- ISBN 9780500287217
- 23.90 x 16.90 cm
- Flexibound with flaps
- 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.