Islamic Geometric Pattern

Islamic decoration uses  geometric and organic shapes which have developed over the centuries. They are usually distinguished from the arabesque, the term for decoration in Islamic art based on curving and branching vegetal forms. But sometimes foliage and linear geometric patterns are combined in a single design and have evolved into beautiful and highly complex patterns, still used in many modern-day settings. The eight-pointed star is another common motif in Islamic architecture, often found in tile-work and other media. Star patterns are extremely complex when the outer points are joined together and other intersections connect in a systematic way. The arabesques and geometric patterns of Islamic art patterns are often said to arise from the Islamic view of the world.

To Muslims, these forms have a meaning of an infinite pattern that extends beyond the visible material world. To many in the Islamic world, they symbolize the infinite, and therefore uncentralized, nature of the creation of Allah and convey a spirituality without the figurative iconography or art of other religions. The geometric patterns can also be equally thought of as both art and science. The art is equally mathematically precise, aesthetically pleasing, and symbolic. So due to this duality of creation, the artistic part of this equation can be further subdivided into both secular and religious artwork.

I am looking forward to furthering my research into Islamic patterns because of the complex patterns and interesting patterns that can be created through the use of these geometric shapes. From the research that I have done so far it seems to be very common that the pattern are drawn traditionally through the use of pencil, paper and measuring tools. I will try to create some patterns with pencil and paper, however I think it would save more time if I create the patterns using illustrator because I can repeat shapes so that they are exactly the same shape and using a grid for precise placement.


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