Octagons in Baku

Besides the window in the Divankhana, I saw a lot of geometric design in Baku based around octagons. For example, consider this pattern in a window in the external courtyard wall at Baku’s Taza Pir mosque. This beautiful pattern, with its eight-pointed stars set within octagons, turns up on plate 67 in Jules Bourgoin’s 1879Continue reading “Octagons in Baku”

A window in the Divankhana, Baku

Eric Broug, from the School of Islamic Geometric Design, writes that sometimes while travelling he sees a piece of contemporary Islamic geometric design and recognizes it as, well, let’s say less than best practice. (He sometimes posts images of this sort of thing on Instagram under the hashtag #cpigd, which stands for Common Problems inContinue reading “A window in the Divankhana, Baku”