of the shrine of Shah Nematollah Vali in Mahan, Iran
intellect and sets one’s mind right. All its proofs are very clear and
orderly. It is hardly possible for errors to enter into geometric
reasoning, because it is well arranged and orderly. Thus the mind that
constantly applies itself to geometry is unlikely to fall into error….”
design is one of the most distinctive aspects of Islamic art and
architecture. Geometry can be seen everywhere in the Islamic world: on
buildings, in books, on tiles, on wood, on metal. This
celebrates the diversity of Islamic geometrical designs as well as
demonstrating how traditional craftsmen make their designs.
can learn how to create Islamic geometric designs. It does not require
an aptitude or even enthusiasm for mathematics or geometry.
Understanding how geometrical designs are constructed gives an artist
the tools and insights that are needed to create geometrical designs.
So, if you can understand how a design was made, you can put yourself
in the shoes of the traditional craftsman and learn how to create
designs in the way it has been done for centuries.
is required is the ability to draw circles and straight
Traditional Islamic geometrical design is based on connecting
intersections between circles and lines. This website offers an
extensive 'educational' section on the practical aspects of traditional
that my book is finished, I have had time to make some new things with
my hands. Some things are finished, others are still works
in progress.This red star is made in MDF and painted professionally to get a
hard lacquer-like effect. You can order one in my Etsy shop.