Islamic oil lamps represent a new era of decorative design. Muslims were not able to put images so they had to put something that told a story. Read More...
Making floral and animal designs on the oil lamps made them distinguishable from the Byzantine and Roman oil lamps.
The fear of Hurroar vacui kept the lamps highly decorated.
Islamic clay oil lamps in Israel were discovered on several archaeological sites dating from the Umayyad period. Khirebt Al Mefjer revealed a large finding of these lamps from Khalif Abed Al Malek Ben Marwan's rule 685- 705 AD.
This type of Islamic oil lamp was found in Ramleh which was the Capital of the Islamic empire then.
These authentic clay lamps were influenced by neighbored regional styles. Islamic clay lamps started with the Umayyed period, continuing to the Abased and Fatmmies as well. Following the Crusades these lamps were created into late middle ages Ayobied and the Mammluk periods.