Islamic Architecture
Geometry as decoration in Islamic architecture

I want to learn more about the identification of geometric shapes or forms as a design element in Islamic decoration. I know how to talk about some shapes or forms, such as 'Kaabah,' where the shape is a rectangle, but how can I find out more information to help me finish my thesis?

Mohd Azhar Abd Razak
Geometry as decoration in Islamic architecture
Assalamualaikum Sdr. Azhar,
I have reference books on islamic geometry that may be of interest to you and help you with your work. Where are you studying? My research library is in Kuching but I go to KL regularly. Do e-mail or contact me on 016-8608571.

Imanuddin Ghazali
Geometry as decoration in Islamic architecture
Wa-Alaikum-As-Salaam Azhar, I am a Graphic Designer and a Calligraphy Artist by profession, while learing the art I saw through many Geometrical Islamic designs. I can share this with you for sure that the most basic design you will come across while studing Islamic art is a square. If you take another square, turn it by 45 degrees superimpose it on the original square, you will find the most common Islamic design, the '8 cornered star'. You will find this 8 cornered star right from the western Asia to the most eastern part of India and North west China. If you keep on turning the suqre at different degrees and superimpose the squares in multiples of 2 and create stars of 8 or 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 ect. corners then you will get beautiful designs of stars. Later if you note that the same stars can be arranged in multiplicity at eqidistance and the borders joined at the corners, beautiful patterns are achived. The changes in number of corners of the stars and the distance between the stars will give you different sets of designs in continuous patterns.
Haseeb Siddique Shaikh


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