Eric Broug’s comprehensive guide, “Islamic Geometric Patterns,” explores one of the most mesmerizing facets of Islamic art and architecture. With meticulous attention to the history, technique, and spiritual significance of these patterns, Broug offers both the enthusiast and the novice an opportunity to delve deeper into the complex world of Islamic geometry.
The most striking aspect of “Islamic Geometric Patterns” is how the author demystifies the seemingly inscrutable designs that ornament Islamic landmarks. Broug provides a profound understanding that these stunning patterns aren’t a serendipity but the results of deliberate, skilled craftsmanship. He delves into the methods inherited from generations of ancient masters whose work transcends time, providing continuity in the visual language of Islamic culture.
One does not merely read through this book; one practices and participates in the art form. Broug ensures that technical knowledge is accessible to all, starting from the very basics of drawing foundational shapes with a pencil, ruler, and compass. Readers will appreciate the pedagogical approach that builds from simple structures to more intricate designs, categorized into three tiers of difficulty. Each lesson is a patient unfolding of process and technique, encouraging readers to participate in the act of creation.
“Islamic Geometric Patterns” is not confined to theory but offers vivid travel through the Islamic world’s heritage sites. Broug invites readers to virtually wander the corridors of La Mezquita and the Umayyad Mosque, among others, studying their iconic patterns. Alongside over 290 illustrations, these exemplars offer a concrete connection between the artwork on paper and its grand manifestations in stone and tile.
Beyond the mathematical prowess and creative genius lies the universal language of harmony and beauty that transcends cultural barriers. Islamic Geometric Patterns invites readers to connect with a broader human pursuit — the search for meaning expressed through the universal language of art and science.
“Islamic Geometric Patterns” by Eric Broug combines educational rigor with aesthetic appreciation, presenting the intricacies of Islamic patterns in a way that is tangible, inclusive, and inspiring. For those interested in Islamic art, geometry, or simply in expanding their creative vocabulary, this book is a treasure trove that promises hours of exploration and a lasting appreciation for the discipline it unfolds. Whether he’s educating the reader’s mind on precision or engaging their heart with beauty, Broug’s work is as precise and captivating as the patterns it decodes.
From the symmetry that appeals to our innate love for order to the spirituality woven into every curve and line, Eric Broug’s book, Islamic Geometric Patterns, is not just an instructional manual; it’s an invitation to partake in a rich heritage that continues to inspire awe and wonder in its admirers. Truly, “Islamic Geometric Patterns” is a laudable fusion of intellectual depth and accessible craft that is certain to delight and educate for years to come.