Copies of the Qur’an
were produced in many different sizes and for different uses. Some were destined for use in mosques and madrasa
s, while others were carried about with individuals for benediction and protection. Patronage and commissions for the transcription and decoration of Qur’an
manuscripts was considered an honourable religious act for those who could afford it. The patronage system was widespread throughout the Islamic world, and patrons would present such copies to mosques, shrines and schools on special occasions. To complement their function as religious or educational institutions, most of these buildings were also adorned with excerpts from the Qur’an
seen on stonework, on tiles, textiles and on the furniture.