Islamic Geometric Design from around the world:
exploring patterns and principles that exemplify the genius, skill and devotion of the
geometers and craftsmen - the Pattern Masters - who produced them.
with Daniel Docherty and Ameet Hindocha
and very special guest Margi Lake
The Geometry of the Topkapi Scroll
27, 28 October 2018
10:00-17:00 Cost: £110 Book today
Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
Patterns led by Ameet Hindocha
Patterns led by Daniel Docherty
Both days £110
Daniel Docherty and Ameet Hindocha will introduce course participants to patterns from the Timurid pattern scroll known as the Topkapi Scroll. Only recently discovered (1986) and now housed in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, the scroll is approximately a foot wide and nearly 100 feet long! Many of the 114 patterns depicted can be found as tilings adorning mosque walls and domes built during the period of the Timurid dynasty (10th-16th Centuries). The scroll includes examples of five/tenfold girih tiling possibilities such as those found at the shrine of Darb-e Imam, Isfahan. It is a veritable treasure trove of pattern inspiration as participants will discover during this two day course.
Margi Lake will share contemplations on the sacred ‘imaginal’ nature of geometry and will guide participants in developing harmonious colour palettes ...
Topkapi Scroll inspiration ...
Images credit: Margi Lake ( David Wade ( and SAOG Studios
View images below for a taste of SAOG Studios 7-9 September 2017 and 12, 13 May 2018 Pattern Masters courses
with Daniel Docherty and Ameet Hindocha ...
Inspiration for our Sept. 2017 course was drawn from some of the world's finest and most enduring architectural monuments including Mughal Patterns from the Tomb of Itimud ad-Daula, India; Mamluk patterns from Cairo, Egypt; and patterns from the Great Mosque, Damascus, Syria. The constructions that we worked with exemplified the genius, skill and devotion of the geometers and craftsmen
- the Pattern Masters - who produced them.
Our May 2018 course explored the nature of tenfold geometry pattern ...