CONSTRUCTION OF IMARATS BY MIR IMARATS OF MEDIEVAL TIMES
AS OBSERVED BY THE LEGENDARY USTAD KAMAL UD DIN BEHZAD
A new wave of construction is in vogue nowadays. The newer methods are not time tested. Not even environment tested. Aesthetics borrowed from far away Islands. Use of metal and plastic abounds. But our traditional construction in its simplicity and in its strength stood the test of time. Even today you find the same kind of construction taking place as was done thousands of years back. Even in Islamic lands it was same. The tools of the architect, the mason, the labourer are all that we recognize today and use in lesser craftsmanship form. The spade is miserable as compared to a spade 500 years back. The plumb line was a thing of beauty and we have collected plumb lines of the past. A real decoration. Time has made many buildings fall but we still see their remnants standing as strong as ever.
The greatest legendary painter of Islamic lands Kamaluddin Behzad recorded some of these construction scenes and he had the most observant eye for them. It is a treat to see these forts and palaces and mosques being constructed in previous times. We share some old views. Relish the pleasure of looking at them!