Tessellation-The Art of Repeating Patterns

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Islamic Art and Tessellation

Historically, Islamic art and architecture utilized tessellation in their religious architecture. As they shied away from the use of human or animal figures, intricate geometries were used as decoration. The Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, is a notable location for this style.

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A Few Definitions

The language of tessellation is also precise in nature. If you’re digging into the subject, you might want to learn a few of the terms that are used.

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Escher and the Art of Tessellation

Back in 1922, artist M. C. Escher’s visit to the Alhambra inspired his studies of Moorish design symmetries, and eventually, his own works. Escher called these “regular divisions of the plane”.
Here’s Escher’s piece: Hexagonal tessellation with animals: Study of Regular Division of the Plane with Reptiles (1939). You can definitely see the influence.

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Warm and Cuddly Tesseration? Sure!

Another type of art that has embraced tessellation is quilting. You might not think of math, geometry, and your favorite quilt as compatible, but they’re fantastic together! Many popular patterns are fine examples of repeated shapes.

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Up Against the Walls

How about wallcoverings? Let’s test your discerning eye out with some Islamic patterns for wallpaper. One block — or tile — is used over and over to create the unique look. It looks organic, but the same concept applies.

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Modern Uses — Step Up!

Today, some of the loveliest examples of tessellation are right underfoot! Rugs, both textile and mosaic, are perfect for these step-and-repeat patterns. Our own marble mosaic design features spheres in a soft color range of whites with black. Just like the works we’ve been studying, there’s more than meets the eye — with thousands of geometric tessera making up the overall design.

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We are creators of mosaic art. Each of our mosaics is handmade from hand cut marble and glass tesserae. We share captivating mosaics, one stone at a time.