Historical and Geographical Connections
for Tessellations and Tilings
About This Project ||
What is a Tessellation? ||
Tessellation Tutorials ||
Moorish architecture in Spain and Islamic architecture in the Middle East
offer excellent examples of tessellations or tilings.
Because of the strict injunctions against such depictions of
humans or animals which might result in idol-worship, Islamic art
developed a unique character, utilizing a number of primary forms:
geometric, arabesque, floral, and calligraphic, which are often
interwoven. From early times, Muslim art has reflected this balanced,
- Elisabeth Siddiqui, Islamic Art
Egyptian, Persian, Byzantine, Arabian, Moresque, Indian, Hindoo, Chinese, Middle Ages
The Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones, originally published in 1856. Starting with page 3 in this Illuminated Book, view the images. The Illuminated Books Project is a private non-profit, collaborative effort of three individuals, Alfredo Malchiodi, Anita Malchiodi and Carlos Alonso Cabezas. These books are mainly from the 19th Century Victorian Period, Arts and Craft style and Private Presses extending from 1800's to the 1920's. In the selection of books exhibited, particular emphasis is given to the illustration and illumination over the literary content.
Alhambra and Generalife (English) || La Alhambra and el Generalife (Spanish)
A tour including photos of La Alcazaba, the palaces of the Alhambra, the Alhambra after the reconquest and the gardens of the Generalife.
Granada: Photo Tour (English) || Granada: Foto Tour (Spanish)
Granada City Guide (English) ||
Granada Guia de ciudades (Spanish)
Chinese and Japanese Designs
Classic Japanese Quilt Pattern - Studio Aika
Quilt Inspiration: Japanese Quilts
Isfahan, Iran [Persia]
Fundamental Concepts of Persian Architecture
The sense of unity which is fundamental to Islamic architecture is explained and illustrated in these pages.
Mosques and shrines
Once you select a mosque or shrine to visit, make certain to view the links provided at the bottom of each page which allow you to enter doors or travel to a nearby building.
Tilework in Persian Architecture
Examples of mosaic tilework and tilework incorporating calligraphy are shown in this collection of pages.