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016 - Seljuk Karatay

10 Pt mosaic tile pattern found in the Karatay Museum in Konya, Turkey.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 36 x 48 cm

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This fascinating ‘flying pattern’ dates from the Seljuk period (late ‘Islamic Golden Age’, c. AD 1250, AH 650). It is a classic example of the use of ‘prototiles’, also known as ‘Gereh’ or ‘Girih’ tiles or 'tiles of infinity'. The word 'Girih' is Persian for 'knot'. Girih tiles are a set of five tiles used in the creation of ten-fold Islamic geometric patterns. The layout follows the analysis and construction of Alan Adams. The Seljuk Turks were experts in the creation of monochrome cobalt-blue glazes for their mosaics so after a few experiments I decided on a palette of cobalt-blue and cobalt-turquoise offset by sepia, sienna, ochre, iridescent pearl, white and gold.

Thursday, 30 March 2017