Persian Islamic Geometry


Islamic Geometric patterns have been one of the most used art in Islamic everyday life throughout centuries. This art has evolved depending on time and different cultures. Countries like Iran, Turkey, Morocco, Syria, and Egypt have shaped their own unique patterns that can be distinguished from one another.

Having in mind that throughout history countries were joint and then separated many times from each other, different dynasties shaped their own method for geometric patterns. In Iran as one of the most influential countries in art especially Islamic art people used art in their daily life so the geometric patterns can be found all over this beautiful country.

Drawing some of these patterns with today’s technology is really hard but understanding the concepts on how these patterns were created with basic tools such as a ruler, ordinary compass and pencils will take you to a journey through history in which you will enjoy the art of Islamic geometric patterns as they used to be centuries ago.

This course will give you the opportunity to learn, understand and draw different Islamic geometric patterns with a traditional approach and study its impact in Islamic culture.

Geometric patterns in Islamic architecture

Course outline:

With a focus on the geometric patterns in Iran, this course aims to study historical architectures, mosques, baths and other structures that have beautiful geometric patterns, in order to study and learn the geometric patterns used in these buildings.

This course would be suitable for architects, Illumination (Tazhib) artists, traditional Restoration workers and designers and other artists that are interested in traditional and Islamic art.

With the growing interests towards traditional art especially Islamic art, different artists have tried to learn how to get Islamic geometric patterns rightly done but only a few of them succeeded What we aim through this course is to teach the right methods and try to bring the right patterns on the paper, not just anything that looks good!

What you will learn:

  • Theoretical bases of geometric patterns and its usage in Islamic art and architecture
  • Basic concepts of geometry (dividing lines and angles, drawing simple shapes such as square and pentagons and etc.)
  • Different proportions in Islamic art and geometry
  • Regulation and geometry in nature
  • Learn how to draw about 20 geometric patterns used in different structures in Iran

Teaching Method:

The learning would be based on a Persian book.

What you need to have:

  1. Pencil
  2. Compass
  3. Ruler
  4. Some colored pencils or pastille for coloring

About the lecturer:

Ms. Azimi fahim has more than 20 years’ experience of illuminating (Tazhib), Tasheer, Gol-o-Morgh, Gereh and Islamic Geometry, participating in international Islamic exhibitions and holding numerous workshops on Islamic Art fields.

Course plan and timing:

There will be 5 sessions for this course (depending on different factors such as the number of participants, if we have more than 6 people in the class we will need more time for correction so we will need a complete session to cover that).

Each session would be about 90 minutes long, so the total course is about 8 hours of teaching course but you will be in touch with the instructor throughout the course by our WhatsApp number.

Due to time differences, we will need to adjust a time that is suitable for everyone in the course our first option is at 14:00 Tehran time on Sundays, but this time might change upon participant’s request (we do understand your conditions in different parts of the world so we will try our best to adjust everything as smoothly as possible).

Course Fees:

195 Euro Registration:

For registration please fill out the registration form here.

For further information please contact our International communication coordinator (Mr.  Sattar Soltanpour):

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