Tiles from Egypt

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Came across a collection of delicate Egyptian tiles of 12-14th century. Love the colour palette! They remind me of mosques decoration in Damascus.  Probably the same period of history.  Source – Metropolitan museum of art, New York. 8 lovely pieces ->Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_6Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_5 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_4 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_2 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_3 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_7 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_1 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met

 

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Go wavy. Scallop design story

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Mosaic floor from Tunisia, showing Medusa in the center.  Mosaic fragment  from Antakya Archeological Museum, Turkey, 3rd century A.D. Patterns of both pieces are based on the shape of the ‘scallop’ and the design was widespread in Roman and Byzantine … Continue reading

Weaving in clay – square tile Zillij

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Tile decoration of mosques always looks like a carpet for me.  Painted with biomorphic design tiles symbolise Paradise. Square tile pieces, usually small, when put toghether form a patterm that remind me of rugs, or kilims.  Being fasinated with the decoration … Continue reading

Zillij – The art of ceramic lace

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In Arabic cut-tile work is called Zillij. This work I made on the 2nd year of my Masters and it is a copy of a zillij panel in the Jame Mosque of Yazd (built in 1330-1365 AD). Zillij is basically … Continue reading

Garden theme

Came across a picture of a lovely plate made by Islamic masters of Mawarannahr in 10th century. Most likely the flowers depicted were roses because of a tiny spiral in the middle. I like roses and they remind me of English gardens. So I draw the bouquet motif in Illustrator and used my English garden colour palette. As a result I’ve got a design for, lets say a wallpaper, and a couple of border designs.ImageImage

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Turquoise melody

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This is the first real design I made. Saying ‘real’ I mean that I used my imagination and went experimenting with different ways of filling up the space and colouring it. The basis is traditional Islamic geometry which can be found on walls of mosques and on other Islamic art objects.

My goal was to make it closer to European perception leaving the pronciples of divine proportion untouched. I feel like I made it, so far it is one of my favourite works.

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