Animation released by Louvre Abu Dhabi showing the geometry behind some of the most intricate decorative illuminations used in the holy Qur’an. A tradition that was adopted and developed over the last thousand years and continues today.
I’ve just come across the Tradigital website (an Arabic publishing studio associated with the Thesauraus Islamicus Foundation and Islamic Art Network) where I have found a very helpful animation of how one Qur’anic illumination pattern is constructed. The design is based on 6-fold geometry from which a 12-pointed star pattern is produced.
Watch the animation here: http://www.tradigital.de/specials.htm
The speed of the animation is quite fast but after watching a few times you could probably give the pattern-making a go yourself using a compass and ruler!
A quick note to say that the Islamic Art Network also has a photo archive of architectural sites in Cairo that may be of interest: http://www.islamic-art.org/PhotoArchive/PhotoArchive.asp