British Museum Publications, 1988 - Art - 125 pages
This visual anthology of 280 designs is drawn from the rich heritage of Islamic art. The drawings, largely taken from book illustrations, pottery, and metalwork, reveal how intricate and apparently complicated patterns were built up on simple geometric principles and traditional motifs. The introduction describes how calligraphic, geometric and plant ornament pattern developed in accordance to the stringent requirements of the Koran. Notes on the materials and techniques is provided for each design.
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