Abstract naturalism

We could define Tauriq, or floral arabesque designs as abstract naturalism. One of the most beautiful examples of Tauriq can be found in the relief decoration of the old palatial City of Azahara, built by Abdal-Rahman III al Nasir on the hillsides of Cordoba. On the city’s walls we find one of the few icons that Hispanic-Muslim art represents repeatedly: The Hom, the Syriac tree of life, is repeated structurally in the caliphate’s Tauriq designs and is the best visual expression of the Islamic concept of creation.