- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Pap/Cdr edition (12 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 050028721X
- ISBN-13: 978-0500287217
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 24.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Islamic Geometric Patterns (Book & CD Rom) Paperback – 12 May 2008
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'An inspiration for mosaicists and tile makers alike'
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About the Author
Eric Broug, originally from the Netherlands, received his Masters degree in the history of Islamic art and architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He runs Broug Ateliers for Islamic Architecture, Arts and Crafts in Yorkshire, which creates contemporary Islamic art. He is the author of Islamic Geometric Patterns.
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Top Customer Reviews
In terms of clearly showing how you construct the geometric patterns, this is one of the very best books I have read. It starts you off with the very basic ways of using the compass to make the building blocks of the patterns, and moves gradually onto more and more complex ones taken from well-known mosques, illuminated Korans and palaces. For each pattern, all you need to construct it with a ruler and a compass is clearly explained.
As an exercise to myself, I have done a few of the designs in Adobe Illustrator. It is great fun, and when it's finished, they make lovely patterns that can be used for many decorative or artistic purposes.
If you are starting out trying to understand how these intricate and fascinating designs are created, this book is one of the best places to begin, and I can highly recommend it.
The book serves as an excellent reference point and tutorial with very precise steps on achieving the designs he shows. He has used real world examples from his travels so that adds a bit more adventure to the whole art history aspect.
What really helps is the accompanying CD that he provides. The CD is full of useful templates and photos for you to use and if you use illustrator or Corel Draw to do most of your work it is a true god send.
This book is more of an intro for someone who wants to learn and do the Islamic Patterns rather than a history book around the meaning and reason for the extensive use of geometric patterns.
Definitely worth the money I paid for it!
It's a very interesting read and the real patterns & photos from real buildings makes the book much more enjoyable.
I remember as a boy the pleasure derived in constructing shapes and patterns - this brought it all back and then some.
The overall style of the book is very clear and concise, like the patterns themselves.
The book itself has a short introduction and then dives straight into the nitty gritty of creating these patterns with just a compass, pencil and ruler, as they would have done over a thousand years ago. It is a tricky art and requires precision. So I would recommend anyone wishing to embark on this to invest in a good quality compass with can be fixed at certain radii and a sturdy metal ruler. There are many many designs in this book to get stuck in to and it lays the foundations for you to get creative with your own ideas. The CD I haven't really used although it does have handy templates for those not wishing to make their own templates.
I would have liked it to have more writing with maybe more historical content in it and possibly colour pictures. But for what it is, it is a fantastic book. Great to start your hobby in drawing Islamic geometric patterns.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully laid out and produced and the content clearly presented with crisp, clear illustrations. Exactly what I'd hoped for.Published 4 months ago by Ellino-amerikanaki
The book is amazing!! Plus delivery of the book was very quick - very pleased.Published 8 months ago by Di Jackson
An excellent book written by someone how knows their field and is passionate about the subject. The CD ROM is well produced and a great resource to accompany the book.Published 11 months ago by Spiritual Seeker
excellent step by step guide, plus has everything on the CD as well.Published 12 months ago by Mr. N. Rohlfing
I really like this book. Lots of examples of different patterns, and detailed info on how to re-create them using just a ruler and compass. Read morePublished 13 months ago by vm