Computer Generated Islamic Star Patterns

Craig S. Kaplan


Islamic star patterns are a beautiful and highly geometric art form whose original design techniques are lost in history. We describe one procedure for constructing them based on placing radially-symmetric motifs in a formation dictated by a tiling of the plane, and show some styles in which they can be rendered. We also show some results generated with a software implementation of the technique.


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I am indebted to Mamoun Sakkal for his guidance and helpful discussion while initiating this project in his course. Thanks also to David Salesin for his valuable input and to Reza Sarhangi for the encouragement.