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Feb 2, 2022

The Polygonal method: Jay Bonner (Part 2)

The Polygonal method: Jay Bonner (Part 2)

This post will cover two other systems proposed by J.Bonner as part of the systematic method: the 3-4-6-12 and the 5-10 systems. The 3-4-6-12 system: The constituent polygons of the 3-4-6-12 system

Jan 16, 2022

The Polygonal method: Jay Bonner (Part 1)

The Polygonal method: Jay Bonner (Part 1)

Examining several examples of ancient geometric patterns and their underlying tessellations shows that the polygonal method constitutes a reference design method. This method, also called polygons in contact, makes it possible to create

Dec 5, 2021

Building periodic ornaments

Building periodic ornaments

In order to build a periodic ornament, some methods are needed. Ernest Hanbury Hankin, Craig S. Kaplan, and Jay Bonner's methods are the reference techniques. In this article, we will go through the

Nov 21, 2021

Periodic tiling

From a structural point of view, any geometric ornament is composed, in its design phase, from a geometric partition of the space. This initial partition is often deliberately discarded from the final pattern,

Nov 14, 2021

Islamic geometric art: the scientific approach

Islamic geometric art: the scientific approach

Art and culture have always played an essential role in the development of humanity. For several centuries, the cultural heritage preserved in museums and art galleries or passed down from generation to generation

Nov 7, 2021

Islamic art history: the Alaouite dynasty

Islamic art history: the Alaouite dynasty

The Alaouite dynasty rose to power in 1631 when Moulay al-Sharif was proclaimed Sultan of the Tafilalt region. His son Al-Rashid reunited Morocco that had faced many regional divisions after the ruin of

Nov 3, 2021

Islamic art history: the Saadian dynasty

Islamic art history: the Saadian dynasty

The Wattassids succeeded the Marinid dynasty in 1472 but were toppled by the Saadian dynasty in 1554. The Saadians represent an essential part of Moroccan history since they reunited the country and warded

Oct 31, 2021

Islamic art history: the Marinid dynasty

Islamic art history: the Marinid dynasty

In 1248, the Marinids, under the rule of Abu Yahya, established their capital in Fez after capturing it. Then, in 1269, with Abu Yusuf Yaqub as their leader, they seized Marrakesh, the Almohad

Oct 24, 2021

Islamic calligraphy: the Maghrebi script

Islamic calligraphy: the Maghrebi script

The Maghrebi script first appeared in the Maghreb and later in Andalusia. It is a cursive style of handwritten Arabic alphabet that was influenced by the Kufic style. In order to keep a

Oct 20, 2021

Islamic art history: the Nasrid dynasty

Islamic art history: the Nasrid dynasty

Mohammed I ibn Nasr of Arjona founded the Nasrid dynasty in 1232 and ruled over Granada, Jaen, Almeria, and Malaga. Granada was considered a cultural center of the Muslim west despite the pressure

Oct 17, 2021

Islamic calligraphy: the Naskh style

Many regions were struggling to write and read the Kufic script. Thus, the non-Arab area came up with a new Arabian script called the Naskh. This style became notably well known and was