Islamic Geometric Patterns

Islamic Geometric Patterns

(Includes free CD-ROM)
  1. Eric Broug
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  • ISBN 9780500287217
  • 23.90 x 16.90 cm
  • Flexibound with flaps
  • 120pp
  • With over 290 illustrations
  • First published 2008
‘Will make intricate pattern-making much simpler to understand and create… highly recommended!’ – Tile & Stone Journal

Islamic patterns are not just beautiful accidents …

The practitioners of this craft use traditional methods of measurement to create dazzling geometric compositions, most based on the repetition of a single pattern. The results are magnificent in their beauty and awe-inspiring in their execution.

Now, with the aid of this book, everyone can learn how to master this ancient art and create their own intricate patterns or re-create classic examples. All one needs is a pencil, a ruler, a compass – and a steady hand.

Technical tips demonstrate the basics:  how to draw a square, hexagon or pentagon. This is followed by some of the best examples of geometric patterns from around the world, arranged into levels of complexity, with careful, step-by-step instructions.

Features geometric patterns from some of the most famous and beautiful Islamic architecture and art, including:

• The Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
• Cappella Palatina, Sicily, Italy
• Mustansiriya Madrasa, Iraq
• The Great Mosque of Damascus, Syria
• The Huand Hatun Complex, Turkey
• The Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan
• The Mosque of al-Salih Tala’i, Egypt
• The Tomb of Bibi Jawindi, Pakistan
• Qarawiyyin Mosque, Morocco
• The Koran of Rashid al-Din, Iran

Includes free CD-ROM with:
• Desktop Wallpapers – nine different designs
• Step-by-step construction sequences of nineteen featured patterns
• Finished black-and-white patterns to print out and colour in or to decorate
• Basic Templates to print out and get you started
• Photos and illustrations of some of the best Islamic geometric patterns

Eric Broug received his Masters Degree in History of Islamic Art & Architecture from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He now runs Broug Ateliers for Islamic Architecture, Arts and Crafts in Yorkshire, which creates contemporary Islamic art.