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Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design (Dover Pictorial Archive) [Paperback]

J. Bourgoin
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25 Mar 1974 Dover Pictorial Archive
Nearly 200 examples exhibit the wide range of Islamic art, including hexagon and octagon designs, combinations of stars and rosettes, and many variations on other geometric patterns. Twenty-eight examples from traditional sources in Cairo and Damascus include sanctuary doors, openwork windows, and inlaid marble pavements and ceilings.

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (25 Mar 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486229246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486229249
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic details 14 Aug 2002
This book is mainly black and white (except for a few photos) but what it does that is quite amazing is that it actually shows you HOW to draw all the designs, using compasses and dividers, and also how to change the designs in different ways. It's a reprint of an old French book (over 100 years old) - the guy must have spent years working out how all these different designs, that he copied off the walls of mosques etc on his travels, could be copied exactly. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to draw this kind of thing themselves. There are many (probably 50 from memory) different designs which can all be adapted too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a collection of a couple of hundred plates of geometric patterns. Each pattern has a section with dotted lines over the solid lines of the designs, to make understanding their construction and underlying maths easier. This makes it ideal for making your own, as I'm now doing, but this is by no means easy... There is no accompanying text to explain what you're looking at or how it was arrived at, so you have to work it ALL out for yourself. While this is great fun if you're me, it might not be if you just want the result, not the mental challenge of arriving at it.

Or you could just get it because it's gorgeous and never try and copy any. It's black and white linear forms only, but my goodness staring at these images is a trip!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection but... 19 Jan 2006
Not for complete beginners - get Tarek el-Bouri's book first and once you have grasped the basics from that, this is an excellent book, there'll be no problem with the minimal amount of construction lines in the examples. The only problem is with the binding which falls to bits after 6 months or so. 5 for the book as a collection of patterns, 1 for the binding. And don't forget a folder to keep the pages in when they fall out as they inevitably will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars outdated but some useful templates 13 Aug 2012
I was looking forward to this book, but when it arrived I was slightly surprised to just see lots of patterns and very little text! Also the book refers to Muslims of belonging to the "Mohammedan faith" rather than using the correct term: "Islam." However let's be positive! There are 190 good quality A4 pages of different geometric patterns, so some will undoubtedly find this a useful respurce. (It's just not for me, but don't let that put you off, if you just want pages of patterns, and no text then you will really like it!)
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