Message - Re: Why is Islamic Architecture COLORFUL? Due in 4 hours, HELP!

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Posted by  jim on June 16, 2003 at 07:04:51:

In Reply to:  Re: Why is Islamic Architecture COLORFUL? Due in 4 hours, HELP! posted by Richard Haut on June 14, 2003 at 13:25:08:

True, my theory is just that, and hardly a total explaination of the phenomenon, and I agree that the weather does have a lot to do with it, even as liguists have long noted the more soft, vowel-dominated languages of the peoples of the tropical zones, as contrasted with the more consonant-dominated languages of those in the north.

Nice would seem a wonderful place to experience color -- in buildings and otherwise -- so the only reason I would think that white might dominate is either that they knew of its heat-reflecting quality, or they simply had cheaper white wash or its equivalent from ancient times. But, in the final analysis, color and its perception is highly individualistic, and there may be no legitimate constants or rules that one could realistically apply to even most situations. As the old saying goes: "Taste is in the mouth of the taster" which is, of course, a subtle way of denigrating the matter of 'taste' completely. By extension, therefore, if "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", perhaps ultimately color is too.

No, I have never seen a "Deep Swedish film", but if you mean what I think you mean, I'm not sure my 'virgin' eyes could take it! That is architecture of an entirely different sort!

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