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 Little Geometric Creativity

There’s a nice old geometric pattern… …that Eric Broug presents in his book Islamic Geometric Patterns as being from the Great Mosque of Herat. Its construction is based on a hexagon, and the pattern repeats as additional hexagons are tiled around the first one. The underlying hexagons (which are not drawn in the finished pattern)Continue reading “A Little Geometric Creativity”