Boards & Stories

Every Pattern has a History … a Story

Read below a brief history of each of the patterns you can buy:

Salah’s Minbar:

This is an 8 fold pattern. These patterns were introduced in the 9th Century. Along with the 6-fold ones, these patterns are probably the most common in Islamic art and architecture. The pattern is called after the Salah Al-Din pulpit Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem, Palestine 1168 AD, where an example of this pattern can be found (Link to see an analysis of the pattern)

Sultan of Bursa

This particular Mosaic Board is a 10 petalled pattern, made up of 10 pointed stars and 4 different shapes that repeat around it in different ways. These shapes are part of the Girih tiles, found in many elements of Islamic Architecture. The pattern used for this Mosaic Board can be found in Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Uzbekistan, and other places. This Mosaic Board is inspired by the pattern found on the interior archway at the opening of the Sultan’s Lodge in the Green Mosque in Bursa, Turkey (1424 AD), and is named after it.

Isfahan’s Rose

This particular Mosaic Board is a 10 petalled pattern, made up of 10 pointed stars and 4 different shapes that repeat around it in different ways. These shapes are part of the Girih tiles, found in many elements of Islamic Architecture. The pattern used for this Mosaic Board can be found in Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Uzbekistan, and other places. This Mosaic Board is inspired by the pattern found on the interior archway at the opening of the Sultan’s Lodge in the Green Mosque in Bursa, Turkey (1424 AD), and is named after it.

Humayun’s

This specific one is 6 pointed-start pattern. It can be found in Iran (Friday Mosque in Isfahan), Uzbekistan, and other places. Along with the 8-fold pattern, these patterns are probably the most common in Islamic art and architecture. This Mosaic Board is called after Humayun’s Tomb, made in 1570 AD Delhi, India.

Cairo’s Star

This particular pattern a 6 petalled star one. These patterns started developing from basic shapes to more intricate and complex formations, as in this pattern used in Mosque of al-Mu’ayyad, Cairo (1420 AD) where you will find the 6 pointed star alongside a 5 pointed and an 8 pointed stars with petals and rays all in one pattern. This specific item is called after this pattern.

Aksaray’s Rosette

This Mosaic Board is a 10-petal rosette pattern. Regular pentagons (5-sided polygon) or decagons (10-sided polygon), cannot repeat to fill the plane without leaving gaps. So, in order to, to fill the space craftspeople invented ingenious solutions to ensure symmetry and continuity in the space. You will find this pattern in Agzikarahan, Aksaray, Turkey (1230s AD), and this is where its name comes from.


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