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Archway from the Darb-i Imam shrine, Isfahan, Iran (1453 C.E.) with two overlapping girih patterns. Image courtesy of K. Dudley and M. Elliff

Medieval Islamic Mosaics and Modern Maths

by Paul J. Steinhardt The swirling Arabesque ceramic tiles used in medieval Islamic mosaics and architecture were produced using geometry not understood in the West until the 1970s, a new study suggests.  …

Materials and Mediums – Islamic Art

The decorative arts in Islam are marked by a remarkable degree of stylistic consistency which has been applied to a broad range of materials, each of which had a craft-base of its own,…

The Evolution of Style

‘One would enquire in vain for the masters who brought this system to its flowering or those who later opened up new ways for its development. This art is totally anonymous and it…

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