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Islamic Art and Architecture: The System of Geometric Design Hardcover – February 14, 1998

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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.’

About the Author

Issam El-Said (1938-1988) was an Iraqi artist and scholar. He earned an Architecture degree from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1961; studied art at Hammersmith College of Art and Design, London and prepared for a PhD on the Methodology of Geometric Proportioning in Islamic Architecture at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1988, which was sadly not completed due to his untimely death that year. As an artist, he achieved great renown and his works are in private and public collections worldwide including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Museums in Baghdad and Amman.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing; 1st edition (February 14, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873938454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873938454
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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
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The book is very interesting but the package was wet when delivered! The first 15 pages have wrinkles, which I was rather disappointed about. The day of delivery was indeed a rainy day, but I would have expected a UPC to be prepared for that in Holland.
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By Pedro on June 15, 2013
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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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