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Course Description

This is a free preview (15 minutes) of the An Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design course. The description of the full course (105 minutes) is provided below.

This course will enable you to make patterns and to understand Islamic geometric compositions. You will only need a ruler/straight edge, a pencil and a marker to make these patterns. You won't have to make any calculations, just follow my step by step instructions and you will be amazed at what you can create, using the same design techniques Islamic craftsmen have used for centuries. I will also show you how to tessellate patterns in an efficient way and, importantly, how to embellish patterns. Islamic geometric design is not just about drawing patterns with black lines. What you do to the patterns after you have drawn them, how you make them more beautiful is a very important part of using your personal creativity. I will show some techniques and styles that have been used over the centuries in different parts of the Islamic world to make geometric compositions more beautiful.


After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and recognize differences and similarities between geometric patterns
  • Draw patterns by hand
  • Express your creativity through Islamic geometric design
  • Understand and recognize regional differences in Islamic geometric design and architecture
  • Independently continue learning and creating
  • Be able to draw four Islamic geometric patterns
  • Understand the crucial role of grids in Islamic geometric design
  • Understand fourfold and sixfold geometric patterns
  • Be able to better understand how Islamic geometric patterns are constructed
  • Understand techniques used by craftsmen to embellish patterns

This course is for professionals within the following business functions:

  • Anyone looking to find a new, creative outlet
  • Anyone who likes to draw
  • Anyone who values accuracy and creativity
  • Anyone interested in learning how to practically construct Islamic geometric patterns
  • Anyone interested in learning more about Islamic art and architecture

  1. Introduction

    1. Objectives of this course
    2. Highlights of Islamic Geometric Design: A Visual Introduciton
    3. The Essential Principles of Islamic Geometric Design
    4. How Grids and Patterns Work Together
  2.  Fourfold Geometric Design

    1. A Simple Fourfold Design
    2. Another Fourfold Design
    3. How to Tessellate a Fourfold Pattern 
    4. A Tour of Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech
  3.   Sixfold Geometric Design

    1. A Simple Sixfold Pattern
    2. Another Sixfold Pattern
    3. How to Tessellate a Sixfold Pattern
  4.   Next Steps

    1. Making Your Pattern More Beautiful 
    2. What next...

About the Expert

Eric Broug

Eric Broug

Eric Broug is an author, educator and designer, specialised in Islamic geometric design. He received his MA in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Originally from Holland, he now lives in the North of England, where he runs a design consultancy and the School of Islamic Geometric Design ( He has published several popular books with UK publisher, Thames & Hudson. His books are also available in Turkish, Farsi, French and Dutch.
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