The following six designs were drawn by following the instructions in Draw Islamic Geometric Star Patterns by Eric Broug. With seven examples, the book is a great introduction to drawing Islamic geometric patterns. The process involves drawing a grid first, then using the grid to draw the pattern. On completion, the grid is removed.


Pattern 1: Al-Mustansariyya, Baghdad, Iraq (1227-1234)

Al-Mustansariya Madrasa, Baghdad, Iraq


Pattern 2: Wikala of Sultan Qaytbay, Cairo, Egypt (1496)

Wikala of Sultan Qaytbay, Cairo, Egypt


Pattern 3: Karatay Madrasa, Konya Turkey (1251-1252)

Karatay Madrasa, Konya, Turkey


Pattern 4: Humayyun’s Tomb, Delhi, India (1570)

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India


Pattern 5: Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria (706-715)

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria


Pattern 7: Qarawiyyin Mosque, Fes, Morocco (857)

Qarawiyyin Mosque, Fes, Morocco

I have tried to draw Islamic geometric patterns years ago. Without a method to follow, it was a slow process working from the centre of the pattern outwards, and making lots of mistakes along the way. The main thing I learned from the technique in this book, is start with a circle, build a grid, then build the design from the outside and work inwards. It’s a lot simpler.

For the price, Draw Islamic Geometric Star Patterns is a bargain and I recommend it as a great starting point for anyone wanting to draw Islamic geometric patterns.

I also have Islamic Geometric Patterns on order, and it’s due to arrive any day now. I’m looking forward to exploring and creating more of these patterns.

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