Calligraphy is not the only art form that fulfills both utilitarian and aesthetic functions. Many objects produced in various media illustrate the harmony between utility and beauty in the arts of the Islamic world. Some functional objects could be made visually appealing through decoration or strategically employ ornament for practical purposes. Such is the case with ceramic water filters, which are patterned with an array of playful designs.
Another way of exploring the intersections between function and beauty is through objects that are used to make oneself beautiful. In the Islamic world, both men and women have used objects to clean and adorn themselves. For example, cosmetic implements, textiles, and jewelry embellish the human face and body. In addition, clothing and accessories can emphasize the wearer's social, political, and economic status.