of the murals from Qusay 'Amra in Sasanian Style
on Islamic arts believe Iranian artists and craftsmen have built
most palaces and mansions of Umayyad era in Syria and Jordan
with Iranian styles of architecture.
“Following some studies on relics of these palaces in modern
Syria, such great researchers as Bazil Gray have concluded the
buildings date back to Sasanid era. No matter whether these
palaces were constructed in Sasanid or Umayyad times, all arts
scholars agree most of these edifices were erected with the
assistance of Iranian artists and craftsmen and according to
Persian styles of architecture,” said Ataollah Afrooz , an
Islamic arts specialist.
on the style of decorating the palaces, he added, “Caliphs
started embellishing their mansions and even bathrooms with
paintings since the 800’s.
remaining painting works dating back to the first era of Islamic
reign in Persia, Syria and Iraq clearly show that frescos and
murals were thriving under the rule of Caliphs in Umayyad and
early Abbasid periods.”