Styles of Islamic architecture in the Indian subcontinent


Styles of Islamic architecture in the Indian subcontinent:

Imperial style

  • The style of this period is also called the early Indo-Islamic style.
  • The existing buildings were converted into mosques with the elements of ruins from Hindu temples
  • The palaces were elaborately decorated and embellished with arches and domes. Floral patterns and other Hindu motifs were used widely


Provincial style:

In this style of architecture which lasted for a period of two-hundred-and-fifty years, they created buildings with the locally available materials, combining the regional styles with the typical Muslim features such as domes, arches, the minarets and the mihrabs. Initially they constructed on the ruins of Hindu, and Jain temples, and later they derived their own style in building art.


Mughal style

  • The Mughal style is the style of architecture that flourished in India under the patronage of the Mughal Empire from the mid-16th to the 17th century
  • It is a unique blend of Indo-Islamic and Persian style with Turkish influences.
  • The buildings were excellent and remarkably symmetrical in form and uniform in pattern with intricate ornamentation.