The Architecture plan of Qutb Complex (Delhi) and its Decoration Analysis


  • Sonia Nasir Khan
  • Muhammad Ahsan Bilal



architecture, motifs, varieties, traditional, regional, logic


The Qutb complex in Delhi contains the array of early Sultanate Period Muslim monuments that demonstrate the earliest artwork development stage of Muslim monuments from 12 to 13th century especially the architecture style and the stone carving patterns that exists in the monuments of this complex like in masjid Quwat-ul Islam (1191 A.D), Qutab Minar (1202 A.D), Illttutmish Tomb (1235 A.D), Alai Darwaza (1311 A.D). These splendid monuments have a new architectural style in India. Their beautiful carvings in red sandstone and marble that includes the patterns of arabesque style along with Kufic and Naskh calligraphy, the delicate floral and geometric patterns along with some Hindu motifs that depicts the earliest amalgamation of Hindu and Islamic architecture within the subcontinent. This paper not only aim to explore the architectural plan of this Qutb complex under different monarchs but also the decoration of this Qutb complex, its analysis and the aesthetic changes of design after the amalgamation of two different cultures. This complex is famous not only for its architecture but also for varieties of decorative arts. This paper also attempts to discover not only aesthetics but also the traditional and regional logic for using these motifs. This explorative study is from available historical data and literature. In the end concludes that the amalgamated motifs of decoration was excellent experiment and first addition in the design vocabulary of Indo-
Muslim art and architecture. These designs provide serenity and majestic feelings to these monuments and in whole to Qutb complex.



How to Cite

Khan, S. N., & Bilal, M. A. . (2020). The Architecture plan of Qutb Complex (Delhi) and its Decoration Analysis. PERENNIAL JOURNAL OF HISTORY, 1(1), 49-68.