The tombs which were built during this period are similar to those of the Tughluqs except perhaps the turrets. Some of the essential features of these tombs are: “a square structure on a plinth with sloping or battered walls, giving an impression of solidity and mass, low flat domes, tall and narrow arched doorways, parapet comprising a course of bricks, laid alternately straight and diagonal, which feature, confined to brick-structures is found in the buildings of Armenia Asia minor and Turkey”.

The domes are more or less in the traditional style. The decoration too, was confined only to out-plaster work. Sometimes, however, enamelled tile work was used. Perforated screens of jalis too were used sometimes to enhance the beauty of the structure which gave a welcome relief. The most important tombs are those of Ala-ud-din Hasan, Muhammad I and Muhammad II at Gulbarga and the tomb of Hazrat Zain-ud-din at Khuldabad etc.

The tombs of Mujahid, Ghiyas-ud-din and Shams-ud-din show a marked advancement in the style of decoration which was on a larger scale. The shrine of Gesu Daraz is a simple and lofty building, its walls decorated with Quranic texts in gilt letters. It was built during the time of Shah Wali.

The tomb of Shah Wali is the most magnificent. Their interiors are decorated with paintings in lively colours and are engraved Quranic inscriptions in letters of gold. Persian style is quite prominent in these constructions.



The painting does not seem to have flourished under the Bahmanis. They did not patronize this art as it was against the injunctions of the Quran. In fact, this art remained dormant under the sultans in the north as well as in the south till the advent of the Mughals. However, there was no objection to the decoration of the buildings with geometrical and floral decorations.