Sapphire stories: the symbolic representation of blue motifs in Islamic architecture of Pakistan




Blue motifs, Islamic architecture, Mosques, Shrines, Symbolic connotation, Ornamentation, Geometrical patterns, Floral display, Arabesque


This article focuses on analyzing and exploring the implication of blue motifs in terms of the representation of Islamic architecture in Pakistan. Architecture holds a great deal of importance within every nation's social and cultural domains. In the same way, architecture has played a significant role in dispensing Islam as a religion. The manifestation and reflection of blue motifs are present in various forms, such as formal, structural, and spatial. Moreover, these shapes carry symbolic connotations when presented in the form of ornamentation, geometrical patterns, floral displays, and arabesque. Furthermore, this study provides a valuable contribution to enhancing the awareness of the significance and representation of blue motifs in the Islamic architecture of Pakistan for the research. Secondary and primary data were collected to achieve the objectives of the study.  The study concludes that mosques and shrines in Pakistan are loaded with examples in which the representation of blue motifs within the domain of Islamic architecture is quite evident.


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How to Cite

Ali, M., Batool, F., Rahat, R., & Rafique, M. F. (2024). Sapphire stories: the symbolic representation of blue motifs in Islamic architecture of Pakistan. Journal of Humanities, Social and Management Sciences (JHSMS), 5(1), 122–134.



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