ISLAMIC ART AND TESSELATIONS
Islam is a religion based on the holy book, the Qur’an (sometimes spelt Koran). Followers of Islam are called Muslims. As the Islam religion and Islamic culture spread, it adopted some traditions and knowledge from local environments. Islamic art is influenced by Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, and African traditions, in addition to Byzantine inspirations. Yet Islamic art is unique in its own way.
Geometric art in the ceramic tiles is extremely sophisticated, requiring scientific and mathematical precision, with imagination and creativity. In Islam, the tradition is to not depict living creatures, that are associated with idols and statues. Abstract geometrical forms were favored in mosques, based on mathematical shapes and forms, because they encourage spiritual contemplation.
WHAT IS SYMMETRY?
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Below are the 4 different ways to make tesselations. Please choose the one you like best.
2. Create Symmetrical Patterns with Homemade Stamps
Create a tesselation using everyday household objects. Explain what you object you used.
Explain how the geometric pattern repeats and where you notice symmetry.