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Normalised grid/motif based patterns-Islamic geometric patterns

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2 Author(s)
Aljamali, A.M. ; Dept. of Comput., Inf. Syst. & Math., South Bank Univ., London, UK ; Banissi, E.

The studies of Islamic geometric patterns (IGP) show that the methods of generation are based on a set of classical gridding systems. They are hierarchical and primarily based on the sacred geometrical primitives (triangle, square and circle). With such patterns, symmetries are as visible as the forms themselves. They signify an obvious secondary meaning that is so often referred to, in the sacred and religious texts, as a higher order of significance. Based on the classical grid system, normalised grid-based patterns propose a new language of design with the further aid of symmetry that hold these forms so robustly. It takes away their hierarchy by replacing it with less tangible forms that are bounded by shear balance of symmetries. An underlined question for the reader is “are we disturbing the semantics of these patterns, the meanings that have been portrayed by the architect, the designers and visualists for a long time through their visual forms?”

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Information Visualization, 1997. Proceedings., 1997 IEEE Conference on

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27-29 Aug 1997