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The Islamic world, primarily of Asia and North Africa, took a radically different approach to mosaics than Europe did. Instead of using tesserae (the small, usually square tiles made from clay, stone of glass) to create a larger recognizable picture, Islamic artists used them to create complex patterns instead. Usually these mosaics formed tessellations, repeating geometric designs of polygons that have no overlaps of gaps.

The eight-point star as a symbol marks early human understanding of the intellegent order that underlies our universe. Today, it carries religous and mystical associations. Known as the khatam in Islamic cultures, it and its variants are found at the center of stunning zillij masterpieces throughout Morocco.


Zellige - Moroccan Tile Patterns
Alison Fuchs
Zellige - Moroccan Tile Patterns

Islamic patterns: Rawalpindi, Pakistan detail from ceiling of the main mosque in Rajah Bazaar, the old part of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. eight-point Islamic star,

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Dezelfde vorm die steeds wordt herhaald.

Designer Geoffrey Bradfield incorporating traditional Moroccan design.

Maryleen Schiltkamp Islamic pattern june 9 2009 Good example of a geometric pattern,hand drawn.

The images below (background spot-cleaned) come from a rather obscure 16th century anonymous paper manuscript containing sketches of geometric solids. The illustrations have been cropped from the slightly larger full-page layouts.

Love all these patterns, especially the colour choices in the triangle design xx