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Islamic Art and Architecture: System of Geometric Design [Hardcover]

Issam El-Said , Tarek El-Bouri , Keith Critchlow
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14 Feb 1998
Pinpoints the rules of composition that form the basis of the geometric concepts of Islamic art.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd (14 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873938454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873938454
  • Product Dimensions: 35.7 x 23.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One need not be adept at measurement and computation to be mesmerized by and drawn into the visual analysis Said offers here. "

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One of the chief characteristics that gives the artistic heritage of the Muslim world its distinct identity is the use of geometric patterns. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars As expensive as crack but much more fun. 25 April 2008
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Delightful book, an absolute gem. El-Said's writing is economical, crystaline and accesible.

He explains how all manner of repeated patterns used in Islamic art are created, from 1st principals up. You need NO prior knowledge of geometry, maths or anything much else to use this. That said if you do have some knowledge of maths, you'll get more out of it, as he does explore how the forms work, as well as simply describing their construction.

Beautifully printed in oceans of blank page, this is a book to wallow in. Clear diagrams and words reflect an ordered mind.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shows tile design on Muslim monuments like the Taj Mahal. 6 Oct 1998
By elwood@redland.net.au Noel Wood - Published on Amazon.com
If you are interested in high school maths or tiling in general this book shows how Islamic artists create most of the geometric tiling patterns found in Muslim monuments such as the Taj Mahal in India or the Alhambra in Spain. Issam shows how using the ancient greek techniques of a compass and a straight edge all of the tile designs are achieved. He also goes into the history of how these tile patterns were achieved. This book is written after Issam died from his notes and other previous work and is a summary of Issam's work so it probably represents the last chance to have these tile patterns explained. As a maths teacher myself I have never been so impressed by a book. It not only has great content but its diagrams are beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars islamic art & Architecture Geommetric designs 2 Sep 2010
By Remy - Published on Amazon.com
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good book but all in black & white don't expect any beautiful photos as examples. the ways they do these designs it is just what you 've got. Mathematics explainations only useful for experts but the drawings speak for themselves happily. Way too expensive, a souple cover and smaller size would have been enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper understanding of Islamic geometric pattern making 28 Nov 2009
By Laith Wark - Published on Amazon.com
This book reveals the stuctures of Islamic geomtric pattern making. There are quite a few "pattern books" with many examples of beautiful patterns. However this book reveals the concept of "the repeat unit of a geometric pattern" and the principles of measure involved. There are three main repeat units. It also contains many beautiful examples of patterns that can be generated by each repeat unit.

I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Islamic geometric patterns.

Laith Wark
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 16 Jun 2013
By Pedro - Published on Amazon.com
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awesome book, you should buy it if you are an artist. Definitely very helpful to think more designs. Get yours soon
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