Islamic Design: A Genius for Geometry

Islamic Design: A Genius for Geometry

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by Daud Sutton
     
 

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An exploration of the construction and meaning of Islamic geometric patterns.

Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure

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An exploration of the construction and meaning of Islamic geometric patterns.

Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure of Islamic design—calligraphy using Arabic script (one of the world's great calligraphic traditions) and abstract ornamentation using a varied but remarkably integrated visual language. Focusing on Islamic geometric patterns, simple and complex, man-made and in nature, this book offers unique insight into Islamic culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716354
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Series:
Wooden Books Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
761,373
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 7.03(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Daud Sutton is director of the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation's design studio Editio Electrum, specializing in the fine reproduction of carpet pages from ancient manuscripts. He lives in England.

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Islamic Design: A Genius for Geometry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning. The plates in this book are exquisite, and the text that accompanies each goes into the theory and execution of each design in a way that is brief yet thorough, and absolutely fascinating. The author discusses Islamic geometric design in ways that I've wanted to hear about for a long time, but no one else I've read on the subject has addressed--ways having to do with the crossover between the technical and the spiritual aspects of the designs. Buy this book.