go back to the home page  
last updated: 16th October 2013
My new book 'Islamic Geometric Design' is now available in bookshops. Also available in a French edition as  l'Arts des Motifs Islamiques'


Published by Klasik Yayinlari

Join my community

Visit my shop

The screens are 13 by 18 cms in 1.5.mm steel in a matt gloss finish

Recommended!  My Favourite Books and Websites on Islamic Art and Architecture

Geometry enlightens the 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….

Ibn Khaldūn
 Dome of the shrine of Shah Nematollah Vali in Mahan, Iran

Geometrical 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 website celebrates the diversity of Islamic geometrical designs as well as demonstrating how traditional craftsmen make their designs.

Anyone 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.
All that is  required is the ability to draw circles and straight lines. 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 design.

Now 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.

Buy my Book...

2012's bestselling Islamic art book. Over 20,000 copies sold. NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN PERSIAN...naqqush-e hendes-e Eslam