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Islamic Geometric Design (signed by author)

256 pages, hundreds of full-colour photographs and illustrations.

The first book to present magnificent Islamic geometric designs in their architectural and historical context.


Islamic geometric designs are admired worldwide for their beauty and marvellous intricacy, yet in truth they are seldom understood. Indeed, their complexity and artistry can seem almost beyond the powers of human ingenuity. In this handsomely illustrated volume, artist and teacher Eric Broug analyses and explains these complex designs in their historical and physical context. His own original drawings accompany magnificent photographs of mosques, madrasas, palaces and tombs from the Islamic world, ranging from North Africa to Iran and Uzbekistan, and from the 8th to the 19th centuries. Chapters are devoted to each of the main ‘families’ of geometric design – fourfold, fivefold and sixfold – and to the complex ‘combined’ patterns. Every design is carefully explained, and illustrated with a wealth of stunning photographs and clear, meticulously detailed drawings. Readers can follow the design processes by which these patterns were created and even learn to reproduce and invent geometric patterns for themselves, using exactly the same tools as the Islamic craftsmen of old: a ruler and a pair of compasses.

Weight2 kg
Dimensions37 × 27 × 4 cm

1 review for Islamic Geometric Design (signed by author)

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    Some Five Star reviews from Amazon:
    “Absolutely love this book, its informative, with historical sources. Step by step instructions allow for a thorough understanding of the geometric patterns, if you are someone who loves Islamic architecture and wants to know how it was all done, than you will appreciate this piece of work by Eric Broug.”

    “A beautifully illustrated book. This book is well written with historical details outlining the crafmanship of the geometric designs in the various regions. Not only are there stunning images of Islamic designs but there are illustrated breakdown of each design which really helps in understanding the construction of these designs. At the end of the book there is an appendix which give details on how to create designs using a pair of compasses, a ruler and pencils. Its a great way to learn and to fully understand the craftsmanship in creating these beautiful designs.”

    “Very beautiful book, within hours i was drawing the basics and experimenting on my own. Highly recommended for those who want to be able to draw complex patterns and learn about the history.”

    “Simply the best book on Islamic Geometric Design.”

    “A brilliant book on Islamic geometric pattern-making. An excellent resource not only for real-life inspiration through the beautiful photos but also with instructions on how to re-create many classical Islamic patterns. Step by step diagrams are easy to follow with some patterns becoming increasingly advanced as you progress through. Highly recommend!”

    “I am a math teacher and have recently become interested in the geometry underlying the Islamic tile patterns in mosques and other buildings. I originally took this book out of my school library, but loved its beauty so much that I had to buy it for myself.”

    “You will not find a finer explanation of the intersection of math and aesthetics in Islamic art. Exquisite book. If I only had one book on Islamic art and architecture, this would be it.”

    “Wow! This books has it all from the basic geometry to the buildings and complex drawings from which they originate. Many hours of study and practice in my future.”

    “Great contemporary resource. Easy to understand and fun to read.”

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