Pattern Masters 

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

Next course:

The Geometry of the Topkapi Scroll

27, 28 October 2018

10:00-17:00   Cost: £110  Book today

SAOG Studios 

Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK​

Saturday £55

Patterns led by Ameet Hindocha

Sunday £55

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, Syri​a. 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 ...



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