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Innovation of techniques in ‘Ajami as painted wooden wall panelling for living spaces of Syrian houses

Baydoun, Ziad and Kamaruddin, Zumahiran and Sami al-Obeidy, Musaab (2017) Innovation of techniques in ‘Ajami as painted wooden wall panelling for living spaces of Syrian houses. Journal of International Academic Research For Multidisciplinary, 5 (5). pp. 47-57. ISSN 2320-5083

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Technique of painted wood paneling in the art and craft of Ajami has been popularly practiced in the seventeenth to late eighteenth century especially during the Ottoman period. ‘Ajami is used to describe the technique of painted wooden wall panel as well as the interior as a whole. Nowadays, it can be seen that this beautiful decorative painting technique is subjected to threats and would gradually become one of an extinct art in Syria. This paper discusses the rediscovering of traditional techniques of ‘Ajami and its visual attributes in the painted wood paneling products of two Syrian master artisans who are actively involved in the craft industry, namely AbdulraoufBaydoun and Fadiraeed. Their works and opinions were obtained through face-to-face interviews that served as inferential evidences and primary data for this study. The interviews focused on the aspect of fabrication and innovation of ‘Ajami as painted wood paneling with particular emphasis on visual components and techniques used. Field observation and photographic documentation of their works were necessary measures to complement the interviews. Hence, examination on the works produced by the artisans which exemplifies their distinctive craftsmanship is also addressed in this paper. It was found that the most profound works produced by them are ‘Ajami for interior application with distinctive techniques and visual attributes. The finding also signifies their strong preferences to the application of floral and geometrical design for innovative wood paneling. This implies that the development of new ideas based on the traditional techniques has become the most influencing factor that governs their craftsmanship in sustaining the applied art and design of ‘Ajami in Syria.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2615/66123
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ajami; Syrian houses; craftsmanship; painted wood paneling.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2835 Details and decoration
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Applied Arts and Design
Depositing User: Zumahiran Kamarudin
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 16:19
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 15:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66123

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