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Islamic Geometric Patterns [With CDROM]

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The marvels of Islamic patterns the most recognizable visual expression of Islamic art and architecture are not just a beautiful accident. The ancient practitioners of this craft used traditional methods of measurement to create dazzling geometric compositions, often based on the repetition of a single pattern. The results are magnificent in their beauty and awe-inspiring ...more
Paperback, 119 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Thames & Hudson (first published May 12th 2008)
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Asmaa
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this book.

Islamic geometry is not an easy thing (one can call it a science). It takes special understanding of math and patterns to be able to make geometrical shapes. This book is a good introduction for that.

It has almost 20 patterns from all over the Islamic world, starting from easy to difficult according to how complicated the pattern is, with a short intro on where this pattern can be found and a step-by-step on how to draw it. The steps are pretty easy to follow, an
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طارق (Tarek)
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: architecture, art
I was told by an expert on Islamic geometric art that Eric Broug's work contains many mistakes. I didn't think much of the comment, and have attended 3 of his lectures and workshops since then, and purchased this book at one of those workshops.

Unfortunately, I've discovered problems with the work myself. Look at the pattern on page 55 - the Alhambra alicatado. Then look at an actual photograph of the pattern. They aren't the same at all. Broug's construction is mirrored and slanted from the orig
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Janine
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Yes this book will assist you to learn to construct Islamic patterns. However be aware it does not provide any photos of the patterns themselves in situ, only the authors line drawings(so dont be misled by the cover pic). It treats each pattern as a stand alone design "motif" (authors word) which is repeated within a grid by use of a stencil to create a pattern. As a lot of these patterns were, centuries ago, first drawn then created by producing specially made tiles that were laid on site withi ...more
Ruwaida
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So wonderful, highly recommend it for anyone want to learn how to draw the geometric patterns - it's for beginners though - ...more
Kira
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: artsy-stuff, own
Step-by-step instructions on how to construct common patterns. Wide variety and easy to follow.
Bastou
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: geometry
A few of these patterns have flaws.
Julia Kulgavchuk
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
An excellent step by step guide on drawing islamic patterns. A very well made book, as usual for Thames & Hudson.
hamna
Dec 21, 2020 added it
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read this in turkish so i missed a few things, obviously, so i can’t wait to reread when i find an english copy!:)
Natalie Joy
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textile-arts
A beautiful sourcebook, with good instructions to draw each of the patterns represented
Davoud Taghavi
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly done and is possibly the best out there in terms of instruction. It could have had more designs for the price of the book. Maybe the second of Broug's books on the subject is meant to include more designs he chose to omit in this first one. ...more
Wilson Cotton
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful introduction to Islamic geometry. Clear instructions are given on how to create both simple and complex designs using pencil, rule and compasses. Skills are soon mastered and the creation of shapes and patterns becomes a wholly absorbing occupation.
Daniel Zonneveld
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciência, tipografia
Excelente por explicar o passo a passo de construção de alguns exemplos de padrões geométricos islâmicos.
Rhyk
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
short, to the point, explicit direction for someone with intermediate + geometry skills. really beautiful choices of designs.
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