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Collaboration with Professor Craig S. Kaplan: Islamic Parquet Deformation


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Islamic parquet deformation

We at Azmas Rugs are excited with this collaboration which we see as a marriage of an ancient craft tradition, architecture and computer generated geometry! Islamic decoration makes use of  use of geometric patterns which have developed over the centuries.The complexity and variety of patterns used evolved from simple stars and lozenges in the ninth century, through a variety of 6- to 13-point patterns by the 13th century, and finally to include also 14- and 16-point stars in the sixteenth century.  Several artforms in different parts of the Islamic world make use of geometric patterns. These include ceramics, kilims, metalwork, architectural  vaulting, shakaba stained glass,woodwork, and zellige tiling Parquet deformations are an abstract form of ornament first introduced by William Huff as an exercise for his Architecture students, and later popularized by Douglas Hofstadter in his Scientific American column. They are a kind of "spatial animation": a tiling of the plane from shapes that gradually evolve in space. They are the aesthetic cousins of MC Escher's Metamorphosis prints. Professor Craig S. Kaplan is recognized as the leading researcher in this field. Professor Kaplan's writings are accessible at: In the IPD pattern the 10 point star undergoes parquet deformation in a pleasing almost imperceptible manner.    We are truly grateful to Professor Kaplan for the precious time taken in developing this pattern.  I hope to post photos within the next two weeks of the rug being woven in blue. We are commencing weaving of the pattern in blue in a 3ft x 9 ft (0.9m x 2.7m)size ;and it is expected to take 20 days to complete. October 18 2019

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