The Art of the Islamic Garden

Emma Clark
Islamic gardens are enchanting places. Just the names of some of the most beautiful gardens in the world - the Alhambra, the Generalife, the Shalimar - conjure up images of calm and even divine beauty. No visitor is left untouched by their magic. This new paperback edition of The Art of the Islamic Garden is an introduction to the design, symbolism and making of an Islamic Garden and it examines that magic, describes the component parts which allow a deeper understanding of the beauty. Topics covered include: history, symbolism and the Quran in relation to the traditional Islamic garden; significance of design and layout of the garden explained, geometry, hard landscaping and architectural elements and aguide to designing the garden with water, and recommendations for trees, shrubs and flowers. There is a unique account of the design and planting of HRH The Prince of Wales' Carpet Garden at Highgrove.
The Art of the Islamic Garden by Emma Clark

About the author

Emma Clark is a writer, lecturer and designer specializing in traditional Islamic art and architecture. She teaches part-time on the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Programme at The Prince's Foundation in London.

Press Reviews

'good practical advice on how to create an Islamic garden of one’s own’ (Emel)

- Emel

‘a beautifully illustrated introduction to the design, symbolism and creating of an Islamic garden’ (


‘a thorough case study of the issues that arise in attempting to adapt traditional Islamic garden principles…’ (Saudi Aramco World)

- Saudi Aramco World