, worth AED781 million, to Metac is for 468 villas and infrastructure.
Spanning 2.5 million square feet, with extensive landscaping and parks, Nakheel said its Nad Al Sheba community includes 1,439 three to five bedroom homes for lease and a separate, resort-style complex of around 100 high-end serviced villas, all with private pools.
The community, expected to be completed in early 2018, will also feature a club house, community swimming pool, sports courts and retail centre with around 30 shops and cafes.
Residents and guests at the separate, serviced villa complex will enjoy exclusive access to an additional range of high-end facilities and services, including an onsite health club with spa, wellness centre and lap pool, a restaurant, in-villa private dining and housekeeping and laundry services.
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After the Islamic conquest in India - (by the 12th-13th C in the northern plains, and by the 14th C in the Deccan plateau), monumental architecture in India often came to be defined by the tastes of medieval India's Islamic rulers. Construction activity became more geared towards the demands of the elite, and the voluntary participation of the masses in monumental construction became greatly reduced, or even entirely eliminated.
In Sanchi, it is useful to note that the construction of the Toranas involved the voluntary labor and contributions of much of the citizenry. Voluntary participation in the construction and maintenance of temples in South India and in the Deccan region has also been recorded and quite likely occurred throughout India.
Yet, it would be an error to think that popular influences on Indian architecture were completely extinguished. In the Gangetic plain, folk influences continued to play a vital role in the decor of Havelis and village homes; traditions like Rangolialso continued. In the regional courts, folk influences played an important role not only in the fine arts, but also in royal furniture and architectural decor. Folk influences also found their way in some of the smaller mosques and Sufi shrines which were painted with floral motifs in folkish style.
The change in ethos was reflected most in prominent urban landmarks, in the architecture of city gateways and inns for the nobility, and in the design of royal mosques and tombs. But, it would be incorrect to consider India's Islamic architecture as an entirely foreign implant as some art historians (both in the West and in India) are inclined to do. As we shall see, traditional Indian tastes and influences played an important role in shaping the most vibrant monuments commissioned by India's Islamic rulers.
Some art historians have routinely treated Indian art and architecture of the Islamic period as a regional derivative of Persian art and architecture - almost a poor cousin of the grand Persian Islamic tradition. Western biases and an admiration of all things Persian amongst sections of the Urdu speaking Indian intelligentsia have combined to spread the myth that all great Islamic art originated in Persia and the quality of art and architecture sponsored by India's Islamic rulers must be judged by how closely it came to meeting Persian ideals. That many of India's Islamic rulers employed Persian artists in their ateliers and Persian poets and writers found favor in the royal courts cannot be denied. But this obsession with connecting all things Islamic in India to Persia has not only led to an extremely selective and distorted analysis of the Islamic legacy in India, it has been based on a rather superficial examination of the Islamic legacy. Not only have art historians often failed to distinguish between what came from Persia from elsewhere, such as Afghanistan, Iraq or Central Asia - it has led to the virtual neglect of those aspects of the Islamic legacy in India where the predominant influences have been almost entirely from within the subcontinent. (Art historians have also failed to investigate the possibility of Indian influences impacting Persian tastes and sensibilities as was quite likely during the reigns of Jehangir and Shah Jehan).
Many art historians who attempt to analyze "Islamic" art in India seem to forget that the Islamic faith was born in a rather barren land without a history or tradition of support for the fine arts. (Although some argue that the Arabian peninsula had a rich tradition of terra-cotta sculpture that vanished with the iconoclastic ascent of Islam.) In any case, in terms of architecture, prior to the ascendance of Islam in the Middle East, one could speak of monumental Egyptian, Persian or Babylonian architecture, but certainly not Meccan architecture. As Islam spread, it was obliged to borrow and adapt from the older traditions that already existed in the lands it conquered. For instance, the Islamic monuments of Syria and Palestine have a remarkable resemblance to Byzantine architecture of earlier centuries with the important exception that all portraiture is avoided. Although vegetal motifs are employed with exuberance in the 7th-8th C Umayyad architecture in Syria and Palestine, later Islamic architecture, especially from Central Asia relied almost exclusively on abstract figuration.
But since sculptural decoration and representation of animals and nature played such a significant role in the architecture of pre-Islamic India - the advent of Islam (at least initially) led to mere imitation of forms borrowed from Central Asia. What seemed fresh and original in Bukhara during the Samanid reign (9-10th C) became dull, laborious and out of place when transplanted into Indian soil. With the exception of a few monuments that make rather effective use of decorative columns and motifs from earlier Jain monuments as in Ajmer or the Qutb area in Delhi - early Islamic architecture in India is singularly bland and uninteresting. Much of it is starkly austere and coldly aloof from the more lively traditions of the subcontinent. It is only after the 13th century when a bit of whimsy and ornamental fancy begins to enliven some of India's Islamic monuments (as in Chanderi). But this influence comes from Turkey, not Persia!
Outside India proper, architecture in the Islamic courts continues to make progress, culminating in the the construction of the overwhelmingly grand monuments of the Timurids in Herat, Samarkand and Bukhara (14th-15th C and onwards). Although the Timurids wreaked considerable havoc on their immediate neighbours and raided and plundered lands as far West as in Eastern Europe, the Timurids were not wedded to Islamic orthodoxy and continued the Samanid tradition of promoting the arts and learning. Samarkand and Bukhara emerged as the most important urban centers of the medieval world where study in astronomy and mathematics was encouraged and poetry and art received royal support. But above all, it was in their sponsorship of monumental architecture where the Timurid rulers excelled. Awe-inspiring monuments with tile work in dazzling green, blue and turquoise rose from the Afghan and Central Asian deserts and these rich urban centers became the models for cities throughout the Middle East. Brilliant regional variants sprang up throughout Afghanistan, Persia and Iraq. However, there were serious obstacles to the import of this new and brilliant architectural style into India.
As self-conscious outsiders, and with a rather tenuous hold on power in a largely non-Islamic land, it was probably difficult for India's Islamic invaders to commission monuments that could have matched the power and grandeur of the monuments in lands where Islam had triumphed completely and concerns of legitimacy had been adequately settled. The Lodhis and the early Mughals could only bring a modest and rather restrained version of the Central Asian style to India.
In Multan, Ucch Sharif, and Dera Ghazi Khan (all in Western Punjab) where a majority of the population had been converted to Islam, tombs built in honour of Sufi saints displayed an expressive originality even as they imbibed influences from Central Asia. But beyond Punjab, the impact was fairly limited, and some of the greatest Islamic monuments of the sub-continent show little if any trace of foreign influence.
The Sultans of Bengal and Gujarat, the Sharqi kings and Sher Shah Suri - all commissioned monuments that were virtually unlike any seen outside the subcontinent. The exquisitely chiseled reliefs in the 14th C Jama Masjid in Pandua (one of the old capitals of the Bengal Sultanate) display a kinship with the carved reliefs of the 13th C Kakathiya monuments of Warangal. Other mosques of the Pandua/Gaur region skilfully recycled material from Hindu and Buddhist temples, creating a uniquely lyrical and expressive Bengali Islamic style. Like the monuments of Bukhara, some of these mosques and gateways were decorated with colored tiles, but the construction techniques and colors were quite original. Many of the tiles were multi-colored and incorporated motifs considered important and auspicious in the Indian tradition.
In Ahmedabad and Champaner, symbolic motifs that had been in use for centuries in Jain and Hindu monuments were employed with abandon and became the very focus of both the internal and external decorative space of the typical mosque or tomb. The Chakra, the Padma, the Purnakalasa, the Kalpavriksha, the Kalpalata and the Jain 'lamp of knowledge' became vital centerpieces of the monuments of the Gujarat Sultanate.
Although geometrical decoration is a common feature of all Islamic architecture, the Indian Jaali developed some original features by combining motifs considered auspicious in the Hindu tradition with arabesques and geometrical designs. Lace like Jaalis distinguish the Sharqi monuments of Jaunpur and the Chunar monuments commissioned by Sher Shah Suri.
In the Deccan, architectural forms were sometimes inspired by nature. The Hyderabad monuments stand out for their use of pineapple-like domes and minarets, and columns modelled on palm trees. In many ways, these monuments are more interesting than the more renowned Mughal monuments. While the best of the Mughal monuments stand out for their balance of form, technical virtuosity and the luxuriant use of marble, semi-precious stones and gilt - critics find some Mughal architecture to be excessively formal, and a bit too reliant on architectural clichés.
Nevertheless, the Mughal era monuments of Punjab stand out in some ways. In Nakoddar (near Jullundhur) there are two tombs with brilliant polychrome decorations, unusual not only for their tile-work but also because they were dedicated to a scholar and a court musician, not royal personages. One, (also known as the Baghdadi owing to it's imitation of a style popularized in Baghdad) effectively employs geometric arabesques in yellow, green and blue tile set off against a brick background, while the other makes liberal use of the Purnakalasa motif , but with an ingenious innovation: the Purnakalasa motif appears in a rainbow of colored tiles. To the uninformed this may appear as a Persian transplant since floral motifs were also used in Persian architecture, but the Purnakalasa motif had come into frequent use during the reign of Akbar (before floral motifs came to be widely employed in the Persian tombs) and the Nakoddar tomb was more likely a natural evolution of the Mughal style popularized by Akbar. Later tombs in Lahore appear to effectively replicate this style.
However, Mughal architecture took a on decisively conservative tone during the reign of Aurangzeb. With the exception of the Qutab Shahis who turned Hyderabad into a grand and glorious city in the 17th C, and the Awadh nawabs who made Lucknow famous in the 18th-19th C, the last phase of the Islamic chapter in India gradually faded into oblivion.
This was in stark contrast to trends in Persia, where the Safavids continued to build on the achievements of the 16th C until well into the 17th and 18th C when the Safavid capital of Isfahan acquired the reputation of being one of the world's most handsome cities. Whereas Aurangzeb's reign in the subcontinent was marred by tremendous political strife and social upheaval, Safavid Iran enjoyed relative peace and prosperity, causing India's Persian/Urdu-speaking intellectuals and cultural elite to look to Persia for cultural affirmation and inspiration.
Hidden within Madinat Jumeirah’s captivating waterways and architectural marvels is the resort’s most luxurious accommodation – the Jumeirah Malakiya Villas.
The villas offer spacious bedrooms, oversized marble-clad bathrooms, generous living spaces, fully furnished kitchens and private terraces overlooking the waterways and resort.
The word ‘Malakiya’ translates into ‘royal’ in Arabic, and epitomises the level of luxury one can expect to receive. The seven independent villas are designed for those seeking spacious opulence, seclusion, impeccable service, all the while benefitting from complete discretion.
Connected to the resort through landscaped walkways and 3km of waterways, enjoy dining in over 40 world class restaurants and bars, holistic treatments at Talise Spa, retail therapy in over 95 specially selected boutiques and shops at the traditional souk, and state of the art equipment at Talise Fitness.
You’ll find complete tranquility during your stay at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf. Inspired by the traditional courtyard summer houses of old Arabia, these standalone two-storey houses offer an exquisitely designed hideaway – the premium accommodation of our Dubai resort.
Coming and going is pleasing in itself, with the houses accessible by scenic waterways and paths that wind their way through lush landscaped gardens. Inside, you’ll experience the height of luxury, with beautifully appointed, light and spacious guest rooms and suites.
Toying with this idea and dreamt of a-not-so-typical pink princess room for a little girl-Bam An exclusive kid’s room at your ease!
One is a bit biased towards Dora, but seeing the various wall papers in pink and wall stickers, one could create own theme for the room.
The little ones are the toughest to convince, though!
A little girl could want it to be with flowers, butterflies, the characters-hello kitty, Dora, Tom and Jerry and all her toys.
Best place in Dubai to find kids room furniture at a bargain is definitely Dragon Mart.
Keeping the furniture white, with a study table and desk for with Mickey Mouse mirror at a bargain! all from Dragon mart, what more one could expect.
A chandelier border and Mr Z put flower and butterfly stickers over them and the whole forest/Dora/tom-jerry/hello kitty theme happening below it with wall stickers said it all!!
The skyline of Dubai is set to undergo a sea change as the construction industry here is expected to gain further momentum this year, according to an international property agency.
3D Power has witnessed that construction cranes have dotted the Dubai skyline and are seen to herald the economic growth, with a major build-up of momentum in the real estate activity. Dubai was once home to almost 25 per cent of the world's cranes during the height of the property boom and now is set for the revival era of the construction industry.
Simon Gray, Managing Director of Chesterton MENA, said the requirement for equipments and machinery in the construction industry is anticipated to rise further in the UAE, especially in Dubai, owing to the real estate boom. "Although the consolidation of activities related to the construction industry in the UAE is in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the other emirates are not far behind.
"Dubai has seen an increase in the real estate investment which is because of its predominant presence being in the centre of construction activities. The trend suggests that the indications back up the fact that there will be no respite in the increase in construction activities," Gray said.
According to him, with the construction activities to take off, Dubai will once again be billed as the 'crane capital' of the world with several mega projects in the pipeline. "We expect 2014 to be another positive year for real estate sector in the UAE, Dubai in particular," he said.
Chesterton, which was established in 1805, has its Middle Eastern headquarters in Dubai and offers a full range of property services, including residential and commercial sales and leasing. The city's high quality infrastructure and the geographical location, positions Dubai as one of the best cities in the world to live and do business," Simon said. Chesterton MENA recently received the 'Highly commended property consultancy in Dubai' award during the recently held 2013th edition of Arabian Property Awards.
The visiting Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, said that UAE attaches the highest importance to comprehensive strategic partnership with India.
He expressed commitment to speedily implement the outcome of Modi’s visit there last month, including in the fields of trade and investment, defence and security.
The UAE has agreed to increase investments in India to USD 75 billion (about Rs 5 lakh crore) and raise the bilateral trade to nearly USD 100 billion in five years. The two-way trade stood at about USD 60 billion in 2014-15.
During the India-UAE Business Meet, UAE Minister of State for Economic Affairs Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimiy said infrastructure is a key area of interest.
To take the talks forward, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be visiting that country next month.
Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque that is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture.
This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.
The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding organises guided tours of the mosque designed to try to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith. Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.
Jumeirah Mosque is a mosque in Dubai City. It is said that it is the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. Organized tours are available for non-Muslims. Construciton began in 1976; the mosque is built in traditional Fatimid style
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Bungalows are making a comeback across U.A.E. and especially in Doha. Many of us have noticed the new construction bungalows popping up across town. It’s no wonder this classic architectural style is popular once again, with loads of character and practicality all in one. Bungalows are stylish and have quintessential curb-appeal that beckons home buyers in any market. Originally, architectural methods attributed to what we know as the bungalow were originally developed in India. These homes were traditionally small, one-story and had a wide veranda in the front portion of the house.
In the early 1900s well through the 1920s, the bungalow style caught on across the U.S. and was made popular by mail-order advertisements like the Sears-Roebuck & Company’s Home Builder’s Catalog. Ready-to-build homes were affordable and with just a few alterations for local codes and conditions, the plans could be built using all local (regionally-specific) materials. This was the perfect solution for families who did not have access to large construction companies or builders in their immediate area!
As for today, there are many reasons why the bungalow is still a preferred style. For one they have a convenient floor plan featuring a sensible layout with all of the living areas (kitchen, dining, and living rooms) located on the main floor. With qualities like lots of windows for lovely natural light, earthy hardwoods, practical, space-saving built-in shelving and bookcases, 3D Power believes that bungalows are accommodating and classically stylish!
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