Geometry, Symmetry, Order - Islamic Patterns in Persian Tradition



Directed by: Helen Graeff

(20 mins) This video explores the concept of Islamic decorative art. It illustrates the interplay of mathematics and geometry in Islamic art through a series of visual images depicting the characteristic elements of symmetry and order. These interrelationships are conveyed using a mixture of visual media (slides, film, animation) accompanied by narration with a background of Persian music. There are six main sections: geometric patterns, arabesque design, calligraphy, meaning and use of colors, patterns on monuments and objects and Islamic art in Persian tradition. This video can be used in a variety of classes such as math, art, design, religion, and history.